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Whether you are part of our community or are interested in joining us, we welcome you to Washington University School of Medicine.


Welcome from Dean Shapiro

Dean Shapiro welcome

Washington University School of Medicine is a vital community of students, faculty and staff dedicated to excellence in patient care, medical education, and research. Our medical school is an exciting place to be — the atmosphere is one of collegiality and collaboration fueled by the talents and energy of people who accept the challenge to lead in advancing health care delivery.

Currently ranked among the top medical schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Washington University School of Medicine is the most selective in terms of student quality. The school’s faculty members are the staff physicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. These two fine hospitals, perennially recognized for excellence in patient care, also provide a superb atmosphere for training students, residents and fellows. Washington University also operates the nation’s largest medical scientist training program, a combined M.D./Ph.D. program dedicated to educating the next generation of physician-scientists.

Along with the quality of its graduates, faculty members are primarily responsible for the School of Medicine’s international reputation. Peer-reviewed, published research is one hallmark of an outstanding institution, and, by that yardstick, the School of Medicine is extraordinary. It currently ranks as the fourth-largest recipient of NIH research funding, and rarely does a week go by that the school’s researchers are not represented in one of the leading scientific journals.

Thank you for your interest in Washington University School of Medicine. I invite you to explore our website to learn more.


Larry J. Shapiro, M.D.

Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and
Dean Washington University School of Medicine


Collaborative visionary

After 12 years as dean and executive vice chancellor for medical affairs, Shapiro will step down from his post in November 2015. Read about Shapiro’s tenure and impact in Outlook magazine.