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David A. Thompson, D.N.Sc., M.S.
Director of Patient Safety Education, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Research Interests: Multidisciplinary teamwork and safety curriculum development; Patient safety and quality improvement initiatives; ICU patient outcomes
Dr. David Thompson is an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as director of patient safety education for the department. In this role, Dr. Thompson trains and collaborates with frontline caregivers on quality and safety evidence-based practice-improvement initiatives.
Dr. Thompson is a registered nurse. He received a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. He earned a Doctor of Nursing Science degree from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. His doctoral degree is in health outcomes research and statistical analysis.
His research concentration is in ICU patient outcomes, patient safety and quality improvement initiatives, and multidisciplinary teamwork and safety curriculum development.
He is a recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant from the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative. He currently co-directs the medical student patient safety course at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Thompson developed the Teamwork and Communication Training Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
- Director of Patient Safety Education, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
- Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Departments / Divisions
Centers & Institutes
- B.S., University of Maryland (Baltimore County) (Maryland) (1989)
- M.S., University of Maryland at Baltimore (Maryland) (1991)
- D.N.Sc., Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (Maryland) (2004)
Research & Publications
Dr. Thompson focuses his research on ICU patient outcomes, patient safety and quality improvement initiatives, and multidisciplinary teamwork and safety curriculum development.
Dr. Thompson is currently a co-investigator/project director for the Comparative Effectiveness Research Grant that uses the CUSP framework and Translating evidence Into Practice (TRIP) model to reduce hospital-acquired infections and improve culture in the cardiovascular surgical population.
Previously, he received a grant from the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative program of the Rober Wood Johnson Foundation to lead a nurse-driven intervention " Linking Care and Context of Care to Blood Stream Infection Reduction."
This two-year collaborative to reduce central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) involved co-investigators in Social Psychology and Health Services Research. The collaborative involved 45 ICUs from 33 hospitals in 12 states. This phased, randomized controlled trial saw an 81 percent decrease in CLABSI in the primary intervention group.
Academic Affiliations & Courses
Graduate Program Affiliation
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Activities & Honors
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, 2006
- Founder, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Teamwork and Communication Training Program