Title: Orthopaedic Surgeon
Location: Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
Robert C. Thompson, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in total joint treatment of arthritis surgically and spinal problems.
Recognized for more than five decades of experience in the medical profession, Dr. Thompson originally set out to become an electrical engineer as he loved both mathematics and science. After working at a development firm for the U.S. Navy, he realized this profession wasn’t for him as a means to support his family. He continued with his degree in electrical engineering but began exploring biology and medicine, eventually landing upon the study of nerves. Dr. Thompson made connections between electrical engineering and nerves and eventually transitioned into orthopaedic surgery. In making this decision, Dr. Thompson has been able to help thousands of patients with a career working in orthopaedic surgery and nuclear medicine at such institutions at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Memorial Hospital and presently, Summit Memorial (formerly Crawford Memorial Hospital).
Dr. Thompson first earned a Bachelor of Science in biology at California Institute of Technology in 1960 and continued his academic pursuits at Johns Hopkins University to receive an MD in 1964. He completed an internship and residency at Union Memorial Hospital and then completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. During this time, he also served as a fellow of the institution. In addition to his roles as an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Thompson has contributed his expertise as an assistant professor and a locum tenens physician. Furthermore, Dr. Thompson has served as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Arthritis and Related Diseases in Maryland, as a consultant in Social Security Administration and as a commercial pilot and flight instructor.
On top of these achievements in Dr. Thompson’s career, he holds a patent for a hearing testing machine and has published research involving radium 235. He is a life member of the Flying Physicians Association and has maintained professional affiliation at Eastern Orthopedic Association. From 1966 to 1968, Dr. Thompson served as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Public Health Service. The highlight of Dr. Thompson’s career was being published for a research paper he did for the National Institutes of Health. He contributed to solving a problem of some airplane crashes and published the paper in the International Journal of Aviation Psychology. He contributed by helping them figure out how certain crashes occurred and how they can be prevented. Looking toward the future, Dr. Thompson endeavors to continue working as a consultant for the Social Security Administration.
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