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Menelaos Karanikolas, MD, MPH, appointed POD 5 Leader

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Menelaos Karanikolas has accepted the role of an Anesthesiology Leader in POD 5. Dr. Karanikolas will be partnering with WUDA physicians and CRNA leaders in the POD, continuing the tradition of excellent patient care and clinical leadership in the largest OR POD at BJH.

In this role, Dr. Karanikolas will work closely with the WUSM and BJH perioperative leaders in supporting clinical staff and promoting safety, quality, and efficiency in perioperative care. He will further support our efforts to enhance teamwork, diversity and inclusion, and to ensure that POD 5 is a nurturing and safe environment for all members of the healthcare team. Dr. Karanikolas has demonstrated outstanding leadership and with his vast amount of experience, he will be a valued addition to the department’s clinical leadership team.

Dr. Karanikolas is currently an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology. He received his medical degree at Athens University School of Medicine in Athens, Greece, and completed residency in Anesthesiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Karanikolas completed three fellowships (Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Pain Management, and Critical Care) before joining faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 1998. Dr. Karanikolas is an excellent clinician who works in BJH general operating rooms and is a member of the trauma team. 

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Karanikolas. We are delighted that he has accepted this important leadership position, and we are looking forward to working with him in this new capacity. 

Best wishes,
Molly, Jason, Ivan, and Michael

Molly McCormick, MD
Division Chief of General Anesthesiology

Jason Gillihan, MD
Division Chief of Anesthesiology at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Ivan Kangrga, MD, PhD
Vice-Chair for Health System Liaison

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