Robert K. Thompson, M.D.


General Information

  • Joined Peripheral Vascular Associates in 1990
  • Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Cum Laude
  • Doctor of Medicine: University of Tennessee College of Medicine, UT Center for Health Sciences, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Peripheral Vascular Surgery Fellowship: Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas
  • Chief General Surgical Resident & Administrative Chief: University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas
  • General Surgical Resident: University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas
  • General Surgical Internship: University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas

Board Certified

  • General Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

Societies and Organizations

  • Bexar County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Society for Vascular Surgery
  • Southern Association of Vascular Surgery
  • Texas Society of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Society
  • Texas Surgical Society
  • American College of Phlebology

Honors and Awards

  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
  • Vanderbilt University Academic Scholarship
  • John Lott Memorial Scholarship – UT College of Medicine
  • Imhotep Medical Honor Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • AOA Outstanding Graduate Award
  • 1983 Intern of the Year Award – UTHSC Dept. of Surgery
  • 1987 Resident Research Award – UTHSC Dept of Surgery
  • Physician’s Recognition Award – American Medical Association 1993
  • Who’s Who in Directory of Executives and Professionals
  • Best Doctors San Antonio Magazine 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


  • Williams JW, Peters TG, Haggitt R, Van Voorst S, Hickerson W,  Patterson R, Thompson R. Cyclosporine A in orthotopic canine hepatic transplants. Journal of Surgical Research 1982; 32:576-585.
  • Partial heterotopic liver transplantation in a canine mode of hepatic cirrhosis. Research project funded by University of Tennessee student research grant; 1982. Sponsor:  Dr. Thomas Peters.
  • Pediatric appendicitis – five year San Antonio experience. Presented to the Texas Surgical Society; May 1986. Sponsor:  Dr. A. McFee.
  • Exocrine function ablation in segmental pancreas transplantation by graft irradiation.  Research project funded by University of Texas – San Antonio; 1987-88.  Sponsor:  Dr. C.T. Lum.
  • Thompson RK, Lum CT, Davis JR, Knabel CE. Irradiation to reduce exocrine secretion in porcine segmental pancreas transplantation. Transplantation Proceedings 1988; 20(1) Supp. 1:906-907.
    • Poster displayed at the International Transplant Forum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 1987.
    • Oral presentation at the Pancreas Club Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 1988.
    • Resident Research Award – Presentation at J.B. Aust Surgical Society Meeting, June 1988.
  • Thompson RK, Lum CT, Davis JR, Tio FA, Knabel CE, Aust JB.  Ablation of acinar function with preservation of islets in a pig segmental pancreas transplant model. Diabetes 1989; 38 Supp. 1:242.
  • Thompson RK, Peters JI, Sirinek KR, Levine BA. Von-Hippel-Lindau syndrome presenting as pancreatic endocrine insufficiency: a case report.Surgery 1989; 105:598-604.
  • Thompson RK. Lasers in general surgery, book review. Journal of Vascular Surgery 1990; 11(3):482.
  • Traumatic popliteal arterio-venous fistula:  case report and literature review. Presented to the San Antonio Vascular Surgery Society; October 1991.
  • Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome presenting as acute lower extremity ischemia.  Presented to the Texas Surgical Society; April 10, 1999.
  • Contemporary Management of Varicose Veins. Presented to the Baptist Peripheral Vascular Update, 2011.
  • Management of Varicose Veins in a Third World Country. Presented to the Baptist Peripheral Vascular Update, 2012.
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