Kimberly S. Quayle, MD, has been named director of the Division of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She also will be installed May 22 as the Dana Brown Chair for Emergency Medicine at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
“Dr. Quayle is tireless in her hard work and devotion to pediatric emergency medicine and the School of Medicine,” said Gary A. Silverman, MD, PhD, the Harriet B. Spoehrer Professor and head of Washington University’s Department of Pediatrics. “She is a skilled and compassionate physician who has made, and continues to make, a difference in the lives of hundreds of children and their families.”
Additionally, Quayle has distinguished herself as an educator and a researcher whose large study on pediatric head trauma, published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2014, presented a novel analysis of how children most frequently suffer head injuries.
“I’m very excited to lead the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine as we strive toward continued excellence in patient care, ongoing quality research to impact the field of emergency medicine and meaningful education for trainees,” Quayle said. “Our division includes dedicated faculty and fellows who treat sick or injured children. It also includes the Section of Child Abuse Pediatrics, whose members provide compassionate medical care and advocacy for the most vulnerable children.”
She succeeds David M. Jaffe, MD, who joined the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, in 2015. Quayle has served as the division’s interim director since.
Quayle earned an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She earned her medical degree from Washington University in 1988.
The Missouri native has stayed at the School of Medicine ever since. She completed her residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, rising to pediatric chief resident in 1991. Quayle also completed her fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine on the Medical Campus.
In 1994, she joined the faculty at the School of Medicine.
“Pediatric emergency medicine allows us to positively impact the care of children and families during unexpected medical crises,” she said.