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photo Holly N. Thomas, MD, MS

General Internal Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Section of Women's Health


Phone: 412-586-9836

Office: 230 McKee Place, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-586-9836
Fax: 412-692-4838
Administrative Assistant:
Candice Ford
Address: 230 McKee Place Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-4853
Education and Training
BA, Renaissance Studies, Yale University, 2005
MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2009
MS, Clinical Research, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
Internal Medicine Internship, UCLA Medical Center, 2010
Internal Medicine Residency, UCLA Medical Center, 2012
General Internal Medicine Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh / VA Pittsburgh Health System, 2014
Research Interest
Dr. Thomas seeks to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, patient-centered clinical research that will improve the health and quality of life of women as they age. In particular, she is interested in understanding the physical and psychosocial factors that contribute to sexual dysfunction in midlife and older women and using this understanding to develop behavioral treatment options for this population.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Thomas is a primary care physician trained in internal medicine, with specialized training in women's health. She enjoys caring for adult patients of all ages. Her women's health training has given her particular expertise in menopause, osteoporosis, breast cancer screening, sexual health, gynecologic issues, and more. She takes pride in providing holistic, evidence-based care for patients across the gender spectrum. Dr. Thomas also has an interest in primary care of LGBTQ patients.
Educational Interest
Dr. Thomas enjoys teaching and mentoring learners from the undergraduate level to post-doctoral fellows. Her teaching efforts focus on primary care, women's health, and clinical research.
Selected Publications:
Thomas HN, Hess R, Thurston RC. Correlates of Sexual Activity and Satisfaction in Midlife and Older Women. The Annals of Family Medicine. 2015; 13: 336-342.
Thomas HN, Chang CC, Dillon S, Hess R. Sexual activity in midlife women: Importance of sex matters. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2014; 174(4): 631-633.
Thomas HN, Bryce CL, Ness RB, Hess R. Dyspareunia is associated with decreased frequency of intercourse during the menopausal transition. Menopause. 2011; 18(2): 152-157.
Thomas HN, Thurston RC. A biopsychosocial approach to women’s sexual function and dysfunction at midlife: A narrative Review. Maturitas. 2016; 87: 49-60.
Thomas, HN, Evans, GW, Berlowitz, DR, Chertow, GM, Conroy, MB, Foy, CG, Glasser, SP, Lewis, CE, Riley, WT, Russell, L, Williams, O, Hess, R. Antihypertensive medications and sexual function in women: Baseline data from the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). Journal of Hypertension. 2016; 34(6): 1224.
Foy, CG, Newman, JC, Berlowitz, DR, Russell, LP, Kimmel, PL, Wadley, VA, Thomas, HN, Bonds, DE, Lemer, AJ, Riley, WT. Blood pressure, sexual activity, and dysfunction in women with hypertension: baseline findings from the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). Journal of Sexual Medicine. 2016; 13(9): 1333-1346.
Thomas, HN, Hamm, M, Borrero, S, Hess, R, Thurston, RC. Patient-Centered Outcomes and Treatment Preferences Regarding Sexual Problems: A Qualitative Study among Midlife Women. Journal of Sexual Medicine. 2017; 14(8): 1011-1017.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Adaptation and Pilot Testing of a Mindfulness-Based Behavioral Intervention for Older Women with Low Sexual Desire
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: K23 AG052628
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2022
Title: University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Workplace Development)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Grant Number: UL1 TR001857
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2021
Title: The University of Pittsburgh PCOR Career Development Program
Role: Scholar
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: K12 HS022989
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Notable Achievements
Commendation for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching, UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Program, 2010
Commendation for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching, UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Program, 2011
Finalist for Lipkin Award (best associate member presentation), Society of General Internal Medicine national meeting, 2013
Best Women's Health Poster, Society of General Internal Medicine national meeting, 2014
Exemplary Clinical Workshop, Society of General Internal Medicine national meeting, 2014
New Investigator Award, North American Menopause Society national meeting, 2016
Top Abstract, North American Menopause Society, 2016
Top Abstract, North American Menopause Society, 2017