Jeff Thompson, MD
Chief Executive Officer Emeritus
Gundersen Health System
JEFF THOMPSON, MD, is a pediatrician, chief executive officer emeritus at Gundersen Health System, author, and speaker on values-based leadership. Jeff led diverse teams, projects, and divisions, before holding multiple senior executive roles, including fourteen years as a CEO responsible for a staff of seven thousand, hundreds of thousands of patients, and a billion dollars of the community’s money within the Gundersen Health System. His experience as intensive care pediatrician and senior executive has shown him how leading from one’s values has the power to affect long-term meaningful change in patient care, organizational culture, and communities. During Dr. Thompson’s tenure, Gundersen Health System was recognized for high-quality patient care, superior service, lowering the cost of care and leading outside its walls to serve the community. Gundersen has also earned the highest honors of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best AwardTM for 2012 through 2016. In 2015 he was the only US provider to speak in the Blue Zone at the Paris Climate talks. Dr. Thompson received the White House Champions of Change award in 2013.. Dr. Thompson is a past board chair of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, AboutHealth and is currently board chair of Healthcare Without Harm. He also serves on boards for the Catalysis Center for Healthcare Value, EPIC Systems and Aspen Health Strategy Group. Dr. Thompson is the author of Lead True: Live Your Values, Build Your People, Inspire Your Community, (Forbes Books, March 2017). He has also authored and been featured in many articles, book chapters and abstracts on healthcare, leadership and sustainability topics. Dr. Thompson has been board certified in Pediatric Critical Care, Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine, and Pediatrics. He earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He resides in Lacrosse, Wisconsin with his wife and in near proximity to his three grown children.