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The DOM Insider

The official newsletter of the Department of Medicine

Vol 8, Spring 2021

EPIC Update             Grand Rounds             Calendar             In the News

Letter from the Chair

Victoria Fraser, MD, Chair of MedicineDear 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.

Best Regards,
Vicky Fraser, MD, Adolphus Busch Professor of Medicine, Chair, Department of Medicine


Anthony Dao, MDOUTmed Program
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.

Education News

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.

Upcoming Programs/Events:

Research Considerations:

  • NIH updated its NIH biosketch template. Read more.
  • Listen to this podcast from two NIH program officers who share advice on grant applications.

Links of Interest for Faculty:

  • Have an upcoming annual review? Feel a little different doing it virtually? 
    Read more.
  • Need something to listen to? Want to hear from physicians who have traveled your path? Listen here.
  • How has the pandemic affected men and women differently? Read more.
  • Have a lot to say but limited space allowed? Need to learn how to write efficiently?
    Read more.

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 pmAngela 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

WashU nephrologist Will Ross, Associate Dean for Diversity, encourages communities to “get behind” COVID-19 vaccinations.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.

The Gratitude Project graphic.WashU’s Gratitude Project Features Internal Medicine Residency Program.
Read more.

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.

Photo courtesy of Frankie Synovec, student council advisor at Wydown Middle School.Wydown Middle School students share notes of thanks with health care workers. Read more

Nephrology’s Ying Maggie Chen, MD, PhD, presents at Yale Symposium. Read more.

Nephrology participates in virtual 2021 NKF Spring Clinical Meetings. Read more.

KMOV Great Day St Louis Interviews WashU Nephrologist James Davis for National Kidney Month 2021. Read more/see video here.

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.

Congratulations to Timothy Yau, MD and Gerome Escota, MD (not pictured) for receiving the 2021 Teacher of the Year Awards, presented by graduating MD students Connie Gan and Jason Morris. 

Timothy Yau, MD and Gerome Escota, MD (not pictured) for receiving the 2021 Teacher of the Year Awards

New Faculty Leadership

In Memoriam


WashU Nephrologists Tingting Li, MD, MSCI and Anitha Vijayan, MD, FASN to serve on American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Committees. 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

  • Nephrology celebrates Jeffrey Miner, PhD as the Inaugural Eduardo and Judith Slatopolsky Professor of Medicine in Nephrology. Read more.
  • Division of Infectious Diseases celebrates the new Gerald and Judith Medoff Professorship in Infectious Diseases, held by Gary J. Weil, MD. Read more.  


  • 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

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.

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