Pediatrics News

Peds FIN Post Go-Live Workday Updates with Marsha Cannon

Our sessions with subject matter expert Marsha Cannon continue with the purpose to review updates on Workday and as a sounding board with time for Q&A around topics impacting your work. Upcoming meeting times are below.  Please reach out to Olivia Johns on Microsoft Teams or at with any questions. These continue to be recorded along with notes for future reference here in Box.

Thursday Sept. 9Tuesday Sept. 14Thursday Sept. 23
11 a.m.-12 p.m. CT1-2 p.m. CT1-2 p.m. CT

Office of Faculty Development

Charting Your Career in Pediatrics (New Faculty Orientation)

All new (in the last academic year) faculty in Pediatrics are encouraged to attend the Office of Faculty Development’s Charting Your Career in Pediatrics program (new faculty orientation) Sept. 10, 2021 from 1-5:15 p.m. via Zoom.  Please note, this program was originally planned as an in-person program and has since been moved to virtual only. The Zoom meeting can be accessed here:

Please RSVP here to receive important information regarding the program.


  • 1-1:15: Introduction and Welcome
  • 1:15-1:30: Dr. Laura Hall – Teaching opportunities in Pediatrics
  • 1:30-2:20: Overview of Office of Faculty Development
  • 2:20-2:30: Children’s Direct
  • 2:30-2:40: Physician’s Services
  • 2:40-2:50: AWN
  • 2:50-3:10: Library Services
  • 3:10-3:15: break
  • 3:15-5:15: Diversity 1.0 & 2.0

The WUSM New Faculty Connections (Orientation) program is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. This program will be held in the main Auditorium of the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC). A grab and go lunch will be provided at the end of the program. Therefore, registration is required.

New Faculty Connections is for newly hired or appointed (within the last academic year) faculty members of all ranks including instructors, assistant, associate and full professors. The goals of New Faculty Orientation are to help new faculty members feel more connected with the School and University and facilitate their transitions to enhance career productivity and satisfaction. Please be advised that participation in the WUSM Orientation Program for New Faculty is required of all faculty members with new appointments in the past 12 months.


  • 9 a.m. – Welcome and School of Medicine Overview
    • David H. Perlmutter, MD
    • Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and George and Carol Bauer Dean
  • 9:50 a.m. – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Overview
    • Sherree Wilson, PhD
    • Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Dean
  • 10:10 a.m. – Promotion, Policies and Programs: What Every Faculty Member Should Know
    • Eva Aagaard, MD
    • Senior Associate Dean and Vice Chancellor for Medical Education
  • 11 a.m. – Faculty Panel featuring faculty members new to WUSM within the last four years from a variety of careers and career stages. The purpose of the panel is to relay faculty member’s experiences as they transitioned their careers to the Washington University School of Medicine.

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 10 sessions starting January 7 on Fridays, from 12:00-1:30; full schedule is pending.  The program will be presented virtually via Zoom.  If you are interested or would like to recommend someone, please email

COVID Update

Rachel C. Orscheln, MD, and Jason Newland, MD, MEd from the Division of Pediatric Infections Diseases presented an update on SARS-CoV-2 as we enter the school year. The full presentation can be viewed by WUSM community members here:

Funding Opportunity

The Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Program (DDFRCS) at Washington University in St. Louis has been developed to provide innovative institutional solutions to reduce faculty attrition by assisting junior faculty facing extraprofessional demands. The DDRCS provides broad-based education to raise awareness and implement new interventions, as well as resources and mentoring to support junior faculty facing extraprofessional challenges. For more information, please visit the DDFRCS site. Please contact Jennifer Mosher with any questions.

Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Program at Washington University School of Medicine

Call for Applications
Letters of Intent and Applications Due Oct. 1

The Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists (DDFRCS) Program provides innovative institutional solutions to reduce faculty attrition by assisting junior faculty facing extraprofessional demands. The DDFRCS provides broad-based education to raise awareness and implement new interventions, resources and mentoring to support junior faculty facing extraprofessional challenges.

Program Benefits
  • One-year grants of $31,500-$56,500 (with the possibility of a second year) to fund a wide variety of assistance to 25% salary support for PI
  • Two program mentors appointed for career development advice and sponsorship
  • Annual meetings with current scholars, alumni and senior faculty to foster relationships and ongoing networking
  • Programs focused on career development
Applicant Eligibility
  • WU Physician Scientists (MD, DO, or MD/PhD degree) at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level
  • PI on NIH, federal agency or foundation-sponsored grant
  • Rationale for how funds will help maintain scientific productivity in the face of extraprofessional personal demands

Application and additional information can be found at

For questions, please email

Victoria Fraser, MD
Director of DDFRCS

Bess Marshall, MD
Co-Director of DDFRCS

Deborah Rubin, MD, AGAF
Co-Director of DDFRCS

*Funding from this program may not be used for animal research.

Promotions and Appointments

The Office of Faculty Develop 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. 

Sam Julian, MD, is promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinical Track in the Division of Newborn Medicine.  Julian received his MD from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas before coming to St. Louis Children’s Hospital where he completed his pediatric residency, chief residency and neonatal-perinatal fellowship.  Julian is Assistant Medical Director of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital NICU where he is involved in multiple initiatives to improve patient care and quality and safety, including efforts to reduce CLABSIs and other preventable harms. Additionally, he serves as Director of the NICU Outreach program, providing feedback, lectures and communication to referring nurseries and NICUs. 

Christopher McPherson, MD, is promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics on the clinic track. McPherson has given over 80 regional, national and international lectures in neonatal pharmacotherapy, focusing primarily on analgesia and sedation. He has given symposia at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting three times. With over 71 publications in neonatal pharmacotherapy, he has collaborated with trainees as first author for more than ten publications. He has had the opportunity to contribute to the graduation work product of four neonatology fellows. He provided contributions to several national guidelines, including the recent Key Inappropriate Drugs in Pediatrics (KIDs) list. McPherson is the original member of and now has more than ten years of service on the Neonatal Editorial Advisory Panel for Lexicomp — an internationally utilized tertiary drug reference.

Andrew B. Janowski, MD, is promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics on the Investigator track in the Division of Infectious Diseases. Janowski earned his BS and MD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and came to St Louis for his fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases. During his fellowship, he received the Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award from the Department of Pediatrics in 2015 and was a NIH loan-repayment recipient. He joined the faculty in 2018 and has been supported by a career development award (K08) through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He is currently completing a Master’s degree in scientific and clinical investigation through the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences at Washington University and was awarded the CRTC Outstanding Citizenship Award for 2021. His research focuses on the discovery of novel viruses and characterization of the diseases they cause in humans. He previously discovered a novel group of viruses named “Statoviruses” and is currently studying the biology of astrovirus VA1, a recently discovered cause of encephalitis in humans. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Janowski has also contributed to COVID-19 research and has conducted numerous interviews with local and national media, including National Public Radio, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

See OFD News

Faculty Feature

Mohamed Abdelbaki, MD

Mohamed Abdelbaki, MD, was born and raised in Egypt — a country which he loves dearly and still visits every year with his family. He came to the U.S. in 2006 to start a residency in general pediatrics, followed by a fellowship in pediatric hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant, then another fellowship in pediatric neuro-oncology…. Read more.

Faculty News

Noor Riaz, MD – Loeb Teaching Fellow announced 

Christina A. Gurnett, MD, PhD and Jason Newland, MD – COVID-19 transmission at school rare for children with disabilities

Funded Awards

July 2021 – Congratulations to Mohamed Abdelbaki, Amy Armstrong, Paul Hruz, Allison King, Caroline Lee and Shalini Shenoy.

Funding Opportunities

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

K12 Paul Calabresi Career Development Award for Clinical Oncology. Applications due Sept. 15, 2021 by 5 p.m. (CST).

Psychiatry K12 Career Development Award for Clinical Oncology. Applications due Sept. 15, 2021 by 5 p.m. (CST).

SPORE in Leukemia Career Enhancement Program. Applications due Sept. 15, 2021 by 5 p.m. (CST).

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant 2021. Applications due Sept. 24, 2021 by 4 p.m. (CST).

WashU Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control Pilot and Methods Studies. Letter of intent submission due Sept. 27, 2021 by 5 p.m. (CST).

Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Program. Letters of intent and applications due Oct. 1, 2021.

2022 Dean’s Scholars Program. Applications due Oct. 20, 2021.

Grant Funding for Research in Transplantation. Applications due Nov. 1, 2021 by 8 a.m. (CST).

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

Education & Postdoctoral Opportunities

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

Winter NIH Mock Study Section – LOIs due Sept. 7, 2021. All investigators preparing an NIH application for R, K, and F series are encouraged to submit.

Welcome New Employees

The Department of Pediatrics recently welcomed many new employees. Read more.

IT News

The Pediatric Computing Facility (PCF) is spearheading a school supplies drive to help give students the tools they need to learn!

Venmo: @Amanda-Willenborg

Students in area schools need (Amazon Wishlist):

  • Tissues and paper towels 
  • Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer w/ aloe 
  • Wide-ruled single-subject notebooks and loose leaf paper 
  • Plastic folders 
  • No. 2 pencils and black/blue pens 
  • Thick dry erase markers (multiple colors) and erasers 
  • Glue sticks (unscented) 
  • Wired headphones 
  • Backpacks 

Bring supplies or cash donations to Scott Rich in MPRB 01109 or make a Venmo donation with the information to the right.

Contact Scott Rich with questions.

Research News

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Adjusted Approach and Timing to Transition eRA Commons Accounts to Use Two-Factor Authentication (see eRA Commons).

Upcoming Events

The Jeffrey Modell Pediatric Translational Immunology Conf.
Oct. 1, 2021: 1-2 p.m. – Zoom Meeting – Link will be sent by Debra Warren
Case Presentation: Tarin Bigley, MD, PhD, Rheumatology
Research Talk: Haina Shin, PhD, Infectious Diseases

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

9/9/2021Julie Bubeck Wardenburg
9/16/2021Amjad Horani
9/23/2021Kristine Wylie
9/30/2021Stuart Tomko (Pediatric Neurology)