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Robert W. Thompson, MD, FACS

  • Professor of Surgery, Radiology, and Cell Biology and Physiology

Medical School

University of Michigan Medical School, 1983

Post Doctoral Education

Residency: General Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, 1983-1990

Fellowship: Vascular Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, 1991-1992

Board Certifications

Vascular Surgery--Certified

Clinical Interests

Dr. Thompson specializes in vascular surgery and endovascular surgery. His principal area of clinical interest is in the care of patients with thoracic outlet syndrome and he directs the Washington University Center for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome at Barnes-Jewish Hospital ( He treats subclavian vein thrombosis, subclavian artery aneurysm, cervical rib and brachial plexus compression.

Research Interests

National Institutes of Health (NHLBI)
National Institutes of Health (NHLBI Core)
Molecular and cell biology of abdominal aortic aneurysms
Extracellular matrix and matrix metalloproteinases
Pharmacological suppression of aortic aneurysms
Vascular smooth muscle cell senescence and apoptosis

Patients Seen At

Center for Advanced Medicine
Heart and Vascular Center
4921 Parkview Place, Suite A, Floor 8
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 362-7410
Fax: (314) 747-3548

Contact Information

Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
Section of Vascular Surgery
Campus Box 8109
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 362-7410

Selected Publications

Zhang J, Sun J, Lindholt JS, Sukhova GK, Sinnamon M, Stevens RL, Adachi R, Libby P, Thompson RW, Shi GP. Mast cell tryptase deficiency attenuates mouse abdominal aortic aneurysm formation. Circ Res. 2011 May 27;108(11):1316-27.

Duwayri YM, Emery VB, Driskill MR, Earley JA, Wright RW, Paletta GA Jr, Thompson RW. Positional compression of the axillary artery causing upper extremity thrombosis and embolism in the elite overhead throwing athlete. J Vasc Surg. 2011 May;53(5):1329-40.

Sun J, Zhang J, Lindholt JS, Sukhova GK, Liu J, He A, Abrink M, Pejler G, Stevens RL, Thompson RW, Ennis TL, Gurish MF, Libby P, Shi GP. Critical role of mast cell chymase in mouse abdominal aortic aneurysm formation. Circulation. 2009 Sep 15;120(11):973-82.

Pagano MB, Zhou HF, Ennis TL, Wu X, Lambris JD, Atkinson JP, Thompson RW, Hourcade DE, Pham CT. Complement-dependent neutrophil recruitment is critical for the development of elastase-induced abdominal aortic aneurysm. Circulation. 2009 Apr 7;119(13):1805-13.

Thompson RW, Driskill M. Neurovascular problems in the athlete's shoulder. Clin Sports Med. 2008 Oct;27(4):789-802. Review.

Hackmann AE, Rubin BG, Sanchez LA, Geraghty PA, Thompson RW, Curci JA. A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of doxycycline after endoluminal aneurysm repair. J Vasc Surg. 2008 Sep;48(3):519-26; discussion 526.

Melby SJ, Vedantham S, Narra VR, Paletta GA Jr, Khoo-Summers L, Driskill M, Thompson RW. Comprehensive surgical management of the competitive athlete with effort thrombosis of the subclavian vein (Paget-Schroetter syndrome). J Vasc Surg. 2008 Apr;47(4):809-820; discussion 821.

Sun J, Sukhova GK, Yang M, Wolters PJ, MacFarlane LA, Libby P, Sun C, Zhang Y, Liu J, Ennis TL, Knispel R, Xiong W, Thompson RW, Baxter BT, Shi GP. Mast cells modulate the pathogenesis of elastase-induced abdominal aortic aneurysms in mice. J Clin Invest. 2007 Nov;117(11):3359-68.

Thompson RW, Schucker B, Kent KC, Clowes AW, Kraiss LW, Mannick JA, Yao JS. Reviving the vascular surgeon-scientist: an interim assessment of the jointly sponsored Lifeline Foundation/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute William J. von Liebig Mentored Clinical Scientist Development (K08) Program. J Vasc Surg. 2007 Jun;45 Suppl A:A2-7.

Bergoeing MP, Arif B, Hackmann AE, Ennis TL, Thompson RW, Curci JA. Cigarette smoking increases aortic dilatation without affecting matrix metalloproteinase-9 and -12 expression in a modified mouse model of aneurysm formation. J Vasc Surg. 2007 Jun;45(6):1217-1227.

Pagano MB, Bartoli MA, Ennis TL, Mao D, Simmons PM, Thompson RW, Pham CT. Critical role of dipeptidyl peptidase I in neutrophil recruitment during the development of experimental abdominal aortic aneurysms. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Feb 20;104(8):2855-60.

Wassef M, Upchurch GR Jr, Kuivaniemi H, Thompson RW, Tilson MD 3rd. Challenges and opportunities in abdominal aortic aneurysm research. J Vasc Surg. 2007 Jan;45(1):192-8. Review.

Thompson RW, Curci JA, Ennis TL, Mao D, Pagano MB, Pham CT. Pathophysiology of abdominal aortic aneurysms: insights from the elastase-induced model in mice with different genetic backgrounds. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Nov;1085:59-73. Review.

Bergoeing MP, Thompson RW, Curci JA. Pharmacological targets in the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms. Expert Opin Ther Targets. 2006 Aug;10(4):547-59. Review.

Parodi FE, Mao D, Ennis TL, Pagano MB, Thompson RW. Oral administration of diferuloylmethane (curcumin) suppresses proinflammatory cytokines and destructive connective tissue remodeling in experimental abdominal aortic aneurysms. Ann Vasc Surg. 2006 May;20(3):360-8.

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