Lake Regional Health System welcomes Donald Thompson, M.D., to Lake Regional Gastroenterology. He joins Kevin Byrne, D.O., and Krista Jones, PA-C, at the clinic. A board-certified gastroenterologist, Dr. Thompson helps patients improve their digestive health to improve their overall health.
“Dr. Thompson understands the struggles that come with poor digestive health,” said Chase Walker, manager of Lake Regional Gastroenterology. “He collaborates with his patients and walks by their side through their treatment journey.”
Dr. Thompson treats conditions affecting the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver.
“Many times, gastrointestinal issues are the topic of humor, but in reality, gastrointestinal disorders and diseases that affect the GI system substantially detract from a patient’s quality of life,” Dr. Thompson said. “I have seen many patients quietly suffer from their symptoms to the detriment of their family, personal and work lives. By addressing their diseases, patients frequently regain their independence and begin to enjoy activities that they had long since given up on experiencing.”
Dr. Thompson earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, studying in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Missouri – Columbia and a fellowship in gastroenterology at Baylor University in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Thompson enjoys taking time to educate his patients.
“My priority is to teach my patients about their diseases and best options for management,” he said. “I work hard to individualize treatment options for each person.”
Originally from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Dr. Thompson has been married for 20 years to his wife, GiGi, a school nurse. They have twin daughters in college and one son in high school. Dr. Thompson enjoys cheering his kids on in their sports and spending time outdoors, especially trout fishing at Bennett Spring State Park. He also has a farm near Bennett Spring that he enjoys working.