Erin Thomson, PA-C

Clinical Instructor

Erin Thomson




Erin E. Thomson, PA-C, joined the Department of Neurological Surgery as a surgical physician assistant for the Spine Services Division in 2009. She currently serves as a clinical instructor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and she is a member of the Preceptor Academy for Advanced Practice Providers. She also is a clinical assistant professor at Chatham University where she earned her masters of physician assistant studies degree.

Erin was born and raised in Pittsburgh, completing her undergraduate degree at Allegheny College and post-baccalaureate graduate studies at Duquesne University.

Erin’s research interests include treating cervical disc herniations and degenerative diseases with stand-alone zero-profile devices, balloon kyphoplasty for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures, and dynamic stabilization of the lumbar spine. She also serves as the co-principal investigator of a prospective clinical investigation into decreasing surgical site infectionsusing chlorhexidine.

Board Certifications

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Hospital Privileges

UPMC Presbyterian
UPMC Passavant

Professional Organization Membership

American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants

Education & Training

BS, Biology, Allegheny College, 2003
Pre-Medical Program, Duquesne University, 2004
MPAS, Chatham University, 2009

Selected Publications

Mashaly, H, Paschel EE, Khattar NK, Goldschmidt E, Gerszten PC. Posterior lumbar dynamic stabilization instead of arthrodesis for symptomatic adjacent-segment degenerative stenosis: description of a novel technique. Neurosurg Focus 40(1), 2016.