AAAS names 7 Washington University faculty as 2020 fellows

Seven faculty members at Washington University in St. Louis are among 489 new fellows selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. John Baugh, Aaron DiAntonio,MD, PhD, David H. Gutmann, MD, PhD, Barbara Kunkel, Douglas L. Mann, MD,; Paul H. Taghert; and Lan Yang will receive the highest honor awarded by AAAS in recognition […]

Leadership Announcement – DOM Vice Chair for Health Equity

It is my pleasure to announce that Angela L. Brown, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine has been appointed as Vice Chair for Health Equity for the Department of Medicine. In this new role, Dr. Brown will lead our diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism activities. She […]

St. Louis County Announces Results of COVID-19 Prevalence Testing

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (November 23, 2020) – At least one out of every 100 St. Louis County adult residents had an active COVID-19 infection earlier this fall, while about five out of every 100 adults had contracted the disease at some earlier point, according to test results of a representative sample of county residents. […]

Perspective: COVID-19 and War in Bosnia

Adisa Kalkan

Adisa Kalkan, MA, Project Administrator, Clinical Research Training Center, talks about resiliency during her experience with the Bosnian War and the current COVID-19 pandemic. Read her perspective here.

Milan J. Anadkat, MD: Appointed as Co-Director of the Office of Faculty Development for the Department of Medicine

Dear colleagues, It is my pleasure to announce that Milan J. Anadkat, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Dermatology at Washington University School of Medicine has been appointed as Co-Director of the Office of Faculty Development for the Department of Medicine. Dr. Anadkat has outstanding background and training in faculty development and coaching that will […]

Dr. Kelley Williams Joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Kelley Williams joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Lipid Research on August 17, 2020 as Instructor in Medicine. Dr. Williams was born and raised in Southern Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree in biology at Saint Louis University in 2011 and her medical degree from the University of […]

Dominique Cosco, MD featured on The Medicine Matters Podcast

The Medicine Mentors is a podcast where top physician mentors share key insights, traits and best practices based on their own experiences to guide medical students and residents. Listen to the November 9, 2020 episode, “Good to Great with Dr. Dominique Cosco” here.

Cornea appears to resist infection from novel coronavirus

New findings from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggest the eye’s cornea can resist infection from the novel coronavirus. Although the herpes simplex virus can infect the cornea and spread to other parts of the body in patients with compromised immune systems, and Zika virus has been found in tears […]

Dr. Rong Mei Zhang Joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Rong Mei Zhang joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Lipid Research on July 1, 2020 as an Instructor. Dr. Zhang received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To enhance her research experience, she worked in basic science research developing a zebrafish model to study […]

Dr. Haley Abel Joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Haley J. Abel joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Oncology as an Instructor in October, 2020. Dr. Abel received her B.A. in Mathematics and Chemistry (summa cum laude) from Vanderbilt University and her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis. During her doctoral research in mathematics, she worked on […]

Dr. Rachel McDonald Joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Rachel McDonald joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine as an Assistant Professor in September, 2020. Dr. McDonald attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where during her third year of medical school, she was recognized for both her medical knowledge and clinical skills and was […]

Dr. Andrew Davis Joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Andrew Davis joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Oncology as an Assistant Professor in September, 2020. Dr. Davis received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 2009 and performed his medical school, internal medicine, and hematology/oncology training at Northwestern University from which he graduated in 2020. Dr. Davis’s research interests have […]

Dr. Natalia Genere Joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Natalia Genere joins the Department of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Lipid Research as an Instructor in August 2020. Dr. Genere grew up in the Detroit, Michigan area. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Medical Anthropology from the University of Michigan, and subsequently completed medical education at the […]

Dr. Monika Bambouskova Joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Bambouskova received her MS in Biochemistry at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and subsequently she earned her PhD in Biochemistry there in 2016. During her graduate studies she worked at the Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Czech Academy of Sciences where she focused on studies of plasma membrane-associated immunoreceptor signaling. She also […]

Dr. Yi-Chieh “EJ” Perng Joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Yi-Chieh “EJ” Perng joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology as an instructor in July, 2020. Dr. Perng pursued his graduate training at Washington University in the laboratory of Dr. Dong Yu. His PhD studies were focused on establishing a reverse-genetic system that allowed him to investigate the function(s) of genes […]

Dr. Andy Chuu Joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Andy Chuu joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology as an Assistant Professor in October, 2020. Dr. Chuu received his MD from the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona. He received several distinctions while a medical student, including the Student Leadership Award, the Commitment to Undeserved People Leadership […]

Immune modulator drugs for COVID-19 focus of major NIH clinical trial

One of the most vexing aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is the novel coronavirus’s ability to turn the body’s immune system against the body. After the virus has been cleared from the body, the immune system sometimes continues to hurtle an arsenal of immune proteins at the already vanquished virus, creating a dangerous inflammatory response […]

Role of gut viruses in inflammatory bowel disease is focus of $8.5 million grant

The communities of bacteria that live in our digestive tracts help digest food and produce vitamins, protect against pathogens, and promote the healthy functioning of our immune system. But alongside gut bacteria thrives a vast community of viruses, and we know little about their impact on health and disease.

Update to WUSM #WhiteCoatsforBlackLives Efforts

In late May several Washington University School of Medicine students were discussing how they could make a difference in light of the resurgence of awareness of police violence and systemic racism following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Several students organized quickly and within a week had developed a two-part effort to promote awareness […]

Women Faculty Lead by Example in Internal Medicine Residency Program

Women in Medicine Month, sponsored annually by the American Medical Association during September, provides an ideal opportunity to recognize the women faculty leaders and programs geared toward women faculty and trainees within the Internal Medicine Residency Program. There are a variety of educational tracks and resource programs available to all internal medicine residents, many led […]

Dr. Aisha Shaikh joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Aisha Shaikh joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology as an Associate Professor in September, 2020. Dr. Shaikh completed medical school at the Dow University of Health Sciences in Pakistan. Her subsequent training included an Internal Medicine residency at St. Louis University Hospital, followed by a Rheumatology fellowship at Washington University […]

Dr. David Sumoza joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. David Sumoza joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Oncology in July, 2020 as an Instructor. Dr. Sumoza is an instructor of medicine specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of Hematologic and Oncologic malignancies. Dr. Sumoza graduated from the Medical School of the University of Carabobo, Venezuela, where he also completed his […]

Dr. James Krings joins the Department of Medicine

James Krings, MD joined the Department of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine in September, 2020. Dr. Krings is originally from the St. Louis area. He completed his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Washington University School […]

Victoria J. Fraser: Missouri has much to show our lawmakers about our coronavirus needs

As summer gives way to fall, a time when a “second wave” has been predicted, our state finds itself in a battle, with a pattern of small advances followed by setbacks, against the pandemic. After flattening the curve in the St. Louis metropolitan region with shelter-in-place and masking policies, we saw increases in cases in […]

Dr. Nicole Droz joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Nicole Droz joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology as an Assistant Professor in September, 2020. Dr. Droz completed her undergraduate education at Colorado State University, where she received a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She then attended medical […]

Dr. Dennis Chen joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Dennis Chen joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology as an Assistant Professor in August, 2020. Dr. Chen completed his undergraduate training at Duke University followed by medical school training at the University Of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) […]

Dr. Massini Merzkani joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Massini Merzkani joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology as an Assistant Professor in July, 2020. Dr. Merzkani received his M.D. from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras in 2011. He subsequently completed his internal medicine residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 2012 – 2015. He was distinguished […]

Dr. Ofer Zimmerman joins the Department of Medicine

Ofer Zimmerman, MD, joined the Department of Medicine on July 1, 2020 as an Instructor in the Division of Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Zimmerman obtained his medical degree from Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University in Israel. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical […]

Dr. Elyse Everett joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Elyse Everett joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Palliative Medicine as an Instructor on July 1, 2020, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Neurology. She received her Bachelor degree in Rehabilitation Science in 2009 followed by a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2011, both at the University of Pittsburgh. […]

Dr. Christine Schafer joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Christine Schafer joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Dermatology as an Assistant Professor in September, 2020. Dr. Schafer was born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey. As an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, she studied history and graduated with honors. She returned to New Jersey to attend Rutgers Robert Wood […]

Dean’s Scholars Program 2021 – Request for Applications

The Division of Physician-Scientists announces the 2021 request for applications for the Dean’s Scholars Program. In an effort to provide more notice for applicants, the timeline for this award has been moved up, as compared to the 2020 RFA. Note, the earliest award start date is still July 1, 2021.

Study provides insight on how to build a better flu vaccine

Flu season comes around like clockwork every year, and sooner or later everyone gets infected. The annual flu shot is a key part of public health efforts to control the flu, but the vaccine’s effectiveness is notoriously poor, falling somewhere from 40% to 60% in a typical year.

Mati Hlasthwayo Davis, MD, MPH

Mati Hlatshwayo Davis, MD, MPH was recently featured in several media channels speaking on COVID-19, community engagement and advocacy for marginalized communities.  2nd Newsweek op ed (included a Wash U study) 9.25.20 BBC World 9.28.20: Partial clip/Full clip NBC Now 9.23.20 MSNBC 9.20.20 Yahoo Finance 9.23.20 NBC News Now Newsweek op ed CNN interview BBC […]

$10 million in grants aimed at preventing organ rejection after transplantation

Transplant surgeons and researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received two grants totaling $10 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how immune cells contribute to organ rejection, with the aim of improving the viability of organs after transplant. A $7.7 million program project grant from the […]

Study provides insight on how to build a better flu vaccine

Flu season comes around like clockwork every year, and sooner or later everyone gets infected. The annual flu shot is a key part of public health efforts to control the flu, but the vaccine’s effectiveness is notoriously poor, falling somewhere from 40% to 60% in a typical year. A growing body of evidence suggests that […]

Identifying emerging diseases focus of new international collaboration

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are establishing a new international collaboration that aims to help scientists prepare for the next pandemic and, perhaps, provide insight into the current one. The School of Medicine is one of 10 sites and a coordinating center forming the Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases, […]

Nasal vaccine against COVID-19 prevents infection in mice

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a vaccine that targets the SARS-CoV-2 virus, can be given in one dose via the nose and is effective in preventing infection in mice susceptible to the novel coronavirus. The investigators next plan to test the vaccine in nonhuman primates and humans to […]

Major weight loss — whether from surgery or diet — has same metabolic benefits

Gastric bypass surgery is the most effective therapy to treat or reverse type 2 diabetes in severely obese patients. Many achieve remission of diabetes following surgery and no longer require diabetes medications. This observation has led to the theory that gastric bypass surgery has unique, weight loss-independent effects in treating diabetes, but this has remained […]

Dr. Patrick Grierson joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Patrick Grierson attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine graduating in 2014. He then matriculated to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis completing his residency in Medicine in 2016 and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology in 2020. Dr. Grierson then joined the faculty as an Instructor on the Clinician Track […]

Dr. Ramzi Abboud joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Ramzi Abboud attended medical school at the University of Rochester where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha in 2014. He then matriculated to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis completing his residency in Medicine in 2017 and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology in 2020. Dr. Abboud then joined the faculty as an Instructor on […]

Dr. Ingrid Eshun-Wilson joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Ingrid Eshun-Wilson joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases as an Instructor in July, 2020. Dr. Eshun-Wilson received an undergraduate Medical Degree and Diploma in Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, where she worked as a HIV physician for several years. She further developed her […]