About The Department

Washington University School of Medicine holds a rich history of success in research, education and patient care, earning it a reputation as one of the premier medical schools in the world. Since its founding in 1891, the School has trained nearly 6,000 physicians and has contributed ground-breaking discoveries in many areas of medical research.

The School of Medicine is internationally known for research in psychiatry, neuroscience, genetics, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, immunology, diagnostic imaging and many other areas. Fifteen Nobel Laureates have been associated with WUSM. The School currently has 1,200 full-time faculty members and is the fourth-largest recipient of NIH dollars among the 124 U.S. medical schools. Recently it was ranked by US News & World Report as the 3rd best medical school in the U.S.

Washington University Medical Center is a world-class complex located in St. Louis that includes Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital, the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center and the Central Institute for the Deaf.   Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital are both members of the BJC Health System. BJC, with ties to 15 hospitals, is the largest academically linked health system in the country. Washington University Medical Center includes more than 60 buildings on nearly 230 acres. The combined, on-site hospital affiliates have more than 2,000 beds.

The Department of Psychiatry extends beyond its 48 inpatient beds to include a busy electro convulsive therapy service, two partial hospitalization programs and a rehabilitative/nursing home facility.  Our clinicians have championed the medical model of psychiatry, almost universally accepted now, which stresses the scientific method and views psychiatric dysfunction as an interaction between genes and environment.  Our collaborative, interdisciplinary approach fosters an exchange of ideas that lead to advances in clinical care.