Dr. Joel Thompson, MD

Dr. Joel Thompson, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 58
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Joel Thompson, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery doctor who practices in Tucson, AZ. He is 58 years old and has been practicing for 21 years.

3972 N Campbell Ave

Tucson, AZ 85719

Contact Information

(520) 639-9009

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Golden Rule
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • 3 More

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
very high
more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
very high
more than 99% of peers
Shoulder Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers

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  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture


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  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Wrist Fusion


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Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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1 Sanction
  • Unprofessional Conduct (12/3/2015)
    Action Taken: Probation
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: Arizona
0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Arizona
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • University Of Arizona Health Sciences Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1997
  • University Of Arizona Health Sciences Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2001
  • University Of Florida
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2002

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Thompson has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Dr. Thompson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Thompson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Thompson to family and friends
based on 48 total reviews (10 with comments)
Dr. Thompson's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
in Tucson, AZ |
I can’t say enough nice things about Dr. Thompson. Besides his surgical outstanding skills, he is very personable, speaks in terms that are easily understood and is very funny and outgoing. His staff is also top flight. Thank You Doctor.
in Tucson, AZ |
Dr. Thompson is a fantastic Dr. He has great bedside manner. He listens to you and answers all your questions and in terms you can understand. He is very compassionate to how you are feeling. There aren't many doctors left like Dr Thompson. I recommend him to anyone who needs a hand, shoulder or elbow procedure.
Tucson, AZ |
The appointment process easy with the staff mailing the necessary new patient paperwork to me prior to the appointment. Dr. Thompson apologized for the 10-15 minute wait and introduced himself and his assistant. He went over the findings of the MRI and x-rays in detail and discussed treatment options. My only concern was I felt like he did not give me enough time to ponder his treatment and I signed the treatment option after the treatment was performed. I understand I could have slowed pro
in Tucson, AZ |
I had a complete left shoulder replacement, and will have the right shoulder replaced later this year. I can't say enough great things about Dr. Thompson. It has been 6 months since my first surgery, and I have nearly 100% movement, and absolutely no pain or discomfort of any kind. I am back in the swimming pool - - swimming again! He is wonderful surgeon!
in Tucson |
My husband and I have both had to have procedures done by Dr. Thompson. He's an excellent doctor and has the best personality of any doctor I've ever seen. Highly recommend!
Tucson, AZ |
My experience was okay. Dr. Thompson was good about explaining my injury and options. I'm 2.5 years out from my injury from an accident and 11 months out from my surgery, finally starting to almost be pain free. I see a PT (on my own, not as recommended by surgeon) who is helping me with my recovery. I would recommend, but think the Doctor/Staff could do a better job with post op care information and followup post surgery check-in regarding pain management and how best to keep swelling down.
in San Manuel, AZ |
Dr. Joel D. Thompson is a thorough, hardworking, extremely intelligent and insightful surgeon. He is entirely dedicated to patient care, personable professionalism, a gentleman in every sense of the words. The highest recommendation possible to rank Dr. Joel D. Thompson would at the very top in the Shoulder, Elbow and Hand care. In short as a patient's view after a decade under Dr. Joel D. Thompson's care, I would rather fight than switch. Betty S. Beauchemin , San Manuel ,AZ.
in Tucson, AZ |
Dr. Thompson is one in a million. His bedside manner and surgical skills are superior to any doctor I have ever seen. I have had two shoulder surgeries and he always calls that same evening to make sure I am doing okay and to answer any questions I may have. I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Thompson and his staff. I wouldn't recommend any one else.
in Tubac, AZ |
Outstanding in every way. Great bedside manner, listens and explains things clearly. Surgical skills are exemplary. Office staff is friendly, helpful, and treats patients with great respect. Have had 2 surgeries performed by Dr. Thompson; carpal tunnel and rotator cuff repair. Great results with both. Dr. Thompson followed up the shoulder surgery with a call two days afterward to check on my status and to answer any questions or concerns I had. Have referred many friends to him for care.
in Tucson, AZ |
Excellent surgeon. Supersedes his peers.
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Dr. Thompson accepts 12 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • American Republic
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield
    Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
    Blue HMO
    Worker's Compensation WC
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Golden Rule
  • Health Net
    Health Net PPO
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Humana
    Tucson HMOx
  • Premera Blue Cross
    Heritage Signature
  • Principal Life
  • Travelers
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Thompson has admitting privileges

Northwest Medical Center
6200 N La Cholla Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85741
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