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MATERNAL-FETAL & NEWBORN TRANSPORT SERVICES: MOBILIZING FOR MOMS

BY CONNIE MITCHELL
PHOTOS BY GARA DYSON & GREGG GOLDMAN
Jeannie Kelly, MD, MS, and Roxane Rampersad, MD
JEANNIE KELLY, MD, MS, (LEFT) AND ROXANE RAMPERSAD, MD (RIGHT)

Jeannie Kelly, MD, MS, and Roxane Rampersad, MD, recently sat down to talk with me about the Maternal-Fetal & Newborn Transport Services, a fleet of aircraft and ambulances prepared to transport pregnant women and newborns in need of specialized care.

A service of the Women & Infants Center, a collaboration by Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University Physicians and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the service transported more than 353 high-risk pregnant women and 367 newborns within the first 10 months of 2020 alone. Kelly is medical director of the service; Rampersad is its outreach director. Both women are Washington University maternal-fetal medicine specialists at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

We want to keep healthy moms and babies in their own communities, but when that’s not possible, we’re here and available.

JEANNIE KELLY, MD, MS

Among the many vehicles available to rush patients to Barnes-Jewish Hospital for emergency care, six intensive-care ambulances, two twin-engine helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft stand ready. Each is equipped and staffed to deliver patients from locations across the Midwest to the maternal-fetal care specialists they need.

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THE CANCER DOODLER

THE CANCER DOODLER

BY STEPHANIE STEMMLER
ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOHN DIPERSIO, MD, PHD | PHOTOS BY GREGG GOLDMAN

John DiPersio, MD, PhD, is deputy director of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, and chief of the School of Medicine’s Division of Oncology. Beloved by patients, DiPersio is a highly regarded oncologist and researcher, who also is known for his interest in making art. He and his colleagues have been at the forefront of breakthroughs in cancer research, developing new drugs that have moved from the laboratory to patient care. He has led efforts to create personalized cancer immunotherapies that trigger a person’s own immune system to fight a specific type of cancer. Recently, Curiosus writer Stephanie Stemmler visited with DiPersio to talk about his research and his art.

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