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The DOM Insider

The official newsletter of the Department of Medicine

Vol 13, Summer 2022

EPIC Update             Grand Rounds             Calendar             News             New Faculty

Letter from the Chair

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

With fall just around the corner, we look back on a summer filled with activity and progress across the Department of Medicine including numerous research, clinical, and educational successes. We have celebrated OUTmed’s return as a sponsor at PrideFest 2022, welcomed many faculty at our annual new faculty orientation, and kicked off an exciting new year of Medicine Grand Rounds, which is now being delivered in person and on Zoom. Please try to attend in person as much as possible to support our terrific speakers.

We welcomed a wonderful group of new residents and fellows in July. They are thriving in our training programs. Our Medicine Residency is currently ranked #12 nationally which is a wonderful achievement. Despite the persistence of COVID-19 and the emergence of monkeypox, we have learned to continuously adapt in an ever-changing clinical environment. I truly admire and appreciate the determination and fortitude of the entire department as we navigate these ongoing challenges.

On the good news front, the new BA.4 and BA.5 variant COVID boosters are available and we are encouraging everyone to get their COVID booster and influenza shots soon. We are now beginning resident and fellow recruitment season. We look forward to another successful year of drawing the best and brightest to the Department of Medicine. In this issue, we spotlight the new Program Directors Bootcamp, led by Drs. Abby Spencer and Dominque Cosco. They are providing innovative professional development for new program directors and aspiring program directors across the School of Medicine. We value their leadership and talent in building community, encouraging collaboration, and preparing our training program directors for future and ongoing success.

Take a moment to learn more about the many Department of Medicine accomplishments detailed within this edition. We have much to be proud of and much to look forward to!

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

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


Program Director Bootcamp
Program Director Bootcamp director Abby Spencer, MD (left) and co-director Dominique Cosco, MD (right)A new program sponsored by the Academy of Educators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is working to build the skill set of program directors across the School of Medicine. Developed and directed by the Department of Medicine’s vice chair of education and director of the Academy of Educators, Abby Spencer, MD, (left) professor of medicine, and co-directed by Dominique Cosco, MD, (right) associate professor of medicine and Internal Medicine Residency Program director, the Program Director Bootcamp is a longitudinal certificate course open to all new and long-standing residency and fellowship program directors at the School of Medicine. Read more.  

Clinical News

New Drug, Positive Results for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Read more

Alan Zajarias, MDAlan Zajarias, MD (right) and the team at the Valvular Heart Disease Center have been invited to join the Edwards Triscend 2 pivotal trial, testing the safety and effectiveness of the Evoque valve device in patients with tricuspid regurgitation. Read more

Podcast: What if it’s not COVID-19? Listen/read more

WashU Medicine, BJC HealthCare partner with new company to accelerate lifesaving research. Read more

New Hospital Medicine Consult Service at Psychiatric Care at Delmar Center (PCDC).
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Research News

Michael Diamond, MD, PhD, is photographed in the McDonnell Pediatric Research Building on April 5, 2021. Diamond has been developing a vaccine for the viral Covid-19 coronavirus. MATT MILLER/WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINEThe world’s first COVID nasal vaccine, developed by WashU researchers and licensed to Bharat Biotech, was just approved for emergency use in India. It was created by professors Michael Diamond, MD, PhD (right), David Curiel, MD, PhD, and members of their laboratories. Read more.

Low testosterone may increase risk of COVID-19 hospitalization for men. Read more.

Simple blood test predicts neurotoxic complications of CAR-T cell therapy. Read more.

Study offers insight into how pancreatic cancer develops. Read more.
A new study published in the Journal of Electrocardiology by Adam May, MD, shows that an automated tool for WCT differentiation can improve the accuracy of the physician interpreting ECGs. Read more

Progression of diabetic kidney disease may be slowed with drug combinations. Read more

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine receives $1.3 million gift for COPD research. Read more

Education News

ICTS Clinical Research Training Center launches new research program targeted to URiM scholars. Read more.

Office of Vice Chair of Education

Join the Academy of Educators for Education Day 2022 on October 11, 2022 from 1:00 - 6:15pm. Event is open to WUSM educators and will focus on generational learning. Learn more and register.

MIMEC: Mentoring in Medical Education Careers – New!
Sessions available monthly for faculty and senior fellows to meet with the DOM Vice Chair of Education for mentorship and guidance on Med Ed-related topics. Schedule your session now!

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)

Visit the OFD website to learn about existing resources and to view upcoming events.

Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, the Department of Medicine welcomed new faculty on Tuesday, August 23 with an institutional resource fair followed by an orientation session.Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, the Department of Medicine welcomed new faculty on Tuesday, August 23 with an institutional resource fair followed by an orientation session. Read more

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) and the Office of Faculty Development (OFD) in the Department of Medicine along with the Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC) and Goldfarb School of Nursing co-sponsored the August 30th Career Development Seminar with visiting speaker Susan Johnson, MD, MS, presenting on “Thriving in the Midst of Chaos: Time management strategies for navigating academic medicine”. Read more.

The Office of Faculty Development hosted a virtual workshop on July 27th on the Annual Faculty Evaluation Form – Updates Everyone Should Know, presented by Hilary Babcock, MD, MPH and Sharon Cresci, MD. Links to the evaluation form, session PowerPoint, and audio-recording can be found under the Resources heading here

Mark your calendars! DOM Faculty and Family Day DOM Faculty and Family Day at the City Museum on Sunday, October 2nd from 11:00am-3:00pm. For more information and to register.

DOM Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) and Vice Chair for Health Equity

OID Calendar

The Mentorship to Enhance Diversity Academia Program (MEDA) will host their first session of the MEDA Career Seminar Series on Thursday, September 22nd from 12-1pm featuring Gabriel Mbalaviele, PhD. Lunch provided. Register to attend by Tuesday, September 20th.
Sign up to be a MEDA mentor or mentee here

The DOM Vice Chair for Health Equity and Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) hosted a Summer Welcome & Networking event for URiM trainees and faculty on Sunday, August 21stThe DOM Vice Chair for Health Equity and Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) hosted a Summer Welcome & Networking event for URiM trainees and faculty on Sunday, August 21st. Read more.

Fall 2022 Residency Programs Showcase

The Offices of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Diversity Programs in conjunction with the Office of Inclusion and Diversity in the Department of Medicine hosted the Fall Residency Programs Virtual Showcase on Thursday, August 18. Read more.

Learning and Training – Check out fall learning and training updates from OID. 

Department of Medicine sponsors event featuring antiracist scholar and author, Ibram X. Kendi, PhD. Read more.

epartment of Medicine’s OUTmed program “Together Again” at PrideFest 2022. Department of Medicine’s OUTmed program “Together Again” at PrideFest 2022. Read more.

Forum for Women in Medicine

FWIM celebrates nine years of promoting professional development of women fellows and residents across the Department of Medicine. Look for profiles of DOM faculty and fellows on social media during September, #WomenInMedicine Month.

FWIM has been busy events and programming over the past few months including:

8th Annual FWIM Happy Hour.June 15: 8th Annual FWIM Happy Hour (above)

FWIM is pleased to announce the inaugural FWIM Trainee Leadership Development Program cohort. Read more.

Across the Department

Co-Directors of the Transgender Center; Dr. Cynthia Herrick (left) and Dr. Thomas Baranski (right)Transgender Center celebrates LGBTQIA+ pride. Read more
(Photo caption: Co-Directors of the Transgender Center; Cynthia Herrick, MD (left) and Thomas Baranski, MD, PhD (right))

Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD and Marcos Rothstein, MD, are working to increase the pool of transplantable kidneys. Read more.

Nephrology welcomes Selas Kidane, new Senior Department Accounting Assistant. Read more.

Nephrology North County Dialysis Center celebrates "Tandy Day," in honor of Tandalaya Shelton's 20 years of service. Read more.

Anuja Java, MD, helps raise awareness of kidney disease on local airwaves. Read more

Nephrologist Ying Maggie Chen, MD, PhD, and bio-engineer Srikanth Singamaneni, PhD, received a grant from the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research Seed Grant Program to study AKI biomarkers in dermal interstitial fluid using ultrasensitive nanosensor-enhanced microneedle patches. Read more.

Hani Suleiman, MD, PhD, has been awarded a four-year, $1.37M R01 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to study the “Molecular Determinants of Kidney Podocyte Architecture in Health, Injury, and Recovery.” Read more

Nephrology Welcomes:

  • 2022-2024 fellows: Taha Mohamed Djirdeh, MD; Swathi Velagapudi, MD; Shelden Selas Rodrigues, MBBS; Marco Bruno Thierry, MD; Juan Eduardo Sanchez, MD; Abdullah Jalal, MD. Read more.
  • 2022 Renal Transplant Fellows: Sri Mahathi Kalipatnapu, MBBS, MD and Gaurav Rajashekar, MD. Read more

The Cardiovascular Division will celebrate their 75th Anniversary!For more information.

Hospital Medicine - Congratulations to:

  • Four new assistant professors of medicine. Read more.
  • Margo Girardi, MD, new associate professor of medicine. Read more.

Welcome to their new hospitalists. Read more.

New Faculty Leadership

Debra Parker Oliver, PhD, MSW, was named the inaugural holder of the Ira Kodner, MD Chair in Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care. The chair was created through a gift to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from philanthropists John and Anne McDonnell.
Debra Parker Oliver, PhD, MSW
, was named the inaugural holder of the Ira Kodner, MD Chair in Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care. The chair was created through a gift to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from philanthropists John and Anne McDonnell.
Read more.

Carolina Salvador, MD:  Appointed as the Director of Wellness for the Department of Medicine. Read more.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Leadership Positions in the Department of Medicine. Read more.

  • Jesus Jimenez, MD, PhD:  Appointed as the Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Fellows and Postdoctoral Trainees.
  • Felicia Gomez, PhD and José Sáenz, MD, PhD:  Appointed as Co-Directors for the newly established URiM Post-Baccalaureate program for the Oliver Langenberg Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP).


Ige A. George, MD, MS, FIDSA, Caline Mattar, MD, FIDSA and Anupam Pande, MD, MPH, FIDSA, have been named Fellows by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).(left to right) Ige A. George, MD, MS, FIDSA, Caline Mattar, MD, FIDSA and Anupam Pande, MD, MPH, FIDSA, have been named Fellows by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Read more.

Dennis Chang, MD and Eric Johnson, MD were named General Internal Medicine Teachers of the Year. Read more.

Eileen Lee, MD and Martin Kerrigan, MD: Both received a LeJIT Teaching Award. Read more.

Corey Shy, MD and Rachel Bardowell, MD: Will be co-presentors at the Annual SHM Converge Meeting scheduled for March 26-29, 2023. Read more.

Kudos to hospitalists Randy Laine, MD, Jack El Sawda, MD and Madeline Grondalski, MD for being recognized by the nurse team on 7900 and 11800 for their outstanding patient care. Read more


Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists (DDFRCS) & COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Program (CFRCS) Letters of intent and applications due October 1, 2022 For more information/To apply

Dean's Scholars Program: Request for 2023 Applications | For more information/To apply

New TL1 Postdoctoral Program for MD or MD/PhD Clinical Fellows! Applications are open until October 1, 2022, for a spring/summer 2023 start date. | For more information/To apply

Call for Global Health Seed Funding Proposals 
The Global Health Center together with the McDonnell Scholars Academy, announces seed funding opportunity to support new global health research collaborations and strengthen existing partnerships. Application deadline is October 15. For more information/To apply


Big Ideas 2021-22: Sponsored by the Healthcare Innovation Lab and the Institute for Informatics (I2), five teams received $50,000 and will present their project findings live on October 3, 2022. Learn more and register.

Center for Dissemination and Implementation at Washington University and the University of Missouri Columbia Rural Heath Symposium, “E-connecting for healthy eating and exercising in rural communities” 
October 14 | 9 am - 3 pm | Innsbrook Resort | For more information/To register.

SAVE THE DATE - Global Health Week at WashU
The university-wide event will be held October 24-28.The goal is to convene members of the WashU and St. Louis communities to engage in global health topics through speaker events, meet and greets, and more. For more information.

Institute for Public Health Annual Conference: Health as a Human Right graphicInstitute for Public Health Annual Conference: Health as a Human Right
October 26 | 8:30 am - 1:30 pm | EPNEC | For more information/To register.

Siteman Cancer Research Symposium 
December 9 | EPNEC | Abstract deadline September 23. For more information/To register. 


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

Correction from Spring 2022 issue. Note corrected links on following: 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.


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