Brigadier General Mark W. Thompson received his initial commission from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., graduating as a Distinguished Cadet. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan. Thompson completed his pediatric internship and residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center, neonatology fellowship at the University of Iowa, and medical research fellowship at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He earned a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Abilene Christian University. Thompson is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in General Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and is a Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics.
Thompson’s previous assignment was as the Command Surgeon at U.S. Army Forces Command in Ft. Bragg, N.C. Prior to that, he was the Command Surgeon at U.S. Training and Doctrine Command in Ft. Eustis, Va. He commanded Darnall Army Medical Center in Ft Hood, Texas, as well as the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity at Ft. Drum, N.Y. Thompson served as the Commander of the 31st Combat Support Hospital in Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, and as the Chief of Clinical Operations of Task Force 62nd Medical Brigade at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. Previously, he served as the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Chief of Pediatrics and Program Director of the Neonatology Fellowship at the Joint University of Hawaii/Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC), Hawaii; the Chief of Pediatric Services of the14th Combat Support Hospital, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. He also served a four-year term as Pediatric Consultant to The Surgeon General. Thompson has authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, 12 published abstracts, and over 75 research and invited presentations, and has received several research and teaching awards.
Thompson’s military awards include the Legion of Merit (with five oak leaf clusters), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Navy Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and Meritorious Unit Commendation. He is the recipient of The Surgeon General's "A" Designator for career academic accomplishments and the Order of Military Medical Merit.