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William Reid Thompson, III, M.D.

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics


Expertise: Echocardiography, Fetal Echo, Pediatric Cardiology

Research Interests: Stress echo, Fetal echo; Echocardiography; Evaluation of ventricular function; Exploring new methods of teaching cardiac auscultation more

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Appointment Phone: 410-955-9714

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-4513

The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
Appointment Phone: 410-955-9714

1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-4513


Dr. W. Reid Thompson is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include pediatric cardiology. Dr. Thompson is a member of the pediatric cardiovascular team at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Thompson was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina, where he was also Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.D. from the Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and performed a fellowship in cardiology at Children’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Thompson's research interests include stress echo and evaluation of ventricular function in patients with muscular dystrophy, Barth syndrome, and status post chemotherapy. He is also interested in exploring new methods of teaching cardiac auscultation. 

Dr. Thompson is a physician at the Barth Syndrome Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Pediatrics, and the American Board of Pediatrics Sub-Board in Cardiology. He was awarded an Individual National Research Service Award by the National Institutes of Health. He was also an American Heart Association Bugher Fellow and a Child Health Research Center New Program Development Awardee. more


  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine (1984)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatrics (1987)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatric Cardiology (1994, 2008)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Deshmukh S, Thompson WR, Zimmerman SL. "Total anomalous pulmonary venous connection in a neonate characterised by low-dose, high-pitch cardiac CT." Cardiol Young. 2014 Jul 24:1-3. [Epub ahead of print]

Leung DG, Herzka DA, Thompson WR, He B, Bibat G, Tennekoon G, Russell SD, Schuleri KH, Lardo AC, Kass DA, Thompson RE, Judge DP, Wagner KR. "Sildenafil does not improve cardiomyopathy in Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy." Ann Neurol. 2014 Oct;76(4):541-9. doi: 10.1002/ana.24214. Epub 2014 Jul 10.

Vricella LA, Redett R, Thompson WR, Nelson K, Jacobs JP, Cameron DE. "'All is not lost': management of intra-operative coronary injury during the arterial switch operation." Cardiol Young. 2012 Dec;22(6):745-7. doi: 10.1017/S1047951112001990. No abstract available.

Kumar K, Thompson WR. "Evaluation of cardiac auscultation skills in pediatric residents." Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013 Jan;52(1):66-73. doi: 10.1177/0009922812466584. Epub 2012 Nov 26.

Judge DP, Kass DA, Thompson WR, Wagner KR. "Pathophysiology and therapy of cardiac dysfunction in Duchenne muscular dystrophy." Am J Cardiovasc Drugs. 2011 Oct 1;11(5):287-94. doi: 10.2165/11594070-000000000-00000. Review.

Activities & Honors


  • Individual National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health
  • Bugher Fellow, American Heart Association
  • New Program Development Award, Child Health Research Center
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