Teaching Facilities

The 164-acre Washington University Medical Center, spread over portions of 17 city blocks, is located along the eastern edge of Forest Park in St. Louis. Along the western edge of the park is the 169-acre Danforth Campus of the university. All campuses (North, West, Danforth and Medical) are connected by the MetroLink light rail system. The Danforth Campus and the Medical Campus are also connected by the Washington University Gold MetroBus. Students, faculty and staff can access both of these modes of transport with a free U-Pass, obtained from the Transportation Office, along with their Washington University identification badge.

In addition, in the last decade, major renovations to existing buildings continue, with emphasis on research facilities. The Department of Ophthalmology remodeled their wet labs and offices on the 1st, 10th, 11th and 12th floors of McMillan Hospital Building. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics renovated research labs on half of the second floor of the McDonnell Sciences Medical Building and created a chemistry-intensive open laboratory on the 2nd floor of the Cancer Research Building. Renovations to the Clinical Sciences Research Building (CSRB) were done to create space for the Center for the Study of Itch. A world-class zebrafish facility was built in the basement of the McDonnell Sciences Medical Building. Half of the 8th floor of the McDonnell Sciences Medical Building was overhauled into modern, open laboratories to create additional space for Anatomy and Neurobiology and Internal Medicine.

A major renovation of the Maternity Hospital was completed for the Department of Obstetrics, floors two through six are completely renovated into new office space for Obstetrics faculty and administration. The recently acquired building at 4533 Clayton Ave. has been renovated into office space for the departments of Anesthesiology, Radiology and Obstetrics. The sixth floor of the Bernard Becker Library has been overhauled to make way for the Center for the History of Medicine. The Taylor Avenue Building was purchased and renovations and relocations for Public Health Sciences, the Institute of Public Health and the Department of Medicine have been made. Floors three through five have been renovated for administration space in the Wohl Clinic. A new Cyclotron has been installed in an expansion of the East Building.

In addition, major maintenance projects continue to be done to keep existing buildings in good functional shape.

Ongoing improvements to the campus infrastructure are being made through the Public Realm Project, which is focused on landscape, street lighting and streetscape enhancements.

Unprecedented growth has occurred at the medical center over the past 15 years. At the School of Medicine alone during the past five years, almost $270 million has been expended on capitalized infrastructure, renovation and new construction. Capital improvements and strategic purchases have added approximately 1.5 million square feet of space to the medical school during this same period. In the most recent fiscal year, more than $150 million of capitalized expenditures were made at the School.

In the last 15 years, School of Medicine expansion has included the Genome Sequencing Center (GSC) Data Center; the Northwest Tower; the school’s first dedicated teaching facility, the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center; the Specialized Research Facility — East; the Southwest Tower/Charles F. Knight Emergency Center; the Center for Advanced Medicine; the McDonnell Pediatric Research Building; two parking garages; and the acquisition of the Central Institute for the Deaf buildings.

The BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine (2009) was built to support the Washington University BioMed 21 initiative. Construction is now complete and consists of approximately 675,000 square feet. It is an eleven- and six-story building (the building is also structured to add an additional ten stories above the six story portion of the building). The top five floors, totaling 215,000 square feet, are wet labs to support the six research centers associated with BioMed 21 along with lab space for Pathology and Immunology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pediatric Surgery. There is also a 30,000-square-foot vivarium in the lower level. BJC HealthCare occupies the first five floors, which houses dietary services, offices, pharmacy and clinical labs.

The GSC Data Center (2008) is a state-of-the art data center located across Newstead Avenue from its parent department in the 4444 Forest Park Building. A 14,000-square-foot building houses a 3,000-square-foot data room capable of populating 120 high-speed blade center racks and disk racks. This facility will allow the GSC to expand their research capability in the demanding world of sequencing grants and projects for years to come. A 16,500-square-foot expansion of this facility, supporting research, funded by an ARRA grant, was completed in 2012.

The eight-story Northwest Tower (2006) resides above the seven-level Children’s Hospital Garage. This new 190,000-square-foot building provides faculty office space.

The Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (2005), a 110,000-square-foot, six-story facility, located at the corner of Scott and Euclid avenues, is the home for all of the School of Medicine teaching labs; ER, patient room and OR simulation training rooms; small-group and seminar rooms; and all individual student study areas. A lecture hall, case-study hall and café are on the first floor of the building.

The Specialized Research Facility — East (2004) is a 56,000-square-foot barrier facility supporting several research study programs.

The Center for Advanced Medicine (2001), at the corner of Euclid and Forest Park avenues, is a shared facility between the school and BJC. This building brings all of the medical center’s clinics together under one roof. The School of Medicine occupies 243,400 square feet in the Center for Advanced Medicine and 75,000 square feet on three floors in the new Southwest Tower. Located in the heart of the Center for Advanced Medicine is the 66,150-square-foot Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center. The Siteman Cancer Center is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the region.

The McDonnell Pediatric Research Building (2000) added 230,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research facilities — four and a half floors for the Department of Pediatrics, three floors for the Department of Molecular Microbiology, and one-half floor for the Department of Medicine — on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Children’s Place. This building includes a Barnes & Noble bookstore with a coffee shop on the ground level.

The School of Medicine is divided into two segments. Clinical departments are predominantly located on the west side of the Medical Center, adjacent to hospital and patient areas. Preclinical departments are to the east. Research and instructional endeavors occupy the greater portion of the facilities, with more than 1.8 million gross square feet devoted to these activities. In the aggregate, the medical school occupies nearly 6 million gross square feet of space on this campus.

The focal point of the preclinical teaching activities is the McDonnell Medical Sciences Building, the center of activity for entering medical students. This building, with 300,000 square feet of research laboratories, was made possible by James Smith McDonnell III, a generous benefactor of Washington University. Rising nine floors above ground, it contains administrative offices and two lecture halls on the first floor. Three floors of wet lab space were completely renovated in the last five years. Offices and research laboratories for the seven basic science departments are located on the upper floors. Modern centralized animal quarters are housed in the basement.

The North and South Buildings, in which the work of several Nobel laureates has centered, have been renovated extensively. Along with the Cancer Research Building, they continue to provide space for laboratories, offices and some departmental facilities.

The East Building houses an MRI facility, a cyclotron, computer installations and other components of the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. The East Building also houses several administrative office suites.

A network of pedestrian bridges provides the ability to move freely among the major facilities, enhancing the interaction of all medical center institutions and benefiting research and patient care.

Other facilities owned or operated by Washington University include:

The 45,160-gross-square-foot Eric P. Newman Education Center accommodates non-degree professional education for the medical center. The education center provides auditoriums, classrooms, meeting space and lecture halls to support and enhance a comprehensive education program.

The five-story Biotechnology Center supports laboratories for the departments of Psychiatry, Medicine, Neurology, and Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology.

McMillan Hospital Building houses offices and research laboratories for the departments of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Otolaryngology.

The Edward Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) is internationally recognized for excellence in teaching, research and clinical services. Housed in its own 13-story building, MIR has satellite facilities in Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the Clinical Sciences Research Building, the East Building, the Scott Avenue Imaging Center, the Center for Advanced Medicine, the Charles F. Knight Emergency Center and the South County Siteman Cancer Center. Services also are provided at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Progress West Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and at the Washington University Orthopedics and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Outpatient Orthopedic Center.

With consolidation of psychiatric patient care services in the West Pavilion, the eight-story Renard Hospital provides additional office and laboratory space for the Department of Psychiatry.

Maternity Hospital provides offices for the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. A Perinatal Center and some Psychiatry clinical research are located in this building.

The West Building contains administrative offices and research laboratories for the Department of Pathology and Immunology and research labs for the Department of Medicine.

Wohl Hospital Building provides offices and laboratories for the Department of Medicine and the Department of Surgery.

Wohl Clinic The lower five floors contain the Chromalloy American Kidney Dialysis Center, space for translational research and faculty & administrative offices. The upper five floors are devoted to research facilities for several departments of the School of Medicine.

The 294,302-gross-square-foot building at 4444 Forest Park houses administrative offices of various medical school departments plus the Program in Physical Therapy, the Program in Occupational Therapy and the Genome Sequencing Center, including the new Center for Genomics and Human Genetics.

The 4511 Forest Park Medical Building houses administrative offices and research labs for the Department of Radiation Oncology. The third-floor clinic and office area has recently been renovated into wet lab research space.

The 136,977-gross-square-foot, seven-story East McDonnell Specialized Research Facility is a maximum-barrier research facility to accommodate higher brain function research and transgenic studies.

The 10-story Clinical Sciences Research Building (CSRB), 357,768 gross square feet and North Tower Research Addition, 201,349 gross square feet, consolidates medical school specialized research into one structure. The top three floors of the addition house wet lab research space.

The new 4515 McKinley Research Building (2015) 215,755 gross square feet accommodates the consolidated Department of Genetics as well as new recruitments for the Center for Genomic Science, the Department of Medicine, and Regenerative Medicine. A Cellular Imaging Core is located in the basement and will draw people from across the School of Medicine and Danforth campuses. The building was designed with an open concept to encourage collaborative and interdisciplinary communications among researchers.

The 4488 Forest Park Parkway Building houses, among other things, the recently completed administrative offices, and research labs for the Washington University Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC). The ADRC is one of 29 centers funded or otherwise supported by the National Institute on Aging with the collective aim of facilitating advanced research on clinical, genetic, neuropathological, neuroanatomical, biomedical, psychosocial, and neuropsychological aspects of Alzheimer’s disease and related brain disorders.

The second floor of the Taylor Avenue Building (TAB) was renovated in 2012 to create office and teaching space for the Division of Public Health Sciences in the Department of Surgery. This renovation adds ten teaching rooms, each named for a pioneer in public health sciences who opened new fields, paths to study, or applied research to improve population health. The largest teaching space holds fifty people, and many of the rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art video conference technology. The rooms are used to support exceptional population health sciences and clinical research training through the Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS) degree programÿ for clinicians, clinical doctorates, and medical/health services students. The space also accommodates professional meeting space for clinicians and researchers across Washington University campuses for groups including Siteman Cancer Center Prevention and Control, the Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer Center (TREC@WUSTL), and for community partner events through the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD). Additional renovations were completed in 2015 to create space for Psychiatry research, including the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Exercise projects. The space was designed to offer long-term flexibility for future research as priorities and grant funding changes.

The 2-story, 25,000 square foot 620 S. Taylor building was completed in 2015. The ACTU, Weight Management, Neurology and Infectious Disease clinics occupy this space.

Founded in 1911, the Bernard Becker Medical Library is one of the oldest and most comprehensive medical libraries west of the Mississippi. The library serves as an information hub for the Washington University Medical Center and extends its services and resources to the global health science community.

Becker Medical Library’s mission is to bring together resources, information and expertise to deliver innovative support for advancing discovery and improving human health.  Among the resources it offers focusing on health and biological sciences are 6,783 full text e-journals; 21 specialized databases; and 41,028 e-books.  Subject expertise and support comes from library divisions focusing on specific areas aligned with the school’s mission.

The Translational Research Support Division of the library provides specialized knowledge, customized programs and services, and unique information resources to support Washington University’s broader goals of connecting basic research to patient care. The division includes a science support program to provide instruction, consultation services and support for specialized software and databases for the genomic and basic science research community. Its community outreach and health communication program focuses on ways to foster health literacy and seeks opportunities to partner with the School of Medicine, and medical center groups to improve the communication skills of our clinicians and researchers and enhance the creation and delivery of reliable and credible health information. The division also includes a scholarly communications program to support authors and researchers on a wide range of issues including publishing options, public access mandates, copyright and author rights, assessment of research impact and dissemination of research findings.

The Health Information Services Division offers a broad range of biomedical resources and training services to faculty teaching the next generation of health care leaders, to students learning evidence-based medical skills and to clinicians on the front lines providing quality patient care.  This division works closely with the school’s education programs in support of their curricula and the affiliated teaching hospitals to support evidence-based practice.  Its librarians conduct complex literature reviews and collaborate closely with researchers on systematic reviews.

The Collection Management Services Division supports teaching, research and patient care by arranging access to the primary journals, databases and books which faculty require.  Negotiating affordable contracts with a wide variety of publishers and making purchased resources discoverable through the library catalog and electronic portal ensure that basic information needs can be expediently fulfilled.  Interlibrary loan services complement the library’s own collection when necessary by obtaining materials from other libraries

Special Collections (Archives and Rare Books) is a unique and important unit of the library’s resources. The Archives preserve and make accessible 905 archival collections, comprising institutional records, manuscripts, visual items and oral histories that document the medical center’s institutional history, ongoing progress and many significant contributions of its faculty. Among the manuscript collections are papers of William Beaumont, Joseph Erlanger, E.V. Cowdry, Evarts Graham and Carl Cori. There are nine distinct rare book collections containing 16,001 books available for scholarly use. These acclaimed collections include the Bernard Becker Collection in Ophthalmology and Optics, the CID-Max Goldstein Collection in Speech and Hearing, the H. Richard Tyler Collection in Neurology and the Robert E. Schlueter Paracelsus Collection of the St. Louis Medical Society.

The Bernard Becker Medical Library takes pride in providing the latest biomedical information and services to the Medical Center. For detailed information about the library’s programs and services, visit https://becker.wustl.edu.

The library is open to the general public Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Library hours for faculty, students and staff affiliated with Medical Center:

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – midnight
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Telephone numbers:
Circulation Services: (314) 362-7080
Information Services: (314) 362-7085
Interlibrary Loan: (314) 747-0029
Archives and Rare Books: (314) 362-4236

Barnes-Jewish Hospital has a premier reputation in patient care, medical education, research and community service, and is the adult teaching hospital of Washington University School of Medicine, which is ranked among the top medical schools in the country. The 9,573 Barnes-Jewish team members include professional nurses, technicians, service and support personnel, plus more than 1,534 physicians and 829 residents, interns and fellows. Barnes-Jewish is licensed for 1,315 beds and in 2014 had 53,397 inpatient admissions, along with 80,136 emergency department visits. In 2003, Barnes-Jewish Hospital was the first adult hospital in Missouri to earn Magnet recognition, the highest award given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and was redesignated in 2008 and 2013. Barnes-Jewish Hospital has been consistently ranked on the “Honor Roll” of Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report since 1993.

For 135 years, St. Louis Children’s Hospital has been at the forefront of pediatric medicine, with physicians, nurses and staff who dedicate their lives to the care of children. The hospital provides a full range of services to children and their families throughout its 300-mile service area, as well as to children from all fifty states and 80 countries around the world. Children’s Hospital offers comprehensive services in every pediatric medical and surgical specialty, including newborn medicine, cardiology, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery and one of the nation’s largest pediatric transplant programs. St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University is currently ranked in all 10 specialties on the U.S. News 2016-75 list of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. St. Louis Children’s Hospital is one of only 100 hospitals worldwide to be designated as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center® (ANCC), and has had that unique distinction since 2005.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital provides an array of community outreach services, including three pediatric mobile health vans, injury prevention programs, educational classes on parenting and child development, as well as patient and parent support groups. The hospital also operates a Family Resource Center, which provides free child health information services, a physician referral phone line, a mobile phone app called Kid Care, and a parenting blog, www.childrensmomdocs.org. For more information on accessing these, or any hospital services, visit www.stlouischildrens.org.

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. BJC serves urban, suburban and rural communities and includes 12 hospitals and multiple community health locations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care and hospice.

Through a collaboration among the Barnard Cancer Institute, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University, medically indigent patients with cancer or diseases of the skin receive care at no cost to them from Washington University physicians at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Barnard Hospital also houses the Washington University Clinical Research Unit, part of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) Center for Applied Research Sciences (CARS), a support center for Washington University clinical investigators.

CID – Central Institute for the Deaf is an internationally recognized center for deaf education that teaches children to listen, talk and read so they can attend general education schools in their communities with their hearing peers without the use of sign language. CID’s mission includes the continued professional development of teachers of the deaf, speech-language pathologists, audiologists and other professionals who help children acquire speech and spoken language.

CID’s acoustically enhanced “quiet school” features the Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center, serving children and their families from birth to 3. CID Anabeth and John Weil Early Childhood Center and  Virginia J. Browning Primary School serve students ages 3 to 12. CID schoolchildren and their families have come from 48 U.S. states and 33 other countries.

CID services for professionals include continuing education e-courses and workshops, consulting services and in-service training for schools and school districts, and educational curricula that have been used to help children in all U.S. states and many countries throughout the world.

CID is financially independent from, but closely affiliated with, CID at Washington University School of Medicine, which continues to operate CID-developed adult clinic, research and academic programs that benefit children and adults with hearing loss. The university acquired these programs in September 2003 along with state-of-the-art facilities at the CID campus, 4560 Clayton Ave. with CID’s entrance at 825 S. Taylor. CID continues to provide faculty and practicum sites for the university’s graduate degree programs in deaf education and audiology. CID teachers and pediatric audiologists continue to work closely with its speech and hearing scientists in studies involving children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only such center in Missouri. Siteman is world-renowned for its basic science, translational, and prevention and control research. Siteman enhances, promotes and supports interactions among cancer research efforts throughout the campus and has provided an organizational focus and stimulus for researchers to continue to produce cutting-edge institutional research.

The center holds nearly $145 million in extramural funding for cancer research and supports seven research programs (Breast Cancer Research, Cell-to-Cell Communications in Cancer Hematopoietic Development and Malignancy, Oncologic Imaging, Prevention and Control, Solid Tumor Therapeutics Tumor Immunology). Siteman also provides 12011 shared resource facilities to its more than 250 research members. Shared resource facilities include: Center for Biomedical Informatics (CMBI); Siteman Biostatistics Shared Resource (SBSR); Siteman Flow Cytometry Core (SFC); Imaging Response Assessment Core (IRAC); Genome Technology Access Core (GTAC); Biologic Therapy Core Facility (BTCF); Proteomics Shared Resource; Small Animal Cancer Imaging (SACI); Immunomonitoring Laboratory (IML); Genome Engineering and iPSC Center (GEiC); and Tissue Procurement Core (TPC).

Siteman is integrated with The McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University, the Institute for Public Health and the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. In partnership with the community, Siteman’s Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD), addresses racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and other disparities in cancer awareness, screening, treatment and research.

Siteman offers a wide range of educational and training opportunities in cancer research, including seminars, conferences, retreats, a summer student program and a pre/postdoctoral training program in cancer biology research.

For more information regarding Siteman’s research programs, shared resources and educational opportunities, please visit www.siteman.wustl.edu/research.aspx.

A current listing of upcoming seminars is available at www.sitemanseminars.wustl.edu.

Other hospitals. The following hospitals and facilities also are associated with the School of Medicine, and Washington University physicians treat patients at these locations: