James Thompsen

Assistant Vice President, Facilities Engineering

James Thompsen

James Thompsen has over 30 years of experience in managing key infrastructure systems, utilities, and the physical plant of health care facilities. He oversees the Facilities Engineering team of engineers, building managers, plant superintendents, and energy and sustainability professionals, who work together to manage Columbia University Medical Center's building systems and explore opportunities to advance original building utilities and capital infrastructure. In 2008, Jim led the creation of an Energy Master Plan to reduce the campus's energy budget. Under his oversight, Energy and Sustainability initiatives have included setting a goal to reduce the campus's greenhouse gases by 30 percent by 2025. Jim also oversees commissioning for all capital projects, and his team handles $7 million worth of capital infrastructure projects each year.

Before joining CUMC, Jim worked at Continuum Health Partners, Cosentini Associates, and Beth Israel Medical Center. He holds a BS in engineering from City College of New York.

Contact Information


William Black Building
650 W. 168th St., Room B-07
New York, NY 10032

Assistant Information 

Lizbel Vasquez
Executive Assistant to James Thompsen and Diana Mejia


  • Member, National Association of Power Engineers
  • Member, Hospital Engineers’ Society