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The DOM Insider

The official newsletter of the Department of Medicine

Vol 15, Winter/Spring 2023

EPIC Update        Grand Rounds        Calendar        News        New Faculty        Publications

Letter from the Chair

Victoria Fraser, MD, Chair of MedicineDear 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.

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

WashU Global Health Center graphicSpotlight

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.

Clinical News

WashU and BJH celebrated the 25th Anniversary of VAD Program. Read more.

Sharon Cresci, MDSharon Cresci, MD (right) co-authored a statement for the
American Heart Association on Gene Testing Guidance. Read more.

Mark D. Huffman, MD, MPH co-authored a statement for The Conversation on Healthier Blood Pressure. Read more.

New Hazelwood clinic offers endocrine and transgender patient care services. Read more.

Research News

Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH study on Cardiovascular Risk Factors was published in JAMA. Read more.

Urano Lab receives funding to test the efficacy of a Sigma 1 receptor agonist pridopidine. Learn 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.

Margo Girardi, MD was awarded funds from BJH Foundation to expand the SQuID protocol. Learn 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

Michael Diamond, MD, PhD and Sean Whelan, PhD aim to develop vaccine against all deadly coronaviruses. Read more.

Millman Lab received funding to improve engraftment of stem cells through genetic engineering. Read more.

Caline Mattar, MD (left) and George B. Kyei, MBChB, PhD, (right)Caline Mattar, MD (left) and George B. Kyei, MBChB, PhD, (right) ID faculty received Global Health Seed Funding award. Read more.

Victor Davila-Roman, MD, FACC, FASE and Mark Huffman, MD, MPH as recipients of McDonnell Academy Seed Grants. Read more.

Andrej Spec, MD and Patrick Mazi, MD, clinical ID fellow, uncover a larger national geographical mapping of infections caused by fungi. Read more.

Education News

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:

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)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)

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

  • 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

IDEAS at DOM Calendar

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. Eva Aagaard, MD, FACP presented at the FWIM Trainee Leadership Development Program on Negotiation Strategies.

Upcoming event topics:

Across the Department

Angela Brown, MDAngela Brown, MD (right) promotes Women’s Heart Health on KPLR News. Watch her interview.

Max Edele named to new position as Director of Clinical Operations for Nephrology. Read more.

Cady B. Edwards, MD named Co-Director of the Medicine Triage Attending Service. Read more.

Mark Huffman, MD will serve as Faculty Lead for Trust and Public Health Transdisciplinary Team.
Learn more.

Jonathan Mullin, MD new Program Director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.

H. James Wedner, MD speaks with KSDK about seasonal allergies. Watch his interview.

Shannon Devlin, MD and Erin Hickey, MD named New Associate Program Directors for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.

Kathryn Filson, MD and Zach Morgan, MD named Co-Directors of the Patient Care Operations Committee. Read more.

Kevin Stephenson, MD and Mark Manary, MD promoted ways to reduce malnutrition globally with the Peanut Butter Project on Fox2News. See their interview.

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.

Lauren Begnel, organizer and captain of #NephStrong WashU Walkers, helped raise $2043.Lauren Begnel, organizer and captain of 
#NephStrong WashU Walkers, helped raise $2043.

Crowd lining up for the St. Louis Kidney Walk 2024.Crowd lining up for the St. Louis Kidney Walk 2024.

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.

Ramadan.Many of those in our community celebrated Ramadan. Learn more about the celebration.

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New Faculty Leadership

(left to right) Cheng, Diwan, Goldberg, Lin, and Link(left to right) Cheng, Diwan, Goldberg, Lin, and Link

Steven Cheng, MD: Named new Internal Medicine Residency Program Director. Read more.

Abhinav Diwan, MD: Named new Division Chief of Cardiology at the St. Louis VA Medical Center.
Read more.

Seth Goldberg, MD: New Program Director for the Nephrology Fellowship Program.

Michael Lin, MD: New President-elect of the BJH Medical Staff Association. Read more.

Daniel C. Link, MD: Named new Deputy Director for the Siteman Cancer Center. Read more.

In Memorium

Obituary: William A. Peck, former medical school dean, 89. 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(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

Megan Baldridge, MD, PhD; Karen Joynt Maddox, MD; Stacey L. Rentschler, MD, PhD; and Rajan Sah, MD, PhD elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation. Read more.

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, MDRead more.


Match Day 2023:

We extend a warm welcome to our 24 new faculty across 10 divisions. Learn more about them.

Allergy and Immunology
Jeremy Katcher, MD

Bone and Mineral Diseases
Kathleen Lowe, MD

Cardiology/Cardiovascular Diseases
Shibali Das, PhD
Xiucui Ma, PhD
Zainab Mahmoud, MD
Zyad Qamer, MD
David Rawnsley, PhD

Basia Michalski, MD
Felipe Ribeiro, PhD
Christine Yokoyama, MD, PhD

Charlene Prather, MPH

General Medical Sciences
Kenton Johnston, PhD

General Medicine
Chelsea Pearson, MD
Kaytlin Reedy-Rogier, MSW

Infectious Diseases
Nathanial Nolan, MD
Alaullah Sheikh, PhD
Chen Shen, PhD

Rohan Paul, MD

Siqi Chen, PhD
Miriam Jacobs, MD
Thomas Odeny, MD, PhD
Christine Zhang, PhD


New Program for Underrepresented in Medicine for Equity and Diversity (PROUD-MED) is soliciting for nominations and applications. Learn more


ICTS 5th Annual Symposium and Poster Display "Advancing Clinical and Translational Science at an Academic Healthcare System” Thursday, May 18, 2023 I 9 am – 1:00 pm I Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC)Click image for more details

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