Ian M. Thompson, MD

Ian M. Thompson, MD
CTRC Director
Professor, Department of Urology
Glenda and Gary Woods Distinguished Chair in GU Oncology
Henry B. and Edna Smith Dielman Memorial Chair in Urologic Science

Dr. Ian Thompson was named Director of the CTRC in March of 2010. Prior to that he was Chair of the Department of Urology in the School of Medicine. His primary expertise is the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Urologic malignancies including tumors of the kidney, bladder, prostate, testis and male genitalia. He is an internationally recognized expert in these tumors and patients and physicians seek his advice for the care of the most complex problems.


He is also the Principal Investigator of the San Antonio Center for Biomarkers Of Risk of Prostate Cancer. This cohort study, with up to 8 years of followup, currently follows over 3,600 men for development of prostate cancer and has been the source of many recent important developments in the early detection of prostate cancer. He is the Principal Investigator of the Program Project Grant, "The Biology of the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial", a large, multi-institutional, multi-national scientific collaboration investigating the causes and possible prevention opportunities for prostate cancer. He was the primary coordinator of the 18,882-subject Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial and has been Principal Investigator or a co-investigator of several large national clinical trials. The Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, was the largest prostate cancer study ever conducted for prevention of prostate cancer and demonstrated that the medication, finasteride, was associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer. He was elected in 2009 as a Trustee of the American Board of Urology.


Dr. Thompson received his undergraduate degree from West Point and his M.D. degree from Tulane University. After a Residency in Urology in San Antonio, he completed a fellowship in Urologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is Chairman of the Department of Urology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Thompson has published over 400 scientific papers, several dozen book chapters, and has edited five textbooks in medicine and surgery. He previously served as Chair the Residency Review Committee for Urology and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Early Detection Research Network of the National Cancer Institute. He previously served as the President of the Society of Urologic Oncology, the international association of physicians who conduct research and who provide care for patients with urologic malignancies. He currently serves as Chair of the Genitourinary Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group, the largest clinical trials organization supported by the National Cancer Institute. He has served as a Visiting Professor at most major academic institutions in the U.S. as well as at many leading cancer centers in Europe, Asia, Central and South America, as well as Australia.


Dr. Thompson retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army, serving as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center as well as Commander of the 41st Combat Support Hospital. He served in Saudi Arabia and Iraq as a General Surgeon in a Combat Support Hospital during Operation Desert Storm/Shield.