Dr. Thompson is a family physician and UW professor of family medicine and vice-chair for research where he holds the Helen D. Cohen endowed professorship. He is an active family doctor, clinical researcher, and teaches clinicians.
He grew up in Scotland and attended medical school at the University of Glasgow, and after doing family medicine training in the U.K. and working in Africa, he moved to the University of Cincinnati to do a family medicine residency. He came to the UW to do a research fellowship in 1999, and after being at UW for 4 years, moved to the University of Oxford in England to join the faculty and do his doctoral degree in primary care research (called a D.Phil. in Oxford).
His research on the faculty at the University of Oxford for 10 years has focused in 3 main areas – child health, diagnostic tests, infectious disease. He collaborates with researchers in many different countries, and has published over 150 research papers. He now leads the research section in the Department of Family Medicine at the UW.
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