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
Chief Residents (clockwise from top right): Cristina Gaudioso, MD, Cameron Crockett, MD, Maria Milagros Galardi, MD, and Sarah Michael Dixon MD
Welcome to the Pediatric Neurology Residency Program at Washington University in St. Louis! We take pride in the fact that as you explore pediatric neurology training programs across the country, you will find that many of their faculty and leadership have ties to Wash U. Our faculty have an unparalleled level of engagement and dedication to trainees, as 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 and frequently invite us into their homes and their lives. They are a true highlight of our program.
Opportunities for basic, clinical, and translational science on our campus are vast. More than half of our faculty are actively involved in research and ready to mentor trainees. Importantly, we have uninterrupted time for trainees to explore their interests by means of clinical electives, scientific research (including national funding mechanisms such as the R25 program), QI, or international work. Our program is dedicated to building and shaping careers for all types of pediatric neurologists, whether pursuing clinical, academic, and/or research tracks.
The city of St. Louis is diverse, beautiful, and affordable. We guarantee you’ll find endless ways to spend your time outside of the hospital! Importantly to us, it’s a place where people are engaging with big picture issues of social justice, equity, and sustainability.
What we love most about our program is our co-residents. Our resident community is social, supportive, and engaged with one another. Our wellness curriculum and wellness champions are an important cornerstone of maintaining work-life balance within our program.
We love training at a prestigious, world-class institution where we are taught by enthusiastic, dedicated, and approachable faculty. We enjoy living in a city, where there’s never a shortage of places to eat, concerts to see, sports to attend, or beautiful parks to wander through. We can’t wait to introduce you to our program, our department, and our city.
Cameron, Cristina, Mili, and Sarah