University of Wisconsin–Madison

Frank J Thornton MD, FRCS

Professor (CHS)

Community Radiology

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  • Undergraduate: University College Cork (Ireland)
  • Medical School: University College Cork Medical School (Ireland)
  • Residency: Beaumont Hospital and Royal College of Surgeons (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Fellowship:
    • Duke University Medical Center
    • University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
    • Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions


Dr. Francis (Frank) J. Thornton is Professor of Radiology (CHS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he is a member of the Community Radiology Section and former Section Chief and Vice-Chair of Community Radiology. Dr. Thornton graduated medical school at University College Cork (National University of Ireland) and is double board-certified in Radiology and Surgery through the Royal College of Surgeons. He completed a 2-year Surgical Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and achieved subspecialty fellowship training in Abdominal Imaging at Duke University Medical Center and MRI Imaging at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Thornton has helped to foster a uniquely integrated academic and community-based model of radiology here in UW Health. He was also the past recipient of the Teacher of the Year as well as several Top Doctor Madison recognitions in 2010, 2012, and 2014. His areas of interest include CT and MR Angiography, Cardiac Imaging, Abdominal and Pelvic CT and MRI. In his personal time, he enjoys running, biking and spending time with his wife Clodagh and three children.