Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. For over a century, the department has maintained a proud tradition of excellence. Its three-part mission of research, education and patient care has formed an important core which ultimately brings the latest in medical technology and doctors of the highest standard to the patients in our hospitals and clinics.

The Department of Medicine has a long and proud history of research and discovery in the basic, clinical and translational sciences. The research not only pursues the development of better drugs to treat diseases, but also delves into the DNA of these diseases and develops the means to attack them on a genetic level. Through our Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) programs and the Washington University community, we are consistently bridging medicine from the bench to the bedside, and clinical research evaluations of new drugs and devices.

The educational mission of the Department of Medicine is to train exceptional care providers and future leaders in all aspects of academic medicine. We have a long tradition of providing training of the highest caliber to internists in the early stages of their careers either as research oriented physician-scientists or more clinically oriented clinical researchers or practicing internists.

The Department of Medicine also takes great pride in providing unparalleled, comprehensive and innovative patient care. The department’s clinical excellence is continually recognized by U.S. News and World Report, which ranks Washington University School of Medicine one of the top five in the nation.

I invite you to learn more about our outstanding programs in the Department of Medicine.

Vicky Fraser, MD

Chair, Department of Medicine