Robert W. Thompson, MD, FACS
Division of General Surgery
Vascular Surgery Section
Radiology, and Cell Biology and Physiology
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Aneurysms and Vascular Malformations
Cerebrovascular Disease (Extracranial)
Endovascular Treatment and Surgery
Additional Features and Interviews with Dr. Thompson:
Ask the Expert - Ladue News: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Washington University School of Medicine
Dept of Surgery
660 S. Euclid, Campus Box 8109
Areas of Clinical Interest
Barnes-Jewish Hospital (south), Wohl Hospital Building
4960 Children's Place,
Thoracic outlet syndrome, TOS, minimally invasive surgical techniques and other treatment to patients with vascular disease including abdominal aortic aneurysms, thoracic aneurysms, renal aneurysms, carotid artery disease, arterial occlusive disease, brachiocephalic and upper extremity occlusive disease, aortoiliac and lower extremity occlusive arterial disease, and venous and lymphatic disease, axillary subclavian vein thrombosis.
Also, aortic dissection, arterial fibrodysplasia, atherosclerosis, Buerger's Disease, claudication, deep venous thrombosis, DVT, diabetic vascular disease, arterial dissection, arterial embolization, fibromuscular dysplasia, FMD, hardening of the arteries, intermittent claudication, intestinal ischemia, mesenteric ischemia, minimally invasive vascular therapy, pediatric vascular care, pediatric vascular surgery, peripheral vascular disease, renal artery disease, renovascular hypertension, thoracic aneurysm, thoracoabdominal aneurysm, thrombolytic therapy, vascular disease, venous insufficiency, vascular disease in athletes
Medical Degree: University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1983
Selected or Recent Journal Articles
St. Louis Children's Hospital
St. Louis VA Medical Center
Zajac JM, Angeline ME, Bohon TM, Loftus M, Potter HG, Weiland AJ, Thompson RW, Coleman SH, Altchek DW. Axillary artery thrombosis in a major league baseball pitcher: a case report and rehabilitation guide. Sports Health. 2013 Sep.
Zhou HF, Yan H, Bertram P, Hu Y, Springer LE, Thompson RW, Curci JA, Hourcade DE, Pham CT. Fibrinogen-specific antibody induces abdominal aortic aneurysm in mice through complement lectin pathway activation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 12.
Airhart N, Brownstein BH, Cobb JP, Schierding W, Arif B, Ennis TL, Thompson RW, Curci JA. Smooth muscle cells from abdominal aortic aneurysms are unique and can independently and synergistically degrade insoluble elastin. J Vasc Surg. 2013 Sep 27.
Vemuri C, Wittenberg AM, Caputo FJ, Earley JA, Driskill MR, Rastogi R, Emery VB, Thompson RW. Early effectiveness of isolated pectoralis minor tenotomy in selected patients with neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome. J Vasc Surg. 2013 May.
Curci JA, Kraiss L, Dalman RL, Daugherty A, Thompson RW, Dardik A. The Vascular Research Initiatives Conference and over 25 years of conversations on the science of vascular disease. J Vasc Surg. 2013 Feb.
Caputo FJ, Wittenberg AM, Vemuri C, Driskill MR, Earley JA, Rastogi R, Emery VB, Thompson RW. Supraclavicular decompression for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome in adolescent and adult populations. J Vasc Surg. 2013 Jan.
Jin J, Arif B, Garcia-Fernandez F, Ennis TL, Davis EC, Thompson RW, Curci JA. Novel mechanism of aortic aneurysm development in mice associated with smoking and leukocytes. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2012 Dec.
Su F, Zoole JB, Thompson RW, Meyers BF, Kuo E. Lung herniation after supraclavicular thoracic outlet decompression. Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 May.
Sheng GG, Duwayri YM, Emery VB, Wittenberg AM, Moriarty CT, Thompson RW. Costochondral calcification, osteophytic degeneration, and occult first rib fractures in patients with venous thoracic outlet syndrome. J Vasc Surg. 2012 May.
Zhou HF, Yan H, Stover CM, Fernandez TM, Rodriguez de Cordoba S, Song
WC, Wu X, Thompson RW, Schwaeble WJ, Atkinson JP, Hourcade DE, Pham CT. Antibody directs properdin-dependent activation of the complement alternative pathway in a mouse model of abdominal aortic aneurysm. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Feb 14.
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.
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.
Thompson RW, Driskill M. Neurovascular problems in the athlete's shoulder. Clin Sports Med. 2008 Oct.
Curci JA, Melman LM, Thompson RW, Soper NJ, Matthews BD. Elastic fiber depletion in the supporting ligaments of the gastroesophageal junction: a structural basis for the development of hiatal hernia. J Am Coll Surg. 2008 Aug.
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.