Dr. Lois Richard, Guest Speaker at Evening Grand Rounds

Grand rounds help physicians and other healthcare professionals keep up-to-date in evolving topics. On October 22nd, fellow hospitalist, Dr. Lois Richard, will be presenting “Patient Advocacy on The Hill” as the invited guest speaker for Evening Grand Rounds. Dr. Richard has visited members of Congress in Washington D.C. numerous times as part of “Hospitalists on […]

Leading the Patient Experience Effort for BJH- Dr. Caroline Kahle

Fellow hospitalist, Dr. Caroline Kahle, is leading the Patient Experience effort for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Patient Experience has been identified as one of the priorities for the 2019-2023 BJH/BJWCH/WUSM Joint Clinical Strategic Plan. The joint clinical strategic plan is a five year plan that has joint goals, strategies, and tactics; all with a common vision to […]

Meet Palliative Medicine’s New Associate Professor of Medicine – Dr. Maria Dans

We are pleased to announce that the Executive Faculty has approved the promotion of Dr. Maria Dans to Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Dans graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in 1999. She completed residency in Internal Medicine, followed by fellowships in Hospice & Palliative Medicine and Critical Care Medicine at Stanford University in […]

Meet Our New Assistant Professor of Medicine – Dr. Crystal Atwood

We are pleased to announce that the Executive Faculty has approved the promotion of Dr. Crystal Atwood to Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Atwood graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School in 2009. She completed Internal Medicine residency at Washington University School of Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2012. Dr. Atwood is board-certified […]

Meet Our New Associate Professor of Medicine – Dr. Andrew Odden

We are pleased to announce that the Executive Faculty has approved the promotion of Dr. Andrew Odden to Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Odden received his medical degree and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota in Ann Arbor, where he was awarded the Bruce Jones Award for House Staff Spirit. […]

Welcome New Hospitalists and Nurse Practitioners

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our new faculty members and nurse practitioners: Faris Bakeer, MD – Instructor in Medicine Sydney Blount, MD- Instructor in Medicine Natalia Brito Rivera, MD – Instructor in Medicine Benjamin Buettner, MD – Instructor in Medicine Anthony Dao, MD – Instructor in Medicine Hanan Dihowm, MD – […]

Congratulations Division Of Palliative Medicine

With great enthusiasm, we are pleased to announce that palliative care services is now its own division: Division of Palliative Medicine. Palliative care services has been part of the Division of Hospital Medicine for many years. The Palliative Care Service is a collaborative effort between Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. Launched in […]

Dr. Rachel Bardowell Receives Annual Teaching Award in General Medicine

The annual teaching awards are voted on by third year medicine residents. One faculty member from each subspecialty and two from general internal medicine are presented with awards at the annual senior house staff luncheon. Washington University School of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Teaching Faculty of the Year in General Internal Medicine was awarded to […]

Seventh Inning Stretch with the Hospitalists

“Spring nights and baseball lights” was the theme Monday night as the Division of Hospital Medicine gathered at Busch Stadium to watch the Cardinals take on the Phillies. Besides enjoying endless ballpark hotdogs and nachos, the division cheered on the Cardinals as they took home the win for St. Louis!

Dr. Lois Richard Joins Hospitalists on The Hill in Washington, D.C.

As part of the SHM annual national meeting, The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) sponsored “Hospitalists on The Hill” in Washington, D.C. Hill Day ’19 was a huge success with 160 hospitalists attending 189 meetings in offices of 36 states. The day started with a morning briefing, after which participants boarded buses and headed to […]

Dr. Michael Lin – Chair at the Academic Leadership Summit at HM19

The SHM Annual Conference is created By Hospitalists, For Hospitalists. and is the “fastest growing conference in healthcare.” The Annual Conference is more than a meeting, it’s a movement.* Fellow hospitalist, Dr. Michael Lin, SFHM, chaired the Academic Leadership Summit at Hospital Medicine 19. Dr. Lin led the Summit organization and curriculum development. He also […]

“Care of the Hospitalized Patient” Marks its 13th year

“Care of the Hospitalized Patient 2019” was presented by the WU Division of Hospital Medicine on April 27th at Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC).  The planning committee included Dr. Lois Richard (Chair), Nancy Anne Hilliker, NP, and Dr. Eli Deal. “Care of the Hospitalized Patient” is a full-day Continuing Medical Education seminar presented at […]

Dr. Carol Faulk, Guest Speaker at Evening Grand Rounds

Grand rounds help physicians and other healthcare professionals keep up-to-date in evolving topics. On April 30th, fellow hospitalist, Dr. Carol Faulk, will be presenting “Physician Wellbeing” as the invited guest speaker for Evening Grand Rounds. Burnout can be defined as a triad of emotional exhaustion, callousness and a low sense of personal achievement. There has […]

Dr. Dennis Chang Presents at SHM Annual Meeting in National Harbor, MD

Since 2012, during every SHM Annual meeting, the PIT (Physicians in Training) Committee, runs a track called Early-Career Hospitalists which caters their content towards students, residents, and early career hospitalists. This year the PIT committee graciously asked fellow hospitalist, Dr. Dennis Chang, as well as Dr. Daniel Ricotta, a colleague from Beth Israel Deaconess in […]

Passing the Torch – SHM St. Louis Chapter

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) St. Louis Chapter celebrated its last annual meeting at Pastaria in Clayton before changing hands to a new leadership team. For the past 9 years, all leadership positions of the SHM St. Louis Chapter have been led by hospitalists from the Washington University in St. Louis Division of Hospital Medicine. […]

Dr. Wael Toama and Dr. Venkata Vosuri Take On Houston at Annual TCT Meeting

Hospitalists, Dr. Wael Toama and Dr. Venkata Vosuri, had the great opportunity to participate in the 2019 Transplantation & Cellular Therapy (TCT) meeting, held Feb 20-24 in Houston,Texas. The TCT meeting combined annual meetings of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) and the Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR). […]

Dr. Stephen Chi Awarded Prestigious “Star Research Award” at the 48th Critical Care Congress

The Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) held its 48th Critical Care Congress in San Diego, California. The Society of Critical Care Medicine is the largest non-profit medical organization dedicated to promoting excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care. With members in more than 100 countries, SCCM is the only organization that represents all professional […]

Now Open! New 3500 Observation Unit

The Division of Hospital Medicine has recently opened the new 3500 observation unit in the Peter’s building under the care of the unit’s new medical director Dr. Margo Girardi.  This state of the art 24 bed unit will house medicine observation patients with anticipated length of stay of less than 24 hr.  It is currently […]

Dr. Robert Mahoney Co-hosts HCLDR Twitter Chat

Join us tonight, January 22nd, at 7:30pm CST on #hcldr as fellow hospitalist, Dr. Robert Mahoney, leads the discussion on physician burnout and how we might combat it with co-host Dr. Chuck Webster. Discussion will be guided by blog post, “Burnout”, by Drs. Mahoney and Webster. Click here to view the Article. The Healthcare Leadership Blog […]

Meet Our Newest Associate Professor of Medicine – Dr. Dennis Chang

We are also pleased to announce that the Executive Faculty has approved the appointment of Dr. Dennis Chang as Associate Professor of Medicine. In July 2018, Dr. Dennis Chang joined the Division of Hospital Medicine and became the Interprofessional Education (IPE) MD Thread Director at Washington University in St. Louis. He was previously affiliated with […]

Meet Our Newest Assistant Professor of Medicine – Dr. Christine Heumann

We are pleased to announce that the Executive Faculty has approved the appointment of Dr. Christine Heumann as Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Christine Heumann earned her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2011.  While there, she was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society.  She then completed an internal medicine residency […]

Extraordinary Compassionate Care – Dr. Devin Odom (Links to an external site)

Dr. Devin Odom was featured in the November issue of Physician Connect by Barnes Jewish Hospital for his exceptional patient care during a patient’s last moments in the hospital. The family of the 94-year-old woman sent a letter to BJH President, Bob Cannon, expressing their gratitude to Dr. Devin Odom and Amber Sweeten, RN, for […]

SHM St. Louis Chapter’s Annual Research, Innovations and Clinical Vignettes Competition Begins

The Society of Hospital Medicine St. Louis Chapter began its search to award two $1000 scholarships. Medical students and residents who submit an abstract by December 3rd to SHM’s Research, Innovations and Clinical Vignettes Scientific Abstract and Poster Competition for Hospital Medicine 2019 (the Society of Hospital Medicine annual meeting) and receive confirmation that their […]

Dr. Wenners Ballard III, Guest Speaker at Evening Grand Rounds

Grand rounds help physicians and other healthcare professionals keep up-to-date in evolving topics. On November 13, fellow hospitalist, Dr. Wenners Ballard III, was the invited guest speaker for Evening Grand Rounds. His presentation titled, “The Opioid Effect: The Present and Future”, discussed present opioid options and addressed future strategies to fight the opioid crisis. “In […]

Dr. Caroline Kahle Named Chair of the BJH Ethics Committee

It is our distinct pleasure to announce that fellow hospitalist, Dr. Caroline Kahle, Assistant Professor of Medicine, has been named Chair of the BJH Ethics Committee. “The Barnes-Jewish Hospital ethics consultation team provides guidance on challenging issues such as those related to end-of-life care, the application of advanced directives and surrogate decision making. Consultations may […]

Dr. Mark Thoelke, Invited Speaker at the Annual Missouri Chapter ACP Meeting

Division Chief, Dr. Mark Thoelke, Professor of Medicine, was invited to present at the Missouri chapter of the American College of Physicians annual meeting on September 16th at Osage Beach, MO. “The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a diverse community of internal medicine specialists and subspecialists united by a commitment to excellence. Internists apply scientific […]

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

After many months of hard work preparing for new faculty orientation, the division showed their appreciation by treating the administration staff to a day at the ballpark. With the support from the faculty, the administration staff, along with Dr. Mark Thoelke, Division Chief, spent an afternoon watching the St. Louis Cardinals compete against the Pittsburgh […]

Welcome New Hospitalists

Please join us in extending a big, warm welcome to our new faculty members: Jordan Atkins, MD – Instructor in Medicine Wenners Ballard, MD – Instructor in Medicine Dennis Chang, MD – Associate Professor of Medicine Ramya Chelapareddy, MD – Instructor in Medicine Stephen Chi, MD – Instructor in Medicine Amir Esmaeeli, MD – Instructor […]

Newly Appointed Assistant Professors of Medicine

The Division of Hospital Medicine is pleased to announce the appointments of fellow hospitalists, Drs. Eric Johnson and Adam Littich, to Assistant Professor of Medicine. We congratulate them on their well-earned promotion.

Epic Ready

Due to launch in early June, the Division of Hospital Medicine has been busy preparing for the transition to Epic, our new electronic health record system. The division held numerous meetings to address any and all Epic questions. Our clinicians spent countless hours in classroom training. The division also requested Epic trainers to be brought […]

We Are Family

Meet the 2018 Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year, Alexandra Hayes, better known as Ali to those who have come to know and adore her. Ali is the daughter of Christal Mills, Special Projects Administrator for the Division of Hospital Medicine. Five years ago at the age of 16, Ali’s life changed forever when […]

Hospitalist Finalists are Orlando Bound

After being named one of the finalists in the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Research, Innovations, and Vignettes (RIV)  Poster Competition, Division of Hospital Medicine colleagues, Dr. Nathan Martin, Dr. Margo Girardi, and Warren Smith, will be heading to SHM’s National Conference in Orlando, Florida to await the final results. Their poster titled, “360° Evaluation of Fellow Hospitalists […]

The Fight for a Cleaner Living Environment Continues

The “Hope for Soap” initiative is back in full swing as the hospitalist group gathers bars of Irish Spring soap to send as a relief effort to Haiti. This is the third year for the hospitalist group to sponsor the “Hope for Soap” initiative. Bars of Irish Spring soap are sent to Haiti communities that […]

It’s a Match

The first Wednesday of December is known throughout the U.S. medical community as Match Day. The anticipation of future plans filled the air as many of our hospitalists logged into the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) to see where they matched. The NRMP organizes the matching process by combining the ranking of the applicants preferences […]

Hospitalists Helping Kids with Cancer…Be Kids

One can always find Hospitalist Special Projects Administrator, Christal Mills, supporting various charitable events throughout the year. Whether Christal is chairing the event or showing her support through donations, her generosity is limitless. One of the many non-for-profit organizations that runs near and dear to her heart is Friends of Kids with Cancer. Friends of […]

Calling All Posters! SHM St. Louis Chapter Poster Meeting

Society of Hospital Medicine St. Louis Chapter annual poster meeting was held on Thursday, November 9th, at Scape American Bistro. Hospitalist, Dr. Andrew Odden, Assistant Professor of Medicine, presented “Sepsis Guidelines”. Over 60 attendees helped celebrate SHM St. Louis Chapter’s seventh anniversary. A poster session was showcased prior to the meeting. Posters that exhibit a […]

Dr. Andrew Odden Travels to Toronto to Present at Annual CHEST Meeting

Hospitalist, Dr. Andrew Odden, made the journey to Toronto, Canada to present at the annual 2017 CHEST Meeting. From the first meeting in 1935 to today, the CHEST Annual Meeting now attracts about 5,000 chest medicine professionals from around the world for clinical education in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. The event offers an innovative and […]

Meet SHM’s Newest Inductees to the Fellow of Hospital Medicine Program

SHM’s Fellow in Hospital Medicine program is rooted in the Core Competencies in Hospital Medicine. Those who earn the Fellow in Hospital Medicine (FHM), Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine (SFHM) or Master in Hospital Medicine (MHM) designations have demonstrated their commitment to hospital medicine, system change and quality improvement principles. Hospitalist, Dr. Nathan Martin, was […]

Rock ‘n’ Roll Remix Challenge – 2 Days of Running

Hospitalist staff members, Mary Russell and Melinda Rubio, competed in the 20th anniversary of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, Oct 14-15, in downtown St. Louis. The remix run challenges competitors to 2 runs in 2 days. Mary and Melinda ran a 5K on Saturday and a 10K on Sunday. Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis […]

Hospitalists Pedal the Cause for Cancer

On Sunday, September 24, fellow clinicians, Lisa M. Gill, DNP, ANP, and Matt Freer, MD, braved the heat and finished a 40+ mile bike ride in support of Pedal the Cause. Lisa finished the 40 mile ride in 03:34:36. For Lisa, bike riding started as a means of exercise and fellowship with her family. Then, riding […]

SHM St. Louis Chapter Meeting

Over 50 members of the Society of Hospital Medicine St. Louis Chapter gathered at Kreis’ Steakhouse for an evening presentation on the “Ten Pearls on End of Life for the Busy Hospitalist,”  by Dr. Patrick White, CMO of BJC Hospice. Please plan to join us for our next meeting: November 9, 2017 

Dr. Ian Ross Named Resident of the Year

For his teaching efforts in the 2016-2017 academic year, Washington University School of Medicine Class of 2018 selected Dr. Ian Ross as the recipient of the “Resident of the Year” award. Dr. Ross’ ongoing commitment and continuing interest in education will be honored at the Distinguished Service Teaching Awards Ceremony at the Eric P. Newman […]

SHM St. Louis Chapter Hosts Trivia Night

On Thursday, August 24th, the Society of Hospital Medicine St. Louis Chapter hosted their annual fundraising event at Tom’s Bar & Grill. Teams of up to 5 members competed against each other in 5 rounds of trivia. The event raised a grand total of $2225. All proceeds benefited the Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic (SNHC). The […]

Haiti “Hope for Soap” Initiative – A Huge Success

The Division of Hospital Medicine teamed up in March 2017 with Haiti-Puits and Initiatives, an organization that works locally with Haiti communities to fix local water wells as well as assistance with food, clothing, and toiletry supplies. Even though the last devastating hurricane Matthew was in 2016, still nearly 70% of Haitians lack direct access […]

Dr. Mark Thoelke Promoted to Professor of Medicine

Dr. Mark Thoelke, original founder of the Division of Hospital Medicine in 2000, current Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, was promoted to Professor of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine on July 1, 2017. Dr. Thoelke’s numerous accomplishments include the development of the Division of Hospital Medicine inpatient hospitalist […]

General Internal Medicine Teacher of the Year

The General Internal Medicine Teacher of the Year Award is awarded to a clinical faculty member who best exhibits the characteristics of an exceptional teacher. This award is voted upon by all house staff and is awarded to the faculty member who best embodies the culture of excellence in medical education. This year, Dr. Eric […]

BJWCH New Hospitalist Medical Director

We are pleased that Adam Littich, MD, has accepted the hospitalist medical director leadership role at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. Dr. Littich completed his medical degree at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and his residency at University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 2012, he joined the department of internal medicine at Washington University School […]

2017 SHM Platinum Chapter of the Year

SHM St. Louis chapter co-president, Dr. Crystal Atwood, accepted the 2017 SHM Platinum Chapter of the Year award at the SHM Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.