Get to know Errington Thompson

Errington C. Thompson, MD, is the epitome of an academic surgeon. He is currently a 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 day. Dr. Thompson is a leader in medicine and his community. He has written over 40 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.

Dr. Thompson was educated at Emory University and Southwestern Medical School and served on the AMA’s Committee to End Healthcare Disparities and Board of the Mountain Area Red Cross (2008-2012).

His vast contributions to the community include his service on the Board of the YMI (2007-2009) as well as on the Board of the Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA) (2006-2009).

As host of the Where’s the Outrage Show (2005-2007) and The Errington Thompson Show (2007 – 2010) radio shows, Dr. Thompson has interviewed some of the biggest names in the progressive and medical community, including Rachel Maddow, Amy Goodwin (Democracy Now) and Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Dr. Thompson has used his radio show to inform on several medical issues also. He interviewed Dr. John Nelson, past president of the AMA and they discussed the important issue of health care disparities. An interview with pediatrician Dr. Greg Dworkin who lives in the Sandy Hook area focused on gun violence. One of his funniest and most informative interviews was with his fellow trauma surgeon Edward E. Cornwell, III, who is Chief of Surgery at Howard University. They discussed how having insurance was a strong predictor of outcome in trauma. The discussion was based on ground breaking research done by Dr. Cornwell. In one of the most emotional interviews ever conducted by Dr. Thompson, he spoke with Dr. Michael Saag, infectious disease physician at the University of Alabama Birmingham who has treated HIV/AIDS patients for over 30 years. Dr. Saag has seen the medical treatment for AIDS and HIV change from “there is nothing that we can do” to a drug cocktail that gives most patients a chance to live a normal life.

Also a full-time sports fan, Dr. Thompson resides on the Ohio River in West Virginia and is available for lectures.