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Campus Catch-Up

Campus Catch-Up 2.25.22

The Washington University campus community is making headlines every day. Members of the School of Medicine are regularly featured in local, national and international news stories. Department of Surgery faculty, staff and medical students are leaders in their specialties, and share their expertise when called upon. Campus Catch-Up collects some of these stories and celebrates members of the community who are receiving recognition.

Precious cargo: Donor lungs get seat on Southwest flight to St. Louis as transplant team fights time and snowstorm

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

After weather delayed their flight, a team from including general surgery resident Katharine Caldwell, MD, MSCI, and Professor of Surgery Michael Pasque, MD, raced through Midway International Airport to make it on to a Southwest Airlines flight back to St. Louis and to the patient who needed a set of lungs.

St. Louis police officer recovering after shooting, defies odds


Trauma surgeon Douglas Schuerer, MD, was a part of the team that saved St. Louis police officer Colin Ledbetter’s life after a shooting. “He was pulseless and had no cardiac activity when he came to us,” said Schuerer. Now Ledbetter is on his way to recovery.

Can you exercise your way through chemo brain?

From News4Jax

Most patients diagnosed with cancer will experience some degree of cognitive decline throughout their cancer treatment. Assistant Professor of Surgery Elizabeth Salerno, PhD, MPH, appeared on this newscast to discuss her research on the benefits of exercise for chemo brain.

How to get rid of weight gain during the pandemic

From FOX 2

Weight gain has been a major consequence of the pandemic. Bariatric surgeon Shaina Eckhouse, MD, appeared on Fox 2 News to share advice on how to lose weight gained during this time.

A Surgical Society’s Push to Increase Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

From General Surgery News

As president of the Central Surgical Association Michael Brunt, MD, is encouraging diversity, equity and inclusion through the establishment of the a DEI Task Force.