Eric Thompson

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Eric Thompson, MD

Professor of Neurological Surgery
Professor of Pediatrics Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery

I'm Eric Thompson. I'm the director of Pediatric Neurosurgery here at Comer Children's Hospital. And essentially, I take care of children, aged 17 to birth, that have any sort of neurosurgical problems whether that be a brain tumor, spine tumor, epilepsy, craniosynostosis, hydrocephalus trauma and all sorts of congenital issues as well.

I chose to become a physician, because I really loved the biological sciences, and I really find it gratifying and satisfying to help people, essentially. And so being a physician, I get to do both of my passions, which is help people and study anatomy, study physiology, study neuroscience, study brain tumors, all of those things.

University of Chicago and Comer Children's Hospital is special because we have the full gamut of specialists here that offer just the top notch care for children and really their families in essentially all pediatric specialties. My philosophy is essentially to treat patients as they were-- as if they were my own children.

Oftentimes parents will even ask me, what would you do if this was your child? And I always give them a very honest answer, and I want my patients to have the best outcomes, to have the best quality of life, to have the best chance of survival depending on what their particular ailment is. And so it's to really form connections with patients and their family, and again, to give them the best quality of care that I can.

Board-certified, pediatric neurosurgeon, Eric Thompson, MD, is an expert in caring for children with complex neurological conditions. Dr. Thompson specializes in traditional and advanced neurosurgery techniques, such as minimally invasive procedures, stereotactic neurosurgery and laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT), so that he can deliver the best treatment option for each child. His expertise includes diagnosing and treating brain and spinal disorders like:

Because every neurological condition is unique and every child will have their own personal neurological experience, Dr. Thompson believes that each patient should have healthcare that is tailored exclusively to them. He will work with his patients and their parents individually to develop a treatment plan that is designed to meet their specific needs and goals.

Along with advancing pediatric neurosurgery care through his clinical practice, Dr. Thompson also uses clinical and basic science research to improve treatments for children with brain and spinal conditions. His work has been published in highly respected, peer-reviewed journals like Nature, Nature Communications, Neuro-Oncology, The Lancet Oncology, The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, Neurosurgery and Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.

Board Certifications

  • Neurological Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons

Practicing Since

  • 2006

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • University of Nebraska College of Medicine


  • Oregon Health & Science University Hospital


  • Oregon Health & Science University Hospital


  • Hospital For Sick Children

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