February 2021
Message from the Chair
Dineo Khabele, MD, FACOG, FACS (she/her/hers)
Mitchell & Elaine Yanow Professor and Chair
As we enter the second half of my first year as Chair, I am excited to revive our department newsletter. Despite the challenges, our department continues to excel in all aspects of our academic mission. Highlighted here are some of the accomplishments and milestones represented in our CARE model: Clinical Service, Administration, Research, and Education. I am grateful and proud to be a part of this incredible department.
Thank you for all you do!
Reminders &
Quick Links

OBGYN Grand Rounds start at 8 am!

We are now offering enduring CME!

Save the Date!
Rothman Research Day
April 6-7, 2021
Upcoming Events

Grand Rounds
February 10, 2021 8:00 am

February 10, 2021 8:00 am

February 17, 2021 8:00 am

February 24,2021 8:00 am
Odibo named Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
We are excited to announce that Dr. Anthony Odibo has accepted our offer to become the Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine.


Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists offer telemedicine consults every day of the week. Call 314.454.8181 or after hours at 314.362.0588 and ask to speak to the MFM on call.
Check out our COVID-19 response resources and pregnancy WU/BJC factsheet . Also available on our website.
Dr. Ebony Carter created an informative video explaining how the vaccine works.
Watch our recorded Department Town Hall
REFER A PATIENT: Click HERE for referral info for each division
New Executive Director
We are pleased to announce that on December 1, 2020, Christina Caruso assumed the role of Executive Director of the department. We are lucky to have her experience and leadership.

We are also excited to announce that all of the leadership positions in OBGYN have been filled. We are working through the onboarding process with each of our new leaders and will be announcing them to you very soon. We are very excited to have brought in such strong talent as we work to align our leadership structure to support our C.A.R.E. model.
  • R01 Supplement – STOP COVID-19 Study (Mysorekar/Dr. Foeller)

  • MFH/St. Louis Integrated Health Network: Flourish Aligned Activity (Carter)
  • Emerson: Development of a Tumor-Stromal Single-Cell Signature to Predict Chemotherapy Resistance (Fuh)
  • EP Lighting: Microbiological Testing of UV CLEEN Device (Kommagani)
  • BJHF: Optimizing Intrauterine Resuscitation on L&D Units in BJC Healthcare System (Raghuraman)
  • University of Michigan: Novel Quantitative Cervical Elastography for Predicting Preterm Birth in Symptomatic Patients (Zhao)
COVID-19 impact on pregnant women focus of NIH grant

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received a $791,317 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study factors that keep pregnant women from getting tested for COVID-19...

Funding from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help develop low-cost, bedside equipment for people in underserved regions

Monitoring uterine contractions during labor is critical for safeguarding maternal health and preventing preterm births, the world’s leading cause of death in children under age 5....

Congratulations to our GYN ONC division for making this list of Top 50 Accruing Sites NRG-Partners Combined Accrual!
Patti Sasse Retires
Patti Sasse has been with the OBGYN department for 33 years. She has been the "residency mother" for well over 150+ residents in her long tenure. Her ability to bring comfort, to be a listening ear, to provide chocolate, and always make someone feel better will be missed by so many. Her administrative duties extended beyond the residency program. She worked tirelessly to oversee all educational programming coming out of our department. Patti will be sorely missed by every part of our department- trainees, faculty, administrators alike. We wish her the very best in retirement in what will be a very, very well deserved time of rest and fun. 

Congratulations, Patti!
ENDURING or LIVE: CME credit for Virtual Grand Rounds
Starting in January 2021, you can receive Continued Medical Education (CME) credits in one of two ways.