- Neurological Surgery
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Orthopaedics and rehabilitation
Special focus on
- 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 in the Department of Neurological Surgery and 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.