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Ablordeppey named inaugural associate vice chair for diversity, equity and inclusion

Enyo Ablordeppey, MD, MPH

We are excited to announce that after an extensive search with many impressive applicants, Enyo Ablordeppey, MD, MPH, has been selected as the inaugural Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Department of Anesthesiology. 

Dr. Ablordeppey has been widely recognized as an outstanding and inspiring educator, and has already established her valuable leadership role at the School of Medicine and within Barnes-Jewish Hospital. As a trainee in both Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, she embraced leadership challenges, including serving as a Chief Resident and was recognized with the Golden Stethoscope Teaching Award.

Following her Multidisciplinary Critical Care Fellowship, she accepted a faculty position in 2014 at the School of Medicine with a joint appointment in Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology Critical Care. In 2018, she was honored with the Golden Apple Teaching Award in Emergency Medicine. And that same year, the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship bestowed on her its prestigious Teacher of the Year Teaching Award. 

Today, as an associate professor and institutional leader, she has played an important role in expanding critical care services, most notably during the COVID-19 pandemic, and her contributions as co-director of the 7400 ICU have been substantial. Her clinical excellence was recently recognized nationally by her peers when she was appointed as a Fellow of Critical Care Medicine in 2020. Apart from her educational prowess at the School of Medicine, Dr. Ablordeppey also serves as a guest professor for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at the Goldfarb School of Nursing. 

Dr. Ablordeppey’s research focus is implementation science, with a strong emphasis on translating point-of-care ultrasound into clinical practice. In 2018, she was recognized for her academic accomplishments as a Washington University School of Public Health Faculty Scholar. She is also the recipient of esteemed research awards and scholarships, including: a Presidential Citation Award from the Society for Critical Care Medicine, a K12 Mentored Training scholarship in Implementation Science, a NIH Loan Repayment Program award, and a Society for Critical Care Medicine STAR research award. 

Dr. Ablordeppey brings valuable and relevant experience in diversity, equity and inclusion to this important new leadership role and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. She has served as a mentor in the Washington University Minority Medical Association (WUMMA), was a resident coordinator for the School of Medicine’s visiting elective student program through the Office of Diversity and Cultural Affairs, and was a hotline operator for the “ALIVE” (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environment) program. Following her fellowship, she was selected to be a Faculty Diversity Scholar at the School of Medicine and went on to serve as the vice president of operations for medical missions to Ghana.

In this new Associate Vice Chair role, Dr. Ablordeppey will work closely with the Vice Chair for Professional Development and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to develop and implement specialized programs throughout the department. We fully expect that Dr. Ablordeppey’s passions for implementation science, education, and professional development, coupled with her leadership skills and experience in diversity, equity and inclusion will enable her to have a substantial and transformational impact. We look forward to working closely with Dr. Ablordeppey in her new role.

Scott D. Markowitz, MD
Vice Chair for Professional Development and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PDDEI)

Michael S. Avidan, MBBCh, FCASA
Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor of Anesthesiology
Head of the Department of Anesthesiology
Anesthesiologist-in-Chief, Barnes-Jewish Hospital