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, uur 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, […]
Meet LaShonda Washington
LaShonda is a Medical Secretary III and has been with us since April 2022. Her favorite part about her job is being multifunctional. “As the secretarial float I have to learn all the other scheduler and secretary job functions for when they’re not in office that day and/or week. I have learned a ton of new and useful job skills since […]
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: […]
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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 […]
Raghuraman Selected as a Member of the Academy of Educators!
Congratulations to Nandini Raghuraman, MD, MS, who was selected as a member of the Academy of Educators!
OBGYN Department Shout Outs!
Join us as we celebrate the wonderful people we work with!
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!
Couple honors Dr. David Mutch with gift for distinguished professorship (Links to an external site)
Dr. Mutch honored with professorship from couple
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 […]
New data shows rare uterine cancer’s effect on women (Links to an external site)
Dr. Dineo Khabele talks with fox2now about a rare kind of uterine cancer killing more women in America, black women in particular.
Hospital helps pregnant women with substance abuse (Links to an external site)
Dr. Jeannie Kelly speaks about helping pregnant women living with a substance use disorder
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. […]
Aspiring physicians honor medical faculty, residents, staff (Links to an external site)
Tammy Sonn, MD, Caroline Min, MD, and Andrea Hagemann, MD, show their awards at the 2022 Distinguished Service Teaching Awards ceremony
Calculating Cancer Risks (Links to an external site)
Latest recipients of the WashU OBGYN Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey (L.A.B.) Award!
We’re excited to announce the newest recipients of the WashU OBGYN Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey (L.A.B.) Award! The award is named in honor of three enslaved women whose bodies were used by Dr. J. Marion Sims for painful experimental attempts to repair vesico-vaginal fistulas. This award calls us to remember Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey, their […]
Tour of St. Louis with Drs. Ross and Purnell
The Washington University Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion took us on a virtual tour of St. Louis so we as healthcare providers could get to know not only more about the city that we live in, but also the patients that we serve. What we learned: the history of politics in health care and […]
DEIA Committee Black History Month 101 – Week 4
We are celebrating week 4 of Black History Month by sharing the story of two historic figures – Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler and Dr. Helen Octavia Dickens, who were trailblazers for women of color in medicine as the “first” of many.
Honoring our Colleague, Dr. Turner
National Black Women Physicians Day is February 8th in honor of Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, who was the first Black woman to earn a medical degree in the United States. On Wednesday, February 9, 2022, we honored Dr. Jacqueline Turner, a trailblazer in her own right. She is a graduate of MIT, then went on […]
DEIA Committee Black History Month 101 – Week 1
Given February is upon us, we wanted to take a moment each week over the course of the month to commemorate Black History Month. Each week we will be highlighting a prominent Black female figure and resources for you to learn more, along with spotlighting a local STL Black owned business for you to check out! This week we would like to spotlight Marsha P […]
Dr. Makeba Williams Joins Washington University OBGYN as Vice Chair for Professional Development and Wellness
I am excited to announce that Dr. Makeba Williams has accepted our offer to become the Vice Chair for Professional Development and Wellness. Clinically, she will join the faculty in the division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology as an Associate Professor. Dr. Williams has provided extensive departmental leadership in her current role as Director of […]
St. Louis doctor urges pregnant women to get boosted, as more get hospitalized in Omicron surge (Links to an external site)
High-risk obstetrician Dr. Ebony Carter says pregnant patients are voicing concerns about what the vaccine will do to their baby, claiming there isn’t enough data. “We probably have more data right now on the vaccine than any other thing that we give to people in pregnancy, she says. “And the data overwhelmingly, in every direction, is saying that the vaccine appears to be safe.”
Dr. Ali Ahmady joins the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility as Lab Director
After a thorough national search, Dr. Ali Ahmady has been chosen and accepted the role of Lab Director for WASHU/BJC Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center. Dr. Ahmady is a consummate academician and he comes to us from the University of Southern California. He is no stranger to the Midwest having spent time in Cleveland where he […]
Department of OBGYN co-hosts the Society for Black Academic Surgeons Annual Meeting
In September 2021, Dineo Khabele, member of the SBAS executive council, served as the local co-host for the Society of Black Academic Surgeons Annual Meeting by Washington University Dept of Surgery, Dept of OBGYN
The COVID-19 Vaccine and Fertility (Links to an external site)
Solutions that Scale for Maternal-Child Health Disparities (Links to an external site)
MDisrupt Presents: Sarah England, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine, on Solutions that Scale for Maternal-Child Health Disparities
“Access to Care” Navigating Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening: A PECaD Town Hall (Links to an external site)
Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities focuses on Access to Care for Breast and Cervical Cancer screenings
Wash U doctor: Black women are 3 times more likely to die during pregnancy, child birth (Links to an external site)
This week is Black Maternal Health week and new studies show Black women are three times more likely to die during pregnancy or child birth than white women.
Doctors urge prospective parents to get COVID-19 vaccine (Links to an external site)
The vaccines do not impact sperm count, fertility treatment, or a woman’s ability to get pregnant, research shows
Study: Breast milk of moms vaccinated against COVID-19 contains protective antibodies for at least 80 days (Links to an external site)
For breastfeeding moms, COVID-19 vaccinations may also protect babies (Links to an external site)
Major boost in COVID-19 antibodies seen in breast milk after vaccination
Interview with a Fertility Specialist: Covid Vaccine in Pregnancy & Infertility (Links to an external site)
Infertility, bad side effects, and more: St. Louis doctors debunk the COVID-19 vaccine myths (Links to an external site)
Some Missouri residents might still be hesitant to receive the vaccine.
St. Louis doctor addresses COVD-19 vaccine infertility myth (Links to an external site)
The World Health Organization is updating its guidance on the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women after a statement earlier this week led many to believe the agency was advising against pregnant women getting vaccinated.
COVID-19 impact on pregnant women focus of NIH grant (Links to an external site)
Study will evaluate testing access and if pregnant women with COVID-19 need specialized care
Carter named Director of OBGYN Clinical Research Division (Links to an external site)
Monitoring labor in pregnancy aim of grant to develop imaging technology (Links to an external site)
Researchers receive funding from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help develop low-cost, bedside equipment for people in underserved regions
EMMI imaging to give insights into preterm labor (Links to an external site)
When Giving Birth For The First Time, Push Away (Links to an external site)
findings suggest that women becoming moms for the first time should begin pushing right away when they become completely dilated, for the best outcome for themselves and for their babies
Inducing labor at 39 weeks reduces likelihood of C-sections (Links to an external site)
No increased risks to newborns, study shows