DIVISION OF GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE
Professor and Acting In 2007-2008, the Division of General Internal Medicine
Director continued to play a pivotal role in the teaching,
Thomas J. Olsen, M.D. administrative and patient care activities of the Department
of Internal Medicine. The division continued to develop
Professor its clinical research program in conjunction with The
James R. Drake, M.D. Center for Outcomes Research (SLUCOR). Major
Coy D. Fitch, M.D. responsibility for the teaching program for third and fourth
George T. Griffing, M.D. year medical students rests with the Division of General
Robert M. Heaney, M.D. Internal Medicine. Third year medical students have a
Marilyn Maxwell, M.D. required 4 week ambulatory Internal Medicine rotation.
William C. Mootz, M.D. Thomas J. Olsen One half of each third year class of medical students are
H. Douglas Walden, M.D. assigned to General Internal Medicine faculty at the
Doctors Office Building and the John Cochran Veterans Administration Hospital
Professor Secondary (JCVAH). The ambulatory continuity clinics for the Internal Medicine residents are
James DuBois, Ph.D., D.Sc. based at both the Doctors Office Building and the JCVAH. Residents and third and
Frances Horvath, M.D. fourth year students are assigned to the Acute Care Service at the Doctors Office
Anthony Scalzo, M.D. Building and the VA Prime Ambulatory Clinic at the JCVAH. The outpatient
Randy Sprague, M.D. component of the Internal Medicine Consultation Service is based at the Doctors
Office Building as well. The faculty also serve as inpatient teaching attendings at both
Emeritus Professor hospitals. The General Internal Medicine faculty at the JCVAH participate in morning
Subir Bose, Ph.D. report, an ambulatory lecture series and the noon conference lecture series. There is
Alberto Galofre, M.D. an ambulatory lecture series each day for students and residents assigned to the
Kevin O’Rourke, O.P. outpatient rotations at the Doctors Office Building. At both the JCVAH and Saint
Louis University Hospital, the faculty serve as junior preceptors on the inpatient
Clinical Professor service. General Internal Medicine faculty are teaching attending physicians at both
James Compton, M.D. hospitals for the inpatient Medicine teams and for the Internal Medicine Consultation
Robert Dorton, M.D. Services. Many of the faculty participate in the Physician, Patient and Society Course
William Fogarty, M.D. in Phase I of the Medical Curriculum. These include Physical Diagnosis and Death
M. Robert Hill, M.D. and Dying. Fourth year medical students have electives in EKG interpretation, cardiac
Larry King, M.D. auscultation, interactions with the pharmaceutical industry, ambulatory Internal
Medicine and Pediatrics, ambulatory Internal Medicine and consultative Internal
Associate Professor Medicine.
Erin L. Bakanas, M.D.
Victoria Cornelius, M.D. Members of the division hold key administrative positions in the department, Medical
Margaret Hochreiter,M.D. School and University Medical Group. Dr. Marilyn Maxwell is the Program Director
Eliot J. Katz, M.D. for the Internal Medicine Pediatrics Residency Program. Dr. Thomas Olsen is
Laura J. Kroupa, M.D. Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education for the core program. Dr.
Nora L. Porter, M.D. Robert Heaney is Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education for the Medical
Timothy D. Rice, M.D. School. Drs. Nora Porter and Douglas Walden are the Clerkship Directors for the
Third Year Internal Medicine rotation. Faculty play important roles in medical school
Associate Research committees. Drs. Drake, Maxwell and Porter are members of the Admissions
Professor Secondary Committee. Dr. Victoria Cornelius is a member of the Curriculum Management
Robert Evans, Ph.D. Committee. Drs. Nora Porter and Douglas Walden are members of the Phase III
Committee. Dr. Govind Nagaldinne is a member of the Institutional Review Board
Emeritus Associate for the Medical Center. Dr. Olsen is a member of the Appeals Committee. Dr. Olsen
Clinical Professor is President of the Alumni Association and Chairman of the Dean’s Executive
Dallas Dyer, M.D Advisory Board for the School of Medicine. Dr. Erin Bakanas is Chair of the
Hospital Ethics Committee. She is Course Director for the Death and Dying Course in
Phase I of the Medical Curriculum. Dr. Olsen is a member of the Hospital Ethics
Committee as well. Dr. Robert Heaney is Co-Chair of the University Medical Group
Clinical Operations Committee. Dr. Rice is a member of that committee as well and
Dr. Olsen does practice site visits for the Clinical Operations Committee. Dr. Olsen is
a member of the University Medical Group Contract Review Committee.
DIVISION OF GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE
The University Medical Group will be implementing an electronic health record in Associate Clinical
2008-2009. The General Internal Medicine group will be among the first practices to Professor
utilize the Automated Record Keeping (ARK) system. Dr. Timothy Rice and Dr. Musaddeque Ahmad, M.D.
Bishnu Devkota have played an important role in preparation for implementation. Dr. Larry Alves, MD.
Rice is a member of the Electronic Health Record Clinical Advisory Committee. Dr. Ajit Babu, M.B.B.S.
Bishnu Devkota is a Physician Champion. Paula Bruggensmith, M.D.
Rajagopal Chadaga, M.D.
Dr. Erin Bakanas has been appointed Associate Director of the Bander Center for Kelly Gage, M.D.
Medical Business Ethics at Saint Louis University. The Bander Center, funded by a Patrick Garrett, M.D.
generous donation by Stephen Bander, M.D., is dedicated to education and Timothy Mahood, M.D.
investigation of the ethics of business relationships in medicine. Dr. Bakanas will Bernard McGuire, M.D.
oversee the fellowship program at the Center. Keith Starke, M.D.
Natalie Brooks, Pharm.D, BC-ADM, continues to develop collaboration between the Assistant Professor
Division of General Internal Medicine and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Dr. George Ansstas, M.D.
Brooks provides consultation for patients in the General Internal Medicine practice. (Chief Resident)
Dr. Brooks sees scheduled patients in a pharmacotherapy clinic at the Doctors Office Mona Bahl, M.D.
Building. She precepts sixth year pharmacy students and participates in the Rajeshkumar Bhalodia, M.D.
ambulatory lecture series. A clinical study of the accuracy of medication histories has (Chief Resident)
begun. Roque Castillo, M.D.
Bishnu Devkota, M.B.B.S.
Patient care activities provide opportunities for teaching, clinical income and are a Zainal Hussain, M.D.
source of patients for clinical studies. Patient visits for 2007-2008 through May 31, (Chief Resident)
2008 indicate an outpatient total of 22,768. New outpatient visits including consults Gina L. Michael, M.D.
total through May 31, 2008 indicate at total of 2,000. The division has off-site Govind Nagaldinne, M.D.
practices at two locations. In October 2007 a General Internal Medicine practice at Kyle Onan, D.O.
the Des Peres Medical Pavilion was developed. Drs. Bishnu Devkota and Thomas (Chief Resident)
Olsen and Mary Keegan, N.P., are working to develop that practice. It is anticipated
that third year medical students will rotate there as part of their ambulatory rotation. Assistant Professor
The division has a practice at the University Club Tower site. Dr. George Griffing has Secondary
established an active practice at that site. He is joined this year by Drs. Roque Castillo Thomas Forrester, M.D., Ph.D.
and Govind Nagaldinne. The division has patients scheduled 10 half days each week Scott Fosko, M.D.
at that site which continues to grow. It is anticipated that third year medical students Dee Anna Glaser, M.D.
will be assigned to that site as part of their clinical ambulatory rotation. The division C. Griffin Trotter, M.D.
is projected to finish this fiscal year ahead of budget.
Four members of the division are board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Professor
These are Drs. Marilyn Maxwell, Nora Porter, Victoria Cornelius and Timothy Rice. Natalie Brooks, Pharm.D.
Dr. Cornelius is also certified in Adolescent Medicine. This group of faculty
supervises the continuity clinics for the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency Emeritus Assistant
program. In addition to inpatient teaching responsibilities at Saint Louis University Clinical Professor
Hospital, they teach and supervise patient care at Cardinal Glennon Memorial William Banton, M.D.
Hospital. Joseph Costello, M.D.
Robert Fox, M.D.
In 2007-2008, the General Internal Medicine faculty at the St. Louis VA Medical John McDonough, M.D.
Center continued their teaching, administrative and patient care activities of the
Department of Internal Medicine. Faculty provided over one half the months of Assistant Clinical
inpatient attending on the VA Medicine wards. The Ambulatory Block rotation Professor
continued to have a full complement of didactic lectures and journal club to augment Aamina Akhtar, M.D.
the clinical teaching. The Internal Medicine continuity clinics at the VA remained Naser Almasalmeh, M.D.
busy and resident satisfaction with the VA experience remained high. Eric Baker, M.D.
Tim Baker, M.D.
Members of the division hold key administrative roles at the St. Louis VA Medical Milagros Banton, M.D.
Center and the Medical School. Dr. Gina Michael was just selected as Associate Chelmer Barrow, D.O.
Chief of Staff for Primary Care. Dr. Laura Kroupa is the Associate Chief of Staff for Peter Bettonville, M.D.
Education and Informatics. Dr. Eliot Katz is the Associate Chief of Staff for Linda Bick, M.D.
DIVISION OF GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE
Donald Blum, M.D. Specialty Care and Dr. Coy Fitch is the Chief of the Medicine Service. Dr. Margaret
Djamel Bouazza, M.D. Hochreiter is VA site coordinator for the Physical Diagnosis Course. Drs. Katz, Fitch
Michael Brischetto, M.D. and Kroupa are members of the VA Affiliated Partnership Council. Dr. Eliot Katz is a
David Brown, M.D. member of the Saint Louis University Graduate Medical Education Committee. Dr.
William Budd, M.D. William Mootz is the Assistant Dean for Curriculum for the Medical School. Patient
Harmeen Chawla, M.D. care activities are the bedrock of faculty activity at the VA. There were over 17,000
Murray Chinsky, M.D. encounters for GIM faculty and there was an overall increase in visits and encounters
Philip Conway, M.D. for all faculty in the last year. For the coming year, the VA faculty has begun an
Paul Convery, M.D. initiative with the residents to improve patient satisfaction in the clinics. Drs. Michael
James Corder, M.D. and Warren will also continue their support of patient safety training for residents and
Nancy Delaney, M.D. students.
James Ebel, M.D.
Humam Farah, M.D. Nancy Delaney, M.D. continued to provide patient care to the students of Saint Louis
Edward Flynn, M.D. University at the Student Health and Counseling Center. The Center has seen
Mark Fogarty, M.D. tremendous growth over the past several years. The excellent care provided has been
Schuyler Geller, M.D. recognized by both students and parents. Services have expanded to include Orthopedic
Sam Hawatmeh, M.D. Surgery, Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy.
Carmelita Hudson-Kane, M.D.
Richard Ihnat, M.D. In the coming year, the division will continue to expand patient care activity at the Des
Dennis Keesal, M.D. Peres Medical Pavilion site. This is expected to afford opportunities for teaching
Nathan Kimelman, M.D. medical students as well. It is anticipated that continued involvement with SLUCore
Shelby Kopp, M.D. will allow expansion of the division’s research activities. Dr. George Griffing continues
Daniel Kramer, M.D. his studies of improvements in existing therapies for patients with diabetes mellitus, as
George Lodoly, M.D. well as, innovative therapies.
Otakar Machek, M.D.
James McCool, M.D. HONORS AND RECOGNITION
John Milton, M.D.
Haydee Muse, M.D. Erin L. Bakanas, M.D.
Burnet Peden, M.D. Best Doctors 2007
Steven Pisoni, M.D.
Timothy Pratt, M.D. Victoria E. Cornelius, M.D.
Leonardo Profenna, M.D. Best Doctors 2007
James Redington, M.D.
William Schierman, M.D. James R. Drake, M.D.
Sudha Singireddy, M.D. Best Doctors 2007
Timothy Soncasie, M.D.
Alphonse Squitieri, M.D. George T. Griffing, M.D.
Chitra Uppaluri, M.D. Best Doctors 2007
Joseph Viviano, M.D. Editor-in-Chief, eMedicine online subspecialty textbook
Valerie Walker, M.D.
Robert Wiele, M.D. Robert M. Heaney, M.D.
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Radhika Kumari, M.D. Marilyn A. Maxwell, M.D.
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Instructor Secondary Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, Co-Chair 2006-present
Mildred Mattfeldt-Beman, American Academy of Pediatrics, Bioethics Executive Board 2003-present
Ph.D. Focus on the Family Physicians Resource Council 1994-present
Medical Institute for Sexual Health Advisory Board 1996-present
Emeritus Clinical Instructor Medical Staff Executive Committee (SLUH) 2007-present
Philip Doisy, M.D. Saint Louis University School of Medicine Executive Advisory Board 2000-present
John Meyers, M.D.
Thomas J. Olsen, M.D.
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Fellow, American College of Physicians Treasurer and Council Member MO Chapter
DIVISION OF GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE
Nora L. Porter, M.D. Senior Clinical Instructor
Best Doctors 2007 William Leightner, M.D.
Leroy Ortmeyer, M.D.
Timothy D. Rice, M.D. John Winter, M.D.
Best Doctors 2007 Horst Zekert, M.D.
H. Douglas Walden, M.D. Clinical Instructor
Best Doctors 2007 David Abbott, M.D.
Saint Louis University SOM Distinguished Teacher Award for Clinical Teaching Abd Ahadi, M.D.
2008 Hebri Ballal, M.B.B.S.
Yilmaz Bisel, M.D.
NEW FACULTY ENTERING THE DIVISION IN 2007 Yolanda Bledsoe, M.D.
Ziad Dalu, M.D.
Bishnu Devkota, M.D., joined the Division of General Internal Medicine on October 1, David Devitre, D.O.
2007 as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine. He had been a full-time faculty Douglas Dripps, M.D.
member at Louisiana State University. Arthur Friskel, M.D.
David Galli, M.D.
Radhika Kumari, M.D., joined the Division of General Internal Medicine on August 6, Stephen Hadzima, M.D.
2007 as an Instructor of Internal Medicine. She had recently completed a fellowship James Kriegshauser, M.D.
in liver cancer at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Gil Manalo, M.D.
Kurt Martin, M.D.
GRANTS AND CONTRACTS HELD BY EACH FACULTY MEMBER Donald Mielcarek, M.D.
Thomas Musich, M.D.
Coy D. Fitch, M.D. Miguel Paniagua, M.D., MPH
ALSAM Foundation, “Activation of Ferriprotoporphyrin IX Dimerization in Mohammad Qadir, M.D.
Malaria,” 2002-2009, $76,000. Anjum Razzaque, M.B.B.S.
Naveed Razzaque, M.B.B.S.
During fiscal year 2008 the Division of General Internal Medicine had 3 active studies Thomas Reardon, M.D.
with different sponsors. Due to confidentiality agreements and non-publicity clauses Paul Vatterott, M.D.
in contracts with sponsors, specific information pertaining to industry sponsored
research may not be released in public documents. Administrative Assistant
Ms. Deborah Allinson
Thomas Olsen & Erin Bakanas