Dr. Thomas Chi, MD, graduated as a President's Scholar from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology as well as Masters degrees in both Sociology and Music. He went on to earn his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. After graduating, he completed his urology residency training at UCSF. After completing his Chief Resident year in the Department of Urology, he continued on to finish a fellowship in Endourology and Laparoscopy under the mentorship of Dr. Marshall L. Stoller.
During his fellowship, Dr. Chi was awarded grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and the American Urological Association Urology Care Foundation to research the fundamental mechanisms underlying the formation of urinary stones. He developed a novel model for the study of kidney stones utilizing the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster.
He joined the UCSF faculty of the Department of Urology in 2013 where his clinical interests include the care of patients with urinary stone disease, reducing radiation exposure for stone patients through novel applications of ultrasound, as well as minimally invasive surgery. As a board certified urologist, he specializes in the performance of endoscopic, laparoscopic, and percutaneous surgeries.
In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Chi supervises a basic science lab where he is a part of a cross-disciplinary research team. He is the associate director for the NIH-funded P20 nephrolithiasis research progam at UCSF where his research focuses on advancing the understanding of how kidney stones form and developing new medical preventative interventions. His clinical research is funded by the NIH and focuses on novel applications of ultrasound for the treatment of nephrolithiasis patients and using ultrasound to guide percutaneous stone surgery. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters spanning both basic science as well as epidemiologic approaches centered around improving the care of patients with urinary stone disease.