With more than 25 years of experience in Head and Neck and Endocrine Pathology, Dr. Lester D.R. Thompson worked for a decade at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Washington,
DC), continuing as a consultant and research pathologist in the ensuing years for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group in Los Angeles county. He is a retired Navy Captain, with
20 years of service. He has maintained a prodigious research effort (over 240 papers*); serves on the editorial boards of many peer reviewed scientific journals; teaches at national and
international conferences; serves as an active member of a number of national and international societies (including former President of the North American Society of Head and Neck Pathology); is an active member of the College of American Pathologists Protocol Committee (among others); and collaborated on the two most recent editions (2003; 2016) of the World Health Organization’s
classifications for Head and Neck Tumors and Endocrine Organ Tumors. He is the chair of the ICCR head and neck dataset group. He has published 8 books, considered excellent texts in the
field, and will be a contributing co-editor on the new edition of the AFIP Salivary Gland Tumor Fascicle. He is on the standing committee for the World Health Organization Tumor Classification Series.