Professor Rachel Thomson

Head, Greenslopes Clinical Unit

Medical School (Greater Brisbane Clinical School)
Faculty of Medicine

ATH - Professor

Greenslopes Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
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Professor Rachel Thomson is a Head of the Greenslopes Clinical Unit, Thoracic Physician and clinical researcher working at Greenslopes Private Hospital.

She has an international reputation in the area of Pulmonary Nontuberculous mycobacterial disease. She has published widely in the area and is regularly invited to speak at international and national meetings.

Her current research focuses on immunological and environmental aspects of susceptibility to NTM infection, characteristics of the lung and gut microbiome in NTM, and improving treatment outcomes.

In a clinical capacity, Professor Thomson is able to offer patients expert management of their disease at Pulmedica, Greenslopes Private Hospital, at public clinics at The Prince Charles Hospital and the MetroSouth Clinical TB service of the Princess Alexandra Hospital and via telehealth for patients across Australia. Patients can also access novel treatments through clinical trials in both the private and public sector.

Prof Thomson also has a special interest in respiratory problems of the elite athlete. This includes asthma management, vocal cord dysfunction, and the requirements of national and international doping organisations for asthma medications.

Research Interests

  • Pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacterial disease
  • Genetic relatedness of mycobacterial strains
  • Environmental ecology of mycobacteria


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Thomson, Rachel (2021). Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Pulmonary Disease (NTM-PD). Encyclopedia of Respiratory Medicine, Second Edition. (pp. 99-114) London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-801238-3.11637-x

  • Thomson, Rachel (2017). Mycobacteria other than TB. Management of tuberculosis: a guide for clinicians. (pp. 160-170) edited by Justin Denholm, Alan Street and Emma McBride. Canberra, ACT, Australia: Australasian Tuberculosis Program.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor