Washington People: Rhonda Matt

It’s common for School of Medicine employees to work here for 20 or more years. But it’s less common to meet an employee who has been here since she was 15 years old. That employee is Rhonda Matt, director of research and business operations for the Department of Pediatrics.

Washington People: Leonard Bacharier

Balancing research, patient care, administration and mentoring could be overwhelming to some, but Leonard Bacharier, MD, says it’s all about remembering one’s priorities. The WUSTL alumnus is now one of the leading pediatric asthma and allergy specialists nationwide, helping kids feel and breathe better.

Risk of autism in siblings nearly double prior estimates

Siblings of children with autism are known to be at increased risk for autistic spectrum disorder, but now researchers at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine led by John N. Constantino, MD, report the risk is substantially higher than previously believed. Their results show that 19 percent of infant siblings develop the disorder by age 3. 

Dehner enjoys life ‘peppered’ with surprise

When he returned from Vietnam and service at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C., Louis “Pepper” Dehner, MD, set out to make himself into a pediatric surgical pathologist.

Caring for kids

Douglas Carlson, MD, likes to have a lot to do. His schedule would make almost anyone’s head spin, but Carlson, professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Hospitalist Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, handles his busy workload with an ever-present smile.

Pediatric strokes surprise parents

Stroke is commonly thought of as a concern only for older adults, but pediatric strokes annually affect 13 of every 100,000 U.S. children. In the St. Louis area, many of these patients are seen by Washington University specialists at the Pediatric Stroke Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

‘Stepping up’ asthma treatment in children leads to improvement

Children with asthma who continue to have symptoms while using low-dose inhaled corticosteroids could benefit from increasing the dosage or adding one of two asthma drugs, according to a new study at the School of Medicine and other institutions. The research is published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.