William F. Meacham Professor of Neurological Surgery
Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery
Director of Neurosurgical Oncology
Professor of Otolaryngology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Dr. Thompson's clinical interest is in all aspects of neurovascular surgery and brain tumor surgery, including skull base surgery.
Video: Questions & Answers about Brain Tumor Treatment from Dr. Thompson's presentation at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center's Cancer Answer Evenings (requires Windows Media Player).
Dr. Thompson received his M.D. degree in 1989 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Thompson completed the Halsted Internship in General Surgery and Residency in Neurological Surgery between 1989 and 1995 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, followed by one year of service there as Advanced Clinical Instructor. He then completed a one-year fellowship in Cerebrovascular Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.
While at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Thompson received the Merck Foundation Medical Student Research Award for his study of the metabolism of the neuropeptide N-acetyl-aspartyl-glutamate. He also completed a neuro-oncology research fellowship while serving in the Hunterian Brain Tumor Research Laboratory at Johns Hopkins and received the NIH National Research Service Award.
Current Research Interests:
Dr. Thompson is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and serves on the Joint Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. In his past positions at Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, the University of California, Irvine, and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Thompson has been an active lecturer and instructor.