The gift of a lifetime

With a career spanning four decades, multiple cities and many hours spent teaching medical students and registrars, Medicine alumnus and radiologist Dr Shane Thompson wants his legacy to reflect what initially attracted him to medicine.

“I was inspired to study medicine when I was 16 years old after I heard a lecture by UQ’s Medical Dean at the time, Professor Eric Saint,” Dr Thompson recalls.

“I vividly remember him saying that ‘with medicine, the world is your oyster – you can go anywhere and do anything’, and that really stuck with me."

As a young radiologist, Dr Thompson received a scholarship that enabled him to work overseas. He spent more than a year working at the Bristol Royal Infirmary in the UK and as a radiology research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital (the original and largest teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School) in Boston, USA.

These invaluable experiences had a significant impact on Dr Thompson’s career – such an impact that the now-retired radiologist has decided to leave a multi-million dollar legacy gift to establish the Dr Shane Thompson Radiology Scholarship. The bequest scholarship will enable a senior radiology registrar or fellow to attend a leading radiology training facility overseas.

“The opportunity I was given in my early career was so rewarding; it broadened my mind and exposed me to different medical systems around the world. I learnt so much about the standards and contrast in quality of care in different countries and populations, which helped shape my career.

“I hope to create a similar opportunity to help someone else further their career in radiology, and a legacy gift seemed like the perfect way to do this. I want to give that gift to someone else."

To create your legacy through a bequest gift, contact Advancement on +61 7 3365 5077 or email

This story is featured in the Summer 2018 edition of UQMedicine Magazine. View the latest edition here. Or to listen, watch, or read more stories from UQ’s Faculty of Medicine visit our blog, MayneStream.