Fellowship: Spine Fellow, OrthoCarolina – Department of Orthopedic Spine Surgery, 2019-2020
Dr. Kirk M. Thompson is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon with clinical experience in the comprehensive treatment of spinal disorders. He has clinical interests in minimally-invasive techniques, motion-preserving (non-fusion) surgery, adult deformity, and revision surgery.
Dr. Thompson is engaged in teaching and actively involved in research on spinal disorders, patient outcomes, and complication avoidance. He has authored numerous publications and presented research at national symposiums. He believes that a commitment to research and life-long learning leads to improved patient care and outcomes.
Dr. Thompson uses shared decision-making to create patient-specific treatment plans to achieve the best result for each individual patient. Many patients with spinal disorders do not need surgery and a combination of injections, medications, and lifestyle modifications can often be used to effectively manage these conditions. If spinal surgery is needed, Dr. Thompson uses a personalized approach to create a surgical plan tailored to the needs and preferences of each individual patient.
Professional Societies and Academic Interests:
University of Tennessee – Instructor
Global Spine Journal – Reviewer
North American Spine Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Tennessee Medical Association
Adult degenerative scoliosis and deformity surgery
Anterior lumbar interbody fusion
Cervical disc arthroplasty and motion preserving techniques
Lateral approaches to the lumbar spine
Minimally-invasive spine surgery
Spinal implants and biomechanics
Thoracic disc herniation
I encourage my patients to play an active role in their spine care. Linked below are educational articles about spine anatomy, conditions, and treatments from the North American Spine Society (NASS), Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Increased understanding of one’s own health can lead to better outcomes!