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May 21 Washington University Surgery Campus CAtch-Up

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.

Ask The Expert: COVID-19 and obesity


Bariatric surgeon Chris Eagon, MD, explained the risk factors for obesity and COVID-19, and the services offered Washington University to help with weight loss, weight management and weight loss surgery on KMOV’s “Ask the Expert” segment.

Personalized cancer vaccines for breast, pancreatic cancers show promise

From WashUMed News

Surgical oncologist William Gillanders, MD, and a team of Washington University School of Medicine researchers have shown that personalized cancer vaccines made using DNA can program the immune system to attack malignant tumors, including breast and pancreatic cancers.

New research shows COVID vaccine may not work for transplant recipients


Transplant surgeon William Chapman, MD, is featured in this story and video from KSDK about kidney transplant patient Valen Keefer, who took part of a study that looked at 650 transplant recipients to see if they had any antibody response to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer — Are Sugary Drinks to Blame?

From Medscape

A study led by Public Health Sciences associate professor of surgery and medicine Yin Cao, ScD, and General Surgery lab resident Ebun Otegbeye, MD, found a link between drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer in women under age 50.

WashU surgeon works to reduce gun violence

From Fox 2 News

Assistant Professor of Acute and Critical Care Surgery Mark Hoofnagle, MD, PhD, was on Fox 2 News to discuss his research about ways to reduce gun violence in the St. Louis region and the importance of gun safety education.