J Grant Thomson, MD, FRCS, FACS

Professor of Surgery (Plastic); Director, Yale Hand & Microsurgery Program

Departments & Organizations

Surgery: Hand and Microsurgery Program | Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: Craniofacial Center

Cancer Center, Yale: Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital

Office of Student Research

Yale Medical Group

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. J. Grant Thomson, a Board-Certified Hand Surgeon and a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, is deeply interested in helping children and adults with congenital and acquired hand and upper extremity issues, and individuals whose bodies have been changed by cancer treatment. Dr. Thomson earned his medical degree from McGill University in 1983. He specializes in hand, wrist, and upper extremity surgery.

Dr. Thomson's special interests include endoscopic carpal tunnel release, trigger finger treatment, Dupuytren’s contracture, arthritic hand reconstruction, brachial plexus reconstruction, peripheral nerve surgery, occupational disorders of the upper extremity, and trauma-related pain. His clinical practice also includes reconstructive microsurgery. He uses his expertise to reach across borders to children and adults in developing countries.

Since 1998, Dr. Thomson has been leading groups of professionals on volunteer surgical expeditions, and these teams have affected the lives of over 800 individuals. His research interests include flap physiology, microsurgery, tendon repair, and breast reconstruction.

Patient Care

Please call 203.737.5130 to contact Dr. Thomson.

Education & Training

MD McGill University (1983)
Resident Montreal General Hospital, Canada
Resident McGill University/Montreal General Hospital, Canada
Fellow Washington University/Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Research Fellow Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada
Board Certification AB of Surgery, Hand Surgery (1994)
Board Certification AB of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery (1995)

International Activity

  • Hand Surgery Honduras; Nicaragua (1998)

    Since 1998 Dr Thomson has been leading a group of professionals to Honduras to perform hand surgery on children and adults with congenital and acquired hand problems. The team includes plastic and orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatrician, and a hand therapist. The team...

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Contact Info

J Grant Thomson, MD, FRCS, FACS
Patient Care Location
Yale Plastic SurgeryYale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue, Ste 4th Floor

New Haven, CT 06519
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Mailing Address
Yale Plastic SurgeryPO Box 208041
New Haven, CT 06520-8041

Curriculum Vitae