Douglas White, MD, MAS, has been named Vice Chair of Faculty Development in the Department of Critical Care Medicine. In this role, he will direct the system by which faculty are equipped with resources and opportunities to advance.
As a clinician-investigator, White has a strong track record of mentorship, having advised trainees from all educational levels as well as junior faculty. He was recently recognized with the Distinguished Research Mentor Award from Pitt’s Institute for Clinical Research. White has also consistently combined an aptitude for educational leadership with a robust research operation that has garnered multiple awards.
Since coming to the University of Pittsburgh from the University of California, San Francisco in 2009, White has increasingly taken on more responsibility in the department. He became a tenured professor in 2012 and was awarded the UPMC Endowed Chair for Ethics in Critical Care Medicine in 2013. He has prioritized professional service throughout his career, and is currently Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee, UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside, and Chair of the CCM Promotions and Tenure Committee. His professional service of course also extends beyond the UPMC system; he serves as Chair of the NIH’s Societal and Ethical Issues in Research (SEIR) Study Section, sits on the editorial boards of multiple professional publications, and occupies leadership positions within multiple professional organizations.
We are very fortunate to have someone of White’s reputation and distinction lead our department’s faculty development program. White will continue to foster a strong atmosphere of cooperation, and will wisely advise faculty wanting to learn more about academic development or seeking advice about choosing professional tracks. His attention to providing our faculty with adequate development opportunities will ensure that our patient population will continue to receive the highest quality of care.