Washington University Medical Center is among the largest of its kind in the world, with comprehensive strengths in nearly every area of clinical medicine and biomedical investigation. Its culture is collaborative and collegial.


Washington University Medical Center is among the nation’s largest academic medical centers. It is made up of Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and BJC HealthCare. The School of Medicine’s 1,389 specialty and primary care clinicians who make up Washington University Physicians — the School of Medicine’s clinical practice group — comprise the medical staffs at Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. Washington University Physicians is one of the largest academic clinical practices in the nation.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the largest hospital in Missouri, with 1,283 beds. It has been ranked on U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of America’s best hospitals for 24 consecutive years, holds advanced certification from the Joint Commission on lung volume reduction surgery and ventricular assist devices and is an American College of Surgeons-verified Level I trauma center.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital is the largest children’s hospital in the region, with 264 beds and an American College of Surgeons-verified Level I pediatric trauma center. It offers comprehensive services in every pediatric medical and surgical specialty and is recognized as one of America’s top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, which in 2016 ranked the hospital in all 10 specialties surveyed.

The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Missouri and is ranked as one of the nation’s top cancer facilities by U.S. News & World Report. It is among the top five nationally in patient volume.

Multidisciplinary research in nearly every area of biomedicine is a hallmark of the school. U.S. News & World Report perennially ranks the school’s graduate programs among the nation’s best. Faculty are authors of the Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, the world’s most widely sold medical textbook.