Dr. Joel Thompson, MD


Orthopedic Hand Surgery | Male

Dr. Joel Thompson, MD
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. Dr. Thompson is affiliated with Northwest Medical Center.

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  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
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's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  •  Board certified in Hand Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Arizona not available
  •  Sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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    Dr. Thompson has received 1 sanction

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    • Unprofessional Conduct (12/3/2015)
    • Action Taken: Probation
    • Summary: Please reference the following Document
    • Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    • State: Arizona
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  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • 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)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • 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
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture


  • Medical School
    University Of Arizona

    Graduated in 1996

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Arizona Health Sciences Center

    Completed in 1997

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Arizona Health Sciences Center

    Completed in 2001

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Of Florida

    Completed in 2002

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • 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 Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Humerus
  • 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 Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Wrist Fusion