This year, SLUCare is launching a major campaign to reintroduce ourselves to the St. Louis region. If you haven't already seen the ads, you will, everywhere from radio to highway billboards to shopping malls to newspapers and magazines. The year-long campaign seeks to answer the question, "Who are we?"
In short, we are SLUCare, the physicians of Saint Louis University. We are committed to the same principles that guide the entire Saint Louis University community, from our dedication to the highest-quality health care to our Jesuit mission of pursuing truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity.
Who are we? We are physicians. We care for patients every day.
With more than 500 physicians in dozens of specialties and subspecialties, SLUCare is a leading provider of health care in the St. Louis region. From routine office visits to lifesaving surgical procedures, our physicians are committed to excellent patient care.
At SLUCare, the patient always comes first. We understand that your time is valuable, and we make every effort to see new and established patients as soon as possible. In order to provide excellent treatment, we know careful listening and attention to the concerns and needs of our patients are required.
Who are we? We are educators. We train the physicians of tomorrow.
Saint Louis University School of Medicine has a long tradition of excellence in teaching, research and patient care. Established in 1836, the school has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. Today, about 550 faculty members, 700 medical students and 550 residents in 48 graduate medical education programs call SLU home.
Representing our physician educators is Dr. Mark Varvares, a nationally-renowned otolaryngologist and director of Saint Louis University Cancer Center. A native of Florissant, Varvares received his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He was on the faculty at Saint Louis University School of Medicine from 1994 to 1996 before being named to the faculty of Harvard Medical School, finally returning home to St. Louis - and to SLU - in 2003.
"The institution has a great philosophy of service to the community, a history of education of students who become compassionate clinicians and is an important contributor to our region and communities," Varvares says.
As director of the otolaryngology residency training program, Dr. Varvares is actively involved in students' education as diagnosticians and surgeons. He also recently took on a role as preceptor for a group of medical students who created an elective called "Humanism in the Care of Cancer Patients."
"Working with residents and students is my greatest source of satisfaction in my job," he says.
Who are we? We are researchers. We develop cures and treatments used to save lives around the globe.
In 2007, the Doisy Research Center was completed, adding an attractive silhouette to St. Louis' distinctive skyline and serving as a physical reminder of Saint Louis University's commitment to scientific research.
"Research performed here is critical to the faculty, our trainees and our patients. It allows us not to just help one patient at a time but also gives us the possibility of making significant changes in how we care for patients," says Dr. Varvares, who, as director of Saint Louis University Cancer Center, oversees dozens of nationally funded research studies aimed at developing better treatments for cancer. "The status quo of the practice of medicine is not good enough. Without research we cannot move the ball forward. It is also what provides the greatest credibility of the institution such as ours.
"Quality care is a given; research helps to set institutions like ours apart from the others."