Dr. Thompson has authored over 200 scientific articles on topics which include the effects of exercise training on preventing and treating heart disease; the risk of sudden death during exercise; the effects of statins on muscle function, and genetic factors affecting the exercise response. He is also an associate editor of “The Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine” and editor of the book, “Exercise and Sports Cardiology”. Dr. Thompson’s research and clinical interests in exercise originate from his personal interest in distance running. He qualified for the 1972 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Eugene, Oregon and finished 16th in the Boston Marathon in 1976. He continues to run recreationally and has completed the last 11 Boston Marathons. Dr. Thompson has served as a television medical commentator for two Boston and five NYC Marathons and commented on the 1992 and 1993 NYC events while running the race. He was NBC’s Sports Medicine Analyst at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea and served in a similar capacity for ABC’s coverage of the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba. He has been a guest on Good Morning America nine times.
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