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Ann Thompson, MD, MHCPM

Vice Dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Professor, CCM and Pediatrics

Admin Assistant: JoAnn Reed

Ann E. Thompson, MD, is Vice Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Thompson was previously vice chair (professional development) of the Department of Critical Care Medicine and medical director for clinical resource management at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She served as chief of pediatric critical care from 1981 to 2009 and was interim chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine from 2006 to 2008. She is a past president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine — only the second woman to hold that position — and she is a senior editor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Thompson received her bachelor of arts in biology from the University of Chicago in 1969 and her medical degree from Boston’s Tufts University School of Medicine in 1974. After completing her pediatric residency training at the Tufts New England Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), she trained in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and did a fellowship in pediatric critical care and research at CHOP, which is where she held her first faculty position. In 2003, she received a master’s degree in health care policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.

In 1981, Dr. Thompson became the director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  She continued in that position until October 2015, building and maintaining a successful clinical and academic program, with one of the country’s most distinguished records in clinical outcome, research productivity, and fellowship training. She is chair of the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network, former chair of the subboard of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine of the American Board of Pediatrics and a past member of the RRC for Pediatrics of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Board of Directors of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies.  She has lectured widely on a broad range of clinical issues in pediatric critical care at international critical care congresses in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. In the past several years, Dr. Thompson has become particularly interested in institutional administration and public policy affecting the delivery of health care services, especially those for children, and those related to critical care in general.

Education & Training

University of Chicago BA 1969 Biology
Tufts University School of Medicine MD 1974


Carnegie Mellon University MHCPM 2003 Masters in Health Care Policy and Management

Administrative Titles

Vice Dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Professor, Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics


2003 AAP Section on Critical Care Distinguished Career Award
2004 SCCM Distinguished Service Award
2010 CHP of UPMC Eugene Wiener Award for Outstanding Contributions to Pediatric Healthcare

Current Research Projects

NEAR-4 Kids (National Emergency Airway Registry for children)


Briassoulis G, Venkataraman ST, Thompson AE:  Energy expenditure in critically ill children.  Crit Care Med 2000;28(4):1166-72..

McJunkin JE, de los Reyes EC, Irazuzta JE, Caceres MJ, Khan RR, Minnich LL, Fu KD,

Lovett GD, Tsai T, Thompson AE:  La Crosse encephalitis in children.  N Engl J Med 2001;344(11):801-7.

Kim IK, Phrampus E, Venkataraman S, Pitetti R, Saville A, Corcoran T, Gracely E, Funt N, Thompson A. Helium/oxygen-driven albuterol nebulization in the treatment of children with moderate to severe asthma exacerbations: a randomized, controlled trial. Pediatrics 2005; 116:1127-

Briassoulis G, Venkataraman S and Thompson A. Cytokines and Metabolic Patterns in Pediatric Patients with Critical Illness. Clinical and Developmental Immunology
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 354047,doi:10.1155/2010/354047