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The DOM Insider

The official newsletter of the Department of Medicine

Vol 12, Spring 2022

EPIC Update             Grand Rounds             Calendar             News             New Faculty

Letter from the Chair

Victoria Fraser, MD, Chair of MedicineDear colleagues and friends,

Welcome back to The DOM Insider! It has been a busy second half of the academic year with many exciting things happening in the department.

We have much to celebrate. This spring we are having in person graduations for our fellows and residents which is wonderful. We are very proud of our trainees and what they have accomplished, especially during COVID. The department did tremendously well in resident and fellow matches and we now look forward to welcoming new trainees this summer. We’ve wrapped up an informative year of Grand Rounds, including a visit from Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, CDC Director and Washington University alumna. Our clinical and research efforts are thriving and our faculty, staff and trainees continue to be recognized for their many achievements. We are especially proud of Dr. Dan Goldberg, who was elected into the National Academy of Science. Workday is getting better and although COVID rates are going up again in the community, most infections are mild among those who are vaccinated and hospitalization rates are relatively low. We continue to find ways to recover and thrive in “new normal” ways despite COVID.

Of note, we are pleased to announce that Dr. William Powderly and his team successfully renewed the Clinical and Translational Science Award with a $61 million grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This grant supports the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences at Washington University and ensures continued growth of clinical and translational research and training in the department, the School of Medicine, Washington University, and our partner institutions across Missouri. Many thanks to all the faculty and staff who devoted their time and efforts to renewing this important grant.

There are many new initiatives highlighted in this issue. Please take a moment to learn more about the outstanding clinical care, groundbreaking research, and educational excellence delivered by your colleagues from across the department.

As always, thank you for your support of the Department of Medicine.

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


Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences logoWashington University School of Medicine received a $61 million grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health to support Washington University’s Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS), which provides resources for investigators conducting clinical and translational research. Read more.

Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MSCISpotlight on Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MSCI: Learn more about this talented clinician-researcher who’s making a difference in antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention. 
Read more.

Clinical News

Check out the five steps Mark Williams, MD says have been linked to more successful discharges. Steps come from research through Project ACHIEVE. Read more about the study in ACP Hospitalist and on the PCORI website.

Learn more about the Healthcare Innovation Lab at BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine. Read more.

New Mycobacterial Clinic offers integrated care for patients with Non-tuberculous mycobacteria pulmonary disease, a joint effort by Carlos Mejia, MD, Thomas Bailey, MD and Shail Mehta, MD. Read more.

Transgender Center opens West County location in April. Read more.

The Valve Team at Washington University School of Medicine is among the first in the world to use a transfemoral transcatheter device for the treatment of severe tricuspid regurgitation (TR). Read more.

An international expert in the care of patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Jack Burks, MD, thanks WashU Nephrology Transplant services for his recent kidney transplant has used the term "miracle" to best describe his journey to Barnes-Jewish Hospital for the transplant. "Once I arrived, the surgeons took over and performed a perfect transplant!" he says. Read more.

Michael Rauchman, MD, heads a new clinic that eases the transition from pediatric-to-adult kidney care. The goal of the clinic, which meets once a month, is to help guide young adults in the management of their own health care. Read more.

Research News

William Powderly, MD, protocol chair, and Jane O’Halloran, MD, PhD, WashU lead investigator of ACTIV-1 immune modulators trial showing reduction in COVID-19 mortality. Read more.

The Next War We Have to Win. While the battle against SARS-CoV-2 rages on, Washington University researchers and clinicians are fighting a rearguard action against drug-resistant infections that years of overprescribing have turned deadly. Read more.

Cardiovascular inflammation, heart failure focus of $6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to harness new understandings of the immune system to develop innovative therapies for heart failure and the prevention of organ rejection following heart transplantation. Read more.

Irfan Lodhi, PhDIrfan Lodhi, PhD, (right) received a $2M grant to study mitochondrial dynamics in brown fat-mediated thermogenesis. Read more.

Thomas Baranski, MD, PhD, received an ICTS CTRFP grant for research on estrogen use in transgender females. Read more.

Extra mRNA vaccines provide added immunity for patients undergoing solid organ transplants, Jennie Kwon, DO. Read more.

Podcast: As ‘Show Me the Science’ turns 2, we look back at 2 years of a pandemic, features Steven J. Lawrence, MD. Read more/Listen here.

Inappropriate antibiotics for nonhospitalized kids cost US at least $74 million, lead author Anne Mobley Butler, PhD. Read more.

Steven Oh, MD, PhD received a five-year $2.46 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a project titled “Pre- and postgraduate training in molecular hematology.” Read more.

Jeffrey R. Millman, PhD and collaborators had their research findings published in “bioRxiv,” titled “Multiomic profiling defines cell fate plasticity of in vitro-derived islets.” Read more.

Novel Assessment of Bone Microstructure without the Need for Biopsy
A state-of-the-art high resolution peripheral Qualitative Computed Tomography (HR-pQCT) machine is available to provide detailed assessment of bone microstructure for clinical research purposes. For more information, please contact CRU in the division of bone and mineral diseases. For more information.

Education News

American Society of Hematology awards Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis $1.7 million for the Innovative Hematology-Focused Fellowship Training Program. Read more.

Department of Medicine faculty recognized at the annual Distinguished Service Teaching Awards. Read more.

Drs. Lisa Zickuhr, Justin Sadhu and Nigar Kirmani. Medical students at Washington University presented the Distinguished Service and Teaching Awards (DSTA) to faculty and house staff in appreciation of exemplary service in medical student education on March 1, 2022. Drs. Lisa Zickuhr, Justin Sadhu and Nigar Kirmani. Medical students at Washington University presented the Distinguished Service and Teaching Awards (DSTA) to faculty and house staff in appreciation of exemplary service in medical student education on March 1, 2022. 

Learn more about the ICTS TL1 Program, Training the Future Clinical and Translational Workforce.

Office of Vice Chair of Education

Announcing MIMEC: Mentoring in Medical Education Careers Office Hours
Mentoring in Medical Education Careers (MIMEC) is an opportunity for DOM faculty, educators, and aspiring educators to meet with our Vice Chair for Education and Director of the Academy of Educators, Dr. Abby Spencer. Learn more and view available hours.

Open & Upcoming Education Opportunities

  • Submissions are currently open for the 2022 SGIM Midwest Regional Meeting, taking place in St. Louis October 6-7, 2022. The submission deadline is Monday, July 18th.
  • Stay up to date with the Academy of Educators courses, applications, and opportunities to advance your skills as educators- Apply now to join the Academy!
  • Nominations are currently open for the 2023 AAIM Awards. This is an excellent opportunity to recognize our outstanding medical educators!

Learn more about recruitment, accomplishments and other exciting education news in the latest update from the Office of the Vice Chair of Education, Abby Spencer, MD.

DOM Office of Faculty Development (OFD)

Office of Faculty Development (OFD) provides 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 and upcoming events:

  • Financial Literacy workshop – On May 17th, OFD hosted a Student Loan Repayment workshop as part of their 4-part Financial Literacy Series. The 3rd session will be held in-person on September 15th. Learn more.
  • New Faculty Orientation – OFD will host DOM Faculty Orientation on Tuesday, August 23rd from 12:30-4:00pm. All new or recently hired faculty in the Department of Medicine are required to attend. Register here.

Faculty Survey – Thank you to all DOM Faculty who completed the Annual Faculty Climate Survey. We appreciate all input and will use it to help improve the Department of Medicine and to provide important programming for our faculty!

Congratulations to the DOM Faculty selected to participate in the Fall 2022 Leadership Training Course. Read more.

DOM Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID)

Check the OID calendar for continuous updates on upcoming events sponsored by the Vice Chair of Health Equity and OID.

  • Mentorship to Enhance Diversity in Academia (MEDA) Program and Kick-Off. Read more about this new program working to foster and support the careers of trainees who belong to diverse groups.
  • Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) hosted a virtual open house for the Department of Medicine Residency & Fellowship Programs. Read more.
  • OID debuted a new video for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Department of Medicine to use for the 2022 Internal Medicine Fellowship Interview season. Watch now.
  • The Diversity House Staff Council kicked off the new speaker series, “How Did I Get Here?”. Learn more.
  • With Left Bank Books, the Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, is proud to sponsor Dr. Ibram X. Kendi at The Grandel Theatre, Tuesday, June 21, 7pm, CT. Dr. Kendi will discuss the book that every parent, caregiver, and teacher needs to raise the next generation of antiracist thinkers, “How to Raise an Antiracist”. For more information/To purchase tickets

OUTmed logoOUTmed:

  • On March 30th, OUTmed, LGBTQ+med, and the Academy of Educators hosted the first-ever Queerer Mentoring Workshop. Read more.
  • OUTmed will once again be a sponsor at PrideFest, June 25-26, 2022. Learn more about how you can participate.

“Nash Way well-deserved tribute for Dr. Homer Nash, family”: Read story in the St. Louis American regarding renaming Children’s Place after the Nash family to be called Nash Way.

Forum for Women in Medicine

Abby L. Spencer, MD, uses her selfie stick to take a group photo. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, met with Rakhee Bhayani, MD, and the Forum for Women in Medicine on March 2, 2022.
A selfie from the FWIM Meet and Greet event with Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on March 2, 2022. Walensky, in a discussion led by Rakhee K. Bhayani, MD, met with women trainees and faculty to talk about mentorship, leadership and professional development. FWIM has hosted several events this spring including four visiting professors, a DOM Moms & Caregivers event on family leave policies and family planning concerns, and a workshop on creating an effective biosketch & clinician educator portfolio.

FWIM organized the inaugural DOM Women in Medicine & Science Seminar, with over 180 people registered from departments across the campus from medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty. Check out recordings from the event.

Don’t miss FWIM’s upcoming 8th Annual FWIM Happy Hour on June 15th. Learn more.

Across the Department

CDC director and WashU alumna, Rochelle P. Walensky joined the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds on March 3rd to speak on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessons learned. Read more.

Match Day 2022: Learn more about the incoming class of interns here.

Infectious diseases experts help performing arts institutions navigate pandemic. Stephen Y. Liang, MD, MPHS, along with other physicians and scientists at the School of Medicine and engineers from the university’s McKelvey School of Engineering, advised the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) on how to safely reopen after the COVID-19 global lockdown. Read more.

On March 10, 2022, WashU Nephrology celebrated World Kidney Day to spread the word about the importance of kidney health and to encourage screening for chronic kidney disease. Read more.

Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Program (DDFRCS) expands to provide funding to researchers affected by extraprofessional personal demands due to COVID-19. Read more.

ICTS Symposium and Virtual Poster Display: The ICTS held its 4th annual Symposium, complete with a virtual poster display on May 13, 2022. Read more.

Marina Litvin, MDMarina Litvin, MD, (right) and Gene Litvin, raise donations for Ukrainian refugee support. Gene travels to Poland to deliver resources directly to those in need. Read more.

Nephrology welcomes Alex Stark-Valdez, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, who recently joined the division as dialysis nurse practitioner. Read more.

Anuja Java, MD, is first author of a recent publication in Human Molecular Genetics detailing the involvement of complement factor I variants in advanced age-related macular degeneration. Read more.

Nephrology members Lisa Koester-Wiedemann, MSN, CS, CNN-NP, Marcos Rothstein, MD, Frank O’Brien, MD, and George Jarad, MD, were part of the Annual Dialysis Conference (ADC) program held March 4-6, 2022. Now in its 42nd year, the ADC hosts the world’s largest multidisciplinary conference on dialysis, focusing on home modalities. Read more.

Andrew Malone, MD, and Morgan Schoer, MD, were among the 50+ advocates from the American Society of Nephrology and the American Association of Kidney Patients who met virtually with Capitol Hill lawmakers in March for the 2022 Kidney Health Advocacy Day to stress the importance of funding for kidney health. Read more.

The Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipid Research has joined Facebook. Check it out and give them a like!

Faculty Recognition: Check out the new webpage on DOM’s site devoted to recognizing DOM faculty and their national appointments and honors.

In Memorium

  • Obituary: Gregory I. Goldberg, former dermatology professor, 74. Read more.


WashU Nephrology’s 2022 Translational Innovation grant of $50,000 was awarded to Andreas Herrlich, MD, PhD and Charbel Khoury, MD, and Megan Moseley, for their project “Circulating Osteopontin in AKI and its role in COVID-19 associated-ARDS. Read more.

Congratulations to 2022-23 Big Ideas competition winners. Read more about the teams and their winning projects.

DOM CTRFP awardees
Congratulations to the ICTS CTRFP awardees including DOM's own: (left to right) 
Jennifer Alexander-Brett, MD, PhD; Thomas Baranski, MD, PhD; Brian Gage, MD, MSc; James Krings, MD, MSCI; Jonathan Daniel Moreno, MD, PhD and Linda Peterson, MD. Read more.

Washington University School of Medicine chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society announces class of 2022. Read more


16th Annual Clinical and Translational Research Funding Program (CTRFP) – Request for applications (RFA) now open! The 2022-2023 CTRFP RFA details are now available on the ICTS website. Online competitive letter of intent deadline: Monday, June 27, 2022 (by 5pm CT) Learn more.


Inaugural Infectious Diseases Research Symposium, June 17, 2022: A platform to collaborate, promote, amplify and showcase Infectious Diseases research at WashU. The organizing committee of this inaugural symposium includes William G. Powderly, MD, Jennifer A. Philips, MD, PhD, Jeffrey Henderson, MD, PhD, Andrej Spec, MD, MSCI and Gayathri Krishnan, MD, second year fellow who conceptualized the idea and is lead planner and organizer. Learn more and register.


  • A listing of all current Department of Medicine grants ≥ $300,000 is available here.


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


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