Letter from the Chair
Dear colleagues and friends,
Welcome back! It’s hard to believe we haven’t connected since December. I find myself thankful spring has arrived and, with it, an opportunity to celebrate and share some of the accomplishments and growth within the department.
We had a wonderful MATCH 2023 with an outstanding, diverse group of 62 medical students choosing our internal medicine residency. We look forward to welcoming them and having them part of the WashU community. We have also have had continued successful growth of our clinical operations and research funding.
The Global Heath Center at Washington University is now co-funded by the Institute for Public Health along with the Department of Medicine. You’ll find more on this new collaborative effort below in the spotlight.
Weekly we publish Grand Rounds Events along with many other topics on our social platforms (and we’re now on Instagram) and would welcome your involvement in sharing those on your social channels. The more we all come together and communicate, the more people we can reach about all we achieve here at WashU. Speaking of sharing, we have several new division leadership announcements we offer our congratulations to:
- Janet S. Lee, MD, new Division Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Division.
- Steven Cheng, MD, Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.
- Dominique Cosco, MD, FACP, Designated Institutional Officer(DIO) for the Washington University, Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals GME consortium.
I hope you’ll take a few moments to learn more about the many Department of Medicine successes, awards and research happening amongst us all. This newsletter reminds us we can achieve great things by supporting one another.
As always, thank you for your support of the Department of Medicine.
Vicky Fraser, MD, Adolphus Busch Professor of Medicine, Chair, Department of Medicine
The Global Heath Center at Washington University is now co-funded by the Institute for Public Health along with the Department of Medicine which can help support, sustain and complement one another other. Read more on this collaboration and how we in the Department of Medicine can connect and participate.
WashU and BJH celebrated the 25th Anniversary of VAD Program. Read more.
New Hazelwood clinic offers endocrine and transgender patient care services. Read more.
Two-pronged immunotherapy eliminates metastic breast cancer in mice. Read more.
Covid-19 Infections raise risk of long-term gastrointestinal problems. Read more.
Possible strategy identified for bone marrow failure syndrome. Read more.
Cancer genomics database recognized as global biodata resource. Read more.
Study reveals obesity-related trigger that can lead to diabetes. Read more.
Trial for insulin-only bionic pancreas improves type 1 diabetes management. Read more.
Non-invasive EMMI imaging of human uterine maturation during labor. Learn more.
WashU Living Well Center (LWC) offers a Lifestyle Medicine & Food As Medicine Essentials Course.
Enrollments are open until August 15, 2023. For more information and to register.
The Vice Chair of Education would like to extend congratulations to the following DOM Education Leaders:
- Amy Riek, MD (Endocrinology): named DOM Director of Fellow Support
- Ige George, MD (Infectious Diseases), Jennifer Monroy, MD (Allergy & Immunology), and Saiama Waqar, MBBS (Oncology): AoE’s Program Director Bootcamp 2023 DOM Graduates
Office of Vice Chair of Education
Abby Spencer, MD (2nd from left) and Rakhee Bhayani, MD (right) speak as panelists at the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine’s Women in Medicine Leadership Development Forum in Austin, TX on April 2, 2023. (Photo: Kirsten Jones)
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)
- The Office of Faculty Development hosted their annual Clinician Educator Portfolio (CEP) Workshop for faculty on February 16th. This in-person workshop provided a brief overview how to construct a CEP. To view the session PowerPoint and past audio-recording of this workshop please visit the CEP workshop page. View the Workshop Link.
- The Office of Faculty Development in collaboration with IDEAS at DOM and the Vice Chair for Education hosted a workshop on How to Write an Impactful Letter of Reference on April 11th. Karen Dodson presented a short overview with guidelines and suggestions on writing reference letters followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Milan Anadkat. Panelists included: Drs. Angela Brown, Tom De Fer, Vicky Fraser, and Abby Spencer. To view the session PowerPoint, Audio-recording, and workshop resources please visit the OFD Library & Resources page and scroll down to the Letters of Reference and Support heading. Learn more.
DOM New Faculty Orientation will be held on Friday, August 18th. All new or recently hired faculty in the Department of Medicine are required to attend! Registration will open on May 1st. For more information on New Faculty Orientation.
IDEAS at DOM and Vice Chair for Health Equity
Diversity Resident Showcase
The Offices of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Diversity Programs in conjunction with IDEAS at DOM held the Diversity Residents Virtual Showcase on Friday, January 27, 2023 from 9:00am-1:00pm. The Showcase hosted 70 prospective URiM applicants for residency programs across the School of Medicine. The session included a mixture of interactive sessions and speakers along with opportunities to connect with current WUSM residents. Story here.
- On March 29th OUTmed hosted the Queer Mentoring 2.0 workshop which focused on various aspects of mentorship, how to get the most out of their OUTmentor mentorship groups, and how allies can best mentor LGBTQIA+ professionals. Special thanks to Dr. Tony Dao (OUTmed director) and Dr. Tom De Fer (Associate Dean for Medical Student Education and Chief of the Division of General Medicine) who presented and facilitated our workshop. Learn more.
- Save the Date for Pride St. Louis on June 24th-25th. Please visit the OUTmed event page for updates and information on Pride and Parade participation. Read more.
- The Mentorship to Enhance Diversity in Academia (MEDA) program will host their 2nd Annual Symposium. Join MEDA for discussions on career development. Meet and network with MEDA mentors, senior faculty, leaders, directors, and peers. Refreshments provided. Read more.
Forum for Women in Medicine
The FWIM Trainee Leadership Development Program launched in September of last year. Learn more about the program curriculum and the inaugural cohort.
Eva Aagaard, MD, FACP presented at the FWIM Trainee Leadership Development Program on Negotiation Strategies.
Upcoming event topics:
- Department of Medicine and Forum for Women in Medicine and Science Seminar “Leadership and Promotion – the chicken or the egg?” on April 28, 2023
- Check the FWIM webpage for dates and details to be announced
Across the Department
Max Edele named to new position as Director of Clinical Operations for Nephrology. Read more.
Jonathan Mullin, MD new Program Director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.
WashU Nephrology helps make the 2023 Annual National Kidney Foundation Walk a success! The #NephStrong Wash U Walkers team raised over $2000 for the St. Louis event. Read more.
Cardiovascular Division Providers Participate in School Outreach Program. Read more.
The St. Louis Blues NHL team and Washington University Physicians have collaborated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital to create a series of videos on the Science of Blues Hockey. Read more.
Many of those in our community celebrated Ramadan. Learn more about the celebration.
New Faculty Leadership
(left to right) Cheng, Diwan, Goldberg, Lin, and Link
Seth Goldberg, MD: New Program Director for the Nephrology Fellowship Program.
Obituary: William A. Peck, former medical school dean, 89. Read more.
- Maria Baggstrom, MD, PhD (right) named Divisional Representative to Faculty Senate Council.
- Glenda Bullock named to Top 50 Women Leaders of Missouri. Read more.
- Monica Chang-Panesso, MD received the 2023 Southern Society for Clinical Investigation Research Scholar Award. Read more.
- Laurin Council, MD was elected to the American Academy of Dermatology Board of Directors.
- Dayna Early, MD, FASGE (right) will receive the 2023 Distinguished Endoscopic Mentoring Award from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). Read more.
- Natalia Genere, MD receives ICTS award funding for research in adrenal incidentalomas.
- Mustafa Husaini, MD has been elected to the ACC Cardiovascular Management Leadership Council. Read more.
- Patricia F. Kao, MD, MS recognized as a 2022 Outstanding Reviewer by the Journal of Graduate Medicine Education. Learn more.
- Andrew M. Kates, MD named Clinical Representative to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council.
- Peggy L. Kendall, MD installed as the Virginia Minnich Distinguished Professor of Medicine.
- Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MSCI named chair of the Society of Epidemiologist of America (SHEA) Research Committee. Read more.
- Patricia Litkowski, MD serving as Physical Champion for Patient Experience at BJH. Read more.
- Robert Mahoney, MD, CCS-P has been awarded the 2023 Friends of Social Work Award.
- Makedonka Mitreva, PhD has been elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. Read more.
- Rodney Newberry, MD (right) was named the William H. Danforth Physician-Scientist Scholar in November, 2022. Dr. Newberry was also installed as the Dr. Nicholas V. Costrini Professor of Gastroenterology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease on March 17, 2023. Read more.
- Frank O'Brien, MD, FASN is the recipient of the LeJIT Teaching Award for his outstanding performance during the 2022 Block 6 Medicine Clerkship. Read more.
- Christine Pham, MD received an outstanding score on her P30 and will receive continued funding. Dr. Pham was also installed as the Guy and Ella Mae Magness Professor of Medicine on April 12th. Read more.
- David A. Russler-Germain, MD, PhD received two fellowship awards. Read more.
- Sumanth D. Prabhu, MD (right) is the recipient of the George E. Brown memorial Lecturer Award at the 2022 American Heart Association Annual Scientific Sessions. Read more.
- Will Ross, MD, MPH received the Frankie Freeman Inspiration Award. Read more.
- Alex Thomas, MD received Critical Thinking – Medical Topic Distinguished Service Teaching Award. Read more.
- Jean S. Wang, MD, PhD received the American College of Gastroenterology’s Community Service Award. Read more.
- Patrick White, MD (right) awarded 2023 Josefina B. Mango Distinguished Hospice Physician Award.
- Deborah Veis, MD, PhD accepted as active member of the Association of American Physicians (AAP). Read more.
- Christine Yokoyama, MD, PhD received the Dermatology Foundation 2023 Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellow Award. Read more.
2023 Dean’s Impact Awards – Recognizing inspiring efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes ten DOM faculty. Read more.
(top: left to right) Douglas Adkins, MD; Chien-Huan Chen, MD, PhD; Thomas Ciesielski, MD; Vladimir Despotovic, MD and Michael Diamond, MD, PhD (bottom: left to right) Elvin Geng, MD, MPH; Michael Lin, MD; Rachel Presti, MD, PhD; David Warren, MD, MPH and Anitha Vijayan, MD
Congratulations to the ICTS CTRFP awardees including the Department's own: Grant Challen, PhD; Brian Laidlaw, PhD; Aaloke Mody, MD; Russell Pachynski, MD; Amanda Verma, MD and Ofer Zimmerman, MD. Read more.
Match Day 2023:
We extend a warm welcome to our 24 new faculty across 10 divisions. Learn more about them.
New Program for Underrepresented in Medicine for Equity and Diversity (PROUD-MED) is soliciting for nominations and applications. Learn more.