The University of Texas
Ian M Thompson Jr MD: Professor Emeritus, The University of Texas; Member, Texas Urology Group. President, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation and The Friends of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Foundation.
Dr. Thompson received his BS from West Point in 1976 and MD from Tulane University in 1980. After a Residency in Urology in San Antonio and fellowship in Urologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he served as Chief of Urology and Chair of Surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center until retiring from the Army in 2000. He was the founding Chair of the Department of Urology and subsequently Director of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center at the UT Health San Antonio. On his retirement from UT in 2017, he was appointed President of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Medical Center Hospital. In November, 2021, he was appointed President of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation and the Friends of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Foundation. He practices Urologic Oncology with his son, Dr Ian M Thompson, III, and the other urologists of the Texas Urology Group. He led the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Dr. Thompson served as Chair of the Early Detection Research Network of the National Cancer Institute, and chaired the Genitourinary Cancer Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group for 14 years. He previously served as Chair of the Urology Residency Review Committee of Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, President of the Society of Urologic Oncology, and President of the American Board of Urology. After serving on Subcommittee A (Cancer Centers) of the National Cancer Institute, he was appointed to the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute in 2016, serving until early 2023. He has served as Principal Investigator of many pivotal, phase 3 clinical trials including SABOR, S8794, SELECT, and PCPT.
He received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Urological Association, the Legion of Merit from the Department of Defense, Presidential Citation from the American Urological Association, the Charles Huggins Medal from the Society of Urologic Oncology, the Hugh Hampton Young Award from the American Urological Association, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is an Honorary Member of the American Urological Association, the Canadian Urological Association, and the Mexican Urological Association. He was awarded the American Urological Association’s highest award, the Ramon Guiteras Award, in 2021.
Dr. Thompson retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army. He served in Saudi Arabia and Iraq as a General Surgeon in the 41st Combat Support Hospital during Operation Desert Storm/Shield in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait. He is married to Dr Donna Thompson, and they have two children: Laura D. Thompson, DNP and Dr Ian M. Thompson, III, two granddaughters: Charlotte and Catherine (Cate), and Charlie Brown, a loyal rescue pup.