Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2017

Quayle Named Division Chief Emergency Medicine

Kimberly S. Quayle, MD, will become the next Dana Brown Chair in Pediatric Medicine, Professor and Chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Quayle has an outstanding record of clinical care and served with distinction as the interim director for the Division of Emergency Medicine. She is a member of the American Pediatric Association, the Ameican Academy of Pediatrics, and the Pediatric Trauma Society. She has co-authored more than 30 publications, including seminal paper in the New England Journal of Medicine which examined the epidemiology of blunt head trauma in children in US Emergency departments.

Her installation will occur on May 22 at 4 pm in the SLCH auditorium, followed by a reception in the boardroom.

Moscoso Awarded Samuel R. Goldstein
Leadership Award

Lisa M. Moscoso, MD, PhD, associate dean for student affairs, associate professor of pediatrics was awarded The Goldstein leadership award recognizing her outstanding teaching and commitment to medical education.



Dr. Phillip Abraham, Instructor in the Division of Hospitalist Medicine, has been elected region VI Co-Chair of the American Pediatric Association.  He will join Dr. Grace Brouillette, University of Kansas Medical Center, and Dr. Jessica Bettenhausen, Children's Mercy Hospital as Co-Chairs.


$4 million funds study of sickle cell disease in teens, adults

Allison A. King, MD, PhD, a highly regarded sickle cell disease researcher at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received a six-year, $4.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to further her investigations into the disease.

“There is a lack of research on teens and adults with sickle cell disease,” said King, an associate professor of occupational therapy, pediatrics and medicine who treats children and young adults at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University. “While a few large studies have improved the care of children with sickle cell disease, very few have focused on teens and adults. The purpose of this grant is to determine how and where to provide the best care to teens and adults with the disease.” more

NICU study highlights need to reduce loud noises, boost beneficial sounds

“Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that preemies may be exposed to noise levels higher than those deemed safe by the American Academy of Pediatrics.Conversly, "We know that some exposure to sound — even among preemies — can be beneficial,” said first author Bobbi Pineda, PhD, an assistant professor of occupational therapy and of pediatrics.

Working with Bradley L Schlaggar, MD, PhD, the A. Ernest and Jane G. Stein Professor of Neurology and director of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology, Pineda’s team focused on sound because her previous research indicated that, compared with children in open hospital wards, babies in private rooms in the NICU had poorer language development at age 2.

Many things can influence a premature baby’s language development, but Pineda and her colleagues believe that private NICU rooms can be too quiet, especially when parents are unable to visit and engage in their babies’ care.

The study is published Feb. 8 in The Journal of Pediatrics.  more


Dr. Barbara A. Cohlan, appointed Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Newborn Medicine. 


Dr. Marwan Shinawi,  Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Yasmeen Daud, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Stuart Howard Friess, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Caroline Clare Horner, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Monica L. Hulbert, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Audrey Ragan Odom John, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology (Primary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics) with tenure
Dr. Katherine Rivera-Spoljaric, Associate Professor of Pediatics
Dr. Joshua Andrew Blatter, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Brian J. DeBosch, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Kirstin Lee Campbell, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. William A. McManus, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Jennifer E. Sprague, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Todd N. Wylie, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Dr. Barbara A. Cohlan has been appointed as Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Newborn Medicine.  After completing her bachelor degree at the University of Michigan and her Medical degree at New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Cohlan served her internship and residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a fellowship in Neonatology at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Cohlan comes to Washington University from Pittsburgh, PA, where she served as Director of the Nurseries, Director of the Newborn Follow-up Clinic and Co-Chairman of the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center at Magee Women’s Hospital, with 12,000 deliveries a year. In addition, Dr. Cohlan was the Co-Chair of the Division of Newborn Medicine University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Clinical Consensus Committee and the Medical Director of The Children’s Home and Lemieux Family Center.  She served as Assistant editor on the recently published Structural Fetal Abnormalities, Third Edition, McGraw Hill 2017. Since arriving in St. Louis, Dr. Cohlan serves on a multidisciplinary task force designed to standardize the care of Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and is also on the Newborn Operations committee.  She is also a Member of the Neonatal Unit Based Joint Practice Team, the Golden Hour committee, the Epic Implementation team, the Board of Trustees Program, and the Newborn Medicine Operations Group. 

Dr. Marwan Shinawi has been promoted to Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Genetics and Genomic Medicine.  After completing a Bachelor’s degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Medical degree and Residency in Pediatrics at Technion-Faculty of Medicine, Haifa, Israel, Dr. Shinawi moved to Houston, TX, for a Postdoctoral Fellowship and then a Fellowship in Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine.  His work has been recognized with several awards including the Cure Autism Now Young Investigator Award and The Simons Young Investigator Award at Columbia University.  His clinical accomplishments include establishing and serving as Director of the Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic, playing a leadership role in the Cancer Predisposition Clinic and the Exome Clinic, and acting as a Founding Member of the Differences in Sex Development Clinic. He participates in numerous clinical studies including one with Drs. Kelle Moley and Ann Gronowski that established the Women and Infants’ Health Specimen Consortium, a project that collected specimens and patient medical data longitudinally throughout gestation and after delivery from mothers and infants.  These mother-infant sets of data will be made available to investigators within the CDI community and Dr. Shinawi’s use of the data will focus on metabolomics profiling of hundreds of samples that were collected. Dr. Shinawi is the co-director of the Human Genomic Characterization Unit at the Washington University Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center.  Dr. Shinawi’s research focuses on clinical genomics and the application of whole exome and genome sequencing as well as microarray analysis for disease gene discovery of unknown genetic syndromes. Dr. Shinawi is a prolific contributor to the medical literature with nearly 100 peer reviewed publications including a report of a new syndrome of hypotonia, developmental delay, and dysmorphic features due to mutations in WAC that has come to be known as DeShanto Shinawi Syndrome.

Dr. Yasmeen Daud has been promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Hospitalist Medicine.  After completing her medical degree at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Kansas City, Dr. Daud served her Pediatrics Residency at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.  Her special clinical expertise in the area of sedation and simulation training of physicians in pediatric sedation has been recognized by numerous invitations to speak at national and international workshops and by authoring a report in Pediatric Clinics of North America entitled, “Pediatric Sedation.”  Her clinical care is recognized for its high quality as she serves on the Service for Hospital Admissions by Referring Physicians Service (SHARP), providing care for the patients of community pediatricians who refer to SLCH.  Her administrative roles include serving as Co-Director of Pediatric Hospitalist Sedation in the PAWS unit, Co-Director of the Pediatric Hospitalist After-Hours Sedation Service, Co-Director of the Hospitalist Sedation Program, Orientation, and Continuing Education and Co-Director of Pediatric Hospitalist Continuing Medical Education.

Dr. Stuart Friess has been promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Friess completed his Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Brown University and his Medical degree, residency, and chief residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University.  He then completed a Fellowship in Critical Care at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and continued on faculty at CHOP for 6 years prior to moving to WashU in September 2012.  His scholarly interest has focused on the effects of secondary injury after traumatic brain injury and goal directed cardiopulmonary resuscitation in pediatric patients.  His work was recognized by the Star Research Presentation Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress, and he has published 36 peer reviewed and 11 invited papers in addition to five book chapters.  He served as a Reviewer for the  Guidelines for the “Acute Medical Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in Infants, Children, and Adolescents” published in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2012, and as an Evidence Reviewer for “Pediatric Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support: 2015 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations.  He was recently awarded a 5 year R01 grant from NINDS to study the effects of secondary brain hypoxia after traumatic brain injury.   

Dr. Caroline Clare Horner has been promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine.  Dr. Horner earned her Bachelor’s degree at Washington University, her Medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine and her MSCI at Washington University. She completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at St. Louis University School of Medicine and a Fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.  Her clinical contributions have included a Dialysis Infusion Pheresis Unit quality improvement program, participation in the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome multidisciplinary clinic, and team leader for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Newborn Screen evaluations.  Her scholarly interest is in the area of pediatric asthma and she was Principal Investigator of the Gail Shapiro Clinical Faculty Award studying the association between stress and nocturnal asthma symptoms.  She is also a Co-Investigator of AsthmaNet.  Her administrative duties include serving as Director of the Pediatric Allergy/Immunology Fellowship Program.  She has served the community in a number of roles including chair of several committees for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, board member of the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology and member of the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters

Dr. Monica Hulbert has been promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Hematology and Oncology.  Dr. Hulbert completed her Bachelor’s degree at Indiana University, then her Medical degree, Pediatrics residency, and Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Washington University.  After fellowship, she became Director of the Sickle Cell Disease Program at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis before returning to Washington University to direct the sickle cell program.  She has spearheaded quality improvement programs in care of patients with sickle cell disease in use of hydroxyurea for treatment and in use of specific imaging modalities, pain management, and revascularization procedures.  She serves as Principal Investigator for the "State of MO Department of Health and Senior Services STL Hemoglobinopathy Resource Center" grant, as well as the "Prospective Evaluation of Neurological Outcomes and Quality of Life in Children with Sickle Cell Disease with Strokes, Abnormal, TCDs, and/or Cerebral Vasculopathy" protocol, and the "Cerebral Hemodynamics in Children with Hemoglobinopathies undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant".  In addition she serves as collaborating or Co-PI on several other studies in the area of sickle cell disease.  Her numerous community service activities include serving as a member of the Sickle Cell Standing Committee of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and as Medical Director of Camp Crescent, a camp for children with sickle cell disease.


Dr. Audrey Odom John has been promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics with Tenure in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology on the Investigator Track.  Dr. John completed a Bachelor’s degree, MD, and PhD in Biochemistry at Duke University.  She then served her Residency in Pediatrics and Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases on the Special Alternative Pathway at the University of Washington in Seattle.  After fellowship she was recruited to Washington University where her research is focused on the biology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of malaria.  Among her many projects, she is principal investigator of an NIH R01 and a March of Dimes Basil O’Connor grant studying drug resistance in parasites.  She has developed a new noninvasive diagnostic breath test for malaria based on chemical products of the parasite that are apparently produced to attract mosquitos, for which she has funding from sources including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  In addition she is studying how malaria uses chemical signals to influence host responses, funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.   Her work has been reported in more than 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Dr. Katherine Rivera-Spoljaric has been promoted to Associate Professor on the Clinician Track in the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine.  Dr. Rivera-Spoljaric completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Puerto Rico and her Medical degree at Ponce School of Medicine.  She then served a Pediatrics Residency at Miami Children’s Hospital and a Fellowship in Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine and a MSCI at Washington University.  Among her honors are an American Lung Association Clinical Patient Care Research Grant Award, and a Clinical Research Award from the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology.  Her particular interest is in the area of pediatric asthma and she has several publications on her work.  In addition she co-authored the American Thoracic Society Pediatric Chronic Home Ventilation Workgroup publication: An Official American Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guideline: Pediatric Chronic Home Invasive Ventilation.  She has worked with Office of Faculty Affairs and Office of Diversity to improve diversity on our campus. She is currently one of the lead physicians for the Healthy Kids Express, and collaborates  by doing consults at Ranken Jordan Bridge Hospital. She co-created and co-directs the Home Ventilator Program and the Severe Asthma Clinic for Kids and has created ongoing databases to study those patients. In addition, she has contributed videos to the MomDocs website on cough and asthma.  Her community service includes serving as Treasurer of the Academic Women’s Network.

Dr. Joshua Andrew Blatter has been promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine.  Dr. Blatter participated in the University Professors Program at Boston University, and then completed his Bachelor’s degree at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.  He earned his Medical degree and Multidisciplinary Masters in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  He remained in Pennsylvania for his Pediatrics Residency and Fellowship in Pulmonology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he received the First-Year Fellow of the Year Award, the A. Vincent Londino Teaching Award for resident education, the Charles Louis Wood, M.D. Award in ambulatory pediatrics and membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society.  He then was recruited to Washington University as Associate Director of the Pediatric Lung Transplantation Center.  His scholarly focus is factors that influence the success of lung transplantation, including serving as principal investigator of a Children’s Discovery Institute funded project working to identify biomarkers in transplants using microbiome studies.  The lung transplant program attracts regional and national referrals and Dr. Blatter has developed clinical care guidelines for endocrinologic issues, immunization recommendations, and liver function monitoring in transplant patients. His expertise was recognized nationally when he was elected a co-Chair of the American Society of Transplantation, Pediatric Executive Committee.

Dr. Kirstin L. Campbell has been promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinicial Track in the Division of Hospitalist Medicine.  Dr. Campbell completed her Bachelor’s degree at Johns Hopkins and her Medical degree and Residency in Pediatrics at Washington University, where she was awarded the George F. Gill Prize in Pediatrics, the SLCH Outstanding Resident Award, and the Children’s Direct Triple Crown Award.  She was trained in Palliative Care Education and Practice at Harvard University. With her special expertise in Palliative Care, Dr. Campbell serves as an attending physician for the Pediatric Advanced Care Team and the Pediatric Hospice Program and a member of the SLCH Ethics Committee.  Her educational contributions include serving as Pediatric Ward Attending, as mentor in the POM I Clinical Skills course, as  PALS course instructor, and as a facilitator for the POM I and POM II Illness, Ethics, and Health Policy units. She has served since 2013 as Editor-in-Chief of the Pediatric Update CME Program and an active member of the Pediatrics Social Media Team.  

Dr. Brian DeBosch has been promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics on the Investigator Track in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.  Dr. DeBosch completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his MD and PhD degrees in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Washington University School of Medicine, where he was awarded an Olin Fellowship in Molecular Cell Biology.  He completed his Pediatrics Residency and Fellowship in Gastroenterology on the Accelerated Research Pathway at Washington University before joining the faculty as an Instructor.  His scholarly work focuses on the role of glucose transporters 7, 8 and 9 in liver physiology and metabolism funded currently by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Children’s Discovery Institute, and the American Gastroenterological Association.  His work has earned numerous awards including the Triple Crown Award from St. Louis Children's Hospital, the Early Investigator Award from the Endocrine Society, the American Gastroenterological Association / Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Award in Liver Disease, the St. Louis Children's Hospital Recognition Award and has resulted in 17 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Willam A. McManus has been promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Hospitalist Medicine.  Dr. McManus completed a Bachelor’s degree at Carroll College, Helena, Montana, and his Medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine.  He served his Pediatric Internship and Residency at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital before joining the faculty at Washington University.  Dr. McManus is an outstanding and respected clinician, providing care for patients at SLCH, PWH and MBMC.  He is a core provider in the newborn nursery at BJH. 

Dr. Jennifer Eryn Sprague has been promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes.  Dr. Sprague earned her Bachelor’s degree at Indiana University and her MD and PhD in Biochemistry at Washington University, where she was awarded the Society of Nuclear Medicine Young Investigator Award and the Wilson Award in Radiology.  She then completed a Residency in Pediatrics and Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Washington University, winning the Children’s Direct Triple Crown Award.  She has a focus on education, serving as Director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program, where she has reorganized the training lecture series and the evaluation process and chairs the Clinical Competency Committee.  She also serves as a mentor for the Practice of Medicine WUMS II course and is a frequent speaker for Early Bird Rounds, SLCH Clinical Case Conference, Endocrine Grand Rounds, and the Pediatric Adult and Pediatric Endocrine Fellows conference.  Her clinical focus is diabetes mellitus, serving on the Diabetes Advisory Board for ADA Recognition, World Diabetes Day Planning Committee, Leader of the Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital Diabetes Team, and investigator in the TODAY Study (Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth).

Todd N. Wylie, B.S., has been promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics on the Research Track in the Division of Laboratory Medicine.  Mr. Wylie completed a Bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville followed by numerous postgraduate training programs in programming, bioinformatics, data analysis, and genomic data.  He was instrumental in the development of methods and data analysis in the Human Genome Project and in development methods of analysis used in the study of the microbiome.  He is currently a Co-Investigator of NIH – funded studies designed to improve diagnostic testing for respiratory tract infections and to define the human virome in immunocompromised children.  In addition, he is participating in studies titled, “Environmental Exposures in Early Life and the Risk for Food Allergy in Children,” “Preterm Birth: Interface Between Viruses, Bacteria, and the Maternal Host,” “Rapid Bacterial Community Characterization in the Infant Gut.”  He is an author of 48 peer reviewed manuscripts including, “An encyclopedia of mouse genes” in Nature Genetics, “Initial Sequencing and analysis of the human genome” in Nature, “Evolutionary and biomedical insights from the rhesus macaque genome” in Science, “Genome analysis of the platypus reveals unique signatures of evolution” in Nature, and two papers in Nature reporting the Human Microbiome Project Consortium framework for research and the structure, function and diversity of the healthy human genome.  He participated in the inceptive sequencing and analysis of many organisms including mouse, macaque, platypus, soybean, zebrafish, toxoplasma, and numerous parasitic and free-living nematode species. Mr. Wylie and colleagues recently developed a comprehensive targeted sequence capture panel called ViroCap, designed to enrich nucleic acid from DNA and RNA viruses, published in Genome Research.

Faculty Breakfast

May Faculty Breakfast Topic:

Post-Graduate Gap Year Opportunities

Jennifer Finney, WUSTL Career Consultant

Joan Downey, MD, Assistant Dean, WUSTL College of Arts & Sciences

May 12, 2017
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