Washington University School of Medicine’s (WUSM) Distinguished Faculty Awards recognize outstanding achievements in clinical care, community service, research and teaching. They are co-sponsored by the dean’s office, the Office of Faculty Affairs, Central Administration and the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council.
In 2015, two Washington University physicians on staff at St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) were recipients of a Distinguished Faculty Award – Distinguished Clinician:
- Gordon R. Bloomberg, MD, professor of medicine and SLCH attending physician, Allergy/Immunology/Pulmonary
- D. Katherine Grange, MD, professor of pediatrics, and SLCH division director, genetics and genomic medicine
The WUSM Distinguished Service Teaching Awards are initiated by medical students and implemented with support from the Office of Medical Student Education. The awards honor educators who have made significant contributions to the training of future physicians at Washington University. They allow medical students to express their appreciation for their teachers’ efforts, dedication and patience.
Among those honored in 2015 was David Limbrick, MD, PhD, an associate professor of neurological surgery and of pediatrics and a pediatric neurosurgeon at SLCH. He is the students’ nominee for the national Humanism in Medicine Award, which is presented annually by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The award recognizes medical school faculty physicians who exemplify the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students.
Dr. Limbrick’s areas of interest include pediatric neurosurgery, epilepsy surgery, neuro-endoscopy, hydrocephalus, pediatric brain tumors, deep brain stimulation, radiosurgery and pediatric spine surgery. In 2012, he was given an award for humanitarian efforts in Haiti from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Limbrick and Keith Rich, MD, a professor of neurological surgery at the university, have been traveling to Haiti every four to six months since 2009 to treat children with hydrocephalus. Over four or five days, the two perform about 25 surgeries.