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David A. Rudnick, MD, PhD

David A. Rudnick, MD, PhD, is assistant professor of pediatrics and of developmental biology at Washington University School of Medicine. Rudnick is known for his research on the molecular mechanisms of liver regeneration in animal models of pediatric liver diseases.

Rudnick earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He came to Washington University School of Medicine for the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), from which he earned a medical degree and doctorate in 1994. He completed a pediatric internship and residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, followed by a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Washington University School of Medicine. He joined the faculty in 2000 as an instructor and became assistant professor in 2004.

Rudnick’s research transcends the field of hepatology and extends to growth, development and wound healing. While an MSTP student, Rudnick’s research was the starting point for a collaboration with medicinal chemists at Monsanto Co., which eventually produced new fungicidal agents and resulted in many co-authored publications. His research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Children’s Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, and has also been supported by the March of Dimes and the American Digestive Health Foundation of the American Gastroenterological Association.

He has received the NASPGHAN Young Faculty Investigator Award and the Research Excellence in GI and Liver Award and has been named in Best Doctors in America. He was also named a scholar of the Child Health Research Center of Excellence at the School of Medicine.

In addition to performing research, Rudnick is co-coursemaster of the Frontiers in Pathobiology Seminar Series for graduate and MSTP students and trains pediatric fellows in gastroenterology.

Published: 03/23/2008