Anumol Thomas

Nurse Practitioner & Community Leader

At the young age of 10, Anumol Thomas was inspired by her aunt who was practicing as a nurse in the United States. Following in her aunt’s footsteps, Dr. Thomas began her journey into nursing. In 2001, she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala, India. She worked primarily in critical care specialties throughout India and Saudi Arabia before finally achieving a dream of hers, becoming a nurse in the U.S. She began working as a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Nurse at Palomar Medical Center in California before eventually moving to Texas. While continuing to work as a critical care nurse in various departments, Dr. Thomas continued her educational endeavors. In 2014, she completed her Master’s of Science in Nursing at UTMB Galveston and became a Family Nurse Practitioner. She then completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Grand Canyon University and is currently pursuing a Diploma in Theology at EAE Missionary Training Institute in India.

Photo source from IANAGH

Dr. Thomas has been locally and nationally recognized for her clinical work and research. Her research focuses on pain and multimodal pain management. In 2014, she received a Service Excellence award from Methodist Hospital. She was recognized by the Indian American Nurses Association of Greater Houston with an Outstanding Contribution award in 2020.

Beyond clinical practice, Dr. Thomas has been involved in various leadership and volunteer roles. She is the current President of the Indian American Nurses Association of Greater Houston (IANAGH). IANAGH is a non –profit organization with the primary goal of uniting all nurses of Indian heritage. In her free time, Dr. Thomas can be found volunteering throughout the community helping support organizations address and meet varying public health challenges. During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Thomas organized the first International Webinar for Indian Nurses Association of Greater Houston on stress management. She also worked with members to make over 1,000 mask to distribute to the VA Hospital and local nursing home. She has also served as a Sunday School teacher for over eight years at St. Mary’s Church. Dr. Thomas is an integral example of a nurse who has pushed her skills and talents beyond the bedside and into the community in hopes of a better and healthier future.

Watch Dr. Thomas’ Nurses You Should Know Video here.

Further Reading

Learn about nursing education in India here.

Donate to organizations to help India during this wave of Covid-19 here.

Learn about the National Association of Indian Nurses in America here.

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