Dr. Ellen Lockhart named Inaugural Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs

In this exciting new role, Dr. Lockhart will work to recruit, develop, and retain excellent faculty members, who are enthusiastically engaged in furthering the mission of our department. She will also aim to develop and maintain policies, resources, and programs that encourage a welcoming and inclusive environment in the Anesthesiology Department. Dr. Lockhart will work with leaders across the department to attract the most talented faculty. She will similarly collaborate with division chiefs to craft individual faculty development plans. The leadership of the Department is strongly committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion; Dr. Lockhart will spearhead our efforts in this regard. Dr. Lockhart’s overarching goal will be to help ensure that we attract the most talented and committed clinicians, educators and scientists to our Department, and that our faculty feel fulfilled and nurtured in their roles.

Dr. Lockhart is a Professor of Anesthesiology; she has served as the Vice-Chair for Clinical Operations in the Anesthesiology Department since 2011, and has been highly effective in that role. She has an outstanding academic pedigree, having held leadership positions as a faculty member at Duke, Vanderbilt and most recently, Washington University Department of Anesthesiology. In her role as Vice-Chair, she has served on many key leadership committees and has made many seminal contributions to Washington University School of Medicine and to BJH/BJC. Dr. Lockhart was a Resident and Chief Resident in our Department. She is an exemplary clinician, educator and clinical researcher, and over the course of her career has received multiple honors and awards. Dr. Lockhart has published important research, has presented her findings at key national meetings, and has received several grants to support her work, including most recently a grant from the ResMed Foundation to support her study titled, ” The SAFER Study. Sleep Apnea and FEtal growth Restriction.” Dr. Lockhart is currently one of the leaders in an initiative to establish a Telemedicine Center to improve safety for women around the time of labor and delivery, including cesarean sections.

This new Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs is a critically important role, for which Dr. Lockhart is uniquely qualified. Please join me in congratulating her and in wishing her every success in developing innovative programs.

Michael Avidan, MBBCh, FCASA
Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown of Anesthesiology
Head of Department of Anesthesiology