In this role, Dr. Thompson will serve as a senior deputy to Arthur S. Levine, M.D., Pitt’s senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of the School of Medicine, in the management and advancement of the medical school.
“Dr. Thompson’s many achievements include building and maintaining successful clinical and academic programs with exceptional records for fellowship training and research productivity,” Dr. Levine said. “She has held leadership roles as a medical school administrator and in her clinical field of critical care medicine, and has consistently advocated for the recruitment and promotion of outstanding women at Pitt and in academic medicine as a whole.”
Dr. Thompson is professor and vice chair (professional development) of the Department of Critical Care Medicine and medical director for clinical resource management at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She served as chief of pediatric critical care from 1981 to 2009 and was interim chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine from 2006 to 2008. She is a past president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine — only the second woman to hold that position — and she is a senior editor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.
“I look forward to this new challenge and the chance to contribute to the continued growth and success of our premier medical school,” Dr. Thompson said. “Living up to the standards set by my predecessor, Dr. Steven Kanter, will be a major challenge, but the faculty, students and staff here are truly exceptional, and I am confident we will continue along the same world-class trajectory he helped so much to establish.”
Dr. Thompson received her bachelor of arts in biology from the University of Chicago in 1969 and her medical degree from Boston’s Tufts University School of Medicine in 1974. After completing her pediatric residency training at the Tufts New England Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), she trained in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and did a fellowship in pediatric critical care and research at CHOP, which is where she held her first faculty position. In 2003, she received a master’s degree in health care policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Thompson succeeds Steven L. Kanter, M.D., who will become dean of the medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on Oct. 1.
“During his 12-year tenure as vice dean, Dr. Kanter has become an international expert in medical education and curriculum innovation, and has created a culture of collaborative learning and support for our medical students and faculty alike,” Dr. Levine said. “While we will miss him greatly, we are delighted that he has earned this wonderful opportunity to implement his well-honed leadership skills, experience and creativity as the dean of a medical school.”