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Information for Our Community

Whether you are part of our community or are interested in joining us, we welcome you to Washington University School of Medicine.


Patient Care

Our highly active group of nearly 2,000 faculty physicians represents 78 specialties and subspecialties in medicine and allied health.

As the School of Medicine’s clinical practice, Washington University Physicians is among the largest academic practices in the nation. Our broad network of specialists and scientists work across fields to translate new discoveries into better care.

For patients

Washington University Physicians are consistently recognized on the Castle Connolly Top Doctors® List. We are honored to serve you with expert, compassionate care at locations across the St. Louis region, in both Missouri and Illinois.

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Despite our practice’s large size, clinical education occurs largely at individual patients’ bedsides and in one-on-one or small-group settings. This provides students and trainees ideal learning conditions: A diverse patient community in an intimate mentoring environment. Patients, in turn, benefit from closer attention and a team approach that considers multiple opinions before choosing the best path.

Video: Amy and Jason Lair wanted to know why their son, James, was small and didn’t progress physically like others his age. After years of searching for answers, they found them through the Undiagnosed Diseases Network at Washington University School of Medicine.
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Partner hospitals and patient care centers

Washington University faculty physicians serve as the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Located on the Washington University Medical Campus, both are nationally ranked, world-class teaching hospitals with a strong network of in- and outpatient health care services.

Also on the medical campus, the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is an international leader in cancer research, treatment, prevention and community outreach. Siteman is the only cancer center in Missouri to hold the National Cancer Institute‘s Comprehensive Cancer Center designation.

clinical sites

Includes locations in Missouri and Illinois


Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, 2023

1.6 million
outpatient visits


Our faculty physicians care for patients at dozens of additional locations throughout the St. Louis region as well. Students and trainees may complete rotations at sites including Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Progress West Healthcare Center, Shriners Hospital — St. Louis and Veterans Administration Medical Center. In addition, medical students are encouraged to gain primary care experience in both rural and urban settings.

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Clinical trials

Patients of Washington University Physicians may have access to clinical trials and studies that are not available to the general population. Clinical studies help physicians and scientists develop new, potentially life-saving therapies and treatments. Before participating in a trial, patients are given a full explanation of the risks and benefits.

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Specialty services in Illinois are provided by Washington University Physicians in Illinois, Inc., which is an Illinois nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that provides services exclusively in Illinois and is affiliated with Washington University.

Castle Connolly Top Doctors® is a federally registered trademark of Castle Connolly.