As the department of internal medicine at Saint Louis University gears up to celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2011, two new division directors in the department have been named. Brent Tetri, M.D., director of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, and Michael Lim, M.D., director of the division of cardiology, represent the next generation of leaders in the department on internal medicine, says Adrian M. Di Bisceglie, M.D., chair of the department of internal medicine and holder of the Bander Chair in Internal Medicine.
"The department experienced rapid growth during the 80s and 90s under the leadership of Dr. Coy Fitch who hired a series of young, vigorous division directors," Di Bisceglie said. "Dr. Lim and Dr. Tetri will spearhead the next cycle of growth in the department of internal medicine."
Brent Tetri, M.D.
Tetri, a professor of internal medicine at Saint Louis University and a hepatologist at the Saint Louis University Liver Center, has served as interim director of gastroenterology and hepatology since June.
Tetri is a distinguished hepatologist with an international reputation in the area of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. He came to SLU in 1991 as an assistant professor of internal medicine.
|Brent Tetri, M.D.|
"Dr. Tetri will build upon the strong tradition of excellence in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology and take it to the next level. I have every confidence that he will be an outstanding leader for our students, residents and faculty members of his division," Di Bisceglie said.
Tetri is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wis. He completed subspecialty training in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of California San Francisco and the UCSF Liver Center Laboratory.
Tetri is the principal investigator at Saint Louis University for the NASH CRN (Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network), which is funded by the NIH. This clinical network has studied novel treatments for NASH and recently published a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine with Tetri as coauthor. Grants from this network, which is currently in its second funding cycle, have brought approximately $6 million to the University.
Tetri has served as a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and as a Fellow in the American College of Gastroenterology. He has held leadership positions within the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and has been recognized as a Best Doctor in the St. Louis region every year since 1998.
Tetri has published more than 50 original publications and 40 book chapters and review articles on general liver disease and fatty liver disease. He also has served as course director for the second year medical student core curriculum in gastroenterology at Saint Louis University.
Michael Lim, M.D.
Lim, a professor of internal medicine and a SLUCare cardiologist, has served as interim director of cardiology since June 2009.
|Michael Lim, M.D.|
"During his time as interim director of the division of cardiology, Dr. Lim showed outstanding leadership both within the division and in working with SLU Hospital. His leadership and skills in interventional cardiology made him the right person to lead the future of cardiology at SLU," Di Bisceglie said.
Lim is a national leader in the area of interventional cardiology. He came to SLU in 2003 as an assistant professor of internal medicine and has served as director of the catheterization labs at SLU Hospital.
After graduating from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completing his residency at Indiana University, Lim served as chief medical resident at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Indianapolis. He completed his training in cardiology and a fellowship in interventional cardiology at the University of Michigan.
Lim has conducted extensive clinical research using devices and other interventions in the management of coronary heart disease and congestive heart failure, as part of both large multi-center clinical trials and as an independent investigator at SLU.
Lim has served as a Fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, a Fellow in the American Society of Angiology and a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology. He was recognized with a "Forty Under 40" award by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2005, has been named a Best Doctor in the St. Louis region every year since 2005, and was named Teacher of the Year in the division of cardiology in 2006 and 2007.
Established in 1836, the School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: infectious disease, liver disease, aging and brain disease, cancer and heart/lung disease. The school's department of internal medicine will celebrate its centennial in 2011.