4th Quarter Report (4/1/2022-6/30/2022)

October 2022 - Vol 2, Issue 4

Message from the Chair

Another quarter has come and gone (a bit too quickly, I'll say). It's been busy and we continue to accomplish great things as a department. While the journey hasn't been easy, we're learning to "Handle Hard Better", with inspiration from Kara Lawson, Duke Women’s Basketball coach. 

Please celebrate highlights from our 4th quarter (FY22) accomplishments and a few recent announcements. 

With gratitude,

Dineo Khabele, MD, FACOG, FACS (she/her/hers)
Mitchell & Elaine Yanow Professor and Chair



Dr. Tessa Madden – Professor

Dr. Shelby Dickison – Associate Professor

Dr. Jeannie Kelly – Associate Professor

Dr. Lindsay Kuroki – Associate Professor

Dr. Nandini Raghuraman – MFM Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Scott Biest - Professor

Dr. Roxane Rampersad - Professor

IDEA2: Inclusion, Innovation, Diversity, Discovery, Equity, Excellence, Advocacy, and Advancement. 

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology launched the IDEA2 Office in 2021 to promote diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the department, across the institution, and with community partners. The office aims to create welcoming cultures of belonging and increase community partnerships through engagement and trust. IDEA2 initiatives are indicated by the lightbulb symbol.


The IDEA2 principles are integrated into our operating CARE model (clinical service, administrative support and oversight, research, and education). The values that guide CARE are Competence, Curiosity, and Compassion.


Grand Rounds (Virtual) started again on Sept 7, 2022

Community Providers can sign up for monthly emails.


Clinical Spotlight: Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Specialized surgical techniques for less pain, fewer complications and faster recovery

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Offering a full range of treatments for benign gynecologic conditions:

  • Virtually all patients are candidates for a minimally invasive approach
  • Surgical consultation appointments available quickly
  • Surgery performed by high-volume minimally invasive specialists
  • Same-day discharge procedures
  • Multidisciplinary team approach 
  • Patients return to referring provider for continuum of care following postop visit

Our experienced team uses vaginal, laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques to treat fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding, endometriosis and other conditions. 

Office Locations:

Center for Outpatient Health

Missouri Baptist

Surgery Locations: 

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Missouri Baptist

We welcome your referrals!


Click HERE for MIGS Referral Instructions


Click HERE for referral info for each division. If you are interested in referring to any of our physicians at the Barnes-Jewish OBGYN Clinic, please use this form.


We are very excited to welcome the following faculty to our department!

Katherine Bligard, MD 


Dan Lebovic, MD, MA


Jennifer Mitchell, MD

 General OBGYN

Sherri Jackson, MD, MPH


Suzanne O’Nan, MD


Makeba Williams, MD, NCMP


Stephanie Tsai,




Clinic Supervisor, Amber Richardson, (left) and Ronald Griffin, Clinical Operations Director, discuss the benefits of the new video interpreter service for patients.

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Tuesday 8 am – 12 pm (Ultrasound & MFM)

Thursday 7:30 am – 11:30 am (Ultrasound only)

Medical Office Building 1

20 Progress Point Parkway, Suite 126

O’Fallon, MO 63368



Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Thursday 8 am – 4 pm (Ultrasound & MFM)

Friday 8 am – 4 pm (Ultrasound only)

Call 314.454.8181 or see our cheat sheet to refer an MFM patient.

Fertility & Reproductive Medicine

For your patient's connivence we are offering monitoring appointments Monday - Friday at the Shiloh location.

Call 314.286.2400 or check out our fertility website to refer a fertility patient.


Staff and Providers with Fertility & Reproductive Medicine joined OutMed and WashU Transgender Center at Pride Fest in June!


Congratulations to our department physicians and our community physicians who were recognized on the 2022 Castle Connolly Top Doctors® List. Check out the spotlight on our MFM division --- WashU Top Doctors

Dineo Khabele talks about New data that shows rare uterine cancer's effect on women

Women's health care has been a huge topic as of late and now researchers say a rare kind of uterine cancer is killing more women in America, black women in particular.

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Hospital helps pregnant women with substance abuse

ST. LOUIS - Pregnant women living with a substance use disorder can find help for themselves and their babies. Washington University Dr. Jeannie Kelly pointed out that substance use can introduce more problems into pregnancies. She explained the care available for mothers at Women & Infants Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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WASHU'S STRATEGIC PLAN - View Events here!

Explore and engage with the University's goals and initiatives associated with the strategic plan! Curious about what's in the works? Check out their website for more info!

Congratulations to Dr. Eisenberg on his election to the WashU Executive Committee of the Faculty Council (ECFC) as Vice Chair-elect! 

The ECFC at Washington University School of Medicine is the active liaison between the Faculty Council and the Executive Faculty. The ECFC solicits concerns, disseminates information, advocates for faculty, and provides an open forum for addressing issues relevant to the School of Medicine faculty. In his role as Vice Chair-elect, Dr. Eisenberg will serve as voting member on the Executive Faculty.

We are growing our faculty! If you or someone you know is interested in joining our team, please select Obstetrics & Gynecology and explore our open staff and faculty positions.
Open Staff Positions
All Open Faculty Positions
  • Director - Fetal Care Center - info
  • Gyn Onc Faculty (Research track) - info
  • Generalist - Division of Gen OBGYN - info
  • REI Physician info
  • Gyn Onc Faculty (Clinician track) - info
  • Hospitalist/Laborist - info


Our amazing staff and coworkers support our faculty, trainees and researchers daily! We are excited to recognize them for their hard work! 

Have someone you want to recognize? Click HERE to submit your positive comments!

Check it out!
Publication Feed
  • Examination of Intersectionality and the Pipeline for Black Academic Surgeons - Keshinro, A., Butler, P., Fayanju, O., Khabele, D., Newman, E., Greene, W., Ude Welcome, A., Joseph, K. A., Stallion, A., Backhus, L., Frangos, S., Dimaggio, C., Berman, R., Hasson, R., Rodriguez, L. M., Stain, S., Bukur, M., Klein, M. J., Henry-Tillman, R., Barry, L., & 10 others, Apr 2022, In: JAMA surgery. 

  • Kevin Prifti, Senior Research Technician in the Frolova Lab, received the Basic Science Award at the Rothman Research Symposium in May 2022. Prifti’s project and presentation on “Diet-induced obesity impairs uterine contractility in mice” was evaluated by a distinguished panel of select faculty and guest speaker. 

  • Senior Scientist khabele Dr. Viju Gupta’s abstract entitled, “Olaparib in combination with entinostat, improves tumor immunity in syngeneic murine models of ovarian cancer” has been accepted for a virtual poster presentation at the upcoming 14th Biennial Virtual Ovarian Cancer Research Seminar Series presented by the Rivkin Center and the American Association for Cancer Research in September 2022. 
  • Emily Graham, summer researcher in the Mullen Lab, presented a poster on her research at William Carey Osteopathic Medical School and won “Most Prestigious Poster.” 

  • Sarah England, PhD, presented for at Yale University on May 9th: “Chronodisruption and Reproductive Outcomes,” Harold R. Behrman Memorial Lecture honoree. 

  • Sarah England, PhD, presented for Frontiers in Reproduction, Marine Biological Laboratory on June 9th: “Mouse Models of Pregnancy.” 

Awards, Presentations & Recognition

Dr. Tyler Woodard awarded "Minority Scholar in Cancer Research" at AACR

Gyn Onc Fellow, Dr. Tyler Woodard was the recipient of the 2022 AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award The 2022 conference took place April 8-13, 2022, in New Orleans, LA.

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New trainees recently began their fellowships through the Department of Ob/Gyn's T32 training grant titled, "Clinical Outcomes Research Training in Female Lower Urinary Tract Disorders," led by Co-Principal Investigators Jerry Lowder, MD, MSc, and Siobhan Sutcliffe, PhD, and funded through the NIH NIDDK.

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Personnel Spotlight Lindsey Kent, PhD

Dr. Lindsey Kent, Senior Scientist in the England Lab, is a CRepHS researcher with a self-proclaimed enthusiasm for basic research and the reproductive field. Lindsey grew up in Missouri and attended Truman State University in Kirksville,Mo., for her B.S. in Biology.

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Welcome New Residents!

Despite the St. Louis heat wave on their start date, there was an abundance of smiles and anticipation for the new chapter. We can’t wait to see what the residents do with their time at WashU!

Meet our new Residents

Welcome New Fellows!

Chief Resident Elected to AOA!

Congratulations to, Dr. Bridget Huysman! She was unanimously selected by the committee for her election to AOA!

Aspiring physicians honor medical faculty, residents, staff with Distinguished teaching service awards

Tammy Sonn, MD, Caroline Min, MD, and Andrea Hagemann, MD, MSCI, show their awards at the 2022 Distinguished Service Teaching Awards ceremony.

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The main goal of the Dr. D. Michael Nelson Alumni Society is to raise money to offset costs of trainee education, such as simulation models. We successfully launched the Society in October 2021 and have been growing ever since. We are currently in the process of contacting alums from residency, fellowships and faculty. We are so excited to offer this new way to connect with your former colleagues as well as raise funds to further trainee education! Click here for more info or Join or Donate today!
Help us spread the word and keep in touch! Know of an alumni we might have missed? Please send them our way obgynalumni@wustl.edu


Our Grassroots Resident DEIA Committee hosts 9 sessions​ throughout the academic year with the goal of promoting an understanding of the disparities and struggles patients face on a daily basis.​

In June, the DEIA committee hosted their final event of the year: Let's Talk About Roe. Members of the OBGYN department were able to come together in a safe space to discuss the current state of abortion in the United States and create a list of action items on how to best advocate for their community. We're excited to see what they do next!


Former Chief Resident Dr. Mandi Dillon – How She Navigated REI Fellowship Applications and Matched at her Top Choice - Listen

Balancing Media with Medicine with Resident Dr. Erika Mauban - Listen

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