This September, the Department of Surgery welcomes four new faculty members to the Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery, the Section of Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic and Gastrointestinal Surgery, the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Division of Pediatric Surgery.
Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery
Marguerite Spruce, MD, joins the Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery as an adjunct instructor. Spruce earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2015. From 2015-2021, she completed her general surgery residency at David Grant Military Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base and University of California-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. Spruce additionally completed a Train-the-Trainer Physician Health and Well-Being fellowship with the University of California-Davis and is a member of the Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (C-STARS) program. She went on to complete her surgical critical care fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine earlier this year. Spruce commonly performs exploratory laparotomy, appendectomy, cholecystectomy and hernia repair and often treats various traumatic injuries in her clinical practice. Her research interests include firearm injury prevention and health care disparities. She specializes in trauma surgery, general surgery and critical care.
Section of Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic and Gastrointestinal Surgery
The Section of Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic and Gastrointestinal Surgery welcomes Natasha Leigh, MD, as an assistant professor. Born in London, England, Leigh earned her bachelor of medicine and surgery at the University of Birmingham School of Medicine in Birmingham, England in 2011. From 2013-2020, she completed her general surgery residency at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York, New York. While in New York, Leigh served as a clinical research fellow at both Mount Sinai Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Leigh’s work has been widely published throughout her career, and she holds several impressive certifications, including, most recently, Da Vinci Robotic Credentialing. She joins the HPB-GI team having recently completed fellowship training here at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
St. Louis native Trina Ebersole, MD, joins the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as an assistant professor. Ebersole earned her medical degree in 2015 from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. After completing her plastic and reconstructive residency at Washington University School of Medicine from 2015-2021, Ebersole went on to complete her aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts earlier this year. Ebersole has conducted research – some of which while serving as a research assistant at Washington University – on a wide variety of topics including sagittal synostosis, immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, calcium imaging, electrical signals in the brain, patient safety and data analysis. Ebersole, who specializes in aesthetic and cosmetic plastic surgery, sees patients at Progress West Hospital in O’Fallon, Missouri.
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Having recently completed his pediatric general and thoracic surgery fellowship at Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Andrew Yeh, MD, joins the Division of Pediatric Surgery as an assistant professor. Yeh’s credentials come from far and wide. He earned his bachelor of science at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2007 and went on to earn his medical degree at John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu in 2012. Yeh completed his general surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In his clinical practice, Yeh treats gastrointestinal conditions, hepatobiliary diseases, pediatric oncology conditions and other non-cardiac thoracic conditions such as airway obstructions, congenital lesions of the lung and trachea, chest wall malformations, head and neck lesions and masses and empyema. He specializes in pediatric trauma, chest wall deformities and pediatric intestinal rehabilitation.
The Department of Surgery welcomes Dr. Spruce to the Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery, Dr. Leigh to the Section of Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Dr. Ebersole to the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Dr. Yeh to the Division of Pediatric Surgery and congratulates each on their appointments.