Three Bone Health Program Physicians Selected as Top Doctors® 2021

Congratulations to three of our Bone Health Physicians for being placed on the 2021 Castle Connolly Top Doctors® List: James Avery, MD, Kathryn Diemer, MD, and Naga Yalla, MD. The Top Doctors® selection process is entirely merit-based. Doctors cannot pay to be listed. More information can be found at the Best Doctors® website. This list […]

Nicola Napoli MD, PhD, Elected to Leadership Position with the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)

Nicola Napoli, MD, PhD, was elected to the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Council (Board of Directors).  ASBMR is the premier professional organization promoting research, education, and patient care in the musculoskeletal and mineral metabolism field internationally. The ASBMR Council is vested with the powers and authority to manage all the activities […]

Deborah Veis, MD, PhD, Appointed Next Editor-in-Chief of JBMR® Plus

Deborah Veis, MD, PhD, has been appointed to serve as the next editor-in-chief of the journal JBMR® Plus. Launched in 2017, JBMR® Plus is the premier, monthly, open access journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). A companion to the internationally recognized Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR®), JBMR® Plus […]

Welcome Kashif Shaikh, MD

Kashif S. Shaikh, MD, has been appointed Fellow in Osteoporosis, Metabolic Bone Disorders for the academic year 2021-2022, and started his fellowship on July 1st, 2021. After graduating from Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan, he completed his internal medicine residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas, in 2012. […]

Gary Gottesman, MD, Appointed Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

Gary S. Gottesman, MD, has been appointed Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, with a part-time appointment in our division as of July 1st, 2021. An MD graduate of the University of Michigan, Gottesman completed his residency in Pediatrics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1991, and a fellowship in Medical Genetics at WUSM in 1995. […]

Mahshid Mohseni, MD, Promoted to Assistant Professor of Medicine

Mahshid Mohseni, MD, has been promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor of Medicine on the Clinician Track effective July 1st, 2021. Mohseni graduated from Isfahan University, Iran, and completed her internal medicine residency at Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, West Virginia; followed by a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the University […]

Three Bone Health Program Physicians Selected as Best Doctors in America 2020

Congratulations to three of our Bone Health Physicians for being placed on the Best Doctors in America for 2020 list: James Avery, MD, Roberto Civitelli, MD, and Michael P. Whyte, MD. The Best Doctors in America is an online resource developed by Best Doctors, Inc. Best Doctors believes physicians are the most qualified to evaluate […]

Mbalaviele Lab and Colleagues Published in PLOS Biology

Jianqiu Xiao PhD, Chun Wang MD, PhD, Gabriel Mbalaviele PhD, and colleagues, published a paper in PLOS Biology in which they demonstrate that radiation causes tissue damage by dysregulating inflammasome pathways in both host and transplanted cells. Citation: Radiation causes tissue damage by dysregulating inflammasome-gasdermin D signaling in both host and transplanted cells. Xiao J, […]

Welcome Nilton Salles Rosa Neto, MD, PhD, RhMSUS

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Nilton Salles Rosa Neto has joined our division as Clinical Fellow in our Osteoporosis, Bone and Mineral Diseases fellowship for the current academic year, 2020-2021. Dr. Salles Rosa Neto received his medical degree from Universidade Federal do Parana, Brazil, in 2004. In 2008, he completed his Internal Medicine […]

Gabriel Mbalaviele, PhD, Promoted to Professor of Medicine

Gabriel Mbalaviele, PhD, was promoted to the rank of Professor of Medicine with tenure on July 1st, 2020. Dr. Mbalaviele has reached this outstanding academic achievement through an unusual professional and personal journey. A native of the Republic of the Congo, he received his graduate training in Developmental Physiology in Paris, France, in the early […]

Steven Mumm, PhD, Promoted to Professor of Medicine

Steven Mumm, PhD, was promoted to the rank of Professor of Medicine on July 1st, 2020. Dr. Mumm has developed his career almost entirely at Washington University and Shriners Hospitals for Children, where he has been a member of their Scientific Staff since 1998. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Bone and […]

Nerves in Bone: Evolving Concepts in Pain and Anabolism

The innervation of bone has been described for centuries, and our understanding of its function has rapidly evolved over the past several decades. In this review published in the August 2019 issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Erica Scheller, DDS, PhD, and co-workers provide a historical perspective of skeletal neurobiology highlighting the […]

Gabriel Mbalaviele, PhD, Appointed to Veterans Affairs Study Section

Gabriel Mbalaviele, PhD, has been appointed to serve a 3-year term as a member of the Merit Review Subcommittee, Endocrinology – B, Special Emphasis Panel, Veterans Affairs (VA). Members are selected on the basis of their competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, […]

Mahshid Mohseni, MD, Top 10% Doctor in Patient Satisfaction; Accepted in the Washington University Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation

Bone and Mineral Division faculty Mahshid Mohseni, MD, ranked in the top 10% of patient satisfaction scores for the last 6 months of 2018. Electronic surveys are sent to patients after office visits to rate their experience, and Mohseni was among those Washington University Physicians with more than 10 survey responses and scores high enough […]

Division Faculty Advocate for NIH Funding and DXA Bill on Capitol Hill

On January 30th, 2019, faculty of the Division of Bone and Mineral Diseases and of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery joined other members and leaders of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) in Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C., to advocate for the National Institutes of Health and predictable funding for scientific research […]

Advances in Marrow Adiposity by the Scheller & Craft Lab

In a trio of recent papers, members of the Scheller & Craft lab and colleagues provide key insights about the function of the bone marrow adipocyte and its relationship with cells of the skeletal niche. First, they identify adrenergic receptors as key mediators of the biochemical and functional distinctions between peripheral fat and bone marrow […]

Mbalaviele Lab and Colleagues Published in PLOS Biology

Jianqiu Xiao PhD, Chun Wang MD, PhD, Gabriel Mbalaviele PhD, and colleagues, published a paper in PLOS Biology in which they show that pyroptosis mediated by the pore-forming protein gasdermin D plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of a severe genetic autoinflammatory disorder known as neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease. Citation: Gasdermin D mediates the […]

Michael P. Whyte, MD, Awarded the Society for Endocrinology Transatlantic Medal 2019

Bone and Mineral Division Faculty Michael P. Whyte, MD, has been awarded the Society for Endocrinology Transatlantic Medal 2019. The Transatlantic Medal is awarded, on an annual basis, to a North American endocrinologist judged to have made significant contributions to the discipline. The award of this Medal was instituted to promote connections between endocrinology in […]

Five Bone Health Program Physicians Selected as Best Doctors in America 2018

Congratulations to five of our Bone Health Physicians for being placed on the Best Doctors in America for 2018 list: James Avery, MD, Roberto Civitelli, MD, Laura Colletti, MD, Kathryn Diemer, MD, and Michael P. Whyte, MD. The Best Doctors in America is an online resource developed by Best Doctors, Inc. Best Doctors believes physicians […]

Clarissa Craft, PhD, Awarded a New NIH Grant

Although not immediately obvious to many, nerves are present in bone and they do affect the skeleton in its response to systemic and local stimuli. Division faculty, Clarissa Craft, PhD, has been awarded a $272,000 grant by the NIH-NICDR to study key extracellular matrix determinants that modulate nerve growth in the craniofacial skeleton. She will […]

Division Faculty Appointed to Leadership Positions with the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)

Four division faculty serve in leadership positions for the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). Clarissa Craft, PhD, was appointed to the Finance Committee, which oversees the financial affairs of the society and advises on budget consideration and fiscal strategies. She will start her service in September 2018. Erica Scheller, DDS, PhD, is […]

Michael Whyte, MD, Co-Author of a Landmark Study on a New Therapy for X-Linked Hypophosphatemic Rickets (XLH)

XLH is a rare metabolic bone disease, but it is the most frequent cause of hereditary rickets nowadays, leading to permanent skeletal deformities, functional impairment and chronic pain. Conventional therapy for XLH, oral phosphorus and active vitamin D metabolites, can help control the metabolic abnormalities, but is unsatisfactory for preventing or reversing the skeletal deformities. […]

Kathryn M. Diemer, MD, Promoted to Professor of Medicine

Kathryn Diemer, MD, has been promoted to the rank of Professor of Medicine on the Clinician Track effective July 1st, 2018. Diemer is a nationally recognized expert in osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases and has been at the forefront in the application of bone densitometry in clinical practice to assess fracture risk. She is an […]

Gabriel Mbalaviele, PhD, Featured in The St. Louis American (Links to an external site)

Gabriel Mbalaviele, PhD, was featured in the November 30, 2017 issue of The St. Louis American weekly newspaper highlighting his research in inflammation to fight disease. The St. Louis American has been a continuously published newspaper since 1928.  It is a voice of the area’s African American community, and has extended its reach to become […]

Deborah Veis Novack, MD, PhD, Participates in Rally for Medical Research

On September 13-14, 2017, Deborah Veis Novack, MD, PhD, participated in the Rally for Medical Research in Washington, DC. This annual event brings together 300+ researchers, clinicians, and patient advocates from 300+ organizations to meet in the offices of our Senators and Representatives to demonstrate the value of medical research to all citizens. Through this […]

Roberto Civitelli, MD Receives the ASBMR Shirley Hohl Service Award

On Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, Roberto Civitelli, MD was presented with the Society’s Shirley Hohl Service Award by ASBMR President Jane Cauley, DrPh. This award is given to an individual whose activities best represent the dedicated and unselfish devotion in […]

N-cadherin involved in the “osteoanabolic” effect of Wnt stimulators

In an article published in June 2017 issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Francesca Fontana, MD, PhD, and colleagues in the laboratory of Roberto Civitelli, MD, report that mice genetically deficient in N-cadherin – a molecule that allows cells to adhere to each other and modulates Wnt signaling – accrue more bone […]

Steven Mumm, PhD, Received Fifteen-Year Service Recognition from the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) Program

Steven Mumm, PhD, has recently received his Fifteen-Year Service Recognition from the Student and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) Program. The STARS Program offers academically-talented students who are entering their senior year of high school a rare opportunity to work within a laboratory research setting with top scientists at Confluence Life Science, Donald Danforth Plant […]

Five Bone Health Program Physicians Selected as Best Doctors in America 2017

Congratulations to five of our Bone Health Physicians for being placed on the Best Doctors in America for 2017 list: James Avery, MD, Roberto Civitelli, MD, Laura Colletti, MD, Kathryn Diemer, MD, and Michael P. Whyte, MD. The Best Doctors in America is an online resource developed by Best Doctors, Inc. Best Doctors believes physicians […]

Mbalaviele and Colleagues’ Article in PLOS ONE is in the Top 25% Most Cited

The article published by Mbalaviele and colleagues (PLoS One, 2012, 7:e35979) on the development of a mouse model of neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease (NOMID) is among the top 25% most cited PLOS ONE articles as of July 3, 2017. NOMID, which is caused by NLRP3 activating-mutations, is associated with excessive IL-1β secretion and skeletal deformities, […]

Deborah Novack, MD, PhD, Promoted to Professor of Medicine

Deborah Novack, MD, PhD, was promoted to the rank of Professor of Medicine in the Division of Bone and Mineral Diseases, Department of Medicine, with secondary appointment as Professor of Pathology and Immunology, as of July 1st, 2017. Dr. Novack has been affiliated with our Division since 2003, where she developed her independent research program […]

Gabriel Mbalaviele, PhD, Selected for Skeletal Biology Development and Disease Study Section

Division faculty Gabriel Mbalaviele, PhD, has been appointed to serve a 6-year term as a member of the Skeletal Biology Development and Disease Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health.  Members are selected on the basis of their competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research […]

Michael P. Whyte, MD selected to present at ENDO 2017 in Orlando, FL

Michael P. Whyte, MD’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM) manuscript entitled Asfotase Alfa Treatment Improves Survival for Perinatal and Infantile Hypophosphatasia is one of twelve that have been selected for a speaker slot in this year’s “Best of JCEM 2016” oral session to be held at ENDO 2017 in Orlando during the morning of […]

Michael P. Whyte, MD Awarded Alumni Association Award

Dr. Michael P. Whyte will be awarded the 2016 Richard L. Day, MD Master Teacher Award in Pediatrics by the Alumni Association of the College of Medicine for SUNY Downstate.  The award ceremony will be held on May 20, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY.  The Master Teacher Award is given to an alumnus/a for excellence in […]

Roberto Civitelli, MD Appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research

The American Society of Bone and Mineral Rearch Council is pleased to announce that Dr. Roberto Civitelli of the Washington University School of Medicine has been appointed as the sixth Editor-in-Chief of the Society’s official publication, the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR). Dr. Civitelli was selected after an editor search led by Dr. […]

Three Division Scientists Receive American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Young Investigator Awards

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Young Investigator Award recognizes young investigators who submit top-ranking abstracts to an ASBMR Meeting. This year, three of our scientists received ASBMR Young Investigator Awards: Jennifer Davis, DBBS Pre-doctoral Trainee, from Deborah Novack’s Lab Francesca Fontana, MD, PhD, Post-doctoral Research Associate from Roberto Civitelli’s Lab Nidhi Rohatgi, […]

Department of Medicine’s Length of Service Awards

Washington University Department of Medicine’s Length of Service Awards Ceremony was held on July 22, 2016. Pictured on the bottom row, second from the left is Patricia Hagen from the Division of Bone and Mineral Diseases celebrating 20 years of service. Patricia is the Grant Specialist for the Division.

Organic Matrix Proteins Regulate Bone Marrow Adiposity and Bone Mass

Clarissa Craft, PhD, published an article in Frontiers in Endocrinology’s special issue: “Bone marrow adipose tissue: formation, function, and impact on health and disease”. Insulin resistance is commonly associated with Type-II diabetes and obesity. In the article, Craft describes a link between insulin resistance, pathologic marrow adipose tissue expansion, and perturbed hematopoiesis. Citation: Walji TA, […]