Jeffrey E. Thompson, MD

CEO
Gundersen Lutheran Health System

Jeffrey Thompson, MD, is chief executive officer and chairman of the boards of Gundersen Lutheran Health System, and a practicing pediatric intensivist and neonatologist. He also recently stepped down as the chairman of the board of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and is chairman of the board of the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium.

Since completing his professional training, Dr. Thompson has worked full time solely at Gundersen Clinic and Lutheran Hospital – La Crosse (now Gundersen Lutheran) since 1984. From 1992 to 1996, he served on the former Board of Directors of Gundersen Clinic and played a key role in the negotiations and governance design that led up to the merger between Gundersen Clinic and Lutheran Health System. Since 1996, Dr. Thompson has been a member of the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees. He served as executive vice president from 1995 to 2001. From 2001 to present he has served as chief executive officer.

Dr. Thompson is board certified in Pediatric Critical Care, Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine, and Pediatrics. He finished his Neonatal fellowship at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1984. He was a Pediatric resident from 1979 to 1982 at the same institution. He completed his Pediatric internship at the University of California-Davis from 1978 to 1979. Dr. Thompson graduated in 1978 from the University ofWisconsin-Madison Medical School. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as their subsections in Neonatal and Critical Care Medicine and is a member of American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Thompson has authored or co-authored more than 15 scientific publications and abstracts.