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J. Grant Thomson

Professor of Surgery (Plastic); Director, Yale Hand & Microsurgery Program; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

Contact Information

J. Grant Thomson, MD, FACS, MSc

Patient Care Locations

Mailing Address

  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    PO Box 208041

    New Haven, CT 06520-8041

    United States



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.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Washington University/Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO (1991)
  • Resident
    McGill University/Montreal General Hospital, Canada (1990)
  • Resident
    Montreal General Hospital, Canada (1988)
  • MSc
    Mc Gill University, Experimental Surgery (1988)
  • Research Fellow
    Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada (1985)
  • MD
    McGill University (1983)


  • Volunteer Hand Surgery
    Lima, Callao Region, Peru 2020
    Since 1998 Dr Thomson has been leading a group of professionals to developing nations 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 21 years, the team has operated on over 1000 individuals in Brazil, Honduras, Nicar
  • Hand Surgery
    San Pedro Sula, Cortés Department, Honduras; Managua, MN, Nicaragua; Manaus, AM, Brazil 1998
    Hand Surgery

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Best Doctors in AmericaCastle Connolly2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Resident Award for Distinguished TeachingYale Plastic Surgery1999, 2003, 2013

Professional Service

Xiangya MedicineEditorial Board2016 - Present
American Association of Plastic SurgeonsChair, Research and Education Committee2014 - 2015
Aesthetic Plastic SurgeryEditor, Hand and Peripheral Nerve Section2011 - 2015
American Association of Plastic SurgeonsActing Chair, Research and Education Committee2011 - 2012
Hand Help, IncPresident and founder. This organization provides free volunteer hand surgery in developing nations.2006 - Present

Departments & Organizations