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Faculty Feature Sima Bhatt, MD, MSCI

Dr. Sima Bhatt was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She always questioned why her parents chose to emigrate from India to a city that was recently publicizing temperatures colder than Antarctica, Mount Everest, and Siberia. Nonetheless, she and her two sisters learned to brave the cold weather …

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Faculty Feature Andrew Janowski, MD

“Maybe you should be a baby doctor?” Andrew Janowski wouldn’t want to admit it, but his mother’s advice to him in fifth grade after an episode of ER was spot on. Andrew grew up in Middleton, a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin. He spent much of his childhood focusing on soccer …

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Faculty Feature Sakil Kulkarni, MD

Sakil Kulkarni grew up in Mumbai, India where he completed his schooling. His father worked in finance, and his mother was a teacher. Both his parents are retired, and live in Mumbai. His younger brother lives in Seattle. Thanks to the nice and warm climate that Mumbai provides, Sakil played …

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Faculty Feature Julie Nogee, MD

Julie Nogee is actually a native Midwesterner. She was born in Cincinnati, OH where she spent the first 3 years of her life before relocating to St. Louis, MO for 4 years. Those early years in St. Louis made quite the impression on Julie and when her parents moved to …

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Faculty Feature Viraine Weerasooriya, MD

Dr. Viraine Weerasooriya returns to the Department of Pediatrics as a faculty member and Clinical Director in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Even though his last name is pronounced exactly as it is spelled, his patients find it easier to call him “Doctor W”.  Viraine recently moved from …

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Faculty Feature: Laura Schuettpelz, M.D, Ph.D.

Laura Schuettpelz, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology Dr. Laura Schuettpelz was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. After graduating from Creighton University with degrees in biology and psychology, she completed a PhD in molecular biology from Northwestern University. With a desire to combine her passion for …

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Faculty Feature: Patricia Dickson, M.D.

You might say the fleur-de-lis is in her DNA. That’s because Patricia Dickson, M.D., the new chief of the division of medical genetics and genomics at Washington University, grew up in New Orleans. Her grandfather had settled his family in New Orleans in the 1960’s after moving from Texas, Havana, …

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Faculty Feature: Mary Fournier, M.D., M.P.H.

Mary Fournier, MD, MPH – Adolescent Medicine Mary was born and raised in south St. Louis city and showed an independent streak early in life when her family walked to Ted Drewes for frozen custard. While everyone else was enjoying concretes, Mary insisted her family buy her ice cream instead …

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Faculty Feature: Jonathan Cooper, Ph.D.

Greatly influenced by Mr. Spock, perhaps it was a logical decision for Jon Cooper to become a scientist. Another great influence was Doctor Who, and although he has (so far) failed to achieve time travel, he has instead worked at several institutions in Europe and the US. The latest stage …

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Faculty Feature: Kathleen Simpson, M.D.

Kathleen Simpson is a St. Louis native who grew up in University City as one of five children. She has fond memories of spending family free time in Forest Park on the bike trail and in the museums as a child. Her grandmother, in particular, was known for camping out …