Pediatrics News

The department hosted another successful faculty holiday party at the City Museum, which included a visit from Santa!

Office of Faculty Development

2022 Education Skills Program

The goals of this program are to enhance skills as educators, to develop longitudinal peer networking and mentoring opportunities, to create productive education interest groups, and to enhance the culture of education within our department. This series includes ten sessions starting Jan. 7 on Fridays, from 12 – 1:30 p.m.  The current schedule of speakers is below. The program will be presented virtually via Zoom. If you are interested or would like to recommend someone, please email

Jan. 7 – TBA

Jan. 14 – Writing Accurate Recommendation Letters – David Hunstad, MD

Jan. 21 – Break (Culture of Wellness Workshop)

Jan. 28 – Why Do My Presentations Suck? – Jason Wagner, MD

Feb. 4 – Effective Mentors and the Mentoring Relationship Session 1 – Jennifer Duncan, MD and Noor Riaz, MD

Feb. 11 – Feedback – Amanda Emke, MD and Colleen Wallace, MD

Feb. 18 – Professionalism in the Learning Environment – Lisa Moscoso, MD and Jennifer Duncan, MD

Feb. 25 – TBA

March 4 – Effective Mentors and the Mentoring Relationship Session 2 – Jennifer Duncan, MD and Noor Riaz, MD

March 11 – Foundational Assumptions about Learning – Doug Larsen, MD

March 18 – TBA

Culture of Wellness Workshop – Jan. 21, 2022, from 1:30 – 3 p.m.

The Department of Pediatrics and the Office of Faculty Development is delighted to encourage you to participate in a department-wide wellness workshop on Jan. 21, 2022, from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in EPNEC led by our guest speaker, Catherine Pipas, MD, MPH. 

Pipas is a well-known expert on physician wellness and the author of “A Doctor’s Dozen: Twelve Strategies for Personal Health and a Culture of Wellness.”  She has led a year-long training program for wellness champions from each of the pediatric divisions, who will be initiating wellness programs for each division during this workshop.  In addition, Pipas will be providing a two-hour training for individual faculty members to address and enhance each person’s wellness.

Physician wellness is crucial for a healthy department and is critical for safe, effective, and empathetic patient care and for creative, innovative scholarly pursuits.

We encourage all to attend this unique workshop, a great opportunity to obtain training from a true expert who has designed this workshop specifically for our department.

E4B | Entrepreneurship for Biomedicine Program

Washington University in St. Louis invites you to participate in the FREE, online, NIH-funded, Entrepreneurship for Biomedicine (E4B) training program.

Applications for Spring 2022 close Jan. 3, 2022.

View the flyer for more information on how to apply.

Promotions and Appointments

The Office of Faculty Development tries to highlight faculty in Pediatrics who have been promoted or appointed to a new rank. During the last two years, that priority has fallen to the wayside as we have all adjusted and transitioned during the global pandemic. In each newsletter moving forward, we will highlight all the faculty who were promoted or appointed over since 2020.

Joan Downey, MD, MPH, was promoted to Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Newborn Medicine. In addition to her responsibilities as a neonatologist, Downey also has served as past director of Children Hospital’s Antenatal Consult Service, Labor & Delivery Service and Nurseries at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Downey was a 1990 founding member of the Academic Women’s Network at the School of Medicine serving as the 2001 president. In 2002, the group received the Women In Medicine Leadership Development Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. For the past 20 years, she has helped organize an annual, multi-specialty medical mission trip to Honduras, Central America. She was instrumental in building a hospital in Catacamas, Honduras, in 2010 which has enabled the team to grow from an initial team of seven who saw 700 referred patients in five days to currently a team of 30 who saw 2100 patients in a week. In 2020, she was recognized with the Distinguished Faculty Award.

See OFD News

Faculty Feature

Rebecca Same, MD

Rebecca (Becca) Same, MD, grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, with her parents and older brother. Her father was an obstetrician. As a child, Same swore she would never become a doctor, but by the time she started college, she had started to reconsider. She attended Georgetown University and majored in… Read more.

Faculty News

Patricia Dickson, MD – On Nov. 4, 2021, the National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD) selected Washington University and BJC as a Center of Excellence. In total, NORD selected 31 Centers of Excellence through a competitive application process which required evidence of staffing with experts across multiple specialties to meet the needs of rare disease patients and significant contributions to rare disease patient education, physician training, and research. Patricia Dickson, MD, prepared the application for Washington University and BJC and will serve as the program point of contact for this important work.

Health equity and access to care are critical for those with rare diseases. By leveraging knowledge sharing across the country, Washington University and BJC will be part of a critical movement to improve the pace of progress in rare disease diagnosis, treatment, and research. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) any disease affecting fewer than 200,000 patients in the U.S. is considered rare. There are over 7,000 rare diseases and 30 million Americans are estimated to be currently living with rare diseases while more than 90% of rare diseases lack an FDA approved treatment.

Visit the NORD website to learn more about the organization and its NORD Centers of Excellence.

David A. Hunstad, MD – Hunstad to study receptors in UTI

Mark E. Lowe, MD, PhD – Vice Chancellor for Research

Mark J. Manary, MD – Enhanced therapeutic foods improve cognition in malnourished children

Funded Awards

Congratulations to Megan Cooper, Jorge Di Paola, Mary Hartman, Jeffrey Magee, Jason Newland, Jessica Tang and Andrew White. Read this month’s funded awards page to learn more.

Funding Opportunities

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R01 Series – new: Feb. 5
U01 – new: Feb. 5
K Series – new: Feb. 12
R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3 – new: March 16
R15 – new, renewal, resubmission, revision: Feb. 25

Doris Duke COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Program. Letters of Intent and applications due Dec. 15, 2021.

McKelvey Collaboration Initiation Grants. Proposals due March 1, 2022.

CRE² Scholar Grants. Applications due April 1, 2022.

CRE² Seed Grants. Applications due April 1, 2022.

ICTS & CRE² Partnership: the Just-in-Time Core Usage Funding Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

CRE² Graduate Studio Small Grants. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For COVID-19 related funding opportunities, please visit the OVCR COVID-19 website.

Education & Postdoctoral Opportunities

Entrepreneurship for Biomedicine (E4B) Spring 2022 Training Program. Applications are due by Jan. 3, 2022.

T32 Transdisciplinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease. Applications are due by Jan. 14, 2022.

T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Control. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s Health. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

TL1 Translational Sciences Postdoctoral Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Welcome New Employees

The Department of Pediatrics recently welcomed many new employees. Meet them on this month’s new employees page!

IT News

The Department of Pediatrics SharePoint site is migrating to Microsoft Teams. We are currently working with several Divisions on the details of their migration and we will be soon reaching out to other Divisions on their migration. Microsoft Teams allows for increased collaboration, improved mobility, and has built in functions like video conferencing, instant messaging, and integrated Voice Over IP services to help our Pediatrics teams communicate even better. Additional information on Microsoft Teams can be found here,

Research News

Dec. 7CRTC Career Development Virtual Seminar: Building and Working in Effective Teams
Dec. 8NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy Informational Session
Dec. 10Siteman Cancer Center Research Symposium
Dec. 14Introduction to MDClone Workshop

Upcoming Events

The Jeffrey Modell Pediatric Translational Immunology Conf.
Jan. 7, 2022: 1-2 p.m. – Zoom Meeting – Link will be sent by Debra Warren
Case Presentation: Dr. Monica Hulbert, Hematology/Oncology
Research Talk: Dr. Brian Kim, Dermatology

Pediatrics Molecular Medicine Seminar (PMMS) Series
Zoom Meeting – Link will be sent by Pediatric Molecular Medicine every Monday

12/2/2021Ahmed Said *
12/9/2021Carolina Lopez (Molecular Microbiology & Microbial Pathogenesis)
12/16/2021Anthony Orvedahl
12/23/2021No Seminar
12/30/2021No Seminar
1/6/2022Bob Hayashi