Hospital Affiliations

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Northside Hospital

Practice Locations

PENTA – Atlanta Scottish Rite

PENTA – Alpharetta

PENTA – East Cobb

Appointment Request

Appointment Line
(404) 255-2033

James Thomsen, MD, FAAP, FACS

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

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.