Cassandra Fritz, MD selected for JAMA Network Open’s Editorial Fellowship Program

Cassandra Fritz, MD, MPHS, Assistant Professor from the Divisions of Gastroenterology and General Medicine is one of six inaugural fellows selected for the JAMA Network Open’s Editorial Fellowship program. The program mission is to engage a cadre of promising junior faculty in the editorial process to advance research and scholarship that addresses the needs of all […]

Claudia Cabrera  – ASH Minority Hematology Graduate Award/F31

Claudia Cabrera

Claudia Cabrera, WashU Graduate Student in Molecular Genetics and Genomics, recently won the ASH Minority Hematology Graduate Award (MHGA) along with the NIH/F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31-Diversity). If those honors aren’t enough, she’s also the first women from her family, born and raised in Cuba, who has graduated college […]

National Suicide Prevention Week – September 10th – 16th, 2023

National Suicide Prevention Week graphic

National Suicide Prevention week and National Suicide Prevention month both happen during the month of September, however it’s important we offer support throughout the year. To help save a life, it’s vital to raise awareness of this leading cause of death and to help one another see how they can help support this cause in […]

Cresci receives NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Award

Determining Potential Mechanisms of Worse Outcomes in Black HCM Patients Sharon Cresci, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Genetics in the Cardiovascular Division and Associate Director of the WashU Barnes-Jewish Hospital Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center, recently received a five-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The grant is entitled […]

DEI Faculty Diversity Scholars Program Awardees

Three Department of Medicine Faculty Receive the Diversity Scholars Program Awards The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has awarded Felicia I. Gomez, PhD, Felipe Almeida de Pinho Ribeiro, MD along with Jesus M. Jimenez, MD, PhD the Faculty Diversity Scholars Program Award. The mission of the DEI is to: The purpose of the DEI […]

August is National Wellness Month

August National Wellness Month

In honor of National Wellness Month, it seems fitting that we discuss what wellness really is … and how we define wellness based on our individual characteristics. People often think about wellness in terms of physical health — nutrition, exercise, weight management, etc., but it is so much more. Wellness is a holistic integration of […]

Don’t Let Food Allergies Control You

Food allergies are immunological reactions that occur shortly after eating a certain food. Even a small amount of the food that causes an allergy can trigger symptoms such as digestive problems, hives, difficulty breathing or even a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. Food allergies are one of the many adverse reactions to food that a […]

WHO Includes Polypills on Essential Medicine List

Mark Huffman, MD, Professor of Medicine of Cardiology and Co-Director of the Global Health Center and Anubha Agarwal, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine of Cardiology and Co-Director Program in Global Cardiovascular Health announced that the WHO have included the Polypill on their Model List of essential medicines (EML). “Essential medicines are those that satisfy the […]

July is UV Awareness Month

UV exposure (ultraviolet radiation exposure) is the root cause of most skin cancers, however there are many safeguards you can take to help #practicesafesun year-round. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and treatment may involve much more than a mole removal. Skin cancer – especially melanoma, is the most serious […]

Independence Day

St. Louis, MO skyline with fireworks.

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain. The Fourth of July has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations dates back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental […]

Third Space Endoscopy with Dr. Ahmad Najdat Bazarbashi

Cancerous lesions, pre-cancerous lesions, placing stents for obstructions and managing patients with biliary tree and pancreatic disease are all part of a day’s work for Dr. Ahmad Najdat Bazarbashi. Bazarbashi is one of the faculty in the WashU Gastroenterology Division, specifically in the section of Biliary & Interventional-Endoscopy and is director of the Third Space […]

Powderly will receive faculty achievement awards

William G. Powderly will receive Washington University in St. Louis’ 2023 faculty achievement awards, Chancellor Andrew D. Martin announced.  Powderly, MD, the Dr. J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine, will receive the Carl and Gerty Cori Faculty Achievement Award. Powderly, an infectious diseases specialist and public health leader, has made […]

Kidney donor updates for those with HCV and COVID-19

The association of donor hepatitis C virus infection with 3-year kidney transplant outcomes in the era of direct-acting antiviral medications Tarek Alhamad, MD, MS, MBA, Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of Transplant Nephrology, Division of Nephrology, recently had two manuscripts published in JAMA Open and the American Journal of Transplantation regarding new findings of […]

Fogarty Fellowship proves pivotal for Dr. Agarwal’s career

Anubha Agarwal, MD, MSc, at the 20th Anniversary of Global Health Fellow and Scholars.

Anubha Agarwal, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, has much to be thankful for, including the recent addition of her son born on January 1st of this year. She attributes much of her current success to her time as an NIH Fogarty fellow from 2017-2018 while based in India. The Fogarty Global Health Training […]

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is meant as a day of observance for us to honor those who lost their lives while serving our country in the U.S. military. Originally it was known as Decoration Day, and began in the years following the Civil War and was officially designated a federal holiday in 1971. Many observe Memorial Day […]

Innovative Research Opens the Door to ACS Grant for Dr. Russell Pachynski

Russell Pachynski, MD

The American Cancer Society recently awarded 90 new Research and Cancer Development Grants funding researchers at 67 institutions nationwide. These grantees are leading innovative discoveries that advance the ACS mission to end cancer for everyone. Dr. Pachynski’s work concentrates on developing new approaches to fighting prostate cancer by modulating the immune response. This four-year grant […]

Seasonal Allergies Overflow Your Bucket

Allergy Graphic

Spring brings flowers and warmer temps but it can be a difficult time if you are an allergy sufferer. Seasonal allergies flare up when there’s a lot of pollen in the air causing allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever.  Allergy season or pollen season as many refer to … applies to many different plants that […]

Learn Ways to Help Prevent a Stroke for National Stroke Month

Prevention is the best strategy to help avoid having one. When it comes to dealing with strokes, every second truly does matter. Nearly 2 million brain cells die each minute a stroke remains untreated. And every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. 795,000 strokes happen each year and chances are if you […]

2nd Annual DOM Women in Medicine & Science Seminar

The 2nd Annual Department of Medicine Women in Medicine and Science Seminar hosted by Advancing Women in Academic Medicine (AWAM) and the Forum for Women in Medicine (FWIM) was held last Friday, April 28th via Zoom. The virtual seminar, “Leadership and Promotion – the chicken or the egg?”, offered a foundation to learn the critical skills, strategies and resources […]

Paint, Paper and Watercolors with Dr. Raya Saba

When she’s not busy pursuing her third year of fellowship in the WashU Oncology division, Dr. Raya Saba finds time to get creative with paints and other mediums. Growing up in Damascus, Syria, Raya’s parents were followers of art, literature, and music, and her Mom enjoyed painting with oils. This introduction from her family began […]

Red flags indicate risk for early-onset colorectal cancer (Links to an external site)

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified four important signs and symptoms that signal an elevated risk of early-onset colorectal cancer. These red flags may be key to earlier detection and diagnosis of early-onset colorectal cancer among younger adults. The number of young adults with colorectal cancer has nearly doubled […]

Dr. Zainab Mahmoud Receives Eisenberg Scholar Award (Links to an external site)

The Paul and Patti Eisenberg Scholar Award is presented annually by the Washington University School of Medicine Cardiovascular Division to fund junior faculty research that broadly focuses on cardiovascular disease. Funds should be used to generate key preliminary data and/or to develop new areas of research. Dr. Zainab Mahmoud is this year’s recipient of the […]

Kulkarni Lab investigates modulating host immune response in the lungs in severe pneumonia

Hrishikesh Kulkarni MD, MSCI, from the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine recently had two manuscripts published in Science Immunology and a Phase 3 clinical Trial on complement inhibition in COVID-19 in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine. Lung epithelial cell–derived C3 protects against pneumonia-induced lung injury The complement cascade is made up of innate immune defense proteins that protect […]

Cherabie named ‘Let’s Stop HIV Together’ ambassador (Links to an external site)

Joseph N. Cherabie, MD, MSc

Joseph Cherabie, MD, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named a clinical ambassador for the national Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign, which is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Dr. Jean S. Wang Received American College of Gastroenterology’s Community Service Award

Dr. Jean S. Wang

Jean S. Wang, MD, PhD, FACG, is a Professor of Medicine at WashU where she serves on the Community Outreach and Engagement Leadership Team and the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities Leadership Team at the Alvin J. Siteman Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Wang was the recent recipient of the American College of Gastroenterology’s […]

Earth Day 2023

Earth Day

Invest In Our Planet Earth Day is an annual event held on April 22 to honor the accomplishments of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect the Earths natural resources for future generations.  Earth Day was first held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally […]

Grant supports training physician-scientists in cancer research (Links to an external site)

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support training and mentorship for early-career physician-scientists. This relatively new funding opportunity — called Stimulating Access to Research During Residency (StARR) — will provide support for early-career physicians pursuing careers in cancer research.

Global Health Center – now co-funded by Department of Medicine

Global Health Center graphic.

The Global Health Center at Washington University is nowco-funded by the Institute for Public Health along with the Department of Medicine which can help support, sustain and complement one another. In today’s interconnected world, a disease threat anywhere is a disease threat everywhere. Through research, education and partnership, the center advances health equity in low-resource settings around […]

Easter Celebration

Graham Chapel

Easter is a religious Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion on Good Friday. Easter is the fulfilled foretelling of the one who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day. Remembering the resurrection of Jesus is a way […]

Dr. Sharon Cresci Co-Authors Statement From American Heart Association on Gene Testing Guidance

Dr. Sharon Cresci

The American Heart Association has released a new co-authored statement on Gene Testing and interpreting incidental identifications of genetic variants. Rapid advances in genetic technologies have led to expanding use of diagnostic, research, and direct-to-consumer exome and genome sequencing. Incidentally identified variants from this sequencing represent a significant and growing challenge to interpret and translate […]

Dr. Christine Yokoyama, received the Dermatology Foundation 2023 Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship Award

Christime Yokoyama, MD, PhD

Fellowship Award for Regulation of Epidermal Homeostasis by Centrosomal Proteins. Dr. Christine Yokoyama, Instructor in Medicine in the Division of Dermatology was announced as one the 2023 Dermatology Foundation Research Award Recipients. Dr. Yokoyama is Graduate of the Washington University Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and currently a member of the Oliver Langenberg Physician Scientist Training […]

Noninvasive electromyometrial imaging (EMMI) of human uterine maturation during term labor

Noninvasive electromyometrial imaging of human uterine maturations during term labor

EMMI helps assess uterine contractions to aid in preventing preterm deliveries Dr. Phillip Cuculich, Cardiovascular Division at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, shared new findings that were published in Nature Communication. The group of doctors led by Dr. Yong Wang, published the “first-in-woman” study blending the disciplines of cardiac electrophysiology and obstetrics. […]

WashU Med Easing Mask Restrictions on Campus 

WashU Med Easing COVID Mask Restrictions on Campus

Starting Wednesday, March 23, WashU Medicine and BJC Healthcare will ease masking requirements on the Medical Campus, including clinical settings plus all common areas. Masks will be situational and optional for patients and visitors and their families.  Employees will still be required to wear a mask to comply with these requests:  Masking and personal protective […]