Douglas B. White, MD, MAS

Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Medicine, and Clinical and Translational Science
Vice Chair for Faculty Development

UPMC Endowed Chair for Ethics in Critical Care Medicine

Contact Information

douglas.white[at]pitt.edu
412-864-3757

Administrative Contact:
Dominic Hall

Education & Training

BA, English Literature, Dartmouth College, 1995
MD, University of California San Francisco, 1999
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of California San Francisco, 2002
Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care, University of California San Francisco, 2005
MAS, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California San Francisco, 2006
Fellowship, Clinical Ethics, University of California San Francisco, 2007

Research, Clinical & Academic Interests

  • Surrogate decision making in advanced illness
  • Communication about prognosis in critical illness
  • Complex behavioral interventions in critical care
  • Ethical issues in intensive care units


White DB, Angus DC, Shields AM, Buddadhumaruk P, Pidro C, Paner C, Chaitin E, Chang CC, Pike F, Weissfeld L, Kahn JM, Darby JM, Kowinsky A, Martin S, Arnold RM; PARTNER Investigators. A Randomized Trial of a Family - Support Intervention in Intensive Care Units. New England Journal of Medicine. 2018 May 23.

White DB, Ernecoff N, Buddadhumaruk P, Hong S, Weissfeld L, Curtis JR, Luce JM, Lo B. Prevalence of and factors related to discordance about prognosis between physicians and surrogate decision makers of critically ill patients. JAMA. 2016 May 17;315(19):2086 - 94.

Seaman JB, Arnold RM, Buddadhumaruk P, Shields A M, Gustafson RM, Felman K, Newdick W, SanPedro R, Mackenzie S, Morse JQ, Chang CC, Happ MB, Song M-K, Kahn JM, Reynolds CF, Angus DC, Landefeld S, White DB. Protocol and Fidelity Monitoring Plan for Four Supports. A Multicenter Trial of an Intervention to Support Surrogate Decision Makers in Intensive Care Units. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2018 Sep;15(9):1083 - 91.

Bosslet GT, Pope TM, Rubenfeld GD, Lo B, Truog RD, Rushton CH, Curtis JR, Ford DW, Osborne M, Misak C, Au DH, Azoulay E, Brody B, Fahy B, Hall J, Kesecioglu J, Kin AA, Lindell K, White DB. An official ATS/AACN/ACCP/ESICM/SCCM policy statement: responding to requests for potentially inappropriate treatments in intensive care units. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2015 Jun 1;191(11):1318 - 30.

Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Critical Care Medicine
Director, Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness, CRISMA Center
Chair, Committee on Tenured Faculty Promotions and Appointments, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Core Faculty, University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law

Elected Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, UCSF School of Medicine, 1999
Distinguished Research Mentor Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2015
Chair, NIH Scientific Review Group – Societal and Ethical Issues in Research, 2015
Elected Member, American Society of Clinical Investigation, 2017