The Kuehner effect (Links to an external site)

Kory Lavine, MD/PhD ’08, center, professor of medicine and director of the Cardiovascular Precision Medicine Research Initiative, consults with investigators in his lab. (Photo: Matt Miller/Washington University School of Medicine)

Donor plays key role in driving personalized cardiovascular research at the School of Medicine When St. Louis native Kim Kuehner, MBA ’77, made his first foray into medical philanthropy in 2018, he viewed it as a long-term investment that would enable him to play a role in advancing human health. He did not expect his […]

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 & […]

Dr. Alessandro Vindigni has been named the Ira Lang Professor of Medicine

Dr. Alessandro Vindigni

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Alessandro Vindigni has been named the Ira Lang Professor of Medicine. Dr. Vindigni is currently a Professor of Medicine and Pathology & Immunology. He is Director of the Center for Genome Integrity at the Washington University School of Medicine and Co-leader of the Section of Molecular Oncology in […]

World Hypertension Day

theme of World Hypertension day observed on May 17 every year. also known as high blood pressure HBP.

May 17, 2024: “Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer” The important World Hypertension Day was first held on 14 May 2005, and has since become an ever-expanding yearly event. This brief provides an update on high-impact hypertension-related research in Nigeria supported by Washington University. Hypertension, also known as raised blood pressure, affects […]

WashU Celebration of Inventors 2024 (Links to an external site)

The 2024 Chancellor’s Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was presented to John F. DiPersio, MD, PhD, the Virginia E. and Sam J. Golman Endowed Professor of Oncology by Provost Beverly Wendland.

On April 25, 2024, the Office of Technology Management hosted the seventh annual Celebration of Inventors, an event to honor and recognize Washington University inventors, researchers and faculty entrepreneurs.  Honorees included 2023 United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awardees; National Academy of Inventors Fellows and Senior Members; and the recipient of the 2024 Chancellor’s […]

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 […]

Erin Baum, MD, Receives LeJIT Teaching Award (Links to an external site)

Erin Baum, MD

The Gateway Medicine Clerkship has selected Dr. Erin Baum to receive the “LeJIT” Teaching Award. This award recognizes Dr. Baum’s excellence in completing just-in-time assessments during the 2024 Block 1 Medicine Clerkship (January-February 2024). They stated, “You skillfully integrate JITs into your clinical and teaching workflows and provide meaningful, timely feedback to students through your […]

April 2024 Kudos and Awards

Kudos and Awards graphic

Thank you, residents and interns, for all you do for one another and for your patients. Though often under-appreciated, your work does not go unnoticed.  Help us highlight the kindness, clinical judgement, resourcefulness, and work ethic.​​​​​​​Nominate a resident/intern for Housestaff of the month or just share something good.  April 2024 Inpatient Intern of the MonthDr. Kyle Liu […]

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 […]

Dr. Jeffrey Miner’s Research Group Lands KI Journal Cover (Links to an external site)

Jeffrey H. Miner, PhD, FASN

Congratulations to the research group headed by Jeffrey Miner, PhD, on their recent publication that landed the cover of Kidney International.  The colorful cover photograph, illustrating paraffin immunofluorescence of different collagen IV chains, is a figure from their article “Quantitative assessment of glomerular basement membrane (GBM) collagen IV α chains in paraffin sections from patients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis […]

Diamond, Queller elected to National Academy of Sciences (Links to an external site)

Michael Diamond, MD, PhD

Two scientists at Washington University in St. Louis are among the 120 members and 24 international members recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.

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 […]

2023 DOM Faculty Recognition Reception

2023 Faculty Recognition Reception

Celebrating outstanding faculty contributions fostering excellence in medical education, clinical care and research at WashU School of Medicine Gallery Awardees

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 […]

Celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (Links to an external site)

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May marks the annual celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the United States. In 1978 Congress proclaimed the first week of May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” Future Presidents continued this annual proclamation until 1992 when Congress and President George H.W. Bush signed a law designating the month of May to celebrate […]

Diwan named inaugural Shaeffer professor (Links to an external site)

Abhinav Diwan, MD (center), of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named the inaugural Charlie W. Shaeffer, MD, Professor of Cardiology. He is shown at his installation ceremony with David H. Perlmutter, MD (left), executive vice chancellor for medical affairs, the George and Carol Bauer Dean of the School of Medicine, and the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor; and Victoria J. Fraser, MD, the Adolphus Busch Professor and head of the Department of Medicine. (Photo: Dan Donovan/Washington University)

Abhinav Diwan, MD, a highly regarded cardiologist with expertise in the molecular underpinnings of cardiovascular disease, has been named the inaugural Charlie W. Shaeffer, MD, Professor of Cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

ICTS-funded investigator conducts crucial research to better understand, diagnose, and treat rare genetic disease (Links to an external site)

Fumihiko Urano, MD

Rare diseases are just what their name implies – each one affects a limited number of people. But with this rarity comes unique challenges, and among the biggest challenges faced by these patients are the roadblocks they encounter with gathering information about their conditions, being properly diagnosed, and finding the best resources and treatment options […]

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 […]

Sadhu Selected as DASP Faculty Honoree (Links to an external site)

Justin Sadhu, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Dr. Justin Sadhu, is a 2023-2024 faculty honoree of the Washington University Distinguished ALumni Scholarship Program. Created in 1989, the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Program (DASP) grants four entering students per year a four-year, full-tuition scholarship, for a total of 16 DASP students at the school at one time. Institutional funds are […]

Huffman Named William Bowen Endowed Professor (Links to an external site)

Mark Huffman, MD

Mark D. Huffman, MD, MPH, tenured Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the DOM Global Health Center, has been appointed as the inaugural William Bowen Endowed Professor. The appointment recognizes Dr. Huffman’s outstanding leadership in preventive cardiology and cardiovascular health research at an individual and population level, and at a global scale. His research program […]

Obituary: Eduardo Slatopolsky, MD, FACP

Eduardo Slatopolsky

We are sad to inform you that Dr. Eduardo Slatopolsky, pioneering physician-scientist and a giant in nephrology, passed away on April 24. Dr. Slatopolsky leaves behind a legacy of groundbreaking contributions to the field of nephrology and a profound impact on the lives of countless patients and colleagues. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dr. Slatopolsky […]

Mbalaviele Lab Published in eLife (Links to an external site)

Mbalaviele Lab Published in eLife

The Mbalaviele lab and collaborators found that inflammasomes play a critical role in bone loss in mice caused by the chemotherapeutic drug, doxorubicin. This finding may inspire the development of a tailored adjuvant therapy that preserves the quality of this tissue in patients treated with this class of drugs.

New research shows urgency to act on Nigeria’s trans fat elimination policy


Significantly reducing trans fat levels in the Nigerian food supply could prevent approximately 10,000 heart disease deaths and save 90 million USD (12 billion Naira, ₦) in healthcare costs over a decade. New findings by The George Institute for Global Health on the health and economic benefits of enacting the country’s trans fat elimination policy […]

3rd Annual Department of Medicine’s Women in Medicine and Science Seminar

The 3rd Annual Department of Medicine’s Women in Medicine and Science Seminar was held in person for the first time on April 11, 2024. This year’s event focused on the theme “Climbing the Academic Ladder: Insider Tips for Success.” Participants from across departments on campus, including students, trainees, staff, and faculty, gathered for a day […]

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, […]