Todd P. Thompson, MD, FACS

Colorado Springs Neurosurgeon

Todd Thompson, MD, FAANS, FACS,Colorado Springs neurosurgeon, Todd P. Thompson, MD, FACS, is the newest member of the neurosurgery team at Memorial Hospital. Dr. Thompson received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He completed his residency in neurosurgery, as well as a fellowship in image-guided surgery and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2001. He is board-certified in neurosurgery, and is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Thompson’s areas of clinical expertise include complex spine surgery, radiosurgery, and brain tumors. Dr. Thompson was selected as a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Young Neuosurgeon’s Committee, he studied in Japan as a Sugita Scholar, was recognized by his peers as a “Top Doctor” in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and serves as a medical consultant for athletes at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

At Memorial Hospital, Dr. Thompson utilizes the latest computer-guided imaging systems to optimize surgical treatments, and improve patient outcomes. For Dr. Thompson, the greatest satisfaction comes from seeing a patient’s quality of life improve as a result of a successful spine or brain operation. Dr. Thompson’s numerous academic publications can be reviewed at

Contact Dr. Thompson

To schedule an appointment to see Colorado Springs neurosurgeon, Dr. Todd Thompson, please call 719-365-6300.

Curriculum Vitae

Previous Academic and Professional Appointments:

  • 2010-2011: Neurosurgeon, Central Wyoming Neurosurgery, Casper, WY
  • 2005-2010: Todd Thompson MD LLC, Hawaii Neurosurgery Group, Honolulu, HI
  • 2003-2005: Neurosurgeon, Peachtree Neurosurgery, Atlanta, GA
  • 2001-2003: Neurosurgery Division Chief, Straub Clinic and Hospital, Department of Surgery, Honolulu, HI
  • 1995-2001: Resident, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Neurological Surgery Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1994-1995: Intern, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Surgery Pittsburgh, PA

Previous Administrative and/or Clinical Appointments:

  • Chief of Neurosurgery, Straub Clinic & Hospital, Honolulu, HI 2001-2003 Co-Director St. Joseph’s Hospital, Gamma Knife Center, Atlanta, GA 2004-2005


  • Medical Physician and Surgeon License, Pennsylvania: MD060046L Issued 1996-expired
  • Medical Physician and Surgeon License, Hawaii: MD 11135 Issued: 2000-present
  • Medical Physician and Surgeon License, Georgia: MD053048 Issued 2003-lapsed
  • Medical Physician and Surgeon License, Wyoming: 8532A Issued 10/22/2010-current
  • Medical Physician and Surgeon License, Colorado: DR-50583 Issued 09/29/2011-current
  • Medical Physician and Surgeon License, California: C54877 Issued 9/21/2011-current
  • DEA License: Issued 1999- present
  • Hawaii State Narcotics License Issued 2001- present
  • Wyoming Medical License, 8532A, issued 10/22/2010 – current

Specialty Boards:

  • Certifying Board: American Board of Neurological Surgery: 2004


  • 1989, BA, Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 1994, MD, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Postgraduate Training:

  • Neurosurgery Resident, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh PA,
  • Chairmen Peter Jannetta, MD/ Dade Lunsford, MD, 7/94 – 6/01
  • Research and Clinical Fellow, Stereotactic and Image Guided Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, Supervisor: Dade Lunsford, MD, 07/99-06/00

Committee Memberships:

  • National and International:
    • Advanced Trauma Life Support – Instructor 2000
    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Young Neurosurgeons Committee, Elected 1999
  • Institutional:
    • Infection Control Committee, Mountain View Regional Hospital 2010-2011
    • Peer Review Committee, Straub Clinic and Hospital 2001-2003 Pain Management Committee Straub Clinic and Hospital 2001-2003 Physicians Advisory Group, Straub Clinic and Hospital 2002-2003 Operations Committee- Straub Clinic and Hospital 2002-2003

Honors and Awards:

  • Paul M. Lin Award in Neurological Surgery, May 1991
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 1994
  • Sugita Scholar, Nagoya, Japan 2000
  • Joseph E. Strode Award – Excellence in Research 2001
  • Best Physicians, Honolulu 2009, 2010

Society Memberships:

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Hawaii Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Wyoming Medical Society

Clinical Service Contributions:

  • Chief of Neurosurgery, Straub Clinic & Hospital, Honolulu, HI 2001-2003
  • Co-Director St. Joseph’s Hospital, Gamma Knife Center, Atlanta, GA 2004-2005

Other Activities:

  • a. Community-Related Service: MEDIA
    • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. It’s your health Atlanta. WGST, October 17, 2004. Atlanta, GA
    • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. Channel 46 news report. November 5, 2004. Atlanta, GA
    • Employee Assistance Program Association, “Chronic Pain and Depression: Emphasis on Back Pain” January 26, 2005. Honolulu, HI
    • Ask the Specialist. “Back Pain and Slipped Discs” KHON 2 News. December 8, 2008. Honolulu, HI
  • b. Community-Related Service: COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS
    • Low Back Pain. February 24, 2003. Wilcox Memorial Hospital. CME lecture
    • The Management of Low Back Pain, Sciatica and other Spine Disorders. February 5, 2004. Northside Hospital. Atlanta, GA
  • c. Community-Related Service: COLLEGE STUDENT MENTORING
    • Straub Foundation. Summer Research Program, 2002


  • Published and accepted research articles (clinical, basic science, other) in refereed journals:
    • Pearson HE, Thompson TP. Atrophy and degeneration of ganglion cells in central retina following loss of postsynaptic target neurons in the lateral geniculate nucleus of the adult cat. Experimental Neurology 119:113-119, 1993
    • Thompson TP, Albright LA. Proprionibacterium acnes infections of cerebrospinal fluid shunts. Childs Nervous System 14:378-380, 1998
    • Thompson TP, Jannetta PJ, Lovely TJ, Ochs M. Unilateral trismus and microvascular decompression. J OMFS 57(1):90-92, 1999
    • Thompson TP, Lunsford LD, Kondziolka D. Restorative Neurosurgery. Opportunities for Restoration of Function in Acquired, Degenerative, and Idiopathic Neurological Diseases. Neurosurg 45(4):741-752, 1999
    • Thompson TP, Levy E, Kanal E, Lunsford LD. Iatrogenic Pneumocephalus secondary to intravenous catheterization: a case report. J Neurosurgery 91:878-880, 1999
    • Thompson TP, Kondziolka DK, Albright AL. Thalamic Stimulation for Choreiform Movement Disorders in Children. J Neurosurg 92:718-721, 2000
    • Thompson TP, Lunsford LD, Flickinger JC. Radiosurgery for hemangiomas of the cavernous sinus and orbit. Neurosurg 47(3):778-783, 2000
    • Levy E, Niranjan A, Thompson TP, Scarrow AM, Kondziolka DK, Flickinger JC, Lunsford LD, Radiosurgery for intracranial arteriovenous malformations in children, Neurosurg 47(7):834-841, 2000
    • Wakabayashi T, Kajita Y, Hatano N, Thompson TP, Nagasaka T, Yoshida J. Clinicopathological study of oligodendroglial tumors: the effectiveness of interferon Beta, ACNU/MCNU, and radiation (IAR/IMR) for anaplastic tumors. Brain Tumor Pathol 17:29-33, 2000
    • Maesawa S, Kondziolka D, Thompson TP, Flickinger JC, Lunsford LD. Brain metastasis in patients with no known primary tumor. Cancer 89(5):1095-1101, 2000
    • Thompson, TP, Levy E, Jho, HD, Lunsford LD. Primum non nocere: Multimodality management when multiple mass lesions strike a single patient. Surg Neurol;55;332-339, 2001
    • Adelson PD, Bonaroti EA, Thompson TP, Tran M, and Nystrom NA. End-to-side neurorrhaphies in a rodent model of peripheral nerve injury: a preliminary report of a novel technique. J. Neurosurg: Pediatrics; 101(1);74-78, 2004
    • Thompson TP, Pearce J, Madamba J, Chong G. Surfer’s Myelopathy. Spine 29(16);E353-356, Aug 15, 2004.
    • Thompson D, Takeshita J, Thompson TP. Selecting Antiepileptic Drugs for Symptomatic Patients with Brain Tumors. Supportive Oncology, Vol. 4 (8):411-416, 2006
  • Book chapters:
    • Thompson TP, Lunsford LD, Kondziolka D. Distinguishing Recurrent Tumor and Radiation Necrosis with Positron Emission Tomography versus Stereotactic Biopsy. Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. 73:9-14, 1999
    • Thompson TP, Lunsford LD, Kondziolka D. Technical considerations in movement disorder surgery: frames, imaging, and intraoperative monitoring. Progress in Neurological Surgery, 15:91-102, 2000
    • Thompson TP, Lunsford LD. Trigeminal Neuralgia-Percutaneous Glycerol Rhizotomy pp 219-226 in Follett KA (ed), Neurosurgical Pain Management, Elsevier Inc., Philadelphia, 2004
    • Thompson TP, Lunsford LD, Albright AL. Patient Selection in Movement Disorder Surgery in Yeoman’s Neurological Surgery. Fifth ed. Vol 3, pp 2745-2753, Winn HR ed. Elsevier Inc., Philadelphia, 2004
    • Kondziolka D, Lunsford LD, Thompson TP. Stereotactic Radiosurgery with the Gamma Knife in The Handbook of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, pp 165-177. Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York. Accepted. February 2003
    • Thompson TP, Kondziolka D. “Acoustic Neuroma”, Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences, Aminoff MJ, Daroff RB (eds), Vol. 1, pp 14-16, Academic Press, San Diego. March 2003
  • Manuals, videos, computer programs, and other teaching aids: Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. Patient Education Video.
    • University of Pittsburgh, Copyright 1999
    • Back To Fitness. Lumbar Spine Educational and Fitness DVD. MDFitness, LLC. Copyright 2004
  • Other publications:
    • Thompson TP, Adelson PD. Evaluating brachial plexus birth injuries. Children’s
    • Hospital of Pittsburgh: Physician s Update. Spring 1997
    • Thompson TP, Maitz AH, Kondziolka D, Lunsford LD. Radiation, Radiobiology and 6
    • Neurosurgery. Contemp Neurosurg 21(13):1-6, 1999
    • Thompson TP, Kondziolka D, Lunsford LD. Movement Disorder Surgery. Contemp Neurosurgery, 21(16):1-6, 1999
    • Thompson TP, Witham T, Lunsford LD, Kondziolka D, Flickinger JC. Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Indications and Outcomes. Contemp Neurosurg 22(7), April 2000
    • Witham T, Thompson TP, Marion DW. Prevention wound infections in neurosurgery. Contemp Neurosurg 22(5), February 2000
  • Abstracts:
    • Thompson TP, Pearson HE. Degeneration of mature retinal ganglion cells in area centralis of the cat following loss of post synaptic targets. Eastern Student Research Forum, University of Miami, December 1991.
    • Bonaroti EA, Rose RD, Thompson TP, Adelson PD. Histopathologic and electrophysiologic analysis of end-to-side nerve anastomosis. CNS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, September 1997.
    • Thompson TP, Resnick D, Marion D, Darby J. Acid-Base physiology of therapeutic hypothermia in the treatment of severe head injury. CNS Annual Meeting, Seattle, October 1998.
    • Thompson TP, Lunsford LD, Kondziolka D. Distinguishing Recurrent Tumor and Radiation Necrosis with Positron Emission Tomography versus Stereotactic Biopsy, American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Snowbird, Utah July 1999.
    • Levy EL, Niranjan A, Thompson TP, Scarrow AM, Kondziolka D, Flickinger JC, Lunsford LD. Radiosurgery for intracranial arteriovenous malformations in children. AANS/CNS Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery. New Orleans, LA. February 2000
    • Kondziolka D, Wechsler L, Goldstein S, Gebel J, De Cesare, Cidis-Meltzer C, Thulborn K, Jannetta P, Niranjan A, Thompson T, Elder E. Results from a Trial of Neuronal Transplantation for Patients with Fixed Motor Deficits following Stroke. American Association of Neurological Surgery. San Francisco, April 2000