Thomison Joins PGM/Trumbull

By Taylor Shoptaw

Dr. John Thomison has joined Pathology Group of the Mid-South/Trumbull Labs LLC.


(Photo: Lance Murphey)

Hometown: Nashville

Education: B.A., Williams College; M.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; residency in anatomic and clinical pathology, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine; fellowship in cytopathology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Family: Wife, Katherine; daughter, Evie; dog, Molly

Favorite quote: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Spending time with my family, especially outdoors: hiking, bicycling, running, hunting

Who has had the greatest influence on you? My father. He taught me the value and joy of hard work, getting your hands dirty and doing jobs yourself, of constantly learning new skills and hobbies.

Why did you pursue a career in medicine and specifically pathology? I grew up in a medical family, so I was exposed to different aspects of medicine from an early age. I liked that not only did the doctors I knew seemed like the most intelligent and capable people, but they were able to work helping others. It helped that my parents genuinely enjoyed their jobs as well. I was always interested in the sciences and community service, so medicine seemed a natural fit. I chose pathology because during medical school I found fascinating every clinical rotation I did. I loved the action of surgery and the thinking and deliberation of medicine, but I also liked knowing how diseases worked in addition to how to treat them. Pathology had the perfect mix of hands-on activity, thinking and problem-solving that I was looking for, by playing the important role of consultant to all other specialties as “the doctor’s doctor.”

What drew you to PGM/Trumbull Labs? I wanted to work in a place using state-of-the-art techniques to diagnose an interesting complexity of cases. PGM/Trumbull definitely provided that, with a great, supportive environment. The skills and expertise of the physicians and staff are comparable to those found in the highest-level pathology laboratories. I like the camaraderie, respect and family atmosphere exhibited among the employees at all levels. It has been a great fit, and I have been very fortunate in my job choice.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Every day I wake up excited and energized about my work for the day. Each case is like a puzzle and I have to synthesize information from a variety of sources to arrive at the correct answer. It is exhilarating having that “aha” moment, especially when it means good news for the patient.


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