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About the School of Medicine

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, including residencies, subspecialty residencies and fellowships, call SLU home.

The school is a leading center of research in five key areas: cancer, infectious disease, liver disease, aging and brain disorders, and heart/lung disease.

As one of only nine NIH-funded vaccine research institutions, SLU's Center for Vaccine Development conducted pivotal research on the H1N1 influenza vaccine. Led by Daniel Hoft, M.D., Ph.D., SLU’s Center for Vaccine Development also has conducted extensive research on biodefense, flavivirus, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and tuberculosis vaccines.

The Saint Louis University Liver Center provides national leadership in the field of hepatology, and is staffed by some of the highest-profile doctors and research scientists in the nation, including co-directors Bruce Bacon, M.D., and Adrian Di Bisceglie, M.D. SLU liver specialists see more than 600 patients per month with various types of liver diseases, and have one of the world's largest hepatitis C practices in the world, treating more than 800 patients annually. Its work with fatty liver disease is internationally recognized.

Saint Louis University researchers also are leading the way in aging and brain disorders research. Funded by a $2.5 million federal grant, SLU is sharing its best practices in elder care by teaching primary care providers from across the state how to care for the burgeoning number of aging adults.

Numerous Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis trials are currently underway at SLU. The University led a groundbreaking study that was funded by a $5.3 million U.S. Department of Defense grant that used cutting-edge imaging equipment to map the brain injuries of combat veterans and civilians.

Mission and Values

The mission of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine is the pursuit of excellence in education, research, clinical care, and community engagement through professional development, collaboration and social justice.

Our educational approach embraces integrated activities in basic and clinical research; the provision of patient-centered, compassionate, culturally competent health care; and engagement with the community through public service. Grounded in an understanding of the scientific method and an appreciation for personal commitment and service to others, these diverse educational experiences prepare individuals for careers and leadership roles in medicine and the medical sciences.

In April 2018, the governing body for the School of Medicine approved its strategic plan after a year of collaboration and dialogue between many faculty members and the hard work of four dedicated planning groups. The plan is a five-year road map that guides the School of Medicine to advance quality and growth in research, education, clinical care and administrative operations. It aligns with our values, vision and mission of living in service to others.

Read the Strategic Plan

In pursuit of its mission, the Saint Louis University School of Medicine seeks to impart to its students the following values:

  • A concern for the sanctity of human life.
  • A commitment to dignity and respect in the provision of medical care to all patients.
  • A devotion to social justice, particularly as regards inequities in availability of and access to health care.
  • Humility in awareness of medicine’s inherent limitations in the cure of illness.
  • An appreciation for all of the factors that affect a person’s state of health or illness.
  • A mature and well-balanced professional behavior that derives from comfortable relationships with members of the human family and one’s Creator.