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About Dr. John Thorson
Dr. John Thorson, MD, PHD is a Doctor primarily located in La Jolla, CA. He has 20 years of experience. His specialties include Clinical Pathology, Pathology and Medical Genetics. Dr. Thorson is affiliated with UCSD-Thornton Hospital, University Hospital and UCSD Med Center La Jolla. He speaks English.
Dr. John Thorson has the following 3 specialties
- Clinical Pathology
If you’ve ever provided a urine or blood sample, you’ve worked with a clinical pathologist — you probably just didn’t know it. They work behind the scenes in laboratories to examine bodily fluid specimens and detect substances or diseases. This means they're required to have a comprehensive knowledge of disease and what it looks like under a microscope.
They provide test results to your doctor, who then makes an informed decision about your diagnosis and the best treatment options for you. Without the work of clinical pathologists, doctors technically wouldn’t be able to diagnose patients as accurately as we can today. It's also worth noting that clinical pathologists are different from anatomical pathologists, who analyze tissue taken from a biopsy or entire infected areas as well as whole body parts.
A pathologist is a physician who specializes in the causes and paths taken by different diseases in order to accurately diagnose an illness.
Pathologists diagnose and determine the characteristics of a disease through the study of biopsies of diseased tissue or of bodily fluids. For example, a pathologist will look at a biopsy of a skin lesion in order to diagnose or rule out skin cancer. A pathologist will also look at a Pap smear in order to check for a gynecological cancer like cancer of the uterus.
In addition to determining the cause and development of a disease, these specialists also study the changes a disease makes to a body and the consequences of those structural changes.
- Medical Genetics
Geneticists are doctors with expertise in genetic or hereditary disorders. Many of the diseases we get are inherited, or passed on through the genes of our biological parents. These specialists study the biology behind a genetic disorder's origin, the traits that it presents in a patient and its pathway. This allows them to diagnose and treat each illness effectively.
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Dr. Thorson is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
UCSD Med Center La Jolla
UC San Diego Health System
UCSD Med Center Hillcrest
St Johns Cassville Inc
20 Years Experience
University Of Iowa Roy J And Lucille A Carver College Of Medicine
Graduated in 1993
Dr. John Thorson accepts the following insurance providers.
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Locations & DirectionsUCSD-Thornton Hospital, 9300 Campus Point Dr, La Jolla, CA
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