“I try to form a relationship of trust with my patients”
Dr. Thompson treats common rheumatology conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), gout, lupus, and osteoarthritis. He also has a special interest in diagnosing and caring for people who have such rare diseases as eosinophilia fasciitis and polymyositis.
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It was particularly fortunate for one patient that John “Steve” Thompson found medicine a “noble calling” and that a professor inspired him to become a rheumatologist. For, Dr. Thompson diagnosed her with early stage lung cancer based on her arthritic symptoms. She then had successful surgery.
In addition to a career caring for people with general rheumatologic conditions, Dr. Thompson is especially gratified when he diagnoses and treats rare conditions. “I diagnosed and treated a person with a very rare disease called Whipple’s disease early in my career based on newly published and very distinctive neuro-ocular symptoms.” More recently he diagnosed and treated two people for eosinophilia fasciitis.
Dr. Thompson sees medical care as a “collaboration between the doctor and patient.” He strives to be compassionate and understanding, and he believes patients would describe him as “quiet but attentive, thorough and caring.”
He and his wife have two grown sons, and he enjoys hiking, biking, birding, reading and family.
Clinical Immunology and Rheumatic Disease Section, Los Angeles County/University of Southern California, 1989
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1984
Doctor of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
The Corvallis Clinic, Rheumatology Department, 2018 - ; University of Colorado Health, Northern Colorado, 2010 - 2018; Arthritis Center of the Rockies/Greeley Medical Clinic, Greeley, CO, 2003 - 2010; Aspen Medical Center/Big Thompson Medical Group. Loveland, CO, 1991-2003; Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Bellflower, CA, 1989-1991
American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine and Rheumatology
Thompson JS, Beardmore T, Kaufman R. Pseudothrombophlebitis in Neuropathic (Charcot) Arthropathy: a Report of a Case and Review of the Literature. J. Rheumatology 1989; 16:1606-9.
Thompson JS, Gutierrez D, Quismorio FP, Bullous Lupus: Clinical and Immunopathological Studies. (Abstract) Arthritis and Rheumatism, april 1989 supplement, C-151.