Natascha S. Thompson, MD, FACP, associate dean for Graduate Medical Education (GME) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been named to the Board of the Tennessee Medical Foundation (TMF), which advocates for and provides support to physicians and other health care professionals impacted by addictive disease or mental or emotional illness.
Dr. Thompson, a 1998 graduate of the UTHSC College of Medicine, was appointed to the board following years of collaboration with the TMF in her former role as Medicine-Pediatrics Program director, and now in her role as associate dean for GME for the College of Medicine at UTHSC.
Dr. Thompson has received several awards, including being named one of the Exceptional Woman in Medicine in 2020, 2021, and 2022. Her new board position will allow her to expand her work in supporting physicians through education and mental health advocacy.
“Working with the Tennessee Medical Foundation, as a collaborative partner to address health concerns in our developing physicians, has been a tremendous asset for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center,” she said. “I am so very appreciative of all the good work that comes out of the TMF and feel privileged to give back to this organization as a board member.
Dr. Thompson joined UTHSC in 2003 as the associate program director for Internal Medicine and Medicine-Pediatrics (Med-Peds) for the Department of Medicine. Prior to being appointed associate dean of Graduate Medical Education in 2019, Dr. Thompson served as the program director of the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency program for 14 years.
Dr. Thompson is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and completed her internship and residency training in med-peds and served as chief resident for the Internal Medicine Residency at UTHSC. Dr. Thompson is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the Top 20 Teaching Award from the UTHSC Department of Medicine, and is recognized among the Memphis Best Doctors listing. She is credited with growing the UTHSC Med-Peds program to one of the largest programs in the country. As GME associate dean, she focuses on oversight of accreditation of the 70-plus ACGME-accredited programs UTHSC as the sponsoring institution.