Lurie Children's Introduces New Division Head of Otolaryngology

Dana Thompson MD, MS, FACS, has been named Division Head of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) at Lurie Children’s, beginning November, 2012. Dr. Thompson comes from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where she served as Chair of the Division of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology and as Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the Mayo College of Medicine.

“We are thrilled to have Dana Thompson in our Otolaryngology  Division,” says Marleta Reynolds, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief, Head Surgeon-in-Chief; Head, Pediatric Surgery, Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Her special pediatric interests in Otolaryngology care, her experience, and her professional membership activity are exactly what we need to head this division.”

Earlier in her career, Thompson was part of the Clinician Investigator Program for Laryngology, Dysphagia, and Esophageal Disorders at Mayo (1996-97), where she also earned an MS in Biomedical Sciences (1997-98). Dr. Thompson then completed her Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine (1997-99). She is currently completing coursework for a Master’s in Health Administration (MHA) at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.

Her clinical interests include: subglottic and tracheal stenosis; laryngomalacia; laryngeal cleft repair; laryngotracheal reconstruction; endoscopic airway surgery; pediatric voice and swallowing disorders; pediatric head and neck masses and tumors; as well as measures of quality and safety in surgical practice.

Dr. Thompson’s professional activity includes membership and service in numerous organizations, including: the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), where she is Fellow; American Laryngological Association, where she serves as Liaison to the AAO-HNS; and the American College of Surgeons (Fellow). Dr. Thompson is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners​.

“The management of complex airway disorders in children is a hallmark and legacy of the Division,” says Thompson. “I look forward to continue my career and research at Lurie Children’s.”

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country according to U.S.News & World Report. It is the pediatric training ground for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and one of only a handful of U.S. children’s hospitals with a dedicated pediatric research center.

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