Leadership

Faculty in the Department of Surgery have been appointed to national and international organizations and have received numerous awards and accolades.

National and International Organizations

Rebecca Aft, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery Chair, Department of Defense Breast Cancer Study Section
Member, NCI Cancer Biomarkers Study Section

Keith Brandt, MD
William G. Hamm Professor of Surgery
Executive Director, American Board of Plastic Surgery

L. Michael Brunt, MD
Chief, Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Member, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Board of Governors

Ralph Damiano Jr., MD
Evarts A. Graham Professor of Surgery Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Editor-in-Chief, Innovations in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Timothy Eberlein, MD
William K. Bixby Professor of Surgery Chair, Department of Surgery
Board of Regents, American College of Surgeons
Chair, National Comprehensive Cancer Network Board of Directors

Pirooz Eghtesady, MD, PhD
Chief, Section of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Emerson Chair in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Editorial Board, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery

Leisha Elmore, MD
Lab General Surgery Resident
Society of University Surgeons representative at Society of Academic and Research Surgery Conference, Dublin, Ireland

Patrick Geraghty, MD
Professor of Surgery
President, Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society

William Gillanders, MD
Professor of Surgery
Member, Programmed Death Ligand 1 Project Team,
Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program
Chair, Department of Defense Breast Cancer Study Section
Member, National Cancer Institute Clinical Oncology Study Section

Mary Klingensmith, MD
Mary Culver Distinguished Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair, American Board of Surgery
2016-2017 Chair, SCORE Advisory Council

Peter Manning, MD
Professor of Surgery
Member, Joint Committee on Children with Congenital Heart Defects

Julie Margenthaler, MD
Professor of Surgery, and
Luis Sanchez, MD
Chief, Section of Vascular Surgery
Gregorio A. Sicard Distinguished Professor of Vascular Surgery
Members, American Surgical Association

John Mazuski, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery
President, Surgical Infection Society

Bryan Meyers, MD, MPH
Patrick and Joy Williamson Professor of Surgery Chief, Section of Thoracic Surgery
Vice Chair, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Marc Moon, MD
John M. Shoenberg Professor of Surgery Chief, Section of Cardiac Surgery
Secretary, American Association for Thoracic Surgery

Matthew Mutch, MD
Chief, Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Executive Council, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Kathryn Rowland, MD
General surgery residency graduate 2016
Alpha Omega Alpha

Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Secretary, Sir Charles Bell Society


National and International Awards

Paul Austin, MD
Professor of Surgery
2016 John W. Duckett, MD Pediatric Urology Research Excellence Award, Urology Care Foundation

Michael Awad, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery Associate Dean for Medical Student Education
Phillip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award, Association for Surgical Education

Timothy Eberlein, MD
William K. Bixby Professor of Surgery Chair, Department of Surgery
Honorary Fellow, Society of Black Academic Surgeons

Julie Grossman, MD
General Surgery Resident
Association of Women Surgeons Resident Research Award

Mary Klingensmith, MD
Mary Culver Distinguished Professor of Surgery
Shipley Award, Southern Surgical Association

Scott Manson, PhD
Instructor of Surgery
Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar Basic Science Research Prize, Society for Pediatric Urology

Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
American Association of Plastic Surgeons/ Peer Academic Scholarship Award

Dirk Spitzer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) 2015 Spirit Award Member of The CheckPoints, SITC’s House Band


Washington University School of Medicine

Joaquin Barnoya, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Surgery
Distinguished Faculty Award

Sam Bhayani, MD
Holekamp Family Endowed Chair in Urology
Chief Medical Officer, Faculty Practice Plan

Jeffrey Blatnik, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Evarts Graham Teaching Award

Alejandro Bribiesco, MD
Paul Evans, MD, PhD

General surgery residency graduates 2015
Resident of the Year Award

(Richard) Chun-Cheng Chen, MD, PhD
General surgery residency graduate 2016
Eugene Bricker Teaching Award

Christopher Eagon, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, and
Jeffrey Moley, MD
Chief, Section of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery
General Surgery Chief Resident Mentorship Award

Mary Klingensmith, MD
Mary Culver Distinguished Professor of Surgery
Interim Senior Associate Dean for Education

Kamlesh Patel, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Outstanding Citizenship Award, Postdoctoral Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation (MTPCI)

Derek Wakeman, MD
Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Graduate 2016
Gregorio A. Sicard Fellowship Award


Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and BJC HealthCare

Maria B. Majella Doyle, MD, MBA
Associate Professor of Surgery, and
Jason Wellen, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Directors, Abdominal Organ Transplantation Program, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Bruce Hall, MD, PhD, MBA
Professor of Surgery
Chief Quality Officer, BJC HealthCare

Steven Hunt, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Surgical Co-Director, Center for Advanced Medicine – South County

John Kirby, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Medical Director, Rehabilitation Services, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Kamlesh Patel, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Medical Director of Craniofacial Surgery, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Jacqueline Saito, MD, MSCI
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Outcomes Physician, Center for Clinical Excellence, BJC HealthCare

Community Awards

Tracey Guthrie, RN
Director of Clinical Trials
Research Nurse of Year, St. Louis Magazine

Melody Goodman, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Member, City of St. Louis Board of Health and Hospitals


Noted Accomplishments

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Timothy Eberlein, MD

Eberlein To Chair National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Surgery chair Timothy Eberlein, MD, director of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, has been elected chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) board of directors. The NCCN is a not-for-profit alliance of 27 leading U.S. cancer centers devoted to patient care, research and education. Siteman is the only NCCN member institution in Missouri. Eberlein, also the William K. Bixby Professor of Surgery, had served as the NCCN vice chair since 2013. He has held leadership roles on a number of NCCN committees, including the Executive Committee; the Governance Committee, for which he served as chair; and the NCCN Guidelines Steering Committee. In addition, he has held numerous positions in the fields of cancer and surgery and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Eberlein was elected chair during the NCCN’s 21st Annual Conference. He succeeds Samuel M. Silver, MD, PhD, of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Paul Austin, MD

Austin Receives Duckett Pediatric Research Excellence Award

Paul Austin, MD, professor of surgery in the Division of Urology, received the 2016 John W. Duckett Pediatric Research Excellence Award. The Urology Care Foundation presents the Duckett Award annually to a urologist, basic scientist or researcher for outstanding pediatric research and for contributions to enhancing treatment and quality of life of children suffering with urologic conditions. Austin’s basic science research lab is working to advance the understanding of urinary obstruction. A common problem in infants and children, some obstructions can progress to kidney failure without surgery, but other obstructions resolve on their own.

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Leisha Elmore, MD

Elmore’s Research Gains International Recognition

General surgery resident Leisha Elmore, MD, was selected to represent the Society of University Surgeons at the Society of Academic & Research Surgery’s annual meeting in January 2017 at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Her selection was based on research presented at the 2016 Academic Surgical Congress, co-hosted by the Society of University Surgeons and the Association for Academic Surgery. Elmore’s abstract was based on a national survey that evaluated gender and other differences in burnout during surgical training. Among the results: The survey found a higher burnout rate among women; a structured mentoring program was associated with a lower rate. Elmore also presented an overview of the research at the American College of Surgeons conference in September 2015. Elmore’s principal investigator for the research was assistant professor of surgery Isaiah Turnbull, MD, PhD. Elmore graduated from the School of Medicine in 2013.