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Sutherell to Join Dean's Staff

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Jamie Sutherell as the newest member of my staff.

As associate dean for student affairs, Dr. Sutherell will work closely with Dr. Greg Smith and Dr. Michael Railey on all issues related to student affairs at the medical school. 

Many of you know Dr. Sutherell as the director of medical student education in pediatrics and as a board-certified pediatric cardiologist.  He has done an outstanding job leading the pediatric clerkship, establishing himself as a top-notch educator at SLU and establishing a national reputation in medical education. Dr. Sutherell has won numerous teaching awards, including the Top Teacher Award for Outstanding Teaching in Pediatric Subspecialty and the American Medical Student Association Golden Apple Award for Clinical Education on multiple occasions.  He has also been awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and the Distinguished Teacher Award in Presentation Skills.  Dr. Sutherell currently serves on the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) as co-chair of the National Core Pediatric Curriculum Revision Group. 

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Sutherell graduated magna cum laude from Malone College in Canton, Ohio, where he ran track and played the trumpet (on scholarship) before earning his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio. 

Dr. Sutherell first came to St. Louis in 2002 for a pediatric residency at Washington University and served as chief resident before returning to Ohio for a pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. He joined SLU School of Medicine’s faculty in 2009, where he earned a master’s degree in education, revamped the pediatric cardiology fellowship, and maintained outstanding student programs in pediatrics.  

With Dr. Sutherell’s transition to associate dean of student affairs, Dr. Jim Willmore will step away from his role of 19 years in student affairs, but I’m pleased to say, will continue as part of my staff.   

Dr. Willmore has been a driving force in the success of our students.  As associate dean of student affairs, his service to the medical school and medical students has been truly remarkable. He has impacted more than 3000 SLU medical students, guiding them through the trials and tribulations of medical school with humor and grace.  During his tenure in student affairs, he answered thousands of panicked calls after hours and provided counsel to students during the most difficult times.  Every year, he prepared medical students for Step #1, Step #2, the clinical years, residency applications, internship and life beyond medicine.

Dr. Willmore will remain as associate dean of admissions for our medical school and with the help of Dr. Smith and Dr. Railey, will aid Dr. Sutherell in making a seamless transition as associate dean of student affairs. 

I congratulate Dr. Sutherell on his new role and thank Dr. Willmore for his years of outstanding service in student affairs.  

Kevin E. Behrns, M.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
1402 South Grand Blvd M268
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: 314-977-9801