Dr. Williams featured in ‘People’ magazine (Links to an external site)

One of the most common menopause symptoms, hot flashes usually last between two and five minutes and are often more intense in the two years leading up to menopause itself (defined as 12 months with no period), says Dr. Makeba Williams, an OB-GYN and associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis who is a certified […]

Dr. Mullen receives 2023 Victoria’s Secret Global Fund for Women’s Cancers Career Development Award

Dr. Maggie Mullen has been awarded grant funding through the 2023 Victoria’s Secret Global Fund for Women’s Cancers Career Development Award, in partnership with Pelotonia & AACR,  Targeting platinum chemotherapy resistance in ovarian cancer. **This two-year grant starts in September.** These accomplishments are impossible without our amazing research and clinical teams and the sponsorship of our […]

Meet Dr. Lebovic (Links to an external site)

What during your training led you to choose your specialty? To me, reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) is the best field in medicine. There has been amazing progress to benefit patients and allow for more successful treatment options. I was drawn toward the combination of office visits (remote or in-person), technology (ultrasound and surgical devices) […]

Dr. Makeba Williams featured in ‘Fortune’ (Links to an external site)

6 things you didn’t know about menopause and its symptoms Menopause symptoms can go beyond just hot flashes or night sweats. This life stage affects nearly a billion women globally, but it’s often misunderstood. Dr. Makeba Williams of Washington University in St. Louis explains.

Dr. Ashley Veade to Serve as Associate Program Director for the Residency Program

July 25, 2023 – During this upcoming academic year, the residency leadership team is growing in accordance with ACGME guidelines given the increased development of our residency program.  After an open call for applications and an interview process, we are excited to announce that Dr. Ashley Veade was selected as our next Associate Residency Program Director!  She will […]

REI celebrates National World Embryologist Day

Our Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility division celebrated National World Embryologist Day! They are a part of the team who make the magic behind the scenes. Thank you to everyone who makes our mission possible!

Dr. Galakatos retires after 58 years of service

Andrew E Galakatos, MD, received his BS Degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1960, a medical degree from the University of Missouri in 1965, and ObGyn residency training at Barnes Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) from 1965 to 1970. He served two years in the Army and then had a two-year fellowship […]

Saying goodbye to Dr. Strand

Dr. Eric Strand, former division chief, Associate Residency Director, is leaving the department. “Dr. Strand is Professor and Division Director of General Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has served the department as Division Chief since 2012, Residency Program Director from 2015 – 2022, and Associate Program Director from 2022. He has held positions on departmental and hospital committees and is a leader […]

2023 Residency Graduation and Awards

We said goodbye to residents, welcome some back as fellows, and introduced a whole new team of interns! Read about the awardees below. Our Rothman Research Symposium is comprised of 2 half days where our residents, fellows, and basic science trainees present their OBGYN-related research projects which they have diligently worked on for a long […]

2023 CRepHS Rothman Research Awards

Congratulations to two researchers representing CRepHS at the 2023 Dr. David Rothman Research Symposium – Dr. Amanda Compadre, a Fellow in the Mullen lab received the Dr. David Rothman Fellow Research Project Award, and Dr. Patty Strutz, chief resident in anesthesiology from the England lab won the Dr. David Rothman Basic Science Award! We are lucky […]

Meet Dr. Maggie Dwiggins

Read the full interview by Washington University Physicians!To view locations where Dr. Dwiggins practices, please look here. Maggie Dwiggins, MD, MS is a new addition to our Pediatric and Gynecology team. We are so excited to have her join us!

Dr. Sonn in “Encouraging workforce diversity-supporting medical students with mobility and sensory disabilities”

Medical schools have the responsibility to train a diverse physician workforce including those with disabilities. Medical educators increasingly encounter students with disabilities and are responsible for meeting requirements. “In 2019, 5% of medical students reported a physical, learning, or psychological disability, compared with 3% in 2016, representing a 69% increase in the proportion of students […]

L.A.B Award Winners – Spring 2023

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. Julia Burd, MDClinical Fellow, Maternal-Fetal MedicineMentor: Nandini Raghuraman, MD, MSCITitle: Method of Cervical Assessment in Patients with Preterm […]

Class of 2027 ObGyn Residents Announced

✨ We are absolutely thrilled to welcome this new intern class of 2027! ✨ Emma Altieri Katherine Brow Catherine Burns Katherine Carbonell Sarah Cohen Laura Granger-Howard Alexandra Houston-Ludlum Ngantu Le Allison Whorton Congrats to the WashU Med students who matched into ObGyn! Thank you to all our advisors, letter writers, and teachers who inspired these […]

Associate Professor of ObGyn, Yong Wang, on developing new imaging technology

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed new imaging technology that can produce 3D maps showing the magnitude and distribution of uterine contractions in real time and across the entire surface of the uterus during labor.  “Imaging tech produces real-time 3D maps of uterine contractions during labor” by Jacquelyn Kauffman […]

Dr. Khabele is tackling disparities impacting people of color

WashU ObGyn Department Chair, Dr. Dineo Khabele, is the first Black Chair at the institution. She has firsthand seen the disparities in care and is set to be proactive in mending the problem. “Sometimes it feels hopeless, and sometimes people feel sort of dejected or like they can’t do anything. I want to let people […]

DINEO KHABELE ASKS: HOW CAN WE DO BETTER (Links to an external site)

Dineo Khabele, MD, FACOG, FACS, a specialist in gynecologic oncology, is head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine. She made history when she assumed that role in 2020, becoming the first Black department head at the medical school. She points out, however, that many such schools in the U.S. have […]

Wang, Odibo, and others featured on the cover article of Ultrasound in Obstetrics in Gynecology

Department members Z. Sun, W. Wu, P. Zhao, D. M. Nelson, A. Odibo, Y. Wang were featured on the cover article on Ultrasound in Obstetrics in Gynecology & “Association of intraplacental oxygenation patterns on dual-contrast MRI with placental abnormality and fetal brain oxygenation” Most human in-vivo placental imaging techniques are unable to distinguish and characterize various placental compartments, such […]

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 […]

Leaders in maternal-fetal medicine making connections

A group of WashU OBGYN faculty and staff, and a fellow, are presenting on the topics of labor, prematurity, ultrasound/imaging, reproductive health equity, and more at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s 43rd annual “Pregnancy Meeting.” Congratulations to our accomplished OBGYN team members: Ebony Carter, MD, MPH; Emily Diveley, BSN; Antonina Frolova, MD, PhD; Cassy Hardy, RN; Jeannie Kelly, […]

REI division teams up with BJH, Women & Infants to improve our third-party reproduction experience for patients

Women and infants and our REI team organized a rapid improvement event (RIE) to improve our third-party reproduction experience for patients. Our third-party coordinators, Christy Wagoner and Kate Staples, along with our WashU leadership team, Dana Schull and Tiffany Little are working with our BJH team. They are led by Jennifer Hudson, Cindy Barkman-Burks, Lauren Sharpe, […]

First baby born in 2023 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital St. Louis

Tre’Vaion Hollimon is the first newborn of 2023 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital St. Louis! Tre’Vaion weighs in at seven pounds 11 ounces. He is almost 20 inches long. Parents Desiree and Shaun were not planning for a trip to the hospital on New Years, but they get to enter 2023 with a healthy baby boy! Lucky […]

Racial disparities in menopause

Dr. Makeba Williams talks with KMOV’s Paige Hulsey about the relationship between menopause and racial disparities. Watch below.

March of Dimes Awards Two Scientists the Basil O’Connor Research Grant for Advancing Maternal and Infant Health (Links to an external site)

March of Dimes announces two early career scientists as recipients of the 2022 Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards: Dr. Antonina Frolova, MD, PhD from Washington University, St. Louis and Dr. Isaac Marin-Valencia, MD, MS from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. These annual awards support outstanding investigators embarking on independent research careers who […]

Mighty Dream Forum

While healthcare is a basic human right, it is rife with inequities that reach far beyond the doctor’s office. For women – and particularly women of color – the equity gap continues to show up nationally in our healthcare systems; and intersect locally in our communities, education systems, and even our workplaces. The path to […]

BMES Annual Meeting – Research Announcements

Research reveals happening! Clinical researchers under the direction of PI Yong Wang, PhD, have poster/oral presentations at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual meeting 10/13-15; OBGYN engineering collaborator Dr. Christine O’Brien also presenting! Women’s Health poster presentations: Thursday, Oct 13, 2022; 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM CDT: “Development of Uterine Peristalsis Imaging (UPI) in Normal […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oyen and team receive funding to study placental function (Links to an external site)

Wellcome Leap has awarded Michelle Oyen, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, a multi-year contract to advance methods to assess placental function. Oyen will join Wellcome Leap’s In Utero program, which aims to create the scalable capacity to measure, model and predict gestational development with […]

Dr. Ebony Carter and Dr. Melissa Tepe, in EleVATE, a maternal and infant health program

Dr. Ebony Carter and Dr. Melissa Tepe, in EleVATE, a maternal and infant health program. Here, they are improving maternal health—especially for Black mothers and birthing people. “When you spend so much time with patients, you can’t help but feel the burden of the things they’re experiencing in their lives” Dr. Ebony Carter, Washington University […]

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 […]

Rothman Research Day Awards 2022

Our Rothman Research Symposium is comprised of 2 half days where our residents, fellows, and basic science trainees present their OBGYN related research projects which they have diligently worked for a long time. These presentations are evaluated by a distinguished panel of our own select faculty and guest speaker. We will be presenting the 1st […]

New MIGS Fellowship Announced

We are excited to announce that the OBGYN department will be adding a new fellowship program! Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery will start in the summer of 2023 with their first fellow, current PGY-3 Resident, Alison Kosmacki, MD! A huge congrats to the MIGS division! We’d also like to give a special shout out to Dr. Elise Bardawil (Program Director) and Dr. Katie […]

Dr. Tyler Woodard awarded “Minority Scholar in Cancer Research” at AARC

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting is pleased to administer this important program which is primarily supported by a generous grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.  Dr. Woodard was the recipient of the 2022  ACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award The 2022 conference took place […]

Message from the Chair on COVID-19

COVID-19 update from the Chair

It breaks my heart to write that once again, our hospital is full and we have more than doubled the number patients hospitalized with COVID and in the intensive care units in the last 2 weeks. We are here to take care of each other and to provide care to patients and the broader community. As we enter another period of rapid uncertainty and change, it is not too late to do whatever we can to protect each other.