Ann Thompson, MD, MHCPM, Awarded Tenure

Ann Thompson, professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics, was awarded tenure in the Department of Critical Care Medicine in May 2019. She is one of the most influential world figures in critical care medicine, and especially in pediatric critical care.

“Not only is Ann honored for her influence on critical care, but on academic medicine more broadly,” said Derek Angus, MD, MPH, Mitchell P. Fink Chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine. “She is a role model for women medical leaders, has championed the vital need for diversity in medicine, and opened everyone’s eyes to unconscious bias in health care,”

Conferral of tenure is but one of the many honors received by Dr. Thompson since she arrived at Pitt nearly four decades ago.

Dr. Thompson joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 as the Division Chief for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and the Director of the Pediatric ICU. She quickly took on ever greater leadership roles, such as Director of the Pediatric fellowship training program, Vice Chair for the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Interim Chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine after the departure of then Chair Mitchell Fink, and President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (2001-2002), as well as innumerable committee roles at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the School of Medicine, and national organizations. She was promoted to professor of Anesthesiology/Critical Care and Pediatrics in 1996 and appointed Vice Dean of the School of Medicine in 2014.