Mary Klingensmith, MD

Mary Culver Distinguished Professor of Surgery


Specialty Areas

General Surgery

Common Procedures

  • Laparoscopic hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Hernia disease
  • Gallbladder disease

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery


Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 1992

Postdoctoral Education

Research Fellowship, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1996


General Surgery Residency, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1999

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons

American Surgical Association

Southern Surgical Association

Association for Surgical Education

Association of Program Directors in Surgery

Association for Academic Surgery

Society of University Surgeons

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Association of Women Surgeons

Awards and Honors

2020 Vice President, American Board of Surgery

2020 SCORE Editor-in-Chief

2020 Partners Medical Education Alumna Educator Award, inaugural year inductee

2018-2019 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program

2019 Inaugural fellow of Academy of Educators, Washington University School of Medicine

2018 Inaugural fellow in the American College of Surgeons Academy of Educators

2015 Southern Surgical Association, Shipley Award

2012 ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award

2005 Association for Surgical Education Outstanding Teacher Award


Areas of Research Interest

I have focused primarily on education-related studies, including the use of simulation in surgical training, methods to incorporate Ethics education into surgical curricula, and the impact of training and regulations on resident and faculty perceptions of Surgery. Most recent work has focused on novel training pathways in Surgery (early specialization and flexibility options), as well as large survey studies assessing variables impacting career decisions and autonomy among recent residency graduates. Currently, I lead a large multi-center study examining surgery residency redesign, the first ever in the United States.


Surgical Education (as mentioned in research interests)



Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

John Cochran VA Medical Center

Patients Seen At

John Cochran VA Medical Center
915 Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63106

(Not currently accepting new patients)