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John R. Caulk Visiting Professorship 2020

Peggy Pearle, MD, PhD, visits Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for the Division of Urology’s annual John R. Caulk Visiting Professorship this June. Pearle is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Urology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she specializes in the treatment of kidney stones.

Pearle, who holds the Ralph C. Smith Distinguished Chair in Urologic Education at UT Southwestern, will join the Division for a day of lectures, resident debate, and clinical case and research presentations.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to learn from a urologist at the top of her specialty,” says Erica Traxel, MD, Urology Residency Program Director and Assistant Professor in Urologic Surgery. “Dr. Pearle completed a urology fellowship at Washington University, making her visiting professorship that much more meaningful for all of us in the Division.”

Pearle, who completed a urology residency at Northwestern University Medical Center and medical school at University of Chicago, will present two lectures: “Medical Management of Kidney Stones: What you need to know,” and “Ureteroscopy: A Critical Appraisal.”

The Visiting Professorship honors the legacy of John R. Caulk, MD, urological surgeon of St. Louis. Caulk, born in 1882, received his medical education at The Johns Hopkins University before coming to St. Louis to practice at Washington University, where he began the training program for urologic surgeons as Professor of Clinical Genitourinary Surgery.

Peggy Pearle, MD, PhD

Previous Caulk Professors include:

2017 Herbert Lepor, MD, and Ellen Shapiro, MD, Professors at NYU School of Medicine

2018 Chandru Sundaram, MD, Professor and Program Director, Indiana University School of Medicine

2019 Adam Kibel, MD, Professor and Chief of Urology, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

The 2020 John R. Caulk Visiting Professorship will be held remotely via Zoom on June 26. Following the professorship will be an end-of-year celebration of the graduating chief residents and fellows in urology, also held via Zoom.

For those interested in participating in the Visiting Professorship, please contact Program Coordinator Kellie Hunter at for more information and Zoom invitation details.