Information for Our Community

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


Patient Care

Our clinicians advance human health and enrich individual lives through excellence in patient care and medical discovery.

As the School of Medicine’s clinical practice, Washington University Physicians is among the largest academic practices in the nation. This highly active and collaborative group of more than 1,300 university-employed physicians represents more than 76 specialties and subspecialties in medicine and surgery.

Our physicians are also members of the medical school’s full-time faculty, playing a pivotal role in educating tomorrow’s leaders and shaping the future of medicine.

Partner institutions

Washington University Physicians and allied health providers deliver comprehensive outpatient care to our patients at more than 49 clinical sites throughout the greater St. Louis area and surrounding counties. Patients can access a broad array of health care services at Washington University Medical Center, where, in collaboration with our hospital partners Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, our physicians provide comprehensive in- and outpatient care. In fiscal year 2014, Washington University Physicians provided care at 986,714 outpatient visits.

Our physicians also provide some limited specialty care at other area hospitals and offices, including Christian Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Shriners Hospital for Children, Progress West HealthCare Center, the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Comprehensive cancer care

The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is an international leader in cancer treatment, research, prevention, education and community outreach.

A member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Siteman is the only cancer center within Missouri and a 240-mile radius of St. Louis to hold the prestigious federal Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute.

Clinical trials

Because our clinicians are working to develop new and more effective therapies and treatments, patients of Washington University may participate in a broad array of clinical trials. Also called clinical studies, these trials test the safety and effectiveness of investigational treatments, diagnostic tools and prevention strategies.

Volunteer for Health is a school-based office with staff dedicated to connecting patients with clinical trial opportunities.

Best Doctors

More than 450 of our physicians were placed on The Best Doctors in America® list for 2015. With approximately 1,400 physicians listed in the St. Louis region, one out of every three Best Doctors in St. Louis is a Washington University Physician.

In collaboration with our main adult teaching hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and our pediatric teaching hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, our physicians are also consistently ranked among the nation’s best on U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals.

Best Doctors is a registered trademark of Best Doctors, Inc. in the United States and other countries.