Faculty Perspectives

Kevin J. Black, MD
I think this is the best place to do psychiatry training. You see a lot of patients with a wide variety of presentations, you have a good deal of independence in patient care decisions after your intern year (yet the faculty are available for questions), there are great research opportunities, and there are a lot of smart people here, not least the residents.
But most important, in my view, this is a place where you will consistently be taught what everyone now calls evidence-based psychiatry. At many big-name places, that gets a wink and a nod, but dogma still rules. Here it's what the faculty have taught for the past 30+ years.
Besides, the hours and night call are sensible, and the ratio of salary to cost of living is good. St. Louis is a family-friendly town but at the same time a big city with quality entertainment including the symphony, art museum, theater, and restaurants.

Physical Exercise Session to stimulate neuroplasticity in Anthropedia Foundation well-being coaching
C. Robert Cloninger, MD, PhD
Health promotion requires recognition of the physical, mental, and spiritual sources of well-being. The psychobiological functioning of human beings cannot be reduced to only neurochemistry, genetics, or brain circuitry despite unfulfilled promises to the contrary throughout history. Treatment needs to be personalized to promote the healthy development of each individual using person-centered approaches that integrate somatic, mental, and meditative techniques in order to reduce vulnerability to illness and promote well-being.

Cooking (and relaxing) for the family after a hard day at the office
Nuri B. Farber, MD
Having grown up in Texas I always thought that I would live there. Since moving here I have found that WashU, its people, and the city form a combination that is unmatched by any place in the country for people wanting to learn and practice great psychiatry. It has been great working with the other faculty in the Department helping our residents become excellent clinicians. Some of my hobbies include reading scifi/fantasy, cooking, and speaking French whenever I get the chance.
Marcie Garland, MD
I am born and raised in Saint Louis and was excited to return for my residency training. Wash U provided me with the opportunity to treat a wide range of pathology that prepared me to go out on my own. However, I enjoyed teaching and my Wash U family so much, that I decided to stay on as faculty. I enjoy spending time with my family, Cardinals baseball, Blues hockey, baking, working-out, traveling, and reading.

A very interactive Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Didactic session!
Anne Glowinski, MD, MPE
Our department is an outstanding environment for trainees. They are both encouraged to develop their own original interests and are nurtured by faculty (from our Chairman to junior faculty) who take mentoring very seriously.

In fact, I have benefited myself from this environment as a post-graduate trainee when I first arrived at WUSM and did a research fellowship mentored by Andrew Heath, one of our internationally known senior scientists and mentors. I came to St. Louis just a few months after completing my training in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hopkins. How did we choose WU? My husband and I looked extensively for a top tier academic center, with outstanding junior faculty development opportunities, in an interesting city where raising a family (we have three sons), having a great life, and engaging fully in our two busy careers would be possible!

Weeding one of my garden plots
Michael Jarvis, MD, PhD
It was during my fourth year as a graduate student in microbiology, as I watched a chromatography column drip late one Saturday night, that I realized I could not do this forever. At that moment, I decided to go to medical school but by then I had been trained to critically solve problems on a secure platform of data. That manner of thinking has guided my approach to resident education since becoming medical director of the BJH inpatient units in 1992. However, the transformation of a student into a physician is much more than learning how to prescribe medications. It is my job to promote the development of a student into a physician who can walk into any situation and confidently know they can help. As Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs my office is directly across the hall from the first year resident work area so that they can walk in at anytime for any reason.
Ginger Nicol, MD
I initially came to Wash U for residency training because of the role the department here played in making Psychiatry recognized as a legitimate branch of medicine. As such, I anticipated that I would get a good grounding in medicine, neurology and pharmacology here. My primary training objective was to become an excellent biological psychiatrist ready for clinical practice....But three important things happened to me in my training here that I did not expect. First, I learned a tremendous amount about behavioral science and psychotherapy, which has become the primary focus of my work. Second, I learned that research can be fun (as can the folks who conduct it!). Finally, I realized that I loved to teach. There was only one thing to do after having these experiences as a trainee here: stay on as faculty! Since I made that decision, I have continued to grow in ways I never anticipated, surrounded by inspiring mentors, brilliant peers, and imaginative and talented students. Wash U is a unique place with rich history and tradition that manages to also be dynamic and exciting at the same time. I am delighted and privileged to continue being a part of this remarkable community as student, researcher, clinician and teacher.

Tahir Rahman, M.D.
Tahir Rahman, MD
I chose psychiatry as a field because it allows me to have multiple streams of interests in science, medicine, ethics, legal issues, as well as research and clinical aspects. My father was a British trained psychiatrist that influenced me early on.

I completed my residency at Johns Hopkins after medical school in Kansas. I joined the faculty at Wash U in 2017. Both Hopkins and Wash U share a common academic pedigree and I feel honored to have these institutions impacting my persepectives.

On a more personal note, I enjoy historical perspectives of medicine, science and space exploration. I have met several astronauts and have written an award winning book entitled "We Came in Peace for all Mankind: the untold story of the Apollo 11 silicon disc." I enjoy lecturing, mentoring, museums, dogs, children, parks, collecting vinyl records and music, vintage hollywood, antiques, collecting autographs and 1960s memorabilia. St. Louis is a fabulous city to do these and many other activities.
Thomas Richardson, MD
Having gone to medical school and trained here , I have had the good fortune to know personally and be part of a department with leaders such as Eli Robins, Samuel B Guze, George Winokur, George Murphy, and now Charles Zorumski--all pioneers in their own right in modern psychiatry.
Other than a two year hiatus, as chief of psychiatry in a USAF hospital, I have been one of the "inbreds" who stayed in St. Louis and practiced clinical psychiatry in a private practice setting for thirty years which also included the teaching of medical students and residents in the hospital and office setting through out this period of time.

After retirement from private practice I joined the depatment, initially on a part time and now for several years a full time basis to continue my love of teaching and seeing hospital and office patients.

Eugene Rubin, MD, PhD
I grew up on the East Coast and came to Wash U in the 1970s as an MD, PhD student with a passion for learning about brain and behavior. I didn’t know if I wanted to be a medical scientist or an educator. The Wash U environment is a perfect place to do both, and like many of our faculty, I am actively engaged in both teaching and research. We train our students and residents to be rigorous and critical thinkers. Advances in the sciences underlying psychiatry and in methods for delivering care are occurring rapidly, and we enjoy preparing our residents for their exciting futures. In addition, Chuck Zorumski and I have shared our enthusiasm for the future of psychiatry with a wider audience by writing books and posting blogs on Psychology Today’s website.
Bryan Sewing, DO
As a native from St. Louis I was excited to remain here for my residency and fellowship training. The program here offered much more than I could ever have imagined. The opportunity to learn and practice psychiatry alongside some of the world's greatest psychiatrists has been incredible. Residents and fellows graduate feeling highly knowledgeable and confident. The opportunities to explore various fields within the department are abundant.
I enjoy the flexibility of practicing psychiatry in St. Louis. I am currently working in private practice, community mental health and teach both trainees and medical students at the medical center.
I enjoy spending my free time with my family, traveling, watching/playing soccer and exercising.

Hard at work in clinic with a dollhouse.
Timothy Eric Spiegel, MD
Working at Washington University with the residents and fellows has been a great experience for me. I really enjoy teaching trainees in my clinic and on the consultation/liaison service at Saint Louis Children's hospital. It is my goal to help residents to become more comfortable and knowledgeable in working with children/adolescents and practicing their psychotherapy skills.
Eric Wittrock, D.O. M.A.
Currently, I see patients at the Washington University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic as part of the Autism Clinical Center. I also see patients in the community psychiatry setting at BJC Behavioral Health.

I am participating in the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and the Well-Being Course offered through the Anthropedia Foundation.