Faculty Feature – Stuart Friess, MD

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Stu grew up on the eastern end of Long Island as the oldest of three children.  Mom was a school teacher and Dad was a nuclear engineer for the Dept of Energy at Brookhaven National Lab.  In 1979. Stu’s Dad was the first DOE official on the ground in response to the Three Mile Island accident (hence, Stu’s sister born after the accident is lovingly sometimes referred to as “the mutation” by Stu and his younger brother).  Stu attended Brown University studying biomedical engineering before moving to NYC to attend medical school at Mount Sinai.  There he met his match on the basketball court and in life in classmate Stacey Rentschler.  He stuck around NYC to complete his pediatrics residency and chief residency at Mount Sinai as Stacey completed her MD PhD studies.

Stu then made the big move to “the South” and started fellowship in critical care medicine at CHOP.  Their daughter Cassie was soon born during Stu’s fellowship and Stacey’s medicine residency and somehow they all survived.   Their son, Noah, was born four years after the arrival of Cassie.  Under the mentorship of biomedical engineer Dr. Susan Margulies, Stu began his research career developing behavioral assessments for immature s

wine following head injury (talk about a dirty job!) during fellowship.  In 2006, Stu joined the faculty at UPENN/CHOP and over the next 6 years studied the efficacy of early interventions in the ICU setting for traumatic brain injury and cardiac arrest utilizing swine models.

In 2012, Stacey completed her training, and the family relocated to WashU where Stu and Stacey came on as faculty inPediatrics and Medicine respectively.   With the move, Stu transitioned his research in traumatic brain injury from pigs to mice and has been focused on developing novel therapeutics to protect the injured brain from secondary injury.  When not in the lab, Stu enjoys working in the PICU at SLCH where he is known as the second loudest attending and continues his Don Quixote like quest for a VDR.  In his free time, besides sleeping, Stu enjoys playing basketball and softball, rooting for New York sports teams, tending to his vegetable garden, ubering his children to their many softball, baseball and basketball events, and continuously trying to maintain his children’s allegiance to the NY Mets.

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