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Ann M. Gronowski, PhD

Ann M. Gronowski, PhD, professor of pathology and immunology and of obstetrics and gynecology, is honored for her exceptional work as a clinical fellow mentor.

As co-director of the Department of Pathology and Immunology’s fellowship program in clinical chemistry, Gronowski has mentored dozens of fellows, many of whom are now national leaders in their field. Gronowski is a tireless advocate for her trainees, colleagues report, leading by example and setting the highest standards for herself in professionalism, clinical service and scholarship.

An outstanding clinical chemist, Gronowski emphasizes critical thinking and encourages fellows to apply course material to real-world clinical situations. Trainees report that she does not hesitate to take extra time to help students understand difficult concepts and leads thought-provoking discussions that help provide context to technical topics. Gronowski provides her trainees with research opportunities that help them transition to successful careers. She often continues to mentor trainees after they have left the program, helping many achieve national visibility.

Gronowski contributes to the medical center in many other ways, particularly in supporting development of female scientists. At Washington University, Gronowski has established a young women’s professional development group called Women in Laboratory Medicine that addresses topics related to career development and work-life balance. She also has been extremely active in the Washington University Academic Women’s Network since 1996, serving over the years as its pre-clinical counselor, president and liaison to the Executive Committee Faculty Council.

At Barnes-Jewish Hospital, she is associate medical director of clinical chemistry, serology and immunology. Nationally, she has held numerous leadership roles, including serving as president of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry in 2011.

Gronowski received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1985 and her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1992. She completed postdoctoral training at Washington University and joined the faculty in 1996.

Published: 02/20/2015