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Department News

Recent news announcements from the Department of Surgery including faculty research and accomplishments, as well as community education information.

Seeing the Whole Person: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for Transgender Patients

Seeing the Whole Person: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for Transgender Patients

Care is at the heart of the Washington University Transgender Center’s mission. The Washington University Transgender Center—the only center of its kind in the region—offers multidisciplinary team care for transgender, non-binary and genderqueer individuals in an accepting and respectful environment. This care is comprehensive and personalized, addressing the unique needs of each individual with a […]
National Doctors’ Day

National Doctors’ Day

Every day, surgeons from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provide cutting-edge clinical care, discover knowledge through research and impart that knowledge by educating medical students, residents and fellows. We thank these surgeons for keeping us healthy and advancing medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Childrens Hospital and Siteman Cancer Center.   For National […]
Spinach Recipes from the Bariatric Surgery Team

Spinach Recipes from the Bariatric Surgery Team

For National Spinach Day, Washington University’s Bariatric Surgery Team provides recipes and tips for weight loss surgery dieting.   Angie Britt, Supervisor of Patient Services and Operations in the Weight Loss Surgery Program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, knows that it can be challenging to find good recipes for healthy eating […]
Fighting Prostate Cancer with CHARM

Fighting Prostate Cancer with CHARM

Chief of Urologic Surgery leads the offensive against the most threatening forms of prostate cancer. Cancer is a frightening and life-altering diagnosis for any patient. When that cancer is particularly aggressive or widespread, it takes a diligent team of expert physicians to provide the best, most comprehensive care. For men with the most serious forms […]
Andriole and Mackinnon Receive 2020 Distinguished Faculty Awards

Andriole and Mackinnon Receive 2020 Distinguished Faculty Awards

Two Department of Surgery faculty members were recognized in the 2020 Washington University School of Medicine Distinguished Faculty Awards. Please join us in congratulating Gerald L. Andriole, MD, from the Division of Urologic Surgery, and Susan E. Mackinnon, MD, from the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, on their awards. “The dedicated and talented individuals […]
A Closer Look at False-Negative Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Diagnoses

A Closer Look at False-Negative Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Diagnoses

Washington University School of Medicine faculty study the impact of false-negative diagnoses in Venous Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Upper extremity duplex ultrasound is the standard initial evaluation for patients suspected to have venous thoracic outlet syndrome (VTOS): a rare condition affecting the veins in the area around the collarbone. A recent study led by Washington University […]
Jason Wellen Receives National Kidney Foundation Award

Jason Wellen Receives National Kidney Foundation Award

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) recently honored Jason R. Wellen, MD, MBA, associate professor in the Section of Transplant Surgery, and Tarek Alhamad, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology, with the local chapter’s highest honor, the Award of Excellence. These awards were presented at the 33rd Annual NKF Gift of Life […]
You Can Eat after Weight Loss Surgery

You Can Eat after Weight Loss Surgery

Angie Britt shares her experience of learning to eat after weight loss surgery. Since having weight loss surgery in 2014, Angie Britt has become accustomed to the question: “What can you eat?” People tend to think that her post-weight loss surgery diet is highly restrictive, and that she “can’t” eat certain foods or at most […]
Collaboration and Innovation Are on the Horizon

Collaboration and Innovation Are on the Horizon

A new chapter begins for the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with the arrival of Division Chief Justin Sacks. Justin M. Sacks, MD, MBA, joins the Department of Surgery as the new Division Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Sacks, the Shoenberg Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, […]
The Future of Transplant Surgery: 2020 Anderson-Newton Lecture

The Future of Transplant Surgery: 2020 Anderson-Newton Lecture

Shaf Keshavjee Shares the Latest Innovations in Transplant Surgery. Each year, the Section of Abdominal Transplantation at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis presents a lectureship honoring two pioneers of transplantation: Charles B. Anderson, MD, and William T. Newton, MD. This Feb., the 12th Annual Anderson-Newton Lectureship in Transplantation drew a packed crowd […]
Klingensmith Named Vice President of American Board of Surgery

Klingensmith Named Vice President of American Board of Surgery

The role of women in the Department of Surgery is growing. March is Women’s History Month, and the Department is celebrating the women who make history every day at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis through their contributions to patient care, research and education.   Mary E. Klingensmith, MD, the Mary Culver Distinguished […]
The Authority on a Rare Form of Heart Disease

The Authority on a Rare Form of Heart Disease

Washington University surgeons are the regional experts on aortic dissection. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported that James Dimon, JPMorgan Chase & Co Chief Executive, checked himself into a New York hospital on the morning of March 5, complaining of chest pains. Dimon had a rare disease known as acute aortic dissection. […]