Tom Deas is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine (1981) and Gastroenterology (1989). He began his gastroenterology medical practice in Fort Worth in 1991 after serving 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as Colonel. After 23 years of GI practice in Fort Worth he retired from Gastroenterology Associates of North Texas in December 2014. His education includes a B.S. and M. S. in Chemistry from Baylor University 1970,
1971. While serving in the USAF, he received his M.D. from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport graduating with honors (1978). Postgraduate medical training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio included an internal medicine residency (1978-‐81) and gastroenterology fellowship (1986-‐88). In 2001 he earned a Masters of Science in Medical Management from the University of Texas Dallas Business School and UT Southwestern Medical School. He served as Medical Director of the Fort Worth Endoscopy Center and the SW Fort Worth Endoscopy Center from 1995-‐2012. He is also a member of the Physician Advisory Board for Surgical Care Affiliates, corporate partner for the ambulatory endoscopy centers. In 2014 he was appointed to Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) Board and the ABIM Gastroenterology Subspecialty Board.
He has served in leadership positions with ASGE as committee chair, board member, treasurer, and as president, May 2012-‐13. From 2008-‐2012 he served on the Advisory Board for the GI Quality Improvement Coalition (GIQuIC), the first gastroenterology quality registry established in 2008. He was President of North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP) from 2002-‐2008 and has served on NTSP’s physician board 1998-‐2013. NTSP is an independent practice association (IPA) that has successfully managed the following innovations:
- 1996-‐successful management of 60,000 Medicare Advantage patients
- 2006-‐developed SandlotConnect, north Texas’ first health information exchange
- 2008-‐formed Care N Care (CNC), Medicare Advantage PPO, wholly owned by NTSP (10,000 members)
- 2012-‐formed PLUS, Medicare Pioneer ACO in partnership with Texas Health Resources
As Chief Medical Officer for SandlotConnect and President of CNC, Dr. Deas has been an outspoken advocate for improving patient care through health information technology which provides point of care clinical information, analytics, and facilitates care coordination and population health.