Louise Thomson, MBChB
Cardiac Imaging and Nuclear Medicine
Louise Thomson, MBChB, is an attending staff physician in Nuclear Medicine and Cardiac Imaging at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. She is the Program Director for the Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship at CSMC.
She has over 35 scientific publications including 5 book chapters and articles in medical journals such as the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, European Heart Journal, Journal of Nuclear Medicine, and the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. Ongoing research interests are in advanced cardiac imaging techniques for monitoring of stem cell treatment for heart failure and the non invasive detection of myocardial perfusion abnormalities in women with angina and open coronary arteries.
Dr Thomson's expertise in multimodality cardiac imaging has led to invitations to speak at regional and national scientific meetings for the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and The Society of Nuclear Medicine. She is an instructor for an internationally well regarded local course in advanced certification for cardiac imaging with computed tomography (Masters Series in Cardiac CT) and teaches cardiac nuclear, magnetic resonance and CT imaging to Cedars Sinai Medical Center radiology residents, cardiology fellows and cardiovascular imaging fellows.
She is board-certified in nuclear medicine by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine and fully-licensed to practice medicine in the United States as well as in her native New Zealand. Dr. Thomson completed her medical training at Otago University in Dunedin, graduating with distinction in internal medicine, surgery, psychiatry and general practice. Her residency in internal medicine was in Auckland, NZ. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, having trained first as a Cardiologist at Green Lane Hospital, Auckland, and then as a Nuclear Medicine physician in Australia. On moving to the United States, Dr. Thomson spent a year at the Duke Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Center, Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, before moving to Los Angeles. She is a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Society for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and sits on imaging guidelines committees for the Society of Cardiac Computed Tomography and the Society for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance.