Matthew Thompson

Professor and Vice Chair for Research

University of Washington (UW) Department of Family Medicine

Dr Matthew Thompson is Professor and Vice Chair for Research at the University of Washington (UW) Department of Family Medicine, and inaugural holder of the Helen D. Cohen endowed Professorship. Dr Thompson completed his training in family medicine/general practice in the United Kingdom and the USA, a Master’s degree in public health at the University of Washington, and Doctorate at the University of Oxford. He has held academic positions at the University of Oxford, and the University of Washington. His portfolio of research is focused on several areas to improve diagnostic precision in primary care. A particular focus is on identifying individuals with serious illnesses, including cancer, in primary care settings. Currently this includes the CanTest collaboration, which is a multi-country (USA, UK, Australia, Denmark, Netherlands) collaboration funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), which is  developing new tests and pathways to improve the early diagnosis of cancers in primary care. He is also funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop a clinical quality measure for diagnostic testing pathways for lung cancer using electronic medical record data, including application of natural language processing to identify early symptoms and to identify delays in detection. He also has considerable experience in other research to improve diagnostic precision in primary care settings, including the evaluation of new diagnostic technologies, methods to improve patient centered outcomes of imaging testing, and use of point of care and self-testing.  He has published over 2 scientific articles including landmark publications in Lancet, BMJ, and JAMA. At a national level Dr Thompson has developed clinical evidence guidelines with the US Preventive Services Task Force, and NICE in the UK. Clinically, he works as a Family Doctor in one of UW Medicine neighborhood clinics, and leads teaching on epidemiology and translational research in the UW School of Medicine.

Disclosures: Dr. Thompson has no MCED-related relationships to disclose.