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Program Director

Paul Thompson, MD, FACC, FACSM

Hartford Hospital, Hartford CT

Dr. Thompson graduated from Tufts University and Tufts University School of Medicine. He served as medical intern, resident, and cardiology catheterization fellow at Tufts Medical Center and completed his cardiology training at Stanford Medical Center.


Dr. Thompson is Chief of Cardiology at Hartford Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut. He has authored over 400 scientific articles on topics including the effects of exercise training on preventing and treating heart disease, the cardiovascular risks of vigorous exercise, the effects of exercise on lipid metabolism, the effects of statins on skeletal muscle, and genetic factors affecting the exercise response. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported several of these projects including the Preventive Cardiology Academic Award; Lipoproteins in Active Men: Role of Exercise & Diet; the Effects of Testosterone on Endothelial Function; Functional Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms Associated with Human Muscle Size and Strength (FAMuSS); and the Effects of Statins on Skeletal Muscle Function (STOMP). He is editor of the book Exercise and Sports Cardiology and a Past President of the American College of Sports Medicine.


Dr. Thompson’s research and clinical interests in exercise originate from his personal interest in distance running. He qualified for the 1972 US Olympic Marathon Trials and finished 16th in the Boston Marathon in 1976.

Paul Thompson, MD
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