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Secondary Specialty:

Hospitalist for in-patients only
Critical Care

Board Certifications:

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine


MD, Tufts University School of Medicine Boston, MA


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Children's Hospital - Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, MA


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Children's Hospital - Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA


UPMC Northwest
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Ann E. Thompson, MD, MCCM


Professor, Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Vice Dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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Research Interests

  • Nutrition in critically ill infants and children
  • Safety in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

View Dr. Thompson's full list of publications from PubMed.

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.

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