2nd Quarter Report (10/1/2021-12/31/2021)
February 2022 - Vol 2, Issue2
Message from the Chair
As we look towards Spring, we are grateful to have conquered our biggest surge of COVID infection and a massive snowstorm. Special thanks to our crisis management team who sprung into action and to all who powered through.

Please enjoy the following highlights from our last quarter as well as some recent events. Thank you.
Dineo Khabele, MD, FACOG, FACS (she/her/hers)
Mitchell & Elaine Yanow Professor and Chair
Wednesday's @ 8 am
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Our 2022 Symposium will take place on
September 22 - 23

Stay tuned for more information!
The DEIA committee would like to cordially invite you all to take a Tour of St. Louis with Drs. Ross and Purnell this Wednesday from 9 AM - 12 PM. We will discuss the history of politics in St. Louis (9-10:30am) and take a virtual tour of the neighborhoods/historic sites of St. Louis (10:30-12pm). With these discussions, we hope to learn about St. Louis's history so we can best serve our patients. Dr. Ross and Dr. Purnell have made great strides in the field of diversity and inclusion, and it is truly a privilege to have their time. This event will be in person with a virtual option via Zoom, along with a recording if this time doesn't fit into your schedule.
OBGYN Symposium
In October, we had a wonderful virtual symposium, which was full of clinical teaching initiatives. We had a great turnout and appreciated all the positive feedback!

We hope you can join us again this year!

SAVE THE DATE! September 22-23, 2021
COVID-19 Recommendations: Quick Links
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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.
View the CHEAT SHEET *Please note: Referrals to Genetic Counseling have changed. Please use: AMB Referral to OB GENETIC COUNSELING
Dr. Makeba Williams will Join Washington University OBGYN as Vice Chair for Professional Development and Wellness in September!
Dr. Makeba Williams will become the Vice Chair for Professional Development and Wellness. Clinically, she will join the faculty in the division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology as an Associate Professor.

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.
  • Director - Center for Reproductive Health Sciences - info
  • Director - Fetal Care Center - info
  • Faculty - Center for Reproductive Health Sciences (CRepHS) - info
  • Faculty - Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine - info
  • Faculty - Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology - info
  • Faculty - Division of Gynecologic Oncology - info
  • Hospitalist/Laborist - Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine - info
Megan Foeller, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine has moved to Boise, ID to practice at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Rama Kommagani, PhD, has moved to Texas to continue research at Baylor Medical Center. We wish the following well in their next endeavors. We are continuing to recruit and are excited to announce our new faculty in our upcoming newsletters!
It’s not too late to protect each other!
BJC Frontline Songs
A huge thank you to all that participated in the creation of Frontline Songs, especially those in our department. This effort provided a place of healing. It gave the stress we feel a voice and offered support for our employees well being.

Watch all 4 songs here
We were honored to receive these thank you ecards from our our friends in preclinical departments. This inspired us to make our own as well.
Welcome New Faculty!
Candice L. Woolfolk, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor,
Divisions of Clinical Research and
Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Dr. Woolfolk is a gifted epidemiologist who joins the MFM Division and DCR to help build the research programs pertaining to maternal morbidity and mortality, health equity, and opiate use disorder in pregnancy. Welcome to the team!
CRepHS Research Seminars
Held in collaboration with the Center for Women's Infectious Disease Research (cWIDR) on Fridays, 9-10 a.m.

Click to view the schedule and to register for the zoom link
We are proud to report that our department is back in the top 10 for NIH funding for 2021!

Congrats to all and keep up the amazing work! Click to view the rankings here
  • Dr. Odibo – BJHF: Lang Endowed Chair Award 
  • Dr. Wang – Gates Foundation: Electromyometrial Imaging System Designed for Multi-site CT in Use with Exploration of the Utero Placental
  • Dr. Wang – Gates Foundation: Understanding Uterine Function and How it Relates to Reproductive Health
  • Dr. Hoefgen – Emory (NIH): A mixed methods approach to examining decisional needs and contextual factors influencing fertility status assessment outcomes among young female survivors of childhood cancer
  • Dr. Powell – BJHF: Gynecologic Oncology Support Fund
Dr. Sarah England, Vice Chair for Research was presented the “Distinguished Faculty Award” from WUSM in November 2021. These awards recognize outstanding commitment to the intellectual and personal development of students.
In December 2021, Dr. Maggie Mullen, Gyn Onc, was awarded the “Best 2021 Oral Presentation” at WUSM’s DNA Metabolism and Repair (DMR) Seminar Series.
Introducing the Dr. D. Michael Nelson Alumni Society. We are in the process of contacting as many alums as possible from residency, fellowships and even former faculty. We are so excited to offer this new way to connect with your former colleagues!

Click here for more info or to 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
Recent Happenings
Jacqueline Turner, MD

On Wednesday, February 9, 2022, we honored Dr. Jacqueline Turner.
Our residency program is gearing up for Match Day on Friday, March 18, 2022!
New Podcast with Chief Resident
Dr. Bridget Huysman!
A shout out to our resident-run Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Advocacy (DEIA) Committee, who has developed our resident curriculum, including 9 events this year focusing on these topics in OBGYN and in our St. Louis Community. In the month of February, the committee led an internal email newsletter each week highlighting prominent, historic Black female figures, issues relating to OBGYN, along with local Black History Month events and STL spotlights on Black owned businesses. On the right is an outline of the figures highlighted and below is a link to find more resources
DEIA Committee
Black History Month 101

  • Week 1: Activist Marsha P ("pay it no mind") Johnson and transgender care in OBGYN 

  • Week 2: Civil rights leader and community organizer Fannie Lou Hamer and history of unwanted sterilization in OBGYN

  • Week 3: The Lacks Family - the powerful story of Henrietta and Deborah (her daughter), her HeLa cells, and the importance of ethics and consent in medical research

  • Week 4: Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler and Dr. Helen Octavia Dickens who were trailblazers for people of color and women in medicine while highlighting the importance of increasing representation and diversity among physicians