Since its inception in 1962, the surgeons and staff at The Clinic of Plastic Surgery have placed great emphasis on providing superior care to their patients in a safe and comfortable environment. Our office location within Baptist Medical Center’s Watkins Building provides extreme convenience, in that it is just up the stairs from Mississippi Surgical Center. Our physicians enjoy the ability to see patients in the office and the surgery center without ever having to leave the building. Patients have the ability to come for their pre and post operative consults in the same building in which they had their surgical procedure, eliminating confusion and stress.
The staff at our clinic location and the staff at Mississippi Surgical Center are both friendly and efficient in ensuring that patients receive top notch care. Furthermore, Mississippi Surgical Center is a privately owned facility which boasts some of Mississippi’s most talented and patient friendly surgeons. Undergoing a surgical procedure of any sort can be worrisome, which is why our surgeons use the board certified Anesthesiologists at Mississippi Surgical Center to ensure that patients are comfortable during their procedure.
The First Plastic Surgery Clinic
Our clinic was founded in 1955 by Dr. James H. Hendrix. Jr., the first plastic surgeon to practice in Mississippi. Dr. Hendrix also established the plastic surgery residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and served as its chief until1972 when he moved to Memphis. He was president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and of the Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Hendrix set a very high standard of plastic surgical care which the surgeons of the Clinic have endeavored to maintain throughout the more than sixty years of continuous service to the community and state.
The Foremost Plastic Surgery Clinic
The highly qualified board certified plastic surgeons and staff provide all types of reconstructive and aesthetic services. The current surgeons have a combined forty-seven years of experience in the specialty of plastic and reconstructive surgery. They seek to utilize the latest techniques and procedures in their practice, and, at the same time, keep the safety and wellbeing of their patients foremost in their recommendations.
Growing up, Dr. Thompson was influenced by his father, who was Director of the Mississippi Crippled Children’s Service and his uncle, a physician and surgeon who was a past president of the Mississippi State Medical Association. Their selfless dedication to the people they served inspired him to choose a career in the medical profession. Dr. Thompson first encountered Plastic Surgery as a student at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. “I had always had an artistic aptitude as well as a strong desire to be a doctor,” he says. “As a medical student, when I first heard Dr. James Hendrix’s lectures on Plastic Surgery, the combination of art and science appealed to me, and I knew it would become my life’s work.” After completing an internship at the University of Virginia and a general surgery residency under Dr. James Hardy at UMC, Dr. Thompson joined Dr. Hendrix at the University of Tennessee Medical College in Memphis for his training in plastic Surgery.
Upon completing his plastic surgery residency, Dr. Thompson returned to Jackson and joined the clinic that Dr. Hendrix had founded in 1955. “After over thirty years of experience I am more fascinated than ever by the artistic and technical aspects of the surgery, and I enjoy very much the relationships with my patients,” he says. “In aesthetic surgery, matching the patient’s desires with the most effective procedure is both challenging and rewarding. Every case is different, but I want the results to look natural; not obvious and overdone.” Dr. Thompson finds great satisfaction also in successful reconstruction of deformities resulting from conditions such as cancer, trauma, and birth defects. He has a special interest in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Thompson and his wife , Martha, have two sons who are also doctors; one, a cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology in Nashville, the other a plastic surgeon on the faculty of Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston Salem. Though his outside interests are mainly family oriented, Dr. Thompson, a member of the Mississippi College Sports Hall of Fame has also been known to play an occasional round of golf.