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Department of Internal Medicine

George Thompson, M.D. View profile as PDF

George  Thompson

Clinical Interests

Dr. Thompson is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine with a joint appointment in the Departments of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, and Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases.  Dr. Thompson specializes in the care of patients with invasive fungal infections and has research interest in fungal diagnostics and host immunogenetics.  His current research focuses on the host-pathogen interaction of humans and both Coccidioides spp. (the agent of “Valley Fever”), and Cryptococcus spp.

Dr. Thompson has served on the IDSA Journal Club which is a committee comprised of 12 panelists who select key papers for review and compose a summary of important articles that is published in the internationally disseminated monthly IDSA News.  Additionally, he is a member of the Coccidioidomycosis Study Group Planning Committee, and as Co-chair of the Mycoses Study Group - a committee responsible for the development of content and dissemination of materials to practitioners across the United States, planning of the mycology content at our yearly meetings (IDSA and ICAAC), and the design of clinical trials.


Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine


Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Immunology


Internal Medicine
Medical Microbiology and Immunology


Infectious Diseases
Medical Microbiology and Immunology


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Infectious Diseases Clinic
4860 Y St., Suite 0101
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-2737

UC Davis Coccidioidomycosis Serology Laboratory

Driving Directions
Phone: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., University of Missouri, Columbia, School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri, 2003


University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, 2007


University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, 2009

Board Certifications:

American Board of Internal Medicine, 2006
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, 2009

Professional Memberships:

American College of Physicians (ACP), Associate Member
American Medical Association
American Society for Microbiology
Coccidioidomycosis Study Group
Education Committee
HIV Medicine Association
Infectious Disease Society of America
International Society for Human and Animal Mycoses
International Society for Infectious Diseases
Mechanisms in Fungal Infections, Editorial Board
Mycoses Study Group
Northern California American College of Physicians
South Texas American College of Physicians

Select Honors and Awards:

IDWeek Program Committee Choice Award, 2012

Top 10 Papers of the year in clinical mycology, 51st Annual Interscience Conference on antimicrobial Agents and Chemotheraphy (ICAAC), Chicago, IL, 2012

Outstanding Teacher in Internal Medicine Award, 2009

Outstanding Clinical Faculty Teaching Award, 2007

Texas Infectious Disease Society Poster Presentation, First Place, 2006

Resident Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, 2005

Alpha Omega Alpha, 2003

Outstanding Achievement in Internal Medicine Award, 2003

Humanism in Medicine Award, 2003

Select Recent Publications:

Thompson GR III, Bays DJ, Taylor SL, Cohen SH, Pappagianis D. Association Between Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Level and Type of Coccidioidal Infection. Medical Mycology. 2013 Apr;51(3):319-23.

Thompson GR III, Kontoyiannis DP, Patterson TF. Management of an Outbreak: Real-World experience in the midst of an Exserohilum meningitis outbreak. J of the American Medical Association (JAMA). 2013; Jun 19;309(23):2493-5.

Brown J, Benedict K, Park BJ, Thompson GR III. Coccidioidomycosis: epidemiology. Clinical Epidemiology. 2013:5 185–197.

Thompson GR III, Wang S, Bercovitch R, Bolaris M, Akker DVD, Taylor S, Lopez R, Catanzaro A, Cadena J, Chin-Hong P, Spellberg B. Routine CSF Analysis in Coccidioidomycosis is Not Required. PLOS One. 2013; May 21;8(5):e64249; 1-5.

Marsden-Haug N, Goldoft M, Ralston C, Limaye AP, Chua J, Hill H, Jecha L, Thompson GR III, Chiller T. Coccidioidomycosis Acquired in Washington State. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2013 Mar;56(6):847-50.

Thompson GR III, Sharma S, Bays DJ, Pruitt R, Engelthaler DM, Bowers J, Driebe EM, Davis M, Libke R, Cohen SH, Pappagianis D. Pleural Effusions Caused by Coccidioidomycosis: ADA levels, serologic parameters, culture results and PCR testing. CHEST. 2013 Mar;143(3):776-81.

Thompson GR III, Wiederhold NP, Najvar LK, Bocanegra R, Kirkpatrick WR, Graybill DR, Patterson TF. A Murine Model of Cryptococcus gattii Meningoencephalitis. J of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 2012 Jun;67(6):1432-8.

Thompson GR III, Bays DJ, Johnson SM, Cohen SH, Pappagianis D, Finkelman MA. D. Serum (13)-β-D-Glucan Measurement in Coccidioidomycosis. J of Clinical Microbiology. 2012 Sep;50(9):3060-2.

Sharma S, Thompson GR III. How I Treat Coccidioidomycosis. Current Fungal Infection Reports. 2013; 7(1):29-35.

Chang C, Gershwin E, Thompson GR III. Fungal Disease of the Nose and Sinuses: An Updated Overview. Current Allergy and Asthma Reports. 2013 Apr;13(2):152-61.

To see if George Thompson is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).