James Thomsen, MD, FAAP, FACS

Pediatric Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon
Surgical Director for Otolaryngology, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite 

Dr. Thomsen is one of the Top Doctor Pediatric ENT Physicians and Head and Neck Surgeons working at PENTA. In fact, Dr. Thomsen is a 14-year consecutive recipient of Atlanta Magazine’s coveted Top Doctor designation.

Dr. Thomsen is a Fellow with the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), a Specialty Fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the American Medical Association, a member of the Society for Ear, Nose, and Throat Advancements in Children, and licensed by the Georgia Composite State Board of Medicine.

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Dr. Thomsen’s Credentials

Licensure / Certification

  • American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Fellow
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Specialty Fellow
  • Georgia Composite State Board of Medicine

Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Residency, Department of Otolaryngology / Surgery, Albany Medical College and Medical Center, Albany, NY
  • Doctor of Medicine, Wright State University of Medicine, Dayton, OH
  • Bachelor of Science, Earlham College, Richmond, IN

Special Interests

  • Complex head and neck disorders
  • Airway management
  • Sinus management
  • Hearing loss
  • Chronic otitis media

Societies / Associations / Honors


  • Thomsen JR, Koltai PJ. Sternomastoid Tumor of Infancy. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 1989; 98-955-959.
  • Zalzal GH, Thomsen JR, Chaney HR, Derkey C. Pulmonary Parameters in Children After Laryngotracheal Reconstruction. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 1990; 99-386-389.
  • Grundfast KM, Guarisco JL, Thomsen JR, Koch B. Diverse Etiologies of Facial Paralysis in Children. Int J. Ped Otorhinolaryngology; 19 (1990) 223-239.
  • Grundfast KM, Thomsen JR, Barber C. An Improved Stent Method for Choanal Atresia Repair. Laryngoscope 101: 425-429.
  • Ornstein J, Thomsen JR, Baker S. Pneumococcal Bacterial Tracheitis. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, May 1991.
  • Derkay C, Thomsen JR, Grundfast KM. Laryngeal Pathology in Hearing-Impaired Children. Accepted for Publication, International Journal Pediatric Otolaryngology.
  • Laryngotracheobronctitis and Epiglottitis in Children Chapter. Pediatric Otolaryngology for the Otolaryngologist, 1996.
  • Adjuvant Therapies for children undergoing adenotonsillectomy, Laryngoscope Supplement, August 2002
  • SLC26A4 genotype, but not cochlear radiologic structure, is correlated with hearing loss in ears with an enlarged vestibular aqueduct.
  • King KA, Choi BY, Zalewski C, Madeo AC, Manichaikul A, Pryor SP, Ferruggiaro A, Eisenman D, Kim HJ, Niparko J, Thomsen J, Butman JA, Griffith AJ, Brewer CC.Laryngoscope. 2010 Feb;120(2):384-9. doi: 10.1002/lary.20722.
  • Otolaryngology Head Neck Surg. 2013 Mar;148(3):494-502. doi: 10.1177/0194599812472435. Epub 2013 Jan 10.
  • Endoscopic posterior cricoid split and costal cartilage graft placement in children. Gerber ME1Modi VKWard RFGower VMThomsen J.

Practice Locations

Dr. Thomsen’s Medical Team

Practice Provider

Patricia Proveaux, N.P.

Surgery Coordinator

(404) 255-2033

Triage On-Call Staff

(404) 255-2033

Director of Audiology

Jennifer Wilk, AuD.