Noonan Receives ASN KidneyCure Fellowship

Megan Noonan, PhD

The role of alternative splicing factor Srsf7 in diabetic kidney disease progression Megan Noonan, PhD, WashU Division of Nephrology, received the American Society of Nephrology, ASN, KidneyCure Ben J. Lipps Fellowship. Dr. Noonan’s research aims to uncover novel mechanisms of diabetic kidney disease (DKD) progression via dysregulated alternative splicing. She will be investigating the role […]

DOM researchers publish in Science Immunology

Researchers in the Department of Medicine reveal new ways that human natural killer (NK) cells are rewired by signals through cytokine receptors to generate a memory-like program.  In a report published in Science Immunology, co-first authors Jennifer Foltz, PhD, and Jennifer Tran build on prior work from senior author Todd Fehniger, MD, PhD, WashU Division […]

Charles Crecelius received James Pattee Award

Charles Crecelius, MD, PhD, FACP, DMD

Charles Crecelius, MD, Associate Professor, WashU Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics, was awarded the 2024 James Pattee Award for Excellence in Education by The Foundation for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. The James Pattee Award for Excellence in Education was established in 1997 to honor James Pattee, MD, CMD, the father of the AMDA Certification Program […]

Independence Day

St. Louis city skyline at night 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 […]

July is UV Safety Awareness Month

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 […]

Bringing Healthcare to the Streets: The Mission of Street Med STL

Street Med-STL logo

In a world where healthcare often operates on rigid schedules and within traditional settings, there exists a growing need to adapt to the realities of those who cannot easily access or adhere to such structures. This is where organizations like Street Med STL step in, redefining healthcare delivery by taking it to the streets, quite […]

2024 Intern Welcome Party

2024 Intern Welcome Party-newspost

The Department of Medicine Intern Welcome party was hosted this year at the Lakeside Venue in the St. Louis Zoo. Saturday, June 15, 2024, over 70 interns from all over the country gathered for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres so they could get to know each other, as well as chat with faculty and peers. The […]

Kulkarni Editorial Published in Journal of Clinical Investigation

Hrishikesh S. Kulkarni, MD

“Hexamerization: explaining the original sin of IgG-mediated complement activation in acute lung injury” Hrishikesh S Kulkarni, MD, MSCI, Associate Professor of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology; Associate Program Director for Research, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, recently was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI). The editorial in the Journal of Clinical Investigation […]

Flag Day

Flag day graphic

Flag Day, celebrated on June 14th each year, holds a special place in the hearts of many Americans. While it may not be as widely recognized or celebrated as some other national holidays, its significance in commemorating the symbol that represents the United States is profound. Flag Day and the History Behind It Flag Day […]

Jennie Kwon, DO, MSCI, Appointed to National Academy of Medicine

Jennie D. Kwon, DO, MSCI

Jennie Kwon, DO, MSCI, Associate Professor of Medicine, Section Director, Healthcare Epidemiology & Antimicrobial Stewardship, in the Infectious Diseases Division, has been appointed to the National Academy of Medicine Standing Committee on PPE for Workplace Safety and Health. The appointment is a standing committee of the NAM, sponsored by the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory […]

Hughes Lab publication highlighted in Science Snapshot

Researchers used scanning electron microscopy to image the cytoskeletal components of the human pancreatic primary cilia.

Three dimensional images of human pancreatic islet cells provide an unprecedented view of the enigmatic primary cilia Jing Hughes, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipid Research recent paper, “Scanning electron microscopy of human islet cilia” was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and follow-up article, “Immuno-scanning […]

World Heart Rhythm Week

World Heart Rhythm Week graphic

World Heart Rhythm Week, observed annually from June 3rd to June 9th, is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness about heart rhythm disorders and promoting cardiovascular health. This week-long event serves as an opportunity for healthcare professionals, advocacy groups, and individuals to come together to educate the public about the importance of maintaining a […]

Wellness Month

Employee Wellness

In honor of 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 physical, […]

Alzheimer’s Disease

June - Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

The month of June shines the spotlight on Alzheimer’s Awareness and Brain Health. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It primarily impacts memory, thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out simple tasks. While it predominantly affects older adults, it can also occur in younger individuals. Understanding […]

Petersen study of cardiometabolic health in obesity published in Cell Metabolism

Max Peterson, MD, PhD

Max Petersen, MD, PhD, Instructor in Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipid Research, recently published a paper, Cardiometabolic characteristics of people with metabolically healthy and unhealthy obesity, in Cell Metabolism. The senior author of the study was Samuel Klein, MD, the William Danforth Professor of Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Nutritional Science & […]

Disrupting Type One Diabetes

Jeffrey Millman, PhD

(interview with Dr. Jeff Millman) Tell Us About Yourself My name is Jeff Millman, PhD, and I am a bioengineer within the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Lipid Research in the Department of Medicine here at WashU. My bioengineering expertise uniquely positions me to pioneer research in a laboratory environment, with a steadfast commitment to […]

Ramakrishnan received Gilead HIV Research Scholars Program Award

Aditi Ramakrishnan, MD

Aditi Ramakrishnan, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Medicine at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, received the Gilead HIV Research Scholars Program Award. Dr. Ramakrishnan was selected as one of three award recipients by Gilead Research Scholars to receive the Gilead HIV Research Scholars […]

ZeNan Li Chang – 2024 AGA Research Foundation awardee

Zenan Chang, MD, PhD

ZeNan Li Chang, MD, PhD, Division of Gastroenterology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, received the 2024 American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Fellowship-to-Faculty Transition Award. The AGA program serves as a catalyst for discovery and career growth among the most promising researchers in gastroenterology and hepatology. “This year’s awardees are an exceptional group of […]

High-Dimensional Analyses Reveal IL-15 Enhances Prostate Cancer Immunotherapy

Russell Pachynski, MD

Prostate cancer cellular immunotherapy Russell Pachynski, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Oncology, Director of Genitourinary (GU) Oncology Research, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, published a paper in Cancer Immunology Research (“High dimensional analyses reveal activation of lymphocyte subsets and reversal of immunoresistance by cytokine-enhanced cellular vaccine therapy in prostate cancer”) […]

HIV Clinicians Represent Critical Point of Access for Treatment of Substance Use

Aditi Ramakrishnan, MD

Aditi Ramakrishnan, MD MSc, Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Medicine at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, had a first-author publication in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (JAIDS), a premier infectious diseases journal, describing the substance use treatment engagement among women with HIV in the […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Let’s break the silence and stigma surrounding mental health by spreading awareness and understanding. Mental health is just as important as physical health, yet it often goes unnoticed or untreated. Here are some key points to consider:

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, Remember and Honor

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 […]

Learn Ways to Help Prevent a Stroke for National Stroke Month

May is National Stroke Awareness 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 […]

Pachnyski receives 2024 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award

Russell Pachynski, MD

Russell Pachynski, MD, Associate Professor, WashU Division of Oncology, received the 2024 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award for research work on – Tumor-Targeted Therapeutic that Recruits Immune Cells. Harrington Discovery Institute was established in 2012 to accelerate the development of new treatments to address major unmet needs in medicine and society. Since its founding, Harrington has supported […]

Ian Ross to Receive Sydney S. Pearl ’32 Clinical Teacher of the Year Award

Ian Ross

Ian Ross, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, WashU Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics, is to receive the Sydney S. Pearl ’32 Clinical Teacher of the Year Award at the 2024 WashU Commencement Ceremony. The Sydney S. Pearl, fund was established in 1978 with a gift of $10,000 to endow the “Sydney S. Pearl MD […]

Abby Spencer, MD, receives APDIM Dema C. Founders Award

Abby Spencer, MD

Abby Spencer, MD, MS, FACP, Professor and Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Academy of Educators at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, received the APDIM Dema C. Daley Founders Award that honors a member of the internal medicine community recognized nationally as an educator, innovator, […]

Earth Day

Make every day EARTH DAY graphic

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now offers a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG and includes 1 billion people in more than 193 countries. The official theme for 2024 is Planet vs Plastics. One key way […]

Passover: A Time-Honored Jewish Holiday (Links to an external site)

Happy Passover

Passover, known as Pesach in Hebrew, is among the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays. It commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt, as recounted in the biblical book of Exodus. Lasting for seven or eight days (depending on tradition), Passover is a time of reflection, remembrance, and celebration.

Artificial Intelligence for Cardiovascular Care

Thomas M. Maddox, MD

Thomas M. Maddox, MD, MSc, Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division at WashU Medicine, and colleagues recently published two articles outlining the current opportunities for AI to impact cardiovascular care. These articles highlight how AI is poised to affect almost every aspect of cardiovascular care. ” says Maddox. “Our group hopes that this work helps prepare […]

ACC Updates HFrEF Decision Pathway, Reinforcing the Four Pillars of Therapy

Thomas M. Maddox, MD

The document also strengthens advice regarding which medications should be started in all patients Thomas M. Maddox, MD, MSc, Professor of Medicine in the Cardiovascular Division at WashU Medicine, and colleagues recently published an Expert Consensus Decision Pathway (ECDP) for the many decisions required in the management and treatment of patients with heart failure with […]

Easter Holiday

Happy Easter

Easter is a Christian holiday that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, as described in the New Testament of the Bible. It is considered the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church. Easter is often associated with the arrival of spring and is celebrated on the first Sunday after the […]

Holi – Hindu Festival

HOLI - Festival of Colors

Holi is a vibrant and colorful Hindu festival celebrated predominantly in India and Nepal but also observed by communities around the world. Also known as the “Festival of Colors” or “Festival of Love,” Holi typically takes place in March, marking the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil. The Holi festival always […]

In vivo ablation of NFκB cascade effectors alleviates disease burden in myeloproliferative neoplasms

Stephen T. Oh, MD, PhD

Study in Blood dissecting the role of NFκB signaling effectors in MPN disease biology Stephen T. Oh, MD, PhD, Co-Chief and Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and has been published in Blood. The WashU group of researchers previously identified hyperactivation of NFκB […]

Celiac Disease Program

Celiac disease, sometimes called celiac sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye and some oats. Gluten consumption can cause celiac disease at any age. Although some people are found to have celiac disease as infants, it is common for celiac disease to be […]

Baggstrom Earns FASCO Award

Maria Baggstrom, MD

Maria Quintos Baggstrom, MD, FACP, FASCO, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has been awarded the FASCO – Fellow of ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) distinction. The Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO) distinction recognizes members for their extraordinary volunteer […]

Chheda Receives Dr. Ralph & Marian Falk Medical Research Trust – Catalyst Award

Milan G. Chheda, MD

Milan G. Chheda, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Oncology, received the Dr. Ralph & Marian Falk Medical Research Trust – Catalyst Award, to fund his project titled: Genetic arming of Zika virus to treat patients with glioblastoma. The Trust is managed by Health Resources in Action (HRiA), a nonprofit consultancy, which makes funding decisions on […]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

December 25th is celebrated as both a religious holiday and a global cultural and commercial event. Around the world, people have observed this holiday through a variety of traditions and practices that are both religious and secular. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose […]

Department of Medicine 2024 Fellowship Matches

Department of Medicine

Please join us in congratulating this year’s residents, current chief residents, former graduates, and our divisions on another successful fellowship match! Our Internal Medicine residents successfully matched: Department of Medicine Fellowship Match Results by Division Allergy & Immunology Cardiovascular Critical Care Medicine Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Gastroenterology Hematology/Oncology Nephrology Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Advanced Heart […]

New Director of the Forum for Women in Medicine (FWIM)

Namrata Patel, MD

I am pleased to announce that Namrata Patel, MD, has accepted the role of Director of the Forum for Women in Medicine (FWIM). Dr. Patel is an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics in the Divisions of General Medicine and Hospitalist Medicine, respectively.  Dr. Patel received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Emory University. […]

CareSTL Health Celebrates 54th Anniversary Gala

CareSTL Event

CareSTL recently celebrated their 54th Anniversary Gala held Thursday, November 16th at the Redbird Club at Busch Stadium, CareSTL Health is a community-based healthcare system that provides healthcare services to underserved, underinsured, and uninsured populations. They help to shape healthy lifestyles in our community. Their mission is to improve health outcomes in our community by […]

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving graphic

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Liberia, and unofficially in countries like Brazil and the Philippines. It is also observed in the Dutch town of Leiden and the Australian territory of Norfolk Island. The fourth Thursday of November is Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday […]

DOLF Co-Founder and Director Dr. Gary Weil receives the prestigious Kyelem Prize

Gary Weil, MD

We are pleased to share the news that DOLF Director, Gary Weil received the 2023 Kyelem Prize at the annual Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD). Described by some as the “Oscar” of neglected tropical disease (NTD) research, this prize recognizes people in the field who have been particularly effective in bringing […]

New Assay Could Revolutionize Detection and Treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Grant Challen, PhD

More accurate detection of a specific molecular marker in leukemic cells will help assess measurable residual disease and guide treatment decisions, improving patient outcomes, report investigators in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics Grant A. Challen, PhD, Division of Oncology, Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, lead investigator, has been published […]

Six Department of Medicine Physicians Receive Knowlton Incentive for Excellence Award

The awardees are pictured from left to right: Joshua Siner, MD, Walter Schiffer, MD, Intelly Lee, MD, Erin Dyer, MD, Morgan Schoer, MD, Rigo De Jesus Pizarro, MD

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital recognized six Department of Medicine internal medicine residents and fellows with the 2023 Knowlton Incentive for Excellence Award. This award recognizes and fosters a new generation of compassionate, skilled physicians who show extraordinary care for the patient.  The physicians were celebrated during the 39th […]

Department of Medicine Faculty Honored at the 2023 Academy of Educators Annual Education Day

Academy of Educators

Sponsored by the Academy of Educators, the annual Education Day was held on Tuesday, October 10th, 2023, to celebrate educational excellence across the School of Medicine. This year’s theme was Climate Change – Adapting the Environment to Today’s Learner. The event featured a variety of educational workshops and roundtables, a keynote address from Stuart Slavin, MD, […]

Veterans Day

Thank You Veterans graphic.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday observed on November 11th by the United States to honor all who have served the country during war or peace, whether they are dead or alive – although it is primarily intended to thank our living veterans. First known as Armistice Day, President Woodrow Wilson set aside the day […]