Thomas Chi, MD,MBA
Dr. Thomas Chi, MD, MBA, is Kutzmann Endowed Professor and Associate Chair for Clinical Programs with the UCSF Department of Urology. He graduated as a President's Scholar from Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology and Master’s degrees in both Sociology and Music. Dr. Chi earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine then completed urology residency at UCSF followed by a fellowship in Endourology and Laparoscopy. Dr. Chi also earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
A dedicated surgeon-scientist, Dr. Chi leads a research team where his innovative approaches to clinical trials and discovering new treatments for kidney stones and BPH have been recognized by funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the American Urological Association (AUA) Urology Care Foundation. He has engaged community members and patients to build research programs with an eye on clinical translation. His contributions to the field of urology have led to him being the 2020 recipient of the AUA Gold Cystoscope Award and 2023 Recipient of the Endourological Association Arthur Smith Award. These prestigious awards are presented annually to a urologist distinguished by outstanding contributions to the profession.
Dr. Chi is an internationally-recognized expert in treating kidney stones and BPH. He established the first x-ray-free kidney stone treatment center in the United States and has created a multidisciplinary BPH care clinic for men’s health at UCSF. These clinical programs facilitate safer surgery for patients with faster recovery and improved clinical outcomes. He specializes in performing endoscopic, laparoscopic, and percutaneous stone surgeries. Dr. Chi has used ultrasound guidance to create innovative radiation-free kidney stone surgeries for stone removal. He is also an expert in performing Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP) - a minimally invasive operation to treat men with BPH.
Dr. Chi’s pursuit of excellence extends to improving healthcare systems. He serves UCSF Health as Medical Director of the Parnassus Outpatient Surgery Center and as Ambulatory Executive Medical Director for Surgical Subspecialties. In these roles, Dr. Chi stewards surgical services toward increasing quality and accessibility for patients.
For more info: https://urology.ucsf.edu/people/thomas-chi