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Campus Catch-Up

Campus Catch-Up header image featuring 3 pictures. From left to right, Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD, smiles in front of patriotic art, WashU Med student celebrates her white coat ceremony while wearing a face mask to accommodate COVID restrictions and Marc Moon, MD, in the OR in full scrubs and wearing surgical loops.

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.

A challenge to St. Louis: Citizens of the Year call on city to lead

Timothy Eberlein and Alvin Siteman standing in front of the Siteman Cancer Center.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has named Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, and Alvin J. Siteman as Citizens of the Year 2019. This distinction recognizes the vital partnership between Eberlein, Director of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center and Department of Surgery Chairman, and Siteman, whose $35 million donation made the center a reality. Together, they formed the Siteman Cancer Center, the only cancer center in Missouri to hold the prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center designation and “Exceptional” rating from the National Cancer Institute and membership in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

‘A journey of a lifetime’

First-year medical student Sneha Chaturvedi waves at her friends and family watching at home after they took part in a “White Coat Reflection.” Because of restrictions due to covid-19 coronavirus, they received their white coats and started their medical journey with a small group of students, their coach, and family and friends watching remotely on September 11, 2020. MATT MILLER/WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

From WashU Med News Hub

The entering class of 2024 begins medical school in the midst of a global pandemic. This class also marks the official debut of the Gateway Curriculum, the first overhaul of the School of Medicine’s program of studies in more than two decades.

“And It Has to Seem Normal”

Marc Moon, MD, Section Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, operating in the OR alongside the CT surgery team.

From the AATS Update

“Cardiothoracic surgery is a great field for anyone and everyone who seeks a challenging, rewarding career, regardless of their gender or race,” writes Marc Moon, MD, Section Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. “It is our responsibility as leaders to dispel the myth that certain individuals are not welcome.”

Dis-Orientation Guide 2020-21

Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD, smiles in front of patriotic art in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department.

From Washington University School of Medicine

“The answer to ‘Why WashU?’ is, for me, immediate and simple … the people. While other medical schools may also provide exceptional training and consistently appear at the top of the rankings, WashU sets itself apart by the culture that is created here by its best resource, the people,” says Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD, Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Learn more about the School of Medicine in this year’s Dis-Orientation Guide.

Nobel awarded to Charles Rice for hepatitis C discoveries at Washington University School of Medicine

From WashU Med News Hub

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded Monday, Oct. 5, to three scientists for groundbreaking research that led to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus, an insidious and deadly blood-borne virus. One of those scientists – virologist Charles M. Rice, PhD – conducted his seminal work while on the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis from 1986 to 2001.