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A Message From Dean Wilmott

Dean WilmottDear School of Medicine alumni,

First, thank you.

Chances are you are working through this global pandemic in some way that will forever hold a place in your memory.   In your career, each of you has made sacrifices to be a physician, and now that crisis is upon us, you are not backing down; you continue to sacrifice. Thank you for your work and dedication to your craft; you are truly remarkable.

The Saint Louis University School of Medicine, like all medical schools, hospitals, and practices around the country, has been dramatically affected by COVID-19.  The School of Medicine, our clinical practice SLUCare, and our partners at SSM are working in tandem to keep our campuses and community safe, informed, and operational.

We have quickly and efficiently implemented many protocols to meet the needs of the campus and our community:

In addition to the adjustments we are making and the research we are conducting, I am pleased to announce that Stephen C. Peiper, M.D. (Med ’77) and his wife, Zi-Xuan “Zoe” Wang, Ph.D. have given $750,000 to SLU to support research aimed at developing new vaccines for COVID-19 and other illnesses. This gift establishes a center of excellence in vaccine research and will be called the Stephen C. Peiper and Zi-Xuan Wang Institute for Vaccine Science and Policy.

We have not experienced anything like this in our lifetimes, but we are working together to figure out the best course of action.

I wish you peace and focus as you navigate this crisis, as a Saint Louis University School of Medicine graduate, you have already dedicated the years of hard work, self-discovery, and emotional commitment necessary to accept the challenges that lie ahead. 


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Robert Wilmott, M.D.
Dean, School of Medicine
Vice President for Medical Affairs