Southern Association for Vascular surgery
Spring 2021 Newsletter

Vascular Specialist

The Jesse E. Thompson, MD Distinguished Guest Lecturer

The Jesse E. Thompson Lecture was established in 2011 in memory of Dr. Thompson who had an illustrious and productive career in vascular surgery. Dr. Thompson was renowned for his pioneering work in carotid surgery including performing the first carotid procedure in Dallas in 1957. Dr. Thompson completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas in Austin in 1939 and delayed his Rhodes Scholarship to serve in the Army. He completed his medical degree at Harvard University Medical School and his surgery training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He first started his medical practice at Boston University but then moved his practice to Baylor University in Dallas. He continued his clinical and academic career by establishing a vascular surgery fellowship in 1964 and trained more than 89 surgeons before his retirement in 1988. Dr. Thompson published widely in medical literature including 175 publications and was president of our beloved Southern Association for Vascular Surgery (SAVS) in 1987. In 2004, he was awarded the first Rudolph Matas Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes his outstanding individual contributions to the field of vascular surgery. His friends, family and trainees endowed a lectureship in his honor in 1988 and then continued in his memory after his death in 2008. The fund was then transferred to SAVS in 2011 when we established the Distinguished Thompson Lecture. We remain grateful for the generosity of the Thompson family for their continued support of this lecture.

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