Douglas White, MD, MAS, has been promoted to Professor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. White holds the UPMC Endowed Chair for Ethics in Critical Care Medicine, and is the Director of the Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness, CRISMA Center.
In a letter of congratulations, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher cited the achievements White has made since receiving tenure in 2012 as a major factor in this promotion: “Promotion to the highest academic rank recognizes that the promise implicit in the conferral of tenure has been fulfilled. Indeed, your record of accomplishments to date clearly suggests that the years ahead will bring further contributions of significance benefiting your discipline, this University and the broader society.”
Since coming to the University of Pittsburgh from the University of California, San Francisco in 2009, White has contributed to the department in several different aspects. As an investigator, he has led a research program encompassing both empirical research on and normative ethical analysis of decision-making for patients with life threatening illness. He has been consistently funded by both federal and foundation sources including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Greenwall Foundation, The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), and the Beckwith Institute. He is currently heading two R01s and an R21.
As a mentor, White has advised trainees from all educational levels, and was recently recognized with the Distinguished Research Mentor Award from Pitt’s Institute for Clinical Research. And as an active citizen in the department, White has made professional service a priority. He co-chairs several committees in the UPMC/Pitt system, and is Chair of the NIH’s Societal and Ethical Issues in Research (SEIR) Study Section. White was also named Vice Chair of Faculty Development earlier this year.