Dr. Thurman is keenly aware of the confidence his patients place in him. “There’s no greater amount of trust a person can give someone else than a patient gives a surgeon,” he says. “It’s their body, their soul, their everything.”
As a founder of Urology Partners, Dr. Thurman knows building that bond with his patients requires time and compassion. “Those first few visits with patients are very long, but they need to be,” he explains. “I want to really listen, hear what they’re saying and spend time just being human. Hopefully, by the end of the visit, they feel much better because I’ve answered all their questions, discussed all the available treatment options, and relieved some of the anxiety and fears they had coming in.”
Using his deep expertise with minimally invasive laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgical procedures—including the da Vinci® Surgical System, Dr. Thurman treats men battling prostate cancer, as well as men and women with kidney cancer.
“It’s incredible to have the ability to really touch a patient and their family’s lives,” he says. “To have a patient say, ‘You saved my life,’ is very rewarding—especially when your practice is focused on cancer. I learn something from every patient, every surgery. Those experiences only make me a better physician.”
A second-generation urologist, Dr. Thurman grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and completed his surgical internship and urology residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
When he is not caring for patients, Dr. Thurman is an avid runner and speaks fluent Spanish. He and his wife, an internal medicine physician, reside in Fort Worth.