Hello, I'm Errington Thompson!

Chief of Trauma Services: MD, FACS, FCCM

Academic Surgeon

I’m Dr. Errington Thompson. Currently, I’m the Chief of Trauma Services at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. After a long tenure at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, my many friends and family members have helped me complete my transition into my position with ease and fortitude. I’ve lived and worked in Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina and now in West Virginia. Let’s make this world a safer place, shall we?

Professional Skills

*These are not medically-related percentages; they’re simply my personal evaluation of how I’ve spent most of my time in the medical field.

  • Trauma Surgery 100% 100%
  • Trauma Management 90% 90%
  • Clinical Instruction 95% 95%
  • Patient Care 100% 100%
  • Directorships 90% 90%

Medical Licenses & Certifications

West Virginia Board of Medicine

State Narcotics & DEA Licenses

State of Louisiana Medical License

Texas State Medical License

I have had the pleasure or working with Dr. Thompson.  He is committed to the serving his patients with care and compassion. Additionally, he is devoted to sharing his surgical knowledge and experience with medical students and residents.  Amazingly, Dr. Thompson finds time to stay abreast of current social and economic issues impacting healthcare.  It is always refreshing to have a surgeon discuss issues with their Administrator that take into consideration the entire wellbeing of the patient.

Crystal Tolley

MBA – Administrator, PVH Hospital

I am a practicing trauma surgeon and have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Thompson personally and professionally for the last 20 years. In addition to being a great friend, Dr. Thompson has proven to be an excellent clinician and academician. He has provided excellent counsel over the years and always emphasizes the need to back decisions with data. I have had the pleasure of being a co-author on several of his publications and have been the recipient of his wise counsel personally and professionally over the years. Dr. Thompson also brings his evidence-based approach to social, political and sports issues. Dr. Thompson’s well rounded personality makes him the complete and consummate, general surgeon!

Harry Wilkins

MD, MHCM, FACS, Acute Care Surgeon

I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Thompson for at 20 years. I am a fellow trauma surgeon and we met at a conference and became instant friends and colleagues. My only regret is that I have never been able to get him to come work for me but now he is a leader in his own right and I may have to beg him for a job one day. He is an excellent trauma surgeon, true sports fan, political advocate and an even better human being.


John Porter

Trauma Director, Cooper Hospital

Learn more about Errington Thompson

Errington C. Thompson, MD, is the epitome of an academic surgeon. He is currently an associate professor of surgery at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edward’s School of Medicine. Dr. Thompson is the Director of Trauma Services. His academic career started at LSU in Shreveport in the mid-’90s. He is proud to call Timothy Buchman, MD, Edwin Deitch, MD and John C. McDonald as his mentors. Dr. Thompson is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is dedicated to teaching, learning and continuing to improve every da. Dr. Thompson is a leader in medicine and his community. He has written over 20 medical articles and several book chapters. He has presented lectures at local, regional and national meetings. He is active in a number of service projects and initiatives. Currently, Dr. Thompson is focusing on improving resident education and creating an atmosphere of safety for patients. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.

Societies & Memberships

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