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French named director of pediatric rheumatology division

Physician recognized as a leader in the field

by Kristina SauerweinJune 14, 2017

Robert Boston

Anthony R. French, MD, PhD, an associate professor of pediatrics, has been named director of the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

French, also an associate professor of pathology and immunology and of biomedical engineering, succeeds Andrew J. White, MD, the James P. Keating, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, who recently was named vice chair of medical education for the Department of Pediatrics.

“I work with a great group of clinicians and physician-scientists, who provide outstanding clinical care to children with rheumatic diseases and immune deficiencies,” said French, who treats patients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  “Our division also has a strong research base focused on understanding the pathogenesis and treatment of these disorders. I am excited about building an even more robust division with national recognition as leaders in the field of pediatric rheumatology.”

A 1997 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, French is noted for his research, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on the role of natural killer cells in combating recurrent viral infections.

French serves as co-director of the university’s Oliver Langenberg Pediatric Physician-Scientist Training Program, and has served as director of the pediatric rheumatology fellowship program for the last nine years.

“Tony is a demonstrated leader in his field,” said Gary A. Silverman, MD, PhD, the Harriet B. Spoehrer Professor and head of Washington University’s Department of Pediatrics. “An outstanding clinician and researcher, Tony is dedicated to his patients and their families, as well as medical students and residents who hope to follow in his footsteps one day.”

An elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Society of Pediatric Research, French completed his pediatric residency in 2000 at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Three years later, in 2003, he finished his fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at Washington University before joining the faculty.

Washington University School of Medicine‘s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient-care institutions in the nation, currently ranked seventh in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.

Kristina covers pediatrics, surgery, medical education and student life. In 2020, she received a gold Robert G. Fenley Writing Award for general staff writing from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and in 2019, she received the silver award. Kristina is an author and former reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Los Angeles Times, where she was part of a team of journalists that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for breaking news. Additionally, she covered the 2014 Ferguson unrest for TIME magazine and, for eight years, wrote a popular parenting column for