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Joanna E. Thomson, MD, MPH

  • Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine
  • Fellowship Program Co-Director, Division of Hospital Medicine
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I enjoy guiding kids and their families through the difficult times of acute illnesses that require hospitalization. I also love having long-term relationships with patients and families
Joanna E. Thomson, MD, MPH



As a hospitalist, I care for hospitalized children with medically complex conditions. I enjoy guiding kids and their families through the difficult times of acute illnesses that require hospitalization. I also love having long-term relationships with patients and families, as we get to know them well during the long-term course of care.

Our inpatient complex care team extends beyond the hospital medicine physicians, residents and nurse practitioners to include social workers, nutritionists, pharmacists and care management specialists. I would not be able to do my job without this amazing multidisciplinary team.

My approach to care came from Dr. Michael Farrell's guidance when I was a resident at Cincinnati Children’s. He told us, "Take care of the patient first, deal with the rest in the morning." That has stayed with me as I strive each day to make sure my patients receive exceptional care.

My research focuses on identifying, implementing and disseminating best management practices for hospitalized children with neurologic impairment. In 2017, I received a Career Development Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to identify management practices for pneumonia, including antibiotics and airway clearance therapies, associated with better hospital outcomes. We are currently developing, and then plan to implement, care recommendations for the hospital management of pneumonia in medically complex children. We believe these will allow for standardization of care and improvement in patient outcomes.

I love spending my free time with my family and our friends. We enjoy exploring local parks and vacationing to National Parks across the United States.

MD: Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 2008.

Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2008-2011.

Fellowship: Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2014.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2011. Pediatric Hospital Medicine, 2022.

Services and Specialties

Hospital Medicine



Discharge Before Return to Respiratory Baseline in Children With Neurologic Impairment. Steuart, R; Tan, R; Melink, K; Chinchilla, S; Warniment, A; Shah, SS; Thomson, J. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:531-537.


Impact of respiratory viral polymerase chain reaction testing on de-escalation of antibiotic therapy in children who require chronic positive pressure ventilation. Ale, GB; Benscoter, D; Hossain, MM; Zhang, Y; Courter, J; Thomson, J. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2020; 55:2150-2155.


Antibiotics for Aspiration Pneumonia in Neurologically Impaired Children. Thomson, J; Hall, M; Ambroggio, L; Berry, JG; Stone, B; Sristava, R; Shah, SS. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:395-402.


Challenges Following Hospital Discharge for Children With Medical Complexity. Musial, A; Butts, B; Loechtenfeldt, A; Herrmann, LE; Schmidlin, E; Kelley, J; Hail, T; White, CM; Thomson, J. Hospital Pediatrics. 2020; 10:531-536.


Identification of Children With High-Intensity Neurological Impairment. Thomson, JE; Feinstein, JA; Hall, M; Gay, JC; Butts, B; Berry, JG. JAMA Pediatrics. 2019; 173:989-991.


Cerebrospinal Fluid Reference Values for Young Infants Undergoing Lumbar Puncture. Thomson, J; Sucharew, H; Cruz, AT; Nigrovic, LE; Freedman, SB; Garro, AC; Balamuth, F; Mistry, RD; Arms, JL; Ishimine, PT; Kulik, DM; Neuman, MI; Shah, SS; Collaborative, PE M. Pediatrics. 2018; 141:e20173405.


Development of a New Care Model for Hospitalized Children With Medical Complexity. White, CM; Thomson, JE; Statile, AM; Auger, KA; Unaka, N; Carroll, M; Tucker, K; Fletcher, D; Hall, DE; Simmons, JM; Brady, PW. Hospital Pediatrics. 2017; 7:410-414.


Diagnostic Testing and Hospital Outcomes of Children with Neurologic Impairment and Bacterial Pneumonia. Thomson, J; Hall, M; Berry, JG; Stone, B; Ambroggio, L; Srivastava, R; Shah, SS. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2016; 178:156-163.e1.


Improving Discharge Efficiency in Medically Complex Pediatric Patients. Statile, AM; Schondelmeyer, AC; Thomson, JE; Brower, LH; Davis, B; Redel, J; Hausfeld, J; Tucker, K; White, DL; White, CM. Pediatrics. 2016; 138:e20153832.


Financial and Social Hardships in Families of Children with Medical Complexity. Thomson, J; Shah, SS; Simmons, JM; Sauers-Ford, HS; Brunswick, S; Hall, D; Kahn, RS; Beck, AF. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2016; 172:187-193.e1.

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