Department History

  • In 2016, Dr. Jeffrey Scherrer, Research Director obtained the department's first R01 from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute for the study, "PTSD Treatment Effects on Health Behavior, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease" for $2.35 million over 4 years.
  • In 2013, the existing Department of Counseling and Family Therapy was moved into our department as the Medical Family Therapy program, creating a new degree granting program of Masters in Medical Family Therapy and a PhD in Medical Family Therapy.
  • In 2011, A new Family Medicine Residency Program was inaugurated at Family Care Health Center in St. Louis and St. Mary's Hospital in Clayton. This new program is focused on care of the urban underserved. Dr. Christine Jacobs is the founding Program Director. 
  • In 2010, A new practice was opened at the Doctors Office Building on the Campus of Saint Louis University. This practice began as the initial SLU Medical Home practice, providing a more coordinated form of primary care for SLU employees and dependents. Dr. Bill Manard joined the department as the physician at that practice.
  • In 2008, F. David Schneider became Chairman of the renamed department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Schneider joined the department from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he was professor of family and community medicine and vice chairman of the department. He was also president of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, and held several leadership roles in the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Nationally recognized for his work with the Academy on Violence and Abuse where he was the founding member, president and board chairman, Dr. Schneider also served as co-director of the UT Center for Violence Prevention. He received his B.A. from Boston University College and his MD from Boston University School of Medicine in 1987. He completed his internship and residency at Duke Family Medicine Residency Program and a fellowship in academic family medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned an MSPH in epidemiology.

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