Mark K. Thompson graduated from West Babylon High School where he was an outstanding member of the Class of 1979. He continued his education by graduating from Harvard University, and thereafter, received his medical degree from Tufts University Medical School where he served on the student council and received the Community Service Award.

Mark completed his residency in neurosurgery at The Temple University Hospital and a fellowship in complex spine surgery at The University of Toronto.

From early in his medical training, Mark developed a keen interest in bringing first tier medical care to underserved communities. As a result, Mark worked at New York inner city hospitals becoming Director of the Sarah and James Brady Brain Injury Program at the Jamaica Hospital Center and then Chief of Neurosurgery at Kings County Hospital. He also served as Vice Chairman of Neurosurgery at SUNY Downstate Medical School where he has trained new generations of doctors.

Mark’s commitment to public service is evidenced by his history of involvement in many student, community, and institutionally based organizations. He has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Man of America and acknowledged by Who’s Who. His service has also been recognized by the U.S. Army, from whom he received the Commander’s Service Medallion and the NYC Police Department where he serves as an Honorary Police Surgeon.

Mark gratefully acknowledges the important educational foundation provided by the fine teachers of the West Babylon Schools.

Mark is also eternally grateful for the outstanding upbringing provided by his parents: the late Charles and Eiko Thompson; support of his siblings: Charles Jr., Mozelle and Berdette Thompson, and his friends and fellow alumni from West Babylon.