Lawson-Thomas Medical Education Center, LLC
dba United Heart Training Center

About Us:

The Administrators and Staff of Lawson Thomas Medical Education Center (LTMEC) are all experienced medical practitioners who have seen first-hand the need for advanced life support training and the difference it makes in real world emergency incidents.

We felt strongly that in order to fully prepare our front line medical professionals both within the United States and Internationally there needed to be a trauma-focused training center. With our combined knowledge and experience we are finally able to offer a curriculum that places us among the most advanced trauma training organizations in California.

Lawson Thomas Medical Education Center is sponsored and/or accredited by the following organizations:

  • American College of Surgeons (ACS) Sponsored
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Sponsored
  • Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Sponsored
  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Provider #CEP15615
  • Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) EC section 94874(d)(2)
  • State of California EMSA/Solano County EMS Continuing Education Provider #48-0055

President, CEO and Medical Education Director: 

Dr. Yvonne Lawson-Thomas, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

Founder, CEO, President of Lawson Thomas Medical Education Center

To contact Dr. Thomas, email her at: drthomas@uhtc.org

     Dr. Thomas was born in Kingston, Jamaica, WI, and as far back as she can remember, always wanted to be a doctor.  She was educated in England, and obtained her RN there.  After graduation, she worked for a time in England, and then moved to the United States where she continued to work as an RN before entering Medical School.

     Third world countries don’t have the opportunities or advancements in medicine and technology that we have here in the USA. Her dream was to become a physician which would allow her to work within the Caribbean basin, and Central and South Americas. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, a Masters in Public Health, as well as her MD - in the USA.  During this time, she married and had 3 children.

     In July, 1991, she founded the “International Medical and Educational Foundation”, a non-profit (501(c)3), public benefit organization. This allowed her to facilitate several Medical Missions bringing doctors, nurses and paramedics, as well as other medical personnel to work in several countries within the Caribbean Basin, Central and South America.  Some examples of these missions include Haiti after the earthquake, and Santa Domingo and Guatemala after the hurricane, and other similar events. The doctors who served during these disasters came from several hospitals including the Mayo Clinic. 

     During non-emergency times, her goal was to help raise the standards of medicine in these areas by practicing in Emergency and Trauma Medicine there and improving the available medical education in the region.  She spent many years working outside of the United States, helping to set up clinics, and teaching in many Third World Countries. She also worked with other organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, Interplast, and other medical missions sponsored by such groups as the Mayo Clinic.  She felt blessed and privileged to be a part of something that big in helping those less fortunate than herself, and in working with others that loved medicine as much as she did. 

     Throughout her career she always tried to find time to teach as well as keep up with the newest advancements in medicine and medical technology. In 2006 while working at David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, she became aware of the difficulty the military doctors were having in finding a Center where they could take the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course which they needed to be deployed.  Emergency and Trauma specialists also needed the ATLS course on a regular basis to remain active. 

     Recognizing the need, she established United Heart Training Center LLC where she planned to offer ATLS courses, along with several nursing courses in emergency and trauma medicine. After several months working with the American College of Surgeons, the Center was approved and sponsored by them. Once established, she then added several other courses for nurses, eg Post Graduate Nursing in Emergency and Trauma (PGNET), the NCLEX Review, TNCC, and several other certifications.

     Currently, Dr. Thomas has returned to Minnesota to re-establish her center there.  She currently offers the PGNET and NCLEX Review courses, and has been approached by the ACS to re-instate her ATLS classes, which she hopes to accomplish soon.

     Twice a year she also teaches a week-long seminar in emergency and trauma medicine at UC Berkeley for the International Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine, for teens between the ages of fourteen and seventeen. The program is sponsored by ‘ENVISION” and is intended to promote and encourage teens interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine) degree programs in their future educational plans.  It has been her privilege to also host the program for the last 4 years, and plans to continue in 2019.

      Dr. Thomas receives many accolades from her students, and plans on teaching as long as she possibly can. Being an Emergency Physician, Trauma surgeon, and medical educator has fulfilled her life’s dreams, and she feels blessed to have had these many opportunities.

Dr. Thomas is a Lifetime Member of the American Medical Association.


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