Catherine Thompson P.A.-C., M.P.T.

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Instructor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.6 out of 5 (139 Ratings, 42 Comments)


  • Neurological Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics and rehabilitation

Special focus on

  • Neurosurgery
  • Spinal Surgery


  • M.P.T., University of California San Francisco, San Francisco California 1993
  • P.A.-C., Stanford University School of Medicine-Foothill College, Palo Alto California 2000


Katie Thompson is a physician assistant at the OHSU Spine Center. Physicians assisitants (PAs) are often referred to as mid-level providers. Physician assistants are highly trained members of our neurological surgery health care team who practice medicine with the supervision of licensed physicians, providing patients with a wide range of services that would otherwise be performed by physicians. Specific duties are defined by state regulation and practice setting, but include a variety of both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Utilizing a medical model of patient care, PAs are trained to: obtain medical histories, perform complete physical examinations and minor surgical procedures,  diagnose illnesses, order and interpret routine diagnostic tests, develop treatment and management plans, suture wounds, set fractures, assist in surgery, and-- provide education to patients regarding illness, health promotion and disease prevention.

Katie Thompson works directly with Dr. Raslan in his respective neurosurgical clinics.

Visit the Department of Neurological Surgery's website for information about academics, conferences, residency and fellowships.

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Patient Ratings

4.6 out of 5 (139 Ratings, 42 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 19, 2019

    Yes, a very pleasant they ask the right questions. My doctor is excellent. I'd recommend them. Yeah actually I already have several people and so yes,OHSU is excellent.

  • Dec 08, 2019

    Every one was helpful in getting us to where we needed to be.

  • Nov 26, 2019

    OHSU has the expertise to deal with more complex cases. The various departments coordinate care. Staff is efficient, friendly, and informative.

  • Nov 06, 2019

    Catherine is very skilled and totally professional. She told me that I wouldn't need to come back anymore since my surgery was healing well and there were no complications. She briefed Dr. Arina, and he agreed...baring a future bad fall, I am expected to fully recover.

  • Oct 22, 2019

    They have the expertise to handle complicated cases. They are well organized, knowledgeable and respond to questions.

  • Sep 29, 2019

    Professional, explanation of injury and prognosis thorough and comforting to have such a caring person at this time.

  • Sep 12, 2019

    It was excellent medical help from start to finish.The staff was very supportive truly confident in the people who helped me in the ICU and then the general room subsequent to that and I've subsequently spoke to the surgeon neurosurgeon. And the others of that team that actually worked in the operation. All of them were super and and I understand that my life is saved, but I'm but I was deep (INAUDIBLE). Anyway, it was all great. I was very very happy with all their efforts. I think I'm supposed to press*

  • Aug 17, 2019

    Catherine was extremely thorough and patient. She has answered all of my questions and explained in detail the surgical procedures. Also provided website with useful pictures. She made me feel more knowledgeable and confident about the procedure.

  • Aug 08, 2019

    My experience was very good and I was treated very well.

  • Aug 05, 2019

    Yes, very professional very helpful. Very informative, extremely pleasant visit.

  • Aug 03, 2019

    Always informative, and provides caring treatment!

  • Aug 03, 2019

    Provider answered all my questions, was on time, and it was a pleasant experience.

  • Jul 23, 2019

    Yes, I was very impressed with everything that you done with my husband. I have no regrets of sending him from Grants Pass to your hospital. He was well taken care of and the surgeon was a wonderful person and I'm pleased that he done such a fine job on my husband and I would highly recommend people going to your hospital for any kind of emergency or any kind of illness. Thank you.

  • Jul 10, 2019

    good explanation of previous surgery and pathology reports. Any questions we had were answered and those that Katherine could not, she went to the operating surgeon to get more details and an answer. Very helpful and informative.

  • Jun 27, 2019

    The provider was very prompt and the care was good. Appreciated the help in requesting a copy of the x-ray images from the film dept

  • Jun 15, 2019

    Dr. Thompson, she was right on in explaining details of my medical conditions as well as taking the time (patients). Meaning I was all over the place with my energy and my positive attitude on life but I didn't feel it bothered her. Please convey my thanks, too her in case she doesn't read this message feed back. I will continue too improve my health.

  • May 26, 2019

    Catherine was very caring, knowledgeable, and answered all my questions.

  • May 06, 2019

    I had a bad experience in the recovery after surgery on the 18th of April when I was spending the night. I wouldn't recommend it to anybody.

  • Apr 24, 2019

    Everyone is always helpful and friendly. Drs. are wonderful

  • Apr 22, 2019

    Yes, I seen Dr. Thompson for a follow up after surgery, and I was very pleased with my appointment. She was very nice, and I thought the appointment went really well. Thank you.

  • Apr 02, 2019

    Katie was absolutely delightful!

  • Apr 02, 2019

    She was very good, I enjoyed going up there. So I would recommend are highly. Thank you.

  • Apr 01, 2019

    He's very attentive and caring and listens when you talk to her and she answers all your questions and any concerns you might have and she's excellent and I would recommend her to everyone in my family and my friends.

  • Apr 01, 2019

    Yes, my experience there has been wonderful and I appreciate Dr. Thompson and especially Dr. Marino, and I want to thank everybody up there very much for the courtesy and the wonderful treatment. Thank you.

  • Mar 04, 2019

    Your hospital has been great for me. I really appreciate all the work that is. So I don't know what more I could tell you. Everything that you guys have done for me has been good and I thank you very much so. I guess that's at all. And thank you.

  • Feb 12, 2019

    It was very nice and caring and professional and answered all my questions.

  • Feb 08, 2019

    Katie is a wonderful person and is the type of doctor a patient loves. She explains things clearly and gives you the full story - no sugar coating.

  • Feb 06, 2019

    Very nice and polite visit.She answered the numerous questions that we had with complete professional style and attitude.She was also very informative of the various issues.

  • Jan 27, 2019

    Catherine Thompson is a shining example of the high quality of health care I’ve received at OHSU! I couldn’t be happier with the care I have been given

  • Jan 16, 2019

    The provider was accommodating, caring, concerned, and helpful.

  • Dec 29, 2018

    She was very good. Very helpful, caring, compassionate, and very good at what she does. Thank you.

  • Dec 19, 2018

    I felt Catherine took the time and listened to what I felt I had going on with my shoulder because there was a few issues that were just not cut and dry when you're I guess when you're dealing with nerves things are just not cut and dry and when we got to a point where I felt that she needed she actually took time to go and get the surgeon that did the surgery on my neck, which doesn't probably happen very often and where we could go over several different issues that I have and questions and got me scheduled for a neurologist for I can so we can find out what's going on. So I would think she did spot on and took her time and did her job very well.

  • Nov 14, 2018

    All questions answered in a very clear & concise manner.

  • Nov 14, 2018

    Yes, I was very enthusiastic.... enthusiastic about my provider. I had a lot of anxiety going in and she calmed my fear a lot, just by talking to me, and she was attentive the entire way. And what I'm supposed to do.

  • Oct 31, 2018

    Thoughtful, caring, good listener, knowledgeable. I felt she was my advocate and wanted to do what was best for me. Gave opportunity to ask questions. I didn?t feel rushed out for another patient.

  • Oct 13, 2018

    I like the care I am getting from Catherine Thompson.

  • Sep 25, 2018

    I really like Dr. Orina and physicians assistant Katie Thompson.

  • Sep 01, 2018

    Good. Seemed knowledgeable.

  • Aug 18, 2018

    Catherine is a little inconsistent. She's decent face to face, but not so good on the phone. There's a lack of communication with other doctors. I get told one thing in the office and then a totally different thing with other doctors. She's a very nice lady and knows her business, but not her execution. It's not bad, but just needs better communication.

  • Aug 17, 2018

    I have had nothing but positive results from OHSU and it's associates. The Dr's and staff are all very professional.

  • Aug 14, 2018

    As always, staff were professional and pleasant, I was seen quickly and courteously.

  • Jul 27, 2018

    This provider was good...its the Neurology Dept, as a whole that is problematic. I had serious spine surgery on 7/9...18" incision down my spine, rods implanted etc etc...and. TO DATE, I HAVE NOT SEEN THE SURGEON, Dr he satisfied with the results of the surgery, any new directions I should follow, new meds?

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