Dr. Aaron Russell joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Aaron Russell was born and raised in Northern California. He graduated from UCLA with a BS in Neuroscience. He then moved to St. Louis and earned his medical degree from Washington University. Following medical school, Dr. Russell completed an internal medicine prelim year at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He then returned to Washington University […]

Dr. Kathleen Markan joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Kathleen Markan’s background is in studying adipose tissue began as a research technician at the University of Chicago where she studied the function of the co-repressors NCoR and SMRT during adipogenesis. This led her to the graduate program and the Committee on Molecular Metabolism & Human Nutrition at the University of Chicago. As a […]

Dr. Lindsay Underhill joins the Department of Medicine

Lindsay Underhill is an environmental epidemiologist whose research focuses on policy-driven interventions that aim to reduce health disparities in low-resource populations in the United States and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In particular, her work has employed a diverse set of analytical methods—from geographic information system (GIS) analysis, field-based exposure assessment, and building simulation modeling—to […]

Dr. Sangeeta Adak joins the Department of Medicine

Sangeeta Adak received her PhD in Biochemistry in 2009 from the University of Calcutta, India where she studied the possible risk factors in type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and associated cardiovascular disorders. In the same year, she joined Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis in Dr. Linda Pike’s lab for her postdoctoral studies where her […]

An update from the Office of the Vice Chair of Education

Now several months into the new role of Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Medicine, I am thrilled to continue to get to know you, your programs and your trainees! The Department of Medicine residency and fellowship program directors and coordinators continue to impress at our monthly meetings where we share best practices, […]

Fostering a Supportive Environment for Women in Medicine

From gender equity to career advancement, Department of Medicine programs help to address challenges unique to women in medicine The headlines are positive. In 2019, data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) showed that for the first time, the majority of U.S. medical students are women. The same report indicates women as a […]

Leadership Announcement – Vice Chair of Patient Safety

I am pleased to announce that Thomas Ciesielski, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) has been appointed as Vice Chair of Patient Safety for the Department of Medicine. Dr. Ciesielski did his undergraduate training at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington where he was […]

Dr. Gmerice Hammond joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Gmerice Hammond joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology on July 1, 2021. She has just recently been awarded a new grant – NIH LRP.  Dr. Hammond completed a BA in Biology and an MD at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and Internal Medicine Residency […]

Dr. Priyanka Verma is joining the Department of Medicine

Dr. Priyanka Verma is an assistant professor for the Oncology Department at Washington University School of Medicine and a graduate of the National Institute of Immunology in New Delhi, India.  Dr. Verma is intrigued with the conundrum that while DNA replication and repair are essential for viability, cancer cells with defects in these pathways evolve […]

Dr. Adriana Rauseo Acevedo joins the Department of Medicine

Adriana Rauseo Acevedo was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and received her medical degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela. After working for a few years in her home country, she decided to continue her medical training in the US and completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science […]

Investigator uses ICTS resources for COVID-19 research and clinical trial efforts (Links to an external site)

The CTSA program was developed to accelerate new treatments from the lab to patients, enabled to a large extent by patients participating in and benefiting from clinical trials. Clinical trials provide that needed bridge from human subjects to hypotheses to treatments that can directly benefit human health. And, never has this connection been more critical […]

Dr. Jesus Jimenez joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Jesus Jimenez is a physician scientist committed to the understanding of immune processes underlying cardiac injury from cancer immunotherapies in an effort to develop innovative and preventative treatments. His basic science and clinical training reflect his commitment to identify and address clinically and scientifically relevant questions to improve the care of cardio-oncology patients. His […]

Dr. Benjamin Kopecky joins the Department of Medicine

After completing his medical and graduate studies at the University of Iowa, Dr. Benjamin Kopecky joined the Washington University in St. Louis Physician Scientist Training Program. He completed general cardiology fellowship and advanced heart failure and cardiac transplant fellowship programs prior to joining the laboratory of Dr. Kory Lavine. While a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. […]

Dr. Xiangyu Zhang joins the Department of Medicine

Xiangyu Zhang is an instructor in Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine. In 2014, he received PhD degree from Nanjing University, where he started his research in detecting the mechanism regulating early differentiation of T cells. As a graduate student, he accepted a comprehensive training on studying immunology, biochemistry, and molecular […]

Dr. Laura Halverson joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Laura Halverson completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Biology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina prior to completing two years as an intramural research scholar at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. While there, she developed an interest both in a multidisciplinary approach to the delivery of medical care […]

Dr. Daniel Reynolds joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Reynolds is originally from St. Louis, MO and attended Creighton University in Omaha, NE where he graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Biology. He then attended University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine where he earned his MD. Following medical school, he completed residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in […]

Dr. Tariq Hamid joins the Department of Medicine

As a molecular biologist by training, Dr. Tariq Hamid is interested in understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms related to cardiovascular pathologies such as ventricular remodeling and heart failure. The primary focus of my research is aimed at evaluating the role of inflammation and inflammatory signaling in the progression of such pathophysiology. He previously established the […]

Dr. Zishuo Hu joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Ian Hu is an assistant professor in the Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology service at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). Dr. Hu received his undergraduate degree at Brown University in Rhode Island and his Medical Scientist Training Program with a medical degree and graduate degree at Stony Brook in Long Island. He completed his residency […]

Dr. Gonzalo Matzumura Umemoto joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Gonzalo Matzumura Umemoto will be joining the faculty this summer and fall. Dr. Matzumura Umemoto received his MD from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. He then spent two years as Assistant to the Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education at Facultad de Medicina Alberto Hurtado before moving to Texas where he completed Internal […]

Dr. Reena Gurung joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Reena Gurung will be joining the faculty this summer and fall. Dr. Gurung received her MD from the School of Medical Sciences, Kathmandu University in Nepal. She subsequently spent two years as a Senior House Officer in the UK before moving to St. Louis, where she completed internal medicine residency at St. Luke’s Hospital. […]

Dr. Prashanth Thakker joins the Department of Medicine

Prashanth D. Thakker, MD is currently an Interventional Cardiology fellow at Washington University in Saint Louis/Barnes Jewish Hospital. Prior to his current role, he completed a 6-year BS/MD program at the University of Akron and Northeast Ohio Medical University. Following this, he completed his internship and residency at Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Medical Center where […]

Dr. Erica Young joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Erica Young joined the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine as an Instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, on July 1, 2021. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she received her medical degree from Washington University. After completing residency training in […]

Dr. Natalie Baumann joins the Department of Medicine

Born and raised in St. Louis, Natalie attended the University of Notre Dame for undergraduate studies before attending medical school at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. While a medical student, she was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as well as Arnold Gold Humanism in Medicine Society and graduated with the Rodney […]

Dr. Juan Pablo (JP) Reyes Genere joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Juan Pablo Reyes Genere obtained his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and subsequently undertook residency training at the University of Chicago. He then undertook GI fellowship training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, following which we were delighted he matched into the advanced endoscopy fellowship program at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. […]

Dr. Ahmad Bazarbashi joins the Department of Medicine

After completing medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and residency at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Internal Medicine Residency in June 2017, Dr. Bazarbashi went on to pursue Gastroenterology and Hepatology and training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, with his fellowship in Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Bariatric Endoscopy […]

Dr. Brett Herzog joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Herzog is interested in how the tumor microenvironment (TME) impacts the progression and response to therapy in lung cancer. Recent advances in immune-based therapy have improved outcomes for many lung cancer patients. Yet, despite the observed benefit of immune checkpoint blockade in the locally advanced and metastatic setting, not all patients respond to these […]

Dr. Kelli King-Morris joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. King-Morris is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine, a position she has held since 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology & Cell Science with Honors from the University of Florida in 2002. She received her M.D. from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 2006. She then completed her […]

Dr. Ali Osman joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Ali Osman joined the Division of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Medicine as an Instructor in July 2021. He was born in Oman and raised in both Sudan and Saudi Arabia. He graduated from Alsideeg High School in Saudi, Khamis Mushayt and moved to Sudan for medical school at Shendi University. During medical […]

Dr. Tanvir Rahman joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Tanvir Rahman joined the Division of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Medicine as an Instructor in July 2021. He was born in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. He attended Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College under the University of Dhaka, which is one of the premier sites to study medicine in the nation. Dr. Rahman […]

Dr. Stephen Fuest joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Fuest is joining the Division of General Medicine in July 2021 as an Instructor in Medicine after recently completing the year as ambulatory Chief Resident at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to that he received his undergraduate education at Niagara University and medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. He was thrilled […]