Notes from Leadership

Pediatric Neurology Division Director

Christina Gurnett, MD, PhD

The Pediatric Neurology Residency Training Program at Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital has a long and distinguished track record for producing excellent pediatric neurologists—it is an outstanding place to train. The neuroscience community at Washington University is truly world class, and clinical and research opportunities are abundant. Dr. Phil Dodge created our program in 1967 when he arrived to take the helm of the Department Pediatrics. Since its inception, we have considered it our mission to prepare our graduates for any career pathway in pediatric neurology, including research, leadership, and community practice.

We enjoy an excellent relationship with our colleagues in the Department of Pediatrics allowing our residents to function as Fellows supervising pediatric residents on our Neuromedicine services. Indeed, our residents are often awarded the “Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award” by the Pediatric house staff. Our large faculty have diverse clinical and research interests, and are superb role models for how to build a career without sacrificing an enjoyable and satisfying work-life balance.

Pediatric Neurology Residency Program Director

Soe Mar, MD

It is absolutely thrilling to be part of a team which has consistently ranked in the top segment of the elite neurology/neurosurgery programs in the nation. Currently, US News and World Report has ranked Neurology/Neurosurgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital #5 in the nation. Our catchment area comprises a 300 mile radius and our specialists provide second opinions nationally and internationally. We participate in global health initiatives and our scientists are regularly in the news for breakthrough discoveries. We strive to make our residents feel welcomed and valued during their training. Our program and people allow you to flourish as a clinician and scientist with ample support and guidance.

We love what we do and we also love the St. Louis community. St. Louis is dotted with ethnic neighborhoods, entertainment districts, stadiums, cultural institutions, and fabulous restaurants. It is an interesting and affordable place to live, culturally diverse, and family-friendly. Don’t miss the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Louis Art Museum, and Zoo. We also have kayaking and canoeing on spring fed rivers in the Ozarks just a short drive away. We offer residents a friendly, non-competitive, collegial, and supportive atmosphere here in our world class department. We hope you’ll consider training in St. Louis. It’s an exceptional place to live and work!

Pediatric Neurology Associate Residency Program Director

Rejean Guerriero, DO

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Pediatric Neurology Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis! I recently moved from the northeast after completing my training in Boston and I am continually impressed with the high quality of neurology trainees and the faculty here.

Washington University Pediatric Neurology has a long history of training exceptional child neurologists. The program always strives to improve its curriculum, training and work-life balance to maintain the highest quality of neurology trainees. I believe the best way to learn clinical pediatric neurology is done through seeing patients supplemented with bedside and didactic teaching and individualized feedback and career development. Whether your interests are in clinical neurology or becoming a physician-scientist, there are opportunities here for you. The program leadership and faculty across the division take pride in resident education and consider residents as an integral member of the clinical team and our academic family.

Finally, being new to the St. Louis area and Midwest, my family and I have been thrilled with our high quality of life and work-life balance. There are opportunities for all of us to enjoy the restaurants, sports, outdoor activities and warm sense of community that exists here.

Pediatric Neurology Associate Residency Program Director

Sarah Bauer Huang, MD, PhD

I am very excited to be part of the training of young physicians in the early stages of their career. Our training program continues to grow and adapt to the changing needs of the pediatric neurology landscape as our patient population becomes more complex with new treatments, increasing understanding of the role of genetics in the presentation of neurologic disease, as well as expanding landscape of sub-specialty pediatric neurology. My hope is to help guide our trainees through this important stage of training, realizing all of us have unique goals in our careers (from clinician to scientist).

Given the breadth of our faculty expertise as well as our relationship with St. Louis Children's Hospital, we have the opportunities to take care of a variety of patients from St. Louis, and throughout the Missouri and Illinois regions (and beyond).

Since moving to St. Louis, my family has taken full advantage of the St Louis area. We are constantly finding new restaurants to try (all within 20 minutes), access to new cultural and educational opportunities for my children, and have slowly learned the vernacular of the local sports teams. We are looking forward to continuing to explore this area and am always happy to share our experiences.

Pediatric Neurology Chief Residents

Kimberly Wiltrout, MD

Regina Triplett, MD

As two northeastern transplants to Saint Louis, we look forward to sharing our love of our city, our department, and our residency program with you. It is hard to encapsulate this in a few paragraphs, so we hope this will pique your curiosity enough to inspire you to come visit!

We take pride in the fact that as you look into Child Neurology training programs around the country, you may notice that many of their faculty and leadership have ties to WashU. The level of faculty engagement and dedication to trainees here is unparalleled and evidenced by the success of our program's graduates. Our attendings are leaders in the field who are happy to advise us at all hours, fiercely advocate for us, and frequently invite us into their homes and their lives. They are a true highlight of our department and our residency program.

It is important to emphasize that our program is a five year cohesive program. We are well-integrated with our pediatric residency colleagues, and we have categorical pediatrics/child neurology spots for all of our trainees. This adds a layer of support for child neurology interns, who join our fold during their first weeks in Saint Louis. Our interns are welcomed at pediatrics and neurology events and are assigned at least one neurology faculty mentor who will continue to advise them for all five years of training. Our residents all rotate on the neurology inpatient service during both years of pediatrics training including a supervisory role as senior residents in PGY2. Also beginning in PGY2, they have opportunities to participate in neurology research and other electives.

The basic, clinical, and translational science on our medical and undergraduate campuses is truly astounding. On a daily basis, there are dozens of lectures, seminars, and focus groups for trainees from beginners to experts in areas including neuroscience, machine learning, neuroimaging, genetics, public health, immunology, cell biology, psychology, engineering, developmental biology, oncology (to name a few) - many with interdisciplinary themes. More than half of our faculty are actively involved in research and ready to mentor trainees, or guide us to mentors in related fields. Importantly, we have dedicated time for uninterrupted self-directed training - whether that is scientific research (including national funding mechanisms such as the R25 program), quality improvement, elective rotations, international work or some combination.

Our city is lively, diverse, beautiful, and affordable. It is a place where people are engaging with big picture issues of social justice, equity, and sustainability. In Saint Louis, we have found models of balance, community, and humility along with new friends, interests, and places to explore. Our pediatric neurology residents have found homes in the city neighborhoods and the surrounding suburbs. Saint Louis has inspired, taught, and allowed us to grow, not just as physicians, but as better people. We would be so happy to show you around.

We love training at a prestigious, world class institution where we are taught by enthusiastic, dedicated, and approachable faculty. We feel so fortunate to have opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary and cutting edge research and career development. We enjoy being able to sleep at home while on call overnight. We love our city, where a resident can not only afford the rent, but also some perks like tickets to the latest sports game, concert, or musical. We would love to introduce you to our program, our department, and our city.

We cannot wait to meet you in Saint Louis,
Kim and Regina