Celebrating National Women Physicians Day 2023

February 3rd is National Women Physicians Day. This year, it marks the 202st birthday of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, who was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States (in 1849). 

This day gives us the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of all women doctors and to say “Thank You” for all they do.

Please meet WashU Nephrology’s talented, dedicated and hard-working women physicians:

Monica Chang-Panesso, MD

– Assistant Professor of Medicine
– Physician/scientist
– First recipient of the Roger M. Perlmutter Career Development Professorship.
– Recipient of the 2023 SSCI Research Scholar Award

Ying Maggie Chen, MD, PhD

– Associate Professor of Medicine
– Director, Nephrotic Kidney Syndrome Clinic
– Physician/scientist
– Awardee of a patent for the treatment of ER stress-mediated kidney disease
– Elected into 2022 class of American Society for Clinical Investigation

Rowena Delos-Santos, MD

– Associate Professor of Medicine
– Director, WashU Transplant Nephrology Fellowship
– Former Chair of American Society of Transplantation Conflicts of Interest (COI) Committee

Karen Flores, MD

– Assistant Professor of Medicine
– Clinical interests include the prevention and treatment of kidney transplant rejection and infectious complications in transplantation
– Wants to advance the practice of transplant nephrology in the Philippines, her home country


Leslie Gewin, MD

– Associate Professor of Medicine
Councilor One in the Women in Nephrology organization
– Dedicated mentor, advocate and role model for women in medicine and science
– Is a Councilor One in the Women in Nephrology organization


Dr. Reena Gurung

Reena Gurung, MD

– Assistant Professor of Medicine
– Graduate of our Nephrology Fellowship Program
– Previous work as a hospitalist nurtured two facets of medicine important to her: holistic patient care and teaching
– Composed a poem describing her fellowship experience

Anuja Java, MD

– Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director,  Kidney Transplant Clinic at Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System
– Renowned physician-scientist and expert in rare complement diseases and their involvement in kidney damage
– Councilor in the Women in Nephrology organization
Recipient of National Kidney Foundation Award of Excellence


Sri Mahathi Kalipatnapu, MBBS, MD

– Renal Transplant Fellow
– During her residency, was involved in several important research projects
– In addition to her work with transplant patients, Sri Mahathi is a talented musician and writer of poetry and fiction; she has a collection of ~50 poems and has attended workshops by the Poetry Foundation in Chicago


Patricia Kao, MD, MS

– Associate Professor of Medicine
– Director, Teaching Physician Pathway Division of Medical Education (WUTPP)
– Recipient of the Academy of Educators inaugural Honor Roll Awards


Kelli King-Morris, MD

– Associate Professor of Medicine
– Has a passion for clinical education and incorporates the use of humor in medicine both at the bedside and in the classroom
Inducted into Washington University’s Academy of Educators in 2021


Zoey Levine, MD

– 2nd-year Nephrology Fellow
– Volunteered in mobile clinics in small communities in Lima, Peru, and assisted with building structures in an underdeveloped community with limited running water and electricity
– Recently published a review in CJASN’s special series Critical Care Nephrology and Acute Kidney Injury


Tingting Li, MD, MSCI

– Professor of Medicine
– Associate Program Director for Clinical Research and Career Development
– Director, Glomerular Diseases and Vasculitis Clinic
– Recipient of the Academy of Educators inaugural Honor Roll Awards


Manasa Metireddy, MD

– Assistant Professor of Medicine
– Medical Director, WashU Nephrology Home Modalities
– Believes it is important to listen to her patients, be their advocate and strive to make a positive impact in their life
Recipient of a Project Award from The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital to study transitional care for dialysis patients

Anubha Mutneja, MD

– Assistant Professor of Medicine
– Previous WashU Nephrology fellow
– Part of our Transitional Care Unit team established to educate patients about kidney disease and available treatment options, in particular, home dialysis
– Key interests are hospital medicine, inpatient care, and infectious diseases.


Mabel Purkerson, MD

Mabel Purkerson, MD

– Professor Emerita
– WashU Nephrology Faculty 1966-1998
– Physician/scientist/mentor
– A founding member and former President of Women in Nephrology
– At WashU, contributed as a clinician, teacher, investigator and administrator for over 40 years

Morgan Schoer, MD

– 2nd-year Nephrology Fellow
– Accepted into the ASN Policy and Advocacy Committee as an intern for 2022
– One of the 50+ advocates who recently met with Capitol Hill lawmakers for the 2022 Kidney Health Advocacy Day
– Co-leader of a workshop on the social determinants of health, an ongoing collaboration between the WashU divisions of nephrology, infectious diseases, and rheumatology to increase awareness of health disparities

Ojaswi Sing Tomar, MD

– 2nd-year Nephrology Fellow
– Has an interest in transplant and interventional nephrology, as well as research
– Enjoys aspects of both the inpatient and outpatient experience and would like to build a future practice with a good mixture of both

Swathi Velagapudi, MD 

– 1st-year Nephrology Fellow
– Was part of the discussion of Nephrology Care Challenges and Clinical Innovations for 2023 at a recent St. Louis National Kidney Foundation Fellows Renal Roundtable

Anitha Vijayan, MD, FASN 

– Professor of Medicine
– Director, Acute Dialysis Services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH), BJH West County and The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis
Recipient of the Neville Grant Award for Clinical Excellence
– Elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) Honor Medical Society


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