Juneteenth 2022

Dear colleagues, This Sunday, June 19, we celebrate Juneteenth, the annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War. On June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, Major General Gordon Grander announced the end of the Civil War and that the enslaved were free. This announcement, however, came two and […]

Leadership Announcement – DOM Vice Chair of Clinical Research

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD

It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Nancy K. Sweitzer, Professor of Medicine, has joined Washington University School of Medicine as the Vice Chair of Clinical Research for the Department of Medicine and Director of Clinical Research for the Division of Cardiology. Dr. Sweitzer joins us from the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she […]

Dr. Nancy Sweitzer joins the Department of Medicine

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, is board-certified in cardiovascular medicine and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. Dr. Sweitzer received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MD/PhD from the University of Wisconsin. Her PhD in Physiology involved study of the contractile biophysics of single cardiac myocytes in the […]

Washington University School of Medicine chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society announces class of 2022

The Alpha Omega Alpha Executive and Selection committees announce the new faculty, alumni and house officers to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Class of 2022. AΩA is the honor medical society recognizing, advocating for, and inspiring physicians in the care of patients and promotion of health. Members may be elected throughout their career […]

American Society of Hematology awards Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis $1.7 million for the Innovative Hematology-Focused Fellowship Training Program

The Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program at Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine will administer the ASH Hematology-Focused Fellowship Training Program (HFFTP), an initiative to address the critical need to expand the hematology workforce. ASH has invested $19 million to strengthen the next generation of hematologists by funding the creation of 10 new hematology-focused fellowship […]

Dr. Slade Stratton joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Stratton will join the Dermatology division as an assistant professor in May 2022.  He graduated in 2005 from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and completed a cooperative employment program with the Food and Drug Administration – Center for Devices and Radiological Health. He earned his medical degree in […]

Dr. Jacquelyn Benson joins the Department of Medicine

Jacquelyn Benson, PhD

Dr. Benson is a family gerontologist whose program of research has a translation focus aimed at enhancing the psychological and social lives of older adults and their caregiving families. Much of her work focuses on testing and implementing psychosocial and behavioral interventions designed to promote healthy lifestyles, positive family connections, and better mental health outcomes […]

Dr. Anubha Mutneja joins the Department of Medicine

Anubha Mutneja, MD

Dr. Mutneja received her MBBS from Maulana Azad Medical College, New-Delhi, India. She subsequently completed internal medicine residency at the University of Florida where she won the Research Day Award in the medical trainee category. In 2013, she was recruited to join the Washington University Nephrology Fellowship Program. She graduated from our program in 2015, […]

MEDA:  Making a difference for underrepresented trainees and junior faculty

Mentorship to Enhance Diversity in Academia (MEDA) is a new program designed to foster and support the careers of trainees who belong to diverse groups. Sponsored by the Department of Medicine’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity, MEDA is open to all within the Washington University School of Medicine community interested in the shared goal of […]

Barnes-Jewish Hospital honors Kollef, Rubin with Lifetime Achievement Award

Marin Kollef, MD, and Brian Rubin, MD, honored by medical staff for longtime service to hospital, university and community (Reprinted from the May 31, 2022 issue of Physician Connect.) Marin Kollef, MD, FACP, FCCP and Brian Rubin, MD, FACS, received the Barnes-Jewish Medical Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Association’s semi-annual general meeting May 12 […]

De Fer receives Jane F. Desforges Distinguished Teacher Award from the American College of Physicians; De Fer and Fraser awarded Masterships

Thomas M. De Fer, MD, FACP, Chief, Division of General Medicine, was awarded the 2021-2022 Jane F. Desforges Distinguished Teacher Award by the American College of Physicians (ACP) during the annual ACP meeting in April. The award is bestowed upon a Fellow or Master of the College who has demonstrated the qualities of a great […]

Spotlight on Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MSCI

As an undergraduate double major in English and Biology, Jennie Kwon, DO, MSCI, might have had a hard time predicting her eventual career path. But, during her first semester in medical school, Kwon admitted she was “bit by the proverbial microbiology bug”.  “I was truly fascinated by these organisms,” recalls Kwon. “And I knew immediately […]

Andrej Spec, MD, MSCI, named interim Co-Editor-in-Chief of Open Forum Infectious Diseases

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has appointed Andrej Spec, MD, MSCI, as a interim co-editor-in-chief of Open Forum Infectious Diseases (OFID), an IDSA journal publication. Spec previously served as OFID’s associate deputy editor for transfers. More details regarding OFID’s new appointments are available on their website.

Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Program (DDFRCS) expands to provide funding to researchers affected by extraprofessional personal demands due to COVID-19

For over seven years, the Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists (DDFRCS) has supported early-career physician scientists at Washington University School of Medicine facing extraprofessional challenges due to childbearing, family or health issues at a critical phase of their careers. This program was launched in 2015, when the School of Medicine was selected as part […]

The next war we have to win (Links to an external site)

While the battle against SARS-CoV-2 rages on, Washington University researchers and clinicians are fighting a rearguard action against drug-resistant infections that years of overprescribing have turned deadly.

OUTmed Hosts Queerer Mentoring Workshop

On March 30th, OUTmed, LGBTQ+med, and the Academy of Educators hosted the first-ever Queerer Mentoring Workshop. Over 35 faculty, fellows, residents, staff, and students attended from across the School of Medicine for this workshop and networking event.  The workshop goals were to help OUTmed mentoring groups better understand member needs and to help recognize the difference […]

Department of Medicine faculty recognized at annual Distinguished Service Teaching Awards


On March 1, 2022, the annual Distinguished Service Teaching Awards ceremony was held honoring Washington University School of Medicine educators who have made the most significant contributions to the training of future physicians. Initiated by students and implemented with support from the Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE), the Distinguished Faculty Awards recognize outstanding achievements in clinical care, […]

Tricuspid Regurgitation

Setting Standards for Diagnosis, Repair & Replacement The Valve Team at Washington University School of Medicine is among the first in the world to use a transfemoral transcatheter device for the treatment of severe tricuspid regurgitation (TR). “In the middle of the COVID pandemic, we submitted a request to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) […]

Dr. Stephanie Teja joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Stephanie Teja joined the Division of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine as an Instructor in March of 2022. She was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, moved to Singapore during her school years, and came to California for college. She attended Foothill Community College, transferred to The University of California, Berkeley and graduated […]

Dr. Arturo Alisio joins the Department of Medicine

Arturo Alisio, PhD

Dr. Arturo Alisio obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cordoba in Argentina where he studied plasma membrane composition and calcium transporters. Based on his early interest in membrane protein transporters, he came to Washington University to work with Dr. Mike Mueckler for his postdoctoral studies. In the Mueckler lab, Dr. Alisio studied […]

Dr. Hua Pan joins the Department of Medicine

Hua Pan, PhD

Hua Pan, PhD, completed her undergraduate training in biomedical engineering (BME) with emphases on electrical engineering for medical device design and computer engineering for medical signal/imaging analysis. She also earned a Master in Medicine degree in China prior to her BME Master of Engineering degree study at Case Western Reserve University, where she combined electrophysiology […]