Lesley Rao, MD, named Division Chief of Pain Management

Lesley Rao, MD

Dr. Rao will lead the clinical and educational responsibilities of the Pain Management Division, serve as the clinical section chief of the Washington University Pain Center, and operate as the director of the Pain Management Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Allison Mitchell, MD, appointed Program Director for Residency Program

Allison Mitchell, MD

Dr. Mitchell will oversee the recruitment and training of a diverse and clinically excellent group of residents to become leaders in the field. She will continuously assess and improve our residency program and will be instrumental in the development of new initiatives focused on enhancing the training of our residents.

$6.2 million grant to fund Center for Perioperative Mental Health (Links to an external site)

clinician cares for older patient

Clinicians and researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received a four-year, $6.2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to launch a center designed to help improve mental health in surgery patients, particularly older surgery patients. The center will conduct studies to identify and treat depression and anxiety in surgical patients. This new center is the first NIH-funded center of its kind in the United States.

New findings published from large-scale African research initiative into post-operative mortality

Research publication in Lancet

The ASOS-2 project was a response to the findings in ASOS-1, that African surgical patients are twice as likely to die in the hospital after surgery than the international average. The project aimed to shift the limited existing resources available for postoperative surveillance towards those patients at higher risk of developing postoperative complications.