During these unusual times we want to make sure your health care needs are being met. Washington University Physicians is now offering virtual visits (also known as telemedicine or telehealth) for many of our specialties.
Mini-Med School — In a class by itself
The 2020 spring session of Washington University School of Medicine’s Mini-Med School (MMS) is now open for registration. MMS is in its 21st year and is still considered one of St. Louis’ best kept secrets.
The extraordinary gift of donating your body to science
Have you ever considered donating your body to science? This selfless gift has far-reaching effects in helping medical students gain an in-depth understanding of the human anatomy — which is the absolute core of a medical education.
Diagnosing toxic exposures
Life can get toxic in the most unexpected ways. You can’t remember exactly when you started feeling sick, but a few years ago you had a metal-on-metal hip placement and you wonder if metal poisoning (metallosis) might be the cause of your recent symptoms.
A shot against cancer
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States — causing many types of cancers in both women and men. The HPV vaccination has been shown to prevent these cancers and is now recommended for all preteens, girls and boys, starting around age 11 or 12.
Robotic surgery is down-sized for pediatric urology patients
St. Louis Children’s Hospital is one of only a few pediatric facilities in the country—and the only one in the St. Louis region—to offer robotic surgery for children needing urologic procedures.
Burns, not as easy as 1-2-3
You’ve just gotten a second degree burn. How do you know if you need to see a doctor?
Don’t let a sinus infection blow your day (or week)
Washington University sinus specialists can diagnose your sinusitis through a physical exam, evaluating your symptom history, and/or X-rays, a CT scan, MRI or a nasal endoscopy.
Everyone gets older … specialty primary care for the process of aging
Washington University Geriatric Care offers compassionate primary care for adults age 60 and older.
I’m too young to have a heart attack, aren’t I?
Today’s heart disease patient is surprisingly different – younger, obese, and quite possibly a woman. Many don’t even know they may be at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Why?
Helping your baby’s head take shape
The condition deformational plagiocephaly, which means asymmetrical head shape, is a result of repeated pressure to the same area of the head – it may be flat across the back or one side. What caused this and what do you do now?
Seeing the light for bladder cancer detection
While the first and most common symptom of bladder cancer is often blood in your urine, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer. However, it does warrant evaluation by a urologist.
Don’t ignore that mouth sore
Learn about common symptoms of oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer.
No time to waste when treating necrotizing fasciitis
Washington University physician John Kirby, MD, specializes in wound healing and acute and critical care surgery.
What to expect when you are expecting … and addicted to opioids
Addicted to opioids and pregnant? At a time when healthcare is needed most in your life, where can you turn for help?
Best Doctors in America 2019
Congratulations to the Washington University Physicians that have been recognized on the 2019-2020 Best Doctors List.
Robotic assistance takes most of the pain out of removing rare tumor
Washington University thoracic surgeon, Benjamin Kozower, MD, MPH, performs minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery.
From end-stage heart failure to LVAD to heart transplant to volunteer … a patient’s story to wellness
James Brooks lives his life to its fullest. No one would ever guess that his family history of heart disease that took the life of his father and younger brother – came close to taking him.
Listen to the experts to choose the hearing device right for you
For those living with hearing loss, the ever-changing world of hearing aids and personal amplifiers can be confusing and overwhelming. Washington University adult audiologists are specialists in helping you choose the hearing device that is right for you.
The three R’s … Renew, refresh and reverse sun damage
Emily Spataro, MD, is a Washington University facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty, skin cancer surgery, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, dermabrasion and cosmetic Botox® and fillers.
After Hours pediatric care– for parent’s peace of mind
Parents now have another option for obtaining care for their children and adolescents when their pediatricians’ offices are closed. St. Louis Children’s Hospital After Hours, located in South County, is a convenient walk-in service and offers care for non-emergencies. Please note that appointments are not accepted.
The 411 on RSV
RSV is a viral illness that can affect babies and children, it occurs most often in the winter and early spring months. In most cases of RSV, the infection causes nothing more than a cold. But for some children, it can lead to a severe respiratory disease.
Living kidney donor — giving the gift of life
Choosing to be a living kidney donor is a completely selfless act – and life-changing for you and the person who gets your healthy kidney. Some donors say it was a powerful experience that changed them in ways they did not expect.
Your periods should not be painful … period.
You dread your monthly periods. The pelvic pain, heavy bleeding and extremely painful cramps just don’t seem normal. Your ob/gyn suspects you have endometriosis and has referred you to a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon in order to confirm the diagnosis and help determine the best treatment options.
A good night’s sleep is more than a remote possibility
You have sleep apnea, and have not had success with your CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure). You might be a candidate for Inspire®, an implantable system you control with a handheld remote, which keeps the airway open during sleep.
March basketball and vasectomies? Yes, they do go together.
Vasectomies have been shown to be 99 percent effective as a permanent birth control option. In addition to the conventional vasectomy, there is now the no-scalpel minimally invasive vasectomy that minimizes pain and bleeding – allowing for a quicker recovery period with just a few days’ rest.
Lyme disease — it’s not child’s play
Lyme disease is a year-round problem. Transmitted by a tick bite, this unwanted souvenir can be picked up just about anywhere – a walk in the woods, day at the farm, or weekend camping trip.
The delicate art of genetic counseling for expectant parents
Genetic counselors are professionals who have specialized education in genetics and counseling to provide personalized help patients may need as they make decisions about their genetic health.
Are you going to be a new grandparent? Read this!
Despite protective antibodies from the mother, infants remain susceptible to pertussis. Because of this, it is especially important for adults who have contact with new babies, like grandparents, aunts, uncles, childcare workers and healthcare professionals, to be vaccinated against pertussis with the Tdap vaccine.
MyChart is an online patient portal for patients of Washington University Physicians and BJC Healthcare, that gives you secure access to your medical record.
Best Doctors in America 2018
Congratulations to the Washington University physicians that have been placed on the Best Doctors List in America for 2018. Of the 1,357 physicians on the list, one out of every three Best Doctors in St. Louis is a Washington University Physician.
Take control: FREE seminar on erectile dysfunction (ED) and bladder leakage
For a man with erectile dysfunction (ED), it can be difficult to admit there is a problem. Despite the popularity of effective medications, less than one in five men with ED will ask their medical professional for treatment.
Preserving a young girl’s chance to have a family
Washington University physician, Holly Hoefgen, MD, is a pediatric gynecologist who specializes in fertility preservation.
Tipping the scales in the right direction
Elaine wanted to lose weight, 65 pounds to be exact, and knew she needed medical intervention, because trying to do it on her own was just not working.
Healthy living speaker series
Washington University Physicians and Delmar Gardens invite you to attend FREE lectures on a range of medical topics that pertain to the health of people over the age of 60. The lectures are open to all ages – you might learn something that will help you, your partner or your parent.