Chris M. Thomson, M.D., M.S., FACEP
Associate Professor and Chair, Division of Emergency Medicine
Department of Primary Care
Dr. Thomson earned a Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary with concentrations in Biology and Psychology and a Master’s degree in Biophysics from the Medical College of Virginia (now Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine) in the neurophysiology lab of Dr. Barry Stein. He obtained his M.D. degree at the Medical College of Virginia as a member of A.O.A. Honor Society, and completed his internship and residency in Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. While in residency, Dr. Thomson obtained specialty certification in Hyperbaric Medicine and published additional bench research on novel therapies in the treatment of carbon monoxide toxicity. Prior to coming to Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Thomson served as the Medical Director for Centra Emergency Services Group.
Dr. Thomson is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia chapter. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Centra Health, Centra Medical Group, and LifeNet Health. His clinical interests focus on stroke and acute myocardial infarction and administrative efforts are directed toward operational excellence in medicine and enhancing regional coordination of emergency and trauma care. Dr. Thomson has a strong interest in international emergency medicine, highlighted by a month in Beijing, China, in 2008 during the Summer Olympic Games where he worked in the NBC Emergency Department in the International Broadcast Center.
Dr. Thomson’s passion for performance improvement and change management led him to co-found Art of Healthcare (AoH) with Dr. Chad Hoyt, a cardiologist. AoH is a performance improvement and technology company delivering solutions to physician groups and healthcare systems. His desire to guide cost containment led to inclusion in a select group of 14 physicians on the recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project which culminated in the publication: Physician Network on Health Care Cost: Consensus Themes and Recommendations.
Routinely, Dr. Thomson also travels to Asia and South America promoting the development of emergency medicine and trauma systems.