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New Faculty 2020

New faculty joining the Divisions of Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Urology and Public Health Sciences in 2020 expand quality care to more locations in the BJC HealthCare system and further the Department of Surgery’s
research innovations. These individuals are true assets to the Department of Surgery and enhance the our ability to care for the St. Louis community and surrounding areas.

Please join us in welcoming these twenty-three new faces to Washington University!

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Tsuyoshi Takahashi, MD, PhD

Instructor of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Specialty Areas:

Lung transplant

Shuddhadeb Ray, MD, MPHS

Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Specialty Areas:

Cardiothoracic surgery

Christian W. Zemlin, PhD

Associate Professor of Surgery

Director of Cardiac Surgical Research Laboratory
Research Areas:

Surgical treatment, mechanisms and imaging of cardiac arrhythmias


Division of General Surgery

Shumaila N. Khawja, MD

Instructor of Acute and Critical Care Surgery

Specialty Areas:

Trauma surgery, acute care surgery, surgical critical care

Thoi H. Ngo, MD

Instructor of Acute and Critical Care Surgery

Specialty Areas:

Trauma surgery, acute care surgery, surgical critical care

Amanda C. Rabideau, MD

Instructor of Acute and Critical Care Surgery

Specialty Areas:

Trauma surgery, acute care surgery, surgical critical care

Jerry M. Liddell, DPM

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Specialty Areas:

Surgical and medical treatment of foot and ankle conditions; diabetic foot care/complications; wound care; diabetic peripheral neuropathy

Kerri A. Ohman, MD

Assistant Professor of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Specialty Areas:

Colon and rectal surgery, laparoscopic and robotic surgery

Bethany C. Sacks, MD, MEd

Associate Professor of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Director of Medical Student Education
Specialty Areas:

Laparoscopic surgery for hernias and gallstones

Arnab Majumder, MD

Assistant Professor of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Specialty Areas:

Abdominal wall reconstruction, hernia repair foregut surgery, endoscopic treatment of achalasia

Beth A. Helmink, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology

Specialty Areas:

Melanoma peritoneal malignancy (metastatic colorectal cancer, appendiceal malignancy and mesothelioma)

Nathan M. Droz, MD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery

Specialty Areas:

Vascular surgery; open and endovascular surgery.


Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Justin M. Sacks, MD, MBA

Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Sydney M. Jr. and Robert H. Shoenberg Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Specialty Areas:

Head to toe reconstructive surgery; breast reconstruction using autologous tissue and implants; hand surgery; limb preservation; microvascular surgery; trunk reconstruction; vascularized composite allotransplantation

Dennis C. Nguyen, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Specialty Areas:

Craniofacial, pediatric plastic and peripheral nerve surgery

Rachel A. Anolik, MD

Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Specialty Areas:

Microsurgery; oncologic reconstruction; breast reconstruction; lymphatic surgery; facial surgery; general plastic surgery

Kelly B. Currie, MD

Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Specialty Areas:

Hand and upper extremity surgery; limb salvage surgery; general reconstructive surgery

Amy F. Kells, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Specialty Areas:

Hand surgery and wrist surgery; nerve surgery; microsurgery; reconstructive plastic surgery


Division of Urology

Charles U. Nottingham, MD

Assistant Professor of Urology

Specialty Areas:

Urinary tract stone disease; benign prostate hyperplasia; endourology

Lewis J. Thomas IV, MD

Assistant Professor of Urology

Specialty Areas:

Urologic Oncology

Kenneth G. Sands, DO, MBA

Assistant Professor of Urology

Specialty Areas:

Urologic surgery, endourology; minimally invasive surgery; stone disease; benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)

Jason K. Frankel, MD

Assistant Professor of Urology

Specialty Areas:

Urologic oncology; medical education

Sunil M. Apte, MD

Assistant Professor of Urology

Specialty Areas:

General urology; kidney stones


Division of Public Health Sciences

Liz A. Salerno, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences

Research Areas:

Physical activity research at the intersection of cancer and aging; accelerated aging; implementation of lifestyle behaviors into the standard of care