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“I couldn't hold a piece of paper between my thumb and forefinger without pain. Pain had become part of my daily life. I don't know where I would be today without Dr. Thompson.” – Shana, a grateful patient

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a rare and disabling condition involving nerve and blood vessel compression at the base of the neck which can cause pain in the neck, shoulder, and upper back, in addition to pain, numbness, tingling, fatigue, clotting, and/or lack of blood flow in the arms, hands, and fingers.

The Washington University Center for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, led by Robert Thompson, MD, a Washington University School of Medicine surgeon, offers nationally recognized expertise in all aspects of TOS. It draws patients, including professional athletes, from across the country and the world.

While very few surgeons specialize in TOS, Dr. Thompson has performed over 4,500 surgeries, averages approximately 250 to 300 surgeries annually, and is truly an expert and champion for the TOS community.

A gift to the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Fund at Barnes-Jewish Hospital helps Dr. Thompson and his team advance TOS therapies through innovative research while continuing to grow the number of skilled TOS surgeons through training, collaboration, and education.

If you have questions about your gift, please contact us at [email protected]