Ronald Tompkins

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Ronald G. Tompkins, MD, ScD, was a leading trauma and burn specialist physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a leading ME/CFS researcher, and Chief Medical Officer at the Open Medicine Foundation until he passed away in 2022.[1][2]

Tompkins, along with Dr. Wenzhong Xiao, led the Harvard ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center, whose funding was provided by the Open Medicine Foundation.[3] After Dr Tompkins's sudden death in 2022 a tribute from the Open Medicine Foundation referred to him as a "dear friend to all" who was "driven by a fierce compassion for others" and had a "steadfast dedication to finding answers for millions suffering from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and related diseases.[2]

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  • Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School[4]
  • Division Chief, Surgery, Science and Bioengineering, Division of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital[4] 
  • Founding Director, The Institute for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, a division in Surgery at Mass General[4]

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  • BA, Chemistry, Tulane University, 1972
  • MD, Medicine, Tulane University, 1976
  • SM, Chemical Engineering, MIT, 1983
  • ScD, Chemical Engineering, MIT, 1983
  • Honorary M.A. from Harvard University[4]

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myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

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