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 […]

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, 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, […]

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.  […]

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 […]