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.