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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 …

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Faculty Feature: Jeff Bednarski, MD, PhD

Jeff Bednarski came to Washington University in 2003 to start a Pediatric residency and then stayed on to complete fellowship training in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.  When he first came to St. Louis, he had not imagined that he’d still be here!  Jeff grew up in Pennsylvania and then went to Duke …

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Faculty Feature Aimée Baumann-Dudenhoeffer, M.D.

Aimee was born in Oregon, in a tiny coastal town (population 1000) so remote there was no radio or TV station. There, she developed an early interest in caring for sick newborns when her very first pet– a feral kitten she adopted– developed encephalitis. Her mother treated the kitten with …

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Faculty Feature: Zachary Vesoulis, MD

Zach Vesoulis was born in Cleveland, Ohio during years which qualify him for membership in the “Oregon Trail Generation.” He was fortunate to have a childhood free of Facebook, iPhones, and Twitter, instead spending his time outside learning photography and how not to crash his mountain bike. His family later …

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Faculty Feature: Dustin Baldridge, MD, PhD

Dustin’s parents hail from Arkansas, and his family moved to suburban St. Louis when he was one year old, so that his father could take a position as a computer programmer for the Missouri-Pacific railroad. Dustin is the second of five children, and here discloses the information required of him …