J Grant Thomson MD, FRCS, FACS

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

Biographical Info

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.

International Activity

  • Hand Surgery
    Nicaragua; Honduras(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 brings all the necessary equipment and supplies. The humanitarian effort is funded entirely by donated funds. Over 15 years, the team has operated on over 1000 individuals in Honduras. In 2014, the team visited a new site in Managua, Nicaragua, and plans to return there in 2015.

Education & Training

McGill University (1983)
Montreal General Hospital, Canada, General Surgery
McGill University/Montreal General Hospital, Canada, Plastic Surgery
Washington University/Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO, Hand and Microsurgery
Research Fellow
Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada, Microsurgical Research Laboratories
Board Certification
Hand Surgery, Board Certified  (1994)
Board Certification
Plastic Surgery, Board Certified  (1995)

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