Letter from the Chair
Dear colleagues and friends,
Welcome to the new digital format for The DOM Insider. This new, easy-to-read layout was designed to keep you up-to-date on department accomplishments. We value your feedback on this newsletter and all our communications. Please reach out with your thoughts and comments.
Spring is here and COVID rates have decreased dramatically. COVID vaccinations have gone up and restrictions have eased somewhat. PPE guidance has been updated. Please visit the WashU Med COVID website for the most recent COVID updates.
There is a lot going on across the department. We did tremendously well in our resident and fellow matches and look forward to our new trainees joining us this summer. Clinical, research and educational activities are flourishing. Sumanth Prabhu, MD was recruited as the new Chief of Cardiology. Carlos Bernal-Mizrachi, MD became the new Chief of Medicine at the VA. We welcomed Abby Spencer, MD, the new Vice Chair of Education, who will lead initiatives to optimize medical student education, residency, and fellowship training across the department. The Offices of Faculty Development and Inclusion and Diversity are developing new programs and resources in exciting ways. Take a moment to learn more about their efforts within this edition.
As always, thank you for all you do on behalf of the Department of Medicine.
Vicky Fraser, MD, Adolphus Busch Professor of Medicine, Chair, Department of Medicine
Welcomes New Director -
Anthony Dao, MD
OUTmed is a forum for LGBTQIA+ identified faculty, trainees, staff, and allies and is open to the entire School of Medicine. Founded in 2017 by the Department of Medicine, its mission is to provide opportunities for networking, mentoring, community engagement, advocacy, and research regarding LGBTQIA+ advancement. Read more.
Read the latest from the office of the new Vice Chair of Education, Abby Spencer, MD. “It’s the Season of Medical Education” here.
DOM Office of Faculty Development (OFD)
The Office wishes to provide faculty with resources and guidance that will foster professional and personal growth and development in clinical care, education, research, and leadership. Visit the website to learn about existing resources.
Links of Interest for Faculty:
DOM Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID)
The Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) strives to create a Department of Medicine where all people are valued and where our differences are regarded as strengths and important drivers of our excellence in patient care, education, and research. Visit the website to learn more.
- In conjunction with the University of Wisconsin, Lynn Cornelius, MD (DOM Study PI) and the DOM Office of Inclusion and Diversity completed the Bias Reduction in Internal Medicine (BRIM) workshops in April 2021. Thank you to the BRIM implementers and division leads who helped present and organize these workshops. Read more.
- Cassandra Fritz, MD has been appointed as the Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Internal Medicine Residency Program. Read more.
- June is PRIDE month! The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has a variety of events and programming planned in recognition of PRIDE month 2021.
For details/to register.
- Save-the-date - The next session in WUSM’s recognition of the HELA100 Cellabration is coming up on Tuesday, June 22nd from 12-1:30 pm – Angela Brown, MD and Vetta Thompson, PhD will present and lead discussion around ethics as it relates to past and present ethical considerations of Henrietta Lacks and her HeLa cells! Registration link coming soon.
Across the Department
Dr. Will Ross Encourages Communities to Embrace COVID-19 Vaccine via YouTube Will Ross, MD, MPH, Alumni Endowed Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Diversity and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology, recently discussed various aspects of the COVID-19 vaccine in a BJC HealthCare YouTube presentation. Ross addresses concerns about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and encourages everyone to “get behind” the vaccine to make all our communities safe and healthy. View video.
Rakhee Bhayani, MD, as part of the WUSM-CRE2 Grand Rounds Committee, helped coordinate the Feb. 25, 2021 Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, & Equity (CRE2) Inaugural Department of Medicine Grand Rounds featuring Speaker Margarita Algeria, PhD. View the Grand Rounds recording here.
WashU’s Gratitude Project Features Internal Medicine Residency Program.
Match Day 2021: Check out the Internal Medicine Residency Program newest class of interns here.
Hospital Medicine launched a newly designed website -
Check it out here.
Infectious Diseases DOLF project shares several recent publications from clinical trials and community studies of alternative treatments for lymphatic filariasis. Read more.
Wydown Middle School students share notes of thanks with health care workers. Read more
Nephrology participates in virtual 2021 NKF Spring Clinical Meetings. Read more.
WashU Nephrology/Guatemala Sister Program Success Story featured at ISN World Congress ’21. Read more.
WashU Nephrology Welcomes April King, New Manager of Financial Operations, and Says Goodbye to Jamie Hager. Read more.
WashU Nephrology members Lisa Koester-Wiedemann, MSN, CS, CNN-NP, Shawna McMichael, BSN, RN, and Cheryl Cress, RN, CNN, presented at the Annual Dialysis Conference (ADC), held, March 5-7, 2021. Read more.
New Faculty Leadership
- Carlos Bernal-Mizrachi, MD: Named Chief of Medicine at VA St. Louis Health Care System. Read more.
- Anthony Dao, MD: Named new Director of OUTmed program. Read more.
- Sumanth D. Prabhu, MD: Named new Chief of the Division of Cardiology. Read more.
- Obituary: Michael E. Hughes, PhD, assistant professor of pulmonary medicine, 41
- Obituary: John Turk, MD, PhD, endowed professor of endocrinology, 73
- Osama Altayar, MD: Named a 2021 Outstanding Service Award recipient from the American Gastroenterological Association. Read more.
- Monika Bambouskova, PhD: Received the Pfizer-Showell Award from the American Association of Immunologists. Read more.
- Parakkal Deepak, MBBS, MS, FACG: Appointed to a 3-year 10% protected position as the Data Quality & Enhancement Lead for the Study of Prospective Adult Research Cohort with IBD (SPARC IBD). Deepak is also a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology.
- J. Gmerice Hammond, MD: Awarded a Merck Fellowship Research Award from the Association of Black Cardiologists and the American College of Cardiology. Read more.
- Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD: Elected to serve as Vice-President of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Read More.
Dr. Humphreys joins NIDDK Board of Scientific Counselors. Read more.
- Brian S. Kim, MD, MTR: Awarded the 2021 Research Achievement Award in Discovery from the American Skin Association. Read more.
- Jennie H. Kwon, DO: Named the vice chair for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Research Committee. Read more.
- Marina Litvin, MD: Dr. Litvin was part of the expert panel developing Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s recommendations on the care of patients with cystic fibrosis after lung transplantation. Read more.
- Andrew Malone, MD: A recipient of a 2021 Early Career Development Award (ECDA) from the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research (CSCTR), one of the oldest academic medical societies in the Midwest. Read more.
- Jeffrey H. Miner, PhD: Was awarded the Alport Syndrome Foundation Grant.
- Aubrey Morrison, MBBS, MACP, FASN: Was honored with the Distinguished Graduate Medal by The Association of Medical and Dental Graduates of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
- Jennifer Philips, MD, PhD, and Nathan O. Stitziel, MD, PhD: Elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation. Read more.
- Jennifer Philips, MD, PhD: Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology.
- Max Petersen, MD, PhD: Awarded the Endocrine Fellows Foundation’s Fellow Research Grant. Read more.
- Abby Spencer, MD: Named to the editorial board of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Read more.
Big Ideas Competition Winners Announced: Congratulations to DOM’s own Rachita Navara, MD; Michael Rich, MD; Thomas Kannampallil, PhD; Albert M. Lai, PhD; Patrick G. Lyons, MD, MSc; Karla T. Washington, PhD and Patrick White, MD and their teams! Read more.
WashU Celebration of Inventors:
Congratulations to the Department of Medicine faculty and trainees honored on April 15, 2021, including Fumihiko Urano, MD, PhD; Gerald Dorn, MD; Jeffrey Millman, PhD; Jun Yoshino, MD, PhD. Read more.
Congratulations to the Department of Medicine members newly elected to the Washington University School of Medicine chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society! New elected AΩA faculty: Robyn Klein, MD, PhD; Saiama Naheed Waqar, MBBS, MSCI; Dominique Williams, MD and Karen Winters, MD. Newly elected AΩA alumni: Laurin Council, MD. Newly elected AΩA house officers: Michael Daniel, MD; Ryan Day, MD, PhD; Cassandra Fritz, MD; Michael Kramer, MD, PhD; Chien-Jung Lin, MD, PhD and Can Sungur, MD, PhD. Read more about all the honorees.
Virtual Celebrations for Two Named Professorships
- A listing of all current Department of Medicine grants ≥ $300,000 is available here.
- Diabetes Research Center Pilot & Feasibility Awards: Call for Proposals Open. Grant submission deadline is 5 pm on June 30, 2021. For more information.
View recent publications across the Department of Medicine via the links below.
Recent publications are provided using Research Profiles, the faculty profile and research information platform for the School of Medicine. Visit the website to check your profile, view network collaborations for yourself, department, or division, and locate faculty working in a particular research area. To update your profile or request corrections, use the Change Request form or contact Laura Simon, Research Support Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forum for Women in Medicine
Check out “Journeys in Medicine: Narratives with Women Faculty”, a resident-driven collection of interviews with women faculty across the School of Medicine honoring and sharing the unique journeys women face pursuing a career in medicine. The concept for these narratives was developed and led by internal medicine resident Preet Shaikh, MD with guidance from Rakhee Bhayani, MD.
ICYMI: The Forum for Women in Medicine held a DOM Moms & Caregivers event on May 27th featuring Jenny Duncan, MD, Director of Wellness for Graduate Medical Education and Lisa Eberle-Mayse, MA, Child and Family Care Facilitator. Check out the family care resources shared in their presentation:
Events and Symposiums
Attention researchers interested in advancing your D&I proposal for external submission! Register for the 7th Annual Dissemination & Implementation Proposal Development Bootcamp, Sept. 15 & 17 | 9 am to 1 pm | Register here.