Allan Doctor, M.D.

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Professor of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine
Critical Care Medicine

phone: (314) 454-2527

Research Interests

Dr. Doctor earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Neurobiology (1984) and his Medical Degree (1989), both at the University of Virginia. Following residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, he went to the Children’s Hospital, Boston, where he completed additional residency training in Pediatrics as well as Fellowships in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. While at Harvard, Dr. Doctor’s research training was focused upon novel means for the mechanical support of lung injury and for restoring lost physiologic control of pulmonary blood flow. Upon returning to the University of Virginia as a Pediatric Intensivist, Dr. Doctor began to explore the role of context-responsive signaling by erythrocytes in the control of regional blood flow and made the observation that this process appears disrupted in severe inflammatory states. This observation forms the basis of the hypothesis that acquired injury to erythrocytes may facilitate the propagation of dysfunctional vascular control under conditions of severe inflammatory stress. He came to Washington University in 2006 to assume leadership of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care. After leading PCCM here for 10 years, in 2016 Dr. Doctor stepped down as Division Director to focus upon his expanding research program exploring the physiology of acquired red cell injury, on development of a novel bio-synthetic artificial red cell, and on translational transfusion medicine in the ICU setting.


  • BA, University of Virginia1984
  • MD, University of Virginia1989


  • Resident in Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh 1989 - 1992
  • Fellow in Emergency Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital1992 - 1994
  • Resident in Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital1994 - 1996
  • Fellow in Critical Care, Boston Children's Hospital1996 - 1999

Licensure and Board Certification

  • PA, Board of Medicine, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1989 - 1992
  • National Board of Medical Examiners; Certificate # 377227, 1990
  • MA, Board of Registration in Medicine, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1992 - 2000
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine; Certificate # 920728; renewed 2004, 1994
  • American Board of Pediatrics: Certificate # 226025322; renewed 2004, 2014, 1997
  • Sub-board, Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Certificate # 920728, renewed 2008, 1997
  • VA, Virginia Board of Medicine, 1999 - 2006
  • Sub-board, Pediatric Critical Care; Certificate # 898, renewed 2009, 2016, 2000
  • MO, Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, 2006 - Pres


  • Student Research Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology, University of Virginia1985
  • Micromedex Prize for Best Educational Exhibit, Am. Coll. of Emergency Physicians1991
  • Ronald Steward Award for Excellence in Teaching, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA1992
  • Child Health Research Scholar, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Virginia2001
  • Scholar's Award for Outstanding Research, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Virginia2003
  • Battle Research Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Virginia2004
  • Jury, Virginia Academy of Science2004
  • NIH/NIGMS Career Development Award (K08)2004
  • ASCI/AAP Travel Award, American Society of Clinical Investigation2005
  • Investigator, Children’s Discovery Institute2007
  • Alan Conn Visiting Professor, Department of Critical Care, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada2010
  • Best Doctors in America2013 - Pres
  • Best Doctors in Saint Louis2013 - Pres
  • AE Thompson Critical Cures Visiting Professor, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center2014
  • Open Pediatrics Visiting Professor in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital2015
  • Winner, Bear Cub Entrepreneurship Competition, Washington University in Saint Louis2015
  • Gregory Mark Taubin Visiting Professor, Children’s National Medical Center2017
  • Faculty Scholar, Institute for Public Health, Washington University in Saint Louis2018 - Pres
  • Washington University Faculty Member of the Year, Skandalaris Center for Innovation2018

Selected Publications view all (106)

Fentanyl and Midazolam Are Ineffective in Reducing Episodic Intracranial Hypertension in Severe Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury. Crit Care Med. 2016. doi:10.1097/CCM.0000000000001558  PMID:26757162 
Incidence and Outcomes of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in PICUs. Crit Care Med. 2015. doi:10.1097/CCM.0000000000001484  PMID:26646466 
2015 proceedings of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's State of the Science in Transfusion Medicine symposium. Transfusion. 2015;55(9):2282-90. doi:10.1111/trf.13250  PMCID:PMC4573332  PMID:26260861 
End-of-Life Practices Among Tertiary Care PICUs in the United States: A Multicenter Study. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2015;16(7):e231-8. doi:10.1097/PCC.0000000000000520  PMCID:PMC4562059  PMID:26335128 
Simultaneous Prediction of New Morbidity, Mortality, and Survival Without New Morbidity From Pediatric Intensive Care: A New Paradigm for Outcomes Assessment. Crit Care Med. 2015. doi:10.1097/CCM.0000000000001081  PMID:25985385 
Meaning making during parent-physician bereavement meetings after a child's death. Health Psychol. 2015;34(4):453-61. doi:10.1037/hea0000153  PMCID:PMC4380228  PMID:25822059 
Association of bleeding and thrombosis with outcome in extracorporeal life support. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2015;16(2):167-74. doi:10.1097/PCC.0000000000000317  PMID:25647124 
Pediatric intensive care outcomes: development of new morbidities during pediatric critical care. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2014;15(9):821-7. doi:10.1097/PCC.0000000000000250  PMID:25226501 
Relationship between the functional status scale and the pediatric overall performance category and pediatric cerebral performance category scales. JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(7):671-6. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5316  PMID:24862461 
Citrate anticoagulation during continuous renal replacement therapy in pediatric critical care. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2014;15(5):471-85. doi:10.1097/PCC.0000000000000148  PMID:24777299 
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