Ben F. Thompson III

About Ben
Primary Service
  • Pulmonology
Secondary Service
  • Critical Care
Areas of Interest
  • Pneumonia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Lung cancer
  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnea
  • Critical care patient management

Ben Thompson, III, MD, is a board certified, fellowship trained pulmonary and critical care physician with Memorial Medical Group. Dr. Thompson provides comprehensive care and treatment for a variety of conditions of the chest and lungs including endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)which is a specialized form of bronchoscopy that is used to evaluate enlarged lymph nodes in the chest. Pulmonary specialists use EBUS to perform a technique known as transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA), which allows sampling of tissue from lymph nodes. These samples can be used for diagnosing and staging lung cancer, detecting infections, and identifying inflammatory diseases that affect the lungs, such as Sarcoidosis.

He serves on multiple medical committees of Lake Charles Memorial Health System and is the medical director of the ICU as well as being president of the medical staff in 2014.

Education College: Louisiana State University Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine Internship: University of Alabama Hospitals and Clinics Residency: University of Alabama Hospitals and Clinics
Affiliations Memorial Medical Group

Other Specialties or Certifications
  • Diplomat, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Diplomat in Pulmonary Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Diplomat in Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Thoracic Society
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Southern Medical Society
  • Louisiana State Medical Society
  • Calcasieu Parish Medical Society


Special Clinical Interests & Recognition Pulmonary diseases and disorders, as well as critical care management of ICU patients.