Better Care, Consistent Care, Patient –Focused Care

laparoscopic surgeryLong Island Laparoscopic Doctorssm is devoted to a Philosophy of patient focused care – What does that mean?

“The Institute of Medicine defines patient-centered care as care that establishes a partnership between providers and patients that provides patients with the support they need to make decisions and participate in their own care.”

We realize that each patient’s needs are different. We also understand that for many of our patients, this may be the first major surgical experience that you are contemplating. Dr. Atwa and Dr. Paracha understand your concerns and the entire staff both here and at the hospital would like you to let us know what we can do to make your surgical experience a pleasant one. We are dedicated to providing you caring, compassionate care. We encourage you to listen to the experiences of our past patients and be assured that your care will be managed by our impressive team of internationally recognized surgeons who are leaders in the field of minimally invasive laparoscopic and bariatric surgery.

Our Doctors

The following is a detailed biography and lists of credentials for Dr. Charles Thompson III, M.D. For more information on our doctors we encourage you to view the video profiles of each doctor by clicking on the watch video button underneath their picture.


Dr. Thompson is a fellow of the noted Cleveland Clinic, Dept of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery of Florida and International co-author and presenter on a wide range of important medical topics.


Dr. Charles E. Thompson, III is a native of Washington, DC. It was there at Howard University, where Dr. Thompson completed his medical education and surgical training. During his time at Howard University, His passion for treating obesity was developed at Howard University after being mentored by Dr. Terrence Fullum. Because of his outstanding work as a resident, Dr. Thompson was asked to present research on kidney transplantation at The Transplant Society’s annual meeting in Sydney, Australia. In addition to presenting internationally, he was chosen from a handful of surgical residents to present pancreatic research at the prestigious New England Surgical Society’s annual meeting.

After completing residency at Howard University, Dr. Thompson decided to continue his training at the Cleveland Clinic Florida by completing a fellowship in metabolic/bariatric surgery. Training under the world-renowned Dr. Raul Rosenthal and Dr. Samuel Szomstein, Dr. Thompson performed over 300 bariatric, endoscopic, and advanced laparoscopic procedures. Training at the Cleveland Clinic under the direction of Drs. Rosenthal and Szomstein enabled Dr. Thompson to become intimately involved with cutting-edge surgical techniques and minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Thompson’s passion for bariatric surgery stems from the amazing results patients experience from these procedures. Aside from bariatric surgery, Dr. Thompson is skilled in performing minimally invasive (laparoscopic) procedures for the gall bladder, stomach, intestine, reflux disease, spleen, and many types of hernias.. Besides his strong training background and surgical technique, Dr. Thompson’s patient-first approach, caring bedside manner, and welcoming personality are what patients credit to their high degree of satisfaction with their treatment.

Education and Clinical Training

  • Bariatric and MIS Clinical Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Dept. Bariatrics/Minimally Invasive Surgery, Weston, Fl, 2012-2013
  • General Surgery Resident, Howard University Hospital, Department of Surgery, Washington, DC, 2007- 2012
  • 2003 - 2007 MD, Howard University, Washington, DC
  • 1999 – 2003 BS, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

Awards and Honors:

  • 2006 -Scholar in Cancer Research Award Recipient, American Association for Cancer Research
  • 2003 -Graduated cum laude, Morehouse College,

Work Experience:

  • May 2005- May 2007 Intern- Lab of Cancer Metastasis
    Howard University Cancer Center, Washington, DC
    Laboratory of Dr. Agnes Day; Research focused on identifying biomarkers for different forms of breast cancer in the hopes of discovering markers for more severe, metastatic forms of breast cancer
  • June 2002- May 2003 - Minorities in Biomedical Research Scholar (MBRS)
    Morehouse School of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience Atlanta, GA
    Laboratory of Dr. Darryl Jackson; Continued research from the previous summer with G-protein coupled receptors under transient hypoxic conditions
  • June 2002-August 2002 - Morehouse School of Medicine Neuroscience Program
    Morehouse School of Medicine Atlanta, GA
    Laboratory of Dr. Darryl Jackson; Conducted research with G-protein coupled receptors under transient hypoxic conditions
  • June 2001-August 2001 - Medical Education Program (MMEP)
    Duke University Medical Center, Duke University Durham, NC
    Program designed to prepare student for medical school; preparation, physician shadowing, health science seminars

Publications and Presentations:

  • 2013 - Thompson, III, CE, Ahmad, H, LoMenzo, E, Szomstein, S, Rosenthal, RJ. Operative strategies in management of staple line disruptions after sleeve gastrectomy for severe obesity: The use of proximal gastrectomy as an alternative treatment modality. Br J Surg (submitted for publication)
  • 2013 - Thompson, III, CE, MD, Cozacov, Yaniv MD, Lo Menzo, Emanuele, MD, PhD, Szomstein, Samuel, MD, Rosenthal, Raul, MD. Immediate Postoperative Complications. In RA Forse & CM Apovian Bariatric Surgery—What every provider needs to know. Thorofare, New Jersey: Slack Inc. (submitted for publication)
  • 2007 - Mason, J., Yancy, H., Thompson, III, C. Peters, S., Day, A, Littleton, G. Metastatic progression and gene expression between breast cancer cell lines from African American and Caucasian women. J Carcinog. May
  • 2008 - Poster Presentation- Thompson, III, CE, Callendar, CO, Hernandez, A. The Emergence of Renal Nephrotoxicity: A Reversible Adverse Reaction of IVIG Therapy in Renal Transplant Patients. International Transplant Congress, Sydney, Australia, August
  • 2007 - Poster Presentation- Thompson, III, CE, Ong'Uti, SK, Ortega, G, Oyetunji, TO, Onwuka EA, Allen, D, Tran, DD, Frederick, WAI, Fullum, T. Whether or not to preserve the spleen: Assessing Outcomes of Distal Pancreatectomy. New England Surgical Society Annual Conference, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, September 2011
  • 2006 - Poster Presentation- Mason, J., Yancy, H., Thompson, III, C. Peters, S., Day, A, Littleton, G. Metastatic Progression and Gene Expression in Cell Lines from African American and Caucasian Women. 97th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, Washington, DC. April
  • 2005 - Presenter- Mason, J., Yancy, H., Thompson, III, C., Peters, S., Day, A., Littleton, G. Comparative Study of Metastatic Progression and Gene Expression between African America and Caucasian Women with Breast Cancer. College of Medicine Annual Research Seminar, Howard University
  • 2001 - Presenter- Thompson, III, C. E., Allen, DJ, Modrich, P. Transformation of Mismatch Binding Activity of MutS in a DNA Cleaving Environment. 13th Annual MAPP Symposium, Morehouse College.
  • 1998 Presenter- Thompson, III, C. E., Tenenbaum, S. Keene, JD. In Vitro Selection of Combinatorial RNA Using Autoimmune Patient Sera. Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February

Continuing Education Courses:

  • Realize Band Training Program- Ethicon Endosurgery Minimally Invasive Surgery Training Program, Cincinnati, Ohio,September 2011

Hospital and Professional Affiliations

  • Candidate Member, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Fellow (post-graduate) member, American College of Surgeons
  • General Surgery Board Eligible, pending 2013
  • Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery, certified 2012
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support, certified 2012
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support, certified 2009
  • RealizeTM Adjustable Band Certification and Training, Ethicon Endosurgery Corp. 2012
  • St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center - Port Jefferson, NY
  • John T. Mather Hospital - Port Jefferson, NY
  • St. Catherine’s of Siena Medical Center - Smithtown, NY
  • Peconic Bay Medical Center, Riverhead, NY