Volume 9, Issue 4, December 2015

Silverman Named Head of Pediatrics

Gary A. Silverman, MD, PhD, has been named the Harriet B. Spoehrer Professor and head of the Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine. With the new appointment, effective in April, Silverman will become pediatrician-in-chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and executive director of the Children’s Discovery Institute, a partnership of the school and the hospital. More...

Emke Named Loeb Teaching Fellow

Amanda R. Emke, MD, has been named a 2015-2017 Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Teaching Fellow at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Emke, an assistant professor of pediatrics and an associate fellowship director in pediatric critical care, has focused previous research on team-based learning and a range of assessment tools among students and fellows. Emke is pursuing a master’s degree in health professions education at the University of Illinois-Chicago with an emphasis on assessment systems. She also serves as the coursemaster for the second-year preclinical pediatrics course.

Throughout the two-year fellowship, Emke will work to develop and implement a paired self- and peer-evaluation program. Students will be assessed in a longitudinal fashion throughout their medical school careers, with a greater focus on their first two years. Emke believes the approach will help better identify students at risk for professionalism concerns and provide remediation. More...

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Fighting Drug Resistent Bacteria With Your Breath

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Viruses Flourish in Guts of Healthy Babies


For Kids Prone to Wheezing with
Respiratory Infections, Early Antibiotics Help


Funded Research Awards




Constantino, J


WU Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research Center

DeBosch, B

American Gastroenterological Association/AGA_Gilead RSA

Role of GLUT8 in hepatic autophagic and metabolic regulation

Druley, T

Siteman Cancer Research Fund

Improving outcomes in AML via error-corrected next-generational sequencing for minimal residual disease

Garwood, S

Missouri Foundation for Health/American Academy of Peds

Community-Pediatric Partnerships for Child Health and Well-being in Missouri

Holtz, L

Gates Foundation/Mayo

Gut Permeability in Environmental Enteropathy

Holtz, L

Gates Foundation/Grand Challenges Explorations

The Pageome of Environmental Enteropathy

Jen, E

Keck, W.M. Foundation

The role of MLL3 in normal hematopoiesis and infant leukemogenesis

Manary, M. Arla Foods Randomized Controlled Trial to Test Healthy & Affordable Protein Rich Foods for African School Feeding Program

Plax, K

Missouri Foundation for Health/American Academy of Peds

Community-Pediatric Partnerships for Missouri Child Health and Well-Being

Plax, K

Missouri Foundation for Health/American Academy of Peds

Community-Pediatric Partnerships for Missouri Child Health and Well-Being

Plax, K

State of Missouri

The SPOT – Foster Care Services

Rudnick, D


PparGamma-Dependent Genetic Regulation of NAFLD

Schnadower, D

HRSA/U03/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC)

EMSC Network Development Demonstration Project

Silva (Avari), J


Pediatric Cardiology Electrophysiology Fellowship Program


Fahd Ahmad, MD, MSCI, is promoted to Assistant Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Ahmad attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for his BS, BA, and MD degrees, then served his pediatrics residency at Baylor in Houston.  He came to Washington University for fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, also earning a MSci degree.  In the scholarly arena, he states that he is, “using informatics and electronic interfaces and dissemination  and implementation  research to improve patient outcome.”  He is active in a number of clinical research efforts including a study to assess financial knowledge and financial planning status of physician trainees in residency and fellowship, a study entitled, “Dissemination and Implementation and Quality Improvement Research in Pediatrics: Comparison, Overlap and Opportunities,” and the “Multi-Center Case Series on ED Presentations of Neonates Diagnosed with HSV”  study,  a collaboration with Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT.  He is site PI of two NIH-funded multicenter studies, ““Teen Alcohol Screening in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network,” and “C-Spine Pilot Study to Develop a Pediatric Cervical Spine Injury Risk Assessment Tool." He has worked on a number of quality improvement efforts in the emergency department  including developing  an Emergency Childbirth Protocol,  a Neonatal Herpes Simplex guideline, a sorting process improvement to reduce wait times, and a universal HIV screening program.

Sirine Baltagi, MD, is promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Critical Care.  Dr. Baltagi came to Washington University from Children’s Hospital of Boston, where she was in an advanced fellowship in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care, after completing a fellowship and serving as Chief Fellow in Pediatric Critical Care at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  Her undergraduate degree and MD degree are from the American University of Beirut, where she also served an internship in Pediatrics.  She then came to the US and was a Resident in Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic, where she was awarded the Micheal McHugh ICU Excellence Award.  She was also awarded the In-training Research Award by the Society of Critical Care Medicine as well as recognition of authoring the most highly cited report in 2010 in the Journal of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine for her paper,” Neurological sequelae of 2009 influenza A (H1N1) in children: a case series observed during a pandemic.”  She serves as attending physician in the CICU, where she has particular clinical expertise in coagulation disorders on extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation devices and ventricular assist devices, working on guidelines for managing anticoagulation using those devices.  She has developed guidelines for managing shunt thromboses, managing five different ventricular assist devices, and therapeutic plasma exchange procedures.  She is active in clinical trials of medications related to heart failure and coagulation.

Angela Lumba, MD, is promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Emergency Medicine.  After earning a bachelor’s degree in Biology at Boston College, Dr. Lumba received her medical degree at St. George’s University Medical School then completed a residency in Pediatrics at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla, NY.  She then served a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at University of California, San Diego.  Her scholarly work has produced five peer reviewed papers and focuses on concussion and traumatic brain injury with funding from the ICTS.  She also serves as Site PI of a national multicenter treatment trial in status epilepticus (ESSET trial).   Dr. Lumba is the Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Director of the Pediatric Residency International Rotation in Roatan, Honduras, and Assistant Coursemaster of the Pediatric Clerkship Saigh Simulation Center. 

Amjad Horani, MD,  is promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine.  Dr. Horani received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and served his Pediatric Residency at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center before coming to Washington University for a Fellowship and Advanced Fellowhip in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Horani's primary research interest is primary ciliary dyskinesia and the assembly of motile cilia, funded by the Children’s Discovery Institute.  His work has gleaned a number of awards including the  Martin K. and Jill F. Sneider Endowed Fellowship Award.  He has co-authored twenty five peer-reviewed papers including fifteen as first author.

Tara Neumayr, MD, is promoted to  Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Nephrology.  After earning her bachelor’s degree in English at Duke University and her medical degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, Dr. Neumayr proceeded to the Mayo Clinic for her Residency and Chief Residency in Pediatrics then to Washington University for fellowships in Critical Care Medicine and Nephrology with an additional year as a fellow in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care.  Her particular clinical expertise and her scholarly work focuses on the relationship between acute renal injury and critical illness.  She serves as attending physician on both the Critical Care and the Nephrology services.  She is developing a guideline for apheresis procedures in the ICUs and is Site Co-PI of a trial of Tolyptan in children with hyponatremia and she has five publications.  She is active in education of the ICU and nephrology fellows and has developed new curriculum and simulation sections for the training programs.

Jennifer Duncan, MD, is promoted to Associate Professor in the Division of Critical Care Medicine.  After earning a bachelor’s degree Phi Beta Kappa at Vanderbilt and an MD degree at the University of Chicago, Dr. Duncan served as pediatric resident, where she was selected Intern of the Year, and as Chief Resident at the University of Chicago, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Johns Hopkins.  Dr. Duncan serves as attending physician in both the PICU and the CICU, where she has worked to improve care by developing new procedures for rounding and documentation and leading development of clinical guidelines for sedation in the CICU.  She is active in a number of research studies including two federally funded studies, focused on insulin titration in critically ill infants, in addition to three others studying the effect of maternal obesity on mitochondrial function in human infants and in Drosophila.  Her work has been reported in eleven peer reviewed publications.  Dr. Duncan is also very active in the education sphere, serving as Program Director of the Pediatric Critical Care fellowship after being Associate Program Director from 2011-2014.  She also leads the Training Leadership Group Committee for the division.  She has mentored many fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates and served on four thesis committees in her various roles on the faculty.  Her community service includes service on the editorial board of Roger’s Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care.


Priya Bhat, MD, is appointed as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Divisions of Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Bhat received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, and her M.D. AOA from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, then completed  an internship and residency in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University.   After residency, she  completed a Clinical Fellowship and Advanced Post-graduate Fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System.  She serves as attending physician in the CICU and is a member of the Transport Team.  She participates in several clinical trials including the HALF-PINT insulin titration trial and several trials of medications used in heart failure and thromboembolism.

Pediatric Faculty Breakfast

January 22, 2016

8:00-9:00 am


Topic: Family Care Resources for WUSM

Guest Speaker: Ann Bingham, Director WU Family Learning Center

Register Here


Clinician Educator Portfolio Workshop

The Department of Pediatrics’ Office of Faculty Development will offer a workshop on clinician educator portfolios including a brief presentation on CEPs followed by consultation with faculty experts on your own CEP.

February 5, 2016

3:00-5:00 pm


Register Here


The Department of Pediatrics Office of Faculty Development would like to assist those at the Instructor or Assistant Professor rank in obtaining mentoring to achieve your goals as a faculty member. We can provide support in arranging regular meetings of your mentorship committee. We recommend that these committees meet at least twice a year.


New!  iTeach - WU's Biennial Faculty Symposium on Teaching

The symposium will take place on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in the Knight Center, on the Danforth Campus. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for this day-long event, which will bring together faculty from across the disciplines to exchange ideas on teaching.

The 2016 iTeach symposium will feature interactive presentations and discussions on topics such as 

  • Applying cognitive science
  • Integrating and evaluating active learning
  • Community-based teaching
  • Engaging students with group work
  • Incorporating technology into textual and spatial analysis, and 
  • Fostering inclusion in the classroom.

For details, please see the symposium program and registration form posted on The Teaching Center's website.


Work Life Balance

Wellaware Fitness center is open to WUSM faculty and staff.

The BJC WellAware Center is a state-of-the-art fitness facility

located in the heart of the Central West End. We combine innovative and five-star service to create exercise programs, classes and services that exceed our customer’s expectations. For example, we offer:

  • Competitive Rates
  • Group Exercise Classes
  • Personal Training
  • Massage Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Zumba Exercise Class
  • Yoga Programs
  • Indoor Cycling

Visit their website for complete details.


Car Seat Saftey App

Driver's Little Helper a smartphone-enabled car seat system, ensures our kids stay put in their car seats. And just as important, makes sure we don’t leave them behind in those seats


Holiday Season Family Activities


Office of Faculty Development

Brian Hackett, MD, PhD, Director

Bess Marshall, MD, Associate Director

Janet Braun, Program Coordinator