The Department of Critical Care Medicine would like to congratulate Dr. Ann Thompson on becoming the next Vice Dean for the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. Ann succeeds Dr. Steven L. Kanter, and assumes one of the single most important positions in the medical school. As Vice Dean, Ann will be responsible for much of the day-to-day running of the Medical School and will bring her vision and leadership to shaping the future of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Ann E. Thompson, who is currently Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Professor and Vice Chair (for Professional Development) of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, and Medical Director for Clinical Resource Management of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, will step into her new role as Vice Dean on October 1, 2014. Ann served as Chief of Pediatric Critical Care from 1981-2009 and was Interim Chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine from 2006-2008. She is a past president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, only the second woman to hold that position, and she is the senior editor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.
In each of her roles, Ann has sought to promote the role of women and has persistently advocated for better practices for recruiting and promoting outstanding women in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and academic medicine as a whole.
Dr. Thompson received her BA from the University of Chicago and her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at the Tufts New England Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), followed by a residency in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in pediatric critical care and research at CHOP, where she held her first faculty position.
In 1981, Dr. Thompson joined the faculty of CCM as Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine and of Pediatrics as well as Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Thompson advanced through the academic ranks to full professor and was named Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in 2001. She continued in her position at the Children’s Hospital until a year ago, building and maintaining a successful clinical and academic program, with one of the country’s most distinguished records in fellowship training and research productivity. Dr. Thompson also holds a Master’s Degree in Health Care Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She has served on many medical school and university committees, having chaired the Standing Committee for Non-tenured Promotions and the Forum on Women in Medicine and Science.