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Letter from the Dean

A shot of Dr. Jacobs Speaking to fellow doctors at a coffee with the dean event

At the start of summer, we celebrated the graduation of 180 new physicians and 30 graduate students. We are also preparing for our incoming class of highly accomplished medical students from across the region and the country. 

The 2022–2023 academic year has been marked by exceptional faculty and staff engagement, as we worked together to design and begin implementing our five-year strategic plan. 

We are celebrating the one-year mark of our SLUCare integration with SSM Healthcare, which is enabling us to grow our practice, compensate our physicians well, and focus on our education and research missions. We are delighted that since our July 1, 2022 integration, SLUCare has grown by over 50 academic physicians, and our faculty is shaping best practices across the system through the SSM Clinical Programs. 

The School of Medicine Office of Research is setting the stage for research growth in the years ahead through significant investment in our research operations, in supporting our research faculty, and in strategic hires, who will help Saint Louis University in its quest for research excellence alongside our current investigators in the School of Medicine and across the university. Our many institutes and centers include, among others, the AHEAD Institute, Center for Vaccine Development, Institute for Drug and Biotherapeutic Innovation, Liver Center, and our new Institute for Translational Neuroscience and Metabolic and Nutrition Institute. 

Our rich history, talented faculty, and enthusiastic learners are guiding us into a bright future. 

Thank you for being part of that legacy. 

Best Regards,

Headshot of Dr. Jacobs
Christine K. Jacobs, M.D.
Vice President of Medical Affairs and Dean to the School of Medicine