Barbara L. Thompson, MD
Professor and Chair
Dr. Thompson joined UTMB’s Department of Family Medicine in 1972. She is a Professor, Family Medicine and currently holds the Sealy Hutchings and Lucille Wright Hutchings Chair. Dr. Thompson currently serves as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, a position she has held since 1998.
Dr. Thompson earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She completed an internship with St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York, New York, and a residency with the UTMB Health Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Thompson was a member of the first class of residents in this program.
Dr. Thompson is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in geriatrics. She has selected as a "Texas Super Doc" by Texas Monthly magazine from 2011 to 2015. She was named one of Best Doctors'® "Best Doctors in America" in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Over her career, Dr. Thompson has held many leadership positions and had many honors bestowed upon her. She has served as president of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, chair of the UTMB Health John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine, president of the Galveston County Medical Society, and held other positions too numerous to list.
Dr. Thompson’s interests include medical student education, resident education and medical history and ethics.