Scott Biest retires after 31 years in Practice

After 31 years of practice, Dr. Scott Biest, Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, retires on June 30, 2024. Dr. Biest earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees in the combined program at the University of Missouri Kansas City. After he completed his residency at Washington University, Dr. Biest joined Drs. David Weinstein […]

Black Maternal Health Week 2024 recap

April 11-17, 2024 – Updates from the DEIA Committee This week provided an opportunity for us to raise awareness and take action to improve the health and well-being of Black mothers and birthing people.  As part of our commitment to supporting maternal health, we have organized a series of events aimed at educating, empowering, and […]

Medical Students Honor Four Mentors from OBGYN

Medical students at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently honored faculty and residents with Distinguished Service and Teaching Awards (DSTAs) for the 2023-24 academic year. From our department, four mentors were honored. Read the full article here

Sarah Smith named finalist for 2024 Excellence in Nursing Awards

Congrats to all the recent BJC Excellence in Nursing Awardees! Our very own Sarah Smith, RN, BSN, CLC, was selected as a finalist for the category of women’s health. Sarah works as a Nurse Coordinator in our fetal care center, providing compassionate care to families from day one and throughout their experience. Additionally, shout out […]

Powell named 2024 Dean’s Impact Award Recipient

Throughout his career, Matthew Powell, MD, has leveraged his own professional standing to advance others’ careers through direct one-on-one mentorship and sponsorship, providing opportunities, expanding networks and nominating protégées for awards and promotions. Since joining our faculty in 2002, Powell has helped train over 35 gynecologic oncology fellows, including 14 who benefited from his leadership […]

Black Maternal Health Week 2024

We are excited to invite you to participate in the upcoming events for Black Maternal Health Week, which runs from April 11-17, 2024. This week provides an opportunity for us to raise awareness and take action to improve the health and well-being of Black mothers and birthing people. As part of our commitment to supporting […]

Match Day 2024

✨ We are absolutely thrilled to welcome this new intern class of 2028! ✨ India Claflin – Creighton University SOM Symphony Davis – Morehouse SOM Andy Habib – Georgetown University SOM Anna Jones – U of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink SOM Ashlyn Kinard – U of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth April Lewis – SLU SOM […]

Jayme Trevino, CFP Fellow, will take on ACOG Darney/Landy Fellowship after graduation

Congratulations to graduating CFP fellow, Jayme Trevino, MD, MPH, who will assume the Darney/Landy Fellowship position with ACOG after graduation. The Darney/Landy Fellow position is a one-year, post- Complex Family Planning Fellowship placement for obstetrician-gynecologists that honors the clinical excellence of Phil Darney, MD, and the collaborative advocacy of Uta Landy, PhD. This position offers […]

Eisenberg appointed Chief, Division of Complex Family Planning

After a national search, we are pleased to announce that David Eisenberg, MD, MPH, FACOG, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been appointed as Chief of the Division of Complex Family Planning, effective March 1, 2024. He stepped into the position of Interim Chief in December 2022 and is well-positioned to take on the permanent role based on his […]

Nelson Society Hosts 2nd Annual Resident Career Day

The Nelson Society hosted their second annual Resident Career Day on February 21, 2024. This dedicated event provided residents with valuable insights and guidance regarding their future careers. The day consisted of a special grand rounds guest speaker, Dr. William Leininger, Naval Medical Center, San Diego. Next were presentations from Alumni member, Dr. Jeffery Mormol […]

Dr. Cantave and Dr. Staples Recognized as Inaugural Awardees of the David G. Mutch Residency Research Scholarship

The Michael D. Nelson Society Board is delighted to announce Dr. Melissa “Missy” Cantave and Dr. Halley Staples, as the inaugural awardees of the David G. Mutch Residency Research Scholarship Award. This honor is given to support and enhance the scholarly research activity of residents while at this level of their professional journey.   Dr. Missy […]

Celia Santi, MD, PhD, named the James P. Crane Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Celia Santi, MD, PhD, an internationally renowned and respected leader in the field of Reproductive Biology, has been named the James P. Crane Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “We are exceedingly fortunate to count Dr. Santi among our esteemed faculty. Her exceptional contributions to groundbreaking […]

Premal Thaker, MD named the inaugural David & Lynn Mutch Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology 

Premal H. Thaker, MD, MS, an accomplished clinician investigator and Director of Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Trials, has been named the David & Lynn Mutch Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  “We are truly fortunate to have Dr. Thaker as a valued member of our faculty. Her […]

England Elected to National Academy of Medicine (Links to an external site)

Reproductive biologist Sarah K. England, PhD, and two others from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, a part of the National Academy of Sciences. Membership in the organization is one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine in the United […]

Raghuraman Named Chief of the Division of Clinical Research in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Dr. Nandini Raghuraman has been named Chief of the Division of Clinical Research in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology effective October 1, 2023. Building upon the legacy of our previous directors, Raghuraman will oversee the Division of Clinical Research, which provides specialized facilities and services to support clinical research in women’s reproductive health. “Nan’s […]

Nelson Society Partners with David G. Mutch to Launch Residency Research Scholarship 

Residents may now submit their applications for the David G. Mutch Residency Research Scholarship. This scholarship was generously started by David G. Mutch, MD, the Ira C. and Judith Gall Professor, in partnership with the Nelson Alumni Society to support and enhance the scholarly research activity of residents.  The scholarship will give two $1,000 awards, twice per academic […]

Registration Now Open for the 48th Annual Symposium

Eric P. Newman Education Center @ Washington University Medical CenterOctober 19, 2023 8:00 AM – October 20, 2023 3:30 PM Coordinator Michelle R Padgett, MS, ATC, Washington University CME Agenda This conference is offered as an in-person course only. Thursday, October 19, 2023   7:30am Registration & Continental Breakfast    8:10     Welcome – Makeba Williams, MD, NCMP Session I […]

Washington University OBGYN Opens Maternal-Fetal Medicine Services in Carbondale

Nationally Recognized High-risk maternity care in Southern Illinois July 7, 2023 Washington University Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound specialists opened their newest location in Carbondale, IL, offering high-quality care close to home for patients in Southern Illinois. This service will offer onsite ultrasounds and telemedicine consults with high-risk pregnancy experts.

Frolova, Massa to serve as Associate Fellowship Program Directors for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

July 1, 2023 – We are excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Antonina Frolova and Dr. Katherine Massa to Associate Program Directors for the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Frolova and Dr. Massa will be focusing on critical aspects of the Fellowship program. Dr. Frolova will be focused on the evaluation process, a critical component […]

Dineo Khabele installed as Mitchell and Elaine Yanow Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Department Chair and gynecologic oncologist, Dineo Khabele, MD, was installed as the Mitchell and Elaine Yanow Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology on January 21, 2023. Dean David Perlmutter and Chancellor Andrew Martin presented Dr. Khabele with her Professorship medal. Her presentation was ‘Below the Belt’ Cancers: A surgeon-scientist’s perspective. Other attendees were fellow Chairs of […]

Register for Diversity 1.0 and 2.0!

Have you registered for Diversity 1.0 and 2.0? As our department engages in our culture calibration journey, we invite our colleagues to register for Diversity 1.0 and 2.0. If you participated in the sessions 3 years ago, you will notice that the sessions have been refreshed to reflect employees’ feedback. The sessions introduce participants to […]

Chair Installation of Anthony Odibo, MD, MSCE

Today we celebrated the installation of Anthony Odibo, MD, MSCE, Chief of MFM and Vice Chair of Obstetrics, as the Virginia Lang Endowed Chair in the Department of OBGYN! Congrats Dr. Odibo, our fearless and zen leader of MFM!

PGY-2 Research Retreat

November 16, 2022 was our Annual PGY-2 Research Retreat. We talked study design, mentorship, data analysis, IRB, instit and dept resources, scientific presentations, & had a fun interactive career panel discussion

Meet Candice Woolfolk

Candice is an Assistant Professor in the divisions of MFM & DCR! She has been with us for 7 years and her favorite part about her job is getting to collaborate with so many amazing people! What do you do outside of work? family? hobbies? I love spending time with my family and friends, shopping, […]

L.A.B. Award Winners – Fall 2022

Congratulations to the latest recipients of the Department of OB/GYN’s Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey (L.A.B.) Award named in honor of Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey—the enslaved women whose sacrifice, without consent, nearly 200 years ago allows surgical repair for women with vesicovaginal fistulas today. Bree Goodman, MDClinical Fellow, Maternal-Fetal MedicineMentors: Nandini Raghuraman & Sharman RussellTitle: Bedside forceps simulation to increase resident operative delivery experience Halley Staples, MDResidentMentor: Nandini RaghuramanTitle: […]

Resource Quick Links

Upcoming Events (New) Feb 3-26: Loy A Webb’s play The Light at the Black Rep  Feb 9: Xu Guyangu Solo Exhibition Opening (Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Equity)  (New) Feb 13-17: Love Data Week (Bernard Becker Medical Library and I2)  (New) Feb 13: Middle East / North Africa Film Series – Session […]

New Digital Interpreter Service Offers Equitable Care & Higher Patient Satisfaction

After more than a year in the making, the OBGYN department successfully launched a video (iPad) interpreter through LAMP services. After recognizing a need for improved processes, both from a patient and business facing aspect, Clinical Operations Director, Ronald Griffin, led the initiative to establish this improved service within the department.  “It’s great to have this […]

Match Day: Incoming Fellows 2023

Welcome New OBGYN Fellows 2023! Complex Family Planning – Ishana Shetty, MD —University​ of Florida UF Health FPMRS –  Hunter Terry, MD​ —U Penn Gyn Onc – Whitney Grither, MD, PhD​ —Washington University​ Gyn Onc – Mark Valentine, MD, PhD​ —Washington University​ MIGS – Alison Kosmacki, MD​ —Washington University​ MFM – Drew Hensel, MD​ —Washington University​ MFM – Julia Whitley, MD​ —George Washington University​ REI – Aileen Portugal​, MD —University​ of […]

Match Day: Our Chiefs

Congrats to our Chiefs on their Fellowship Match! Tamara Cameo, MD​ – MIGS– Ichan School of Medicine/Mt. Sinai​ Whitney Grither, MD, PhD​ – Gyn Onc—Washington University​ Drew Hensel, MD​ – MFM—Washington University​ Alison Kosmacki, MD​ – MIGS—Washington University​ Lauren Kus, MD​ – Complex Family Planning– Ichan School of Medicine/Mt. Sinai​ Mark Valentine, MD, PhD​ – Gyn Onc—Washington University​ Elise Wilson, MD​ – Gyn Onc – UC San Diego​

47th Annual Symposium Held in September

On September 22 and 23, we hosted our 47th Symposium. The planning committee organized an exceptional event with over 20 guest speakers providing pertinent information to share with the participants. Over 125 people were in attendance, including physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses from around the region.  Hundreds of volunteer hours went into creating this […]

First Annual Nelson Alumni Society Dinner!

Our alumni society had a great time at the first annual Alumni Society Dinner at Herbie’s in Clayton. Great to see everyone and looking forward to next year!

C.A.R.E. Clinic Participates in Awareness Walk

On August 6, Members of the C.A.R.E Clinic team and OBGYN Community Engagement participated in the CareSTL Health Project O Awareness Walk where they provided information, education, and resources for participants who may be affected by the opioid epidemic. C.A.R.E. stands for Clinic for Acceptance, Recovery & Empowerment. The service provides comprehensive, compassionate maternity care […]

Specialty ranked #3 by US News and World Report

Thrilled to be #3! Keep up the magnificent work!  Our ranking was determined based on a point system for Data-driven Specialty Scores which include Outcomes (Mortality & Discharge to Home), Structure (Technology, Staffing, etc), Patient Experience, Reputation and Transparency.  U.S. News & World Report regarding the 2022 Best Hospitals rankings. We are pleased to share that Barnes-Jewish Hospital and physician partners at Washington University ranked #11 nationally and places us again on the Honor Roll […]

DEIA: Let’s Talk About Roe

Considering the recently leaked Politico/Supreme Court article foreshadowing the repeal of Roe v Wade, participants had an open discussion about the current state of abortion in the United States. Other pre-work included The Daily Podcast on “The Anti-Abortion Activists” and the recent CREOGs Over Coffee about current abortion rights. In light of recent events, we […]

OBGYN launches subcommittee to improve gender diverse care

The IDEA2 subcommittee is a diverse group of people tasked with improving the quality of care provided to transgender and gender expansive patients.  As part of this initiative, the team has begun to roll out a patient survey assessment which will inform future QI/QA interventions.   Patient surveys will be offered in two places: one of the department’s […]

New Leadership in the Residency Program

After planning this transition for the past year, we are excited to formally announce that Dr. Shelby Dickison will assume the role of Residency Program Director starting on June 1, 2022.   Since joining the residency leadership team in 2019 as Associate Program Director, Dr. Dickison has been instrumental in the continued advancement of the program.  […]