Dr. Jess Thompson Joins UA Department of Surgery Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Team

Jess L. Thompson, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in the repair of congenital heart defects in children, has joined the University of Arizona Department of Surgery as assistant professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Jess L. Thompson, MDJess L. Thompson, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in the repair of congenital heart defects in children, has joined the University of Arizona Department of Surgery as assistant professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
 
A fourth-generation Arizona native, Dr. Thompson comes to the UA from Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where he completed a fellowship in congenital heart surgery. His clinical expertise includes repair of complex neonatal congenital heart disease and adults with congenital heart disease. 
 
Dr. Thompson attended medical school at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency training and cardiothoracic training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. 
 
While at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Thompson participated in a National Institutes of Health Clinical Investigator Program, receiving a master’s degree in biomedical sciences: clinical research. His studies centered on complex heart-valve disease with a specific emphasis on novel anticoagulants and anticoagulation strategies, as well as minimally invasive heart-valve repair and replacement techniques. Dr. Thompson has published his research in scientific journals and presented at both national and international meetings.
 
In his role at the UA, Dr. Thompson will work closely with Michael Teodori, MD, professor of surgery and director of Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, and a renowned specialist in surgical treatments for highly complex heart problems in newborns and children.  
 
"Dr. Thompson is a talented surgeon who will move our congenital heart clinical and research programs forward. We are excited to help him develop into a leader in the field," said Dr. Teodori.
 
“Dr. Thompson has the pedigree and business acumen of someone that will quickly be able to add another dimension to our group,” said Robert Poston, MD, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the UA Department of Surgery and the Jack G. Copeland Endowed Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the UA Sarver Heart Center. “His unique skills enhance our group’s focus on providing excellent customer service and allowing patients to share in decisions related to their healthcare.”
 
“Our Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery has a long history of innovation, contributing significant advances in heart transplantation and technology that extend life for babies whose hearts are severely diseased or damaged," says Rainer W.G. Gruessner, MD, UA Department of Surgery Chairman. "Dr. Thompson is a major addition to this team, and will help us continue to provide the very best care for children with heart problems, as well as adults born with congenital defects."
 
For appointments, please call 520-626-9752.