John T. Thompson, M.D. received his bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University and graduated from the Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1980. He performed his ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. He completed his surgical retina specialty training with Dr. Ron Michels at The Wilmer Institute and his medical retina training at the Retinal Vascular Center of the Wilmer Institute. He was the Assistant Chief of Service at The Wilmer Institute in 1986 and was appointed Assistant Professor and Director of the Retina Section at Yale University in 1986. He was promoted to Associate Professor at Yale in 1990. He became a partner at the Retina Institute of Maryland in 1992. He founded Retina Specialists with Dr. Sjaarda in 1996.
Dr. Thompson has published over 100 papers and has been a co-author on over 170 abstracts. He has made numerous national and international scientific presentations. Dr. Thompson is actively involved in teaching residents at the combined Wilmer Institute /Greater Baltimore Medical Center ophthalmology residency program. He is an Assistant Professor at the Wilmer Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. He has been listed in Best Doctors in America and was recognized by Baltimore Magazine as one of "Baltimore's Top Docs". He is a member of the Retina Society, the Macula Society, the American Society of Retina Specialists, Club Jules Gonin, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Ophthalmological Society and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He was President of the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons from 2003 – 2005 and Past-President of the Baltimore City Medical Society in 2008. He is currently President of the American Society of Retina Specialists. Dr. Thompson's goal is to provide the best medical and surgical retina care in a compassionate environment where the patient is the primary focus.