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Campus Catch-Up

The Washington University campus community is making headlines every day. Members of the School of Medicine are regularly featured in local, national and international news stories. Department of Surgery faculty, staff and medical students are leaders in their specialties, and share their expertise when called upon. Campus Catch-Up collects some of these stories and celebrates members of the community who are receiving recognition.

Institution of a Novel Process for N95 Respirator Disinfection with Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide in the Setting of the COVID-19 Pandemic at a Large Academic Medical Center

From Journal of the American College of Surgeons

A multidisciplinary team at the Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Jewish Hospital and BJC Healthcare, including Assistant Professor of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Shaina Eckhouse, was formed to implement a program to disinfect N95 respirators.

A Covid Patient Goes Home After a Rare Double Lung Transplant

From the New York Times

On June 5, the first COVID patient in the U.S. received a double lung transplant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Ankit Bharat, MD, MBBS, a graduate of the General Surgery Residency at Washington University performed the operation and says: “people need to recognize this option earlier.”

It’s official: Medicaid expansion passes in Missouri

From the Office of the Chancellor

“The passage of Amendment 2 is a tremendous victory for a quarter-million Missourians who no longer have to live in fear of getting sick or hurt because they will now have healthcare coverage when they need it,” say David H. Perlmutter, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Andrew D. Martin, PhD, Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, in a statement to the Washington University community. “In addition to improving access to life-saving care for our most vulnerable citizens, Medicaid expansion will inject billions of dollars into our economy, create thousands of new jobs and benefit communities across our state at a time when it is needed most.”

Institute Helps Launch New COVID-19 Survey

From the Institute of Public Health

“I am grateful that our Department of Public Health, Washington University’s Institute for Public Health and the other partners have agreed to work together to help determine the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community,” St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page said.

Some of the St. Louis region’s leading physicians on hope, heartbreak, and how we can move forward

From St. Louis Magazine

“If you would have asked me a year ago, ‘What is your worst fear? What keeps you awake at night?’ it would have been a new virus that humans had not seen before for which we had no prior immunity and which spread rapidly,” says William G. Powderly, MD. “That would be the thing that would have kept me awake: Would we be ready for it?”