Paul D. Thompson, M.D., graduated Cum Laude in Biology from Tufts College and from Tufts Medical School. He served as a medical intern and resident, as well as a cardiology catheterization fellow, at Tufts New England Medical Center and completed his training in cardiology at Stanford Medical Center.
Dr. Thompson is Director of Cardiology and The Athletes’ Heart Program at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT and Professor of Medicine at the University of CT. He previously was Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh from 1992 to 1997 and on the faculty of Brown University from 1978 to 1992. He has authored over 300 scientific articles on topics which include: the effects of exercise training on preventing and treating heart disease; the risk of sudden death during exercise; the effects of exercise on lipid metabolism, the effects of statins on skeletal muscle, and genetic factors affecting the exercise response. He presently has two NIH grants examining the effect of statins on skeletal muscle. Dr. Thompson is an Associate Editor of the Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine and the Editor of the book, Exercise and Sports Cardiology. He is a Past President of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Cardiovascular Disease section and one of 12 cardiologists responsible for preparing the cardiovascular certification exam.
Dr. Thompson’s research and clinical interests in exercise originate from his personal interest in distance running. He qualified for the 1972 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and finished 16th in the Boston Marathon in 1976.
Dr. Thompson has served as a television medical commentator for two Boston and five NYC Marathons and commented on the 1992 and 1993 NYC events while running the race. He was NBC’s Sports Medicine Analyst at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea and served in a similar capacity for ABC’s coverage of the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba.
He has 4 children, twin daughters, Meredith and Christina, sons Alexander and Matthew plus three grandsons and two grand daughters.