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Ann E. Thompson, MD, MCCM

Ann Thompson, MD
Job Title Professor, Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Job Title Vice Dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 5
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-5164 Phone
412-692-7076 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1974 Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston


1976 Boston Floating Hospital, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston (Pediatrics)
1977 Assistant Chief Resident, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Pediatrics)
1978 Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Anesthesiology)


1979 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Pediatric Anesthesiology and Intensive Care)
1980 Postdoctoral Research Trainee, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Critical Care
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network


  • Master, Critical Care Medicine, Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Distinguished Service Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Distinguished Career Award, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Critical Care
  • Association of University Anesthesiologists


  • Thompson AE and Salonia R:  Pediatric Airway Management.  In:  Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Edited by B. Fuhrman and J. Zimmerman, 4th ed, in press.
  • Briassoulis G, Venkataraman ST, Thompson AE:  Energy expenditure in critically ill children.  Crit Care Med
  • McJunkin JE, de los Reyes EC, Irazuzta JE, Caceres MJ, Khan RR, Minnich LL, Fu KD, Lovett GD, Tsai T, Thompson AE:  La Crosse encephalitis in children.  N Engl J Med
  • Kim IK, Phrampus E, Venkataraman S, Pitetti R, Saville A, Corcoran T, Gracely E, Funt N, Thompson A. Helium/oxygen-driven albuterol nebulization in the treatment of children with moderate to severe asthma exacerbations: a randomized, controlled trial. Pediatrics
  • Briassoulis G, Venkataraman S and Thompson A. Cytokines and Metabolic Patterns in Pediatric Patients with Critical Illness. Clinical and Developmental Immunology
  • Felmet K and  Thompson AE. Ethics and Legal Issues, in Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support, chapter 17. Society of Critical Care Medicine 2008.
  • Thompson AE: Liver Failure in Infants and Children.  In: Textbook of Pediatric Critical Care, edited by H.Wong and D. Wheeler.  2007.

Biography Summary

Ann E. Thompson, MD, is a professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Faculty Development of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Thompson is the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Thompson received her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Chicago in 1969. She then went on to receive her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1974. She completed two residencies, her first in pediatrics. Her first two years of pediatric residency (1974-1976) were completed at the Tufts-New England Medical Center (Boston Floating Hospital), and her third year was completed at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Thompson's second residency was in anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. Dr. Thompson completed her fellowship training in pediatric critical care and anesthesiology at CHOP in 1980. Following her fellowship, Dr. Thompson was on faculty at CHOP before coming to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to direct Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1981. She remained chief of Pediatric Critical Care until stepping down in 2008. In 2003, she completed a master's degree in health care policy and management at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Thompson specializes in pediatric critical care medicine. Her primary interest is in the care of critically ill children and their families, as well as training physicians in critical care medicine. She has directed the training of more than 100 fellows in critical care medicine, many of whom are now national leaders in the field. She has been especially interested in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for the support of critically ill infants and children. In recent years she has increased her longstanding interest in improving patient safety and overall outcomes.

Dr. Thompson has published multiple chapters and refereed journal articles. She has been an invited speaker throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. At Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, she serves on the Executive Council, and is chair of the Clinical Resource Management committee. She also is a member of Children's Quality Council, Clinical Resource Management, and multiple other Children’s Hospital groups.

Dr. Thompson's work has earned her membership in numerous professional and scientific societies. She is Chair of the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network and  a past president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, a fellow and past regent of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the board of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies. She is a past chair of the sub-board of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine of the American Board of Pediatrics and a recent member of the Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Nutrition in critically ill infants and children
  • Safety in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Last Update
October 17, 2014
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Last Update
October 17, 2014