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Champion of Women’s Issues Honored with National GWIMS Leadership Award

Mon, 12/03/2018

A leading figure in the field of pediatric critical care medicine, Ann E. Thompson, MD, received the 2018 Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) Leadership Award for an individual. The award recognizes Dr. Thompson’s commitment to developing women leaders at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Dr. Thompson’s “Wonderful track record of academic leadership clearly demonstrates a career-long commitment to developing women leaders,” noted Archana Chatterjee, MD, PhD, the Chair of GWIMS.

While pursuing a distinguished academic career in pediatric critical care medicine, Dr. Thompson has also championed issues pertinent to women and underserved minorities working in medicine and science at the University of Pittsburgh. For example, Dr. Thompson:

 

  • Co-founded the Task Force on Women in Academic Medicine 
  • Was appointed the first Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs for the School of Medicine
  • Co-founded an annual networking event for women in medicine, which expanded to the other five schools of the health sciences: Dental Medicine, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health 
  • Expanded the networking event into a one-day professional development forum for women faculty, fellows, and students
  • Convened the first university-wide Women in Medicine & Science Forum, a two-day event bridging the artificial demarcation between the health sciences, the natural sciences and engineering 
  • Chaired the first university-wide Women in Medicine & Science Forum Steering Committee
  • Developed an interactive workshop on unconscious gender bias
  • Was charged by the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences to support the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in academic medicine

The GWIMS award was bestowed at the Association of American Medical Colleges annual meeting in Austin, Texas on November 3.

Since 2014, Dr. Thompson has served as Vice Dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She was Division Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh from 1981 to 2009 and was the Interim Chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine prior to the appointment of Derek Angus, MD, MPH, in 2009 as the Department’s second Chair.