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Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: Should You Worry? 

Dr. Reid Thompson, Vice Chairman of Neurosurgery and director of the Vanderbilt Brain Tumor Center, and Ezra Fitz, a local brain cancer survivor discuss the theories and the science behind the cell phone brain cancer controversy.

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Reid C. Thompson, MD

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.

Postgraduate Training:
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.
Research Training

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:

  • Time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy for detection of brain tumors.
  • Development of optical contrast agents for the detection of gliomas.
  • Cytokine enhanced antitumor immunotherapy for brain tumors.
  • Intra-operative thermal imaging of brain tumors and vascular malformations.
  • Molecular mechanisms of cerebral edema.
  • The role of the water channel aquaporin in brain edema.
  • Pathogenesis of cerebral vasospasm.

Other Responsibilities:
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.

Click here to view Dr. Thompson's full Curriculum Vitae.

Office Mailing Address:
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Neurological Surgery
T-4224 Medical Center North
Nashville, Tennessee 37232-2380
Clinic/Patient Appointments:
Vanderbilt Neurosurgery Clinic
1500 21st Avenue South, Suite 1506
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: (615) 322-7417
Fax: (615) 343-5315