Rochester, Minnesota


Thompson.Robert@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


The research interests of R. H. Thompson, M.D., include treatment of malignant tumors of the urinary tract, including kidney, prostate, bladder and testicular cancers.

Dr. Thompson's work involves evaluating immune system regulators predictive of outcome as well as evaluating optimal ways to reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease for patients with kidney cancer. He is prospectively studying the optimal surgical approach for treating patients with prostate cancer; working to understand optimal treatment for patients with bladder cancer and how management of treatment impacts quality of life; and evaluating the ideal boundaries of lymph node dissection, including lymph node counts for patients with testicular cancer. He is also interested in studying robotic versus open approaches for surgical management of urologic cancers.

Dr. Thompson is a member of the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute Renal Cancer Task Force.

Focus areas

  • Evaluation of optimal treatment for patients with a small renal mass
  • Studying the impact of bladder cancer surgery and its impact on kidney function
  • Understanding patterns of recurrence after surgery for kidney and bladder cancer

Significance to patient care

Multiple management options, including active surveillance, are available for patients with early-stage prostate, kidney, bladder and testis cancer. Dr. Thompson is studying optimal ways for patients to be treated, including potential impacts on quality of life.

Professional highlights

  • Member, Guideline panel for management of small renal mass, American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2014-present
  • Consulting editor, European Urology journal, 2012-present; British Journal of Urology International, 2012-present
  • Member, Renal Cancer Task Force, National Cancer Institute, 2011


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Urology

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Urology


  1. Clinical/Research Fellowship - Urologic Oncology Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  2. Chief Resident - Urology Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. Resident - Urology Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. Internship - General Surgery Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. MD - Summa Cum Laude Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  6. BS - Cell & Molecular Biology University of Washington, Seattle

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