Francis Sessions Cole, III, M.D.  fcole@wustl.edu

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Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics
Executive Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Children's Health
Division Chief, Newborn Medicine
Park J. White, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology
Researcher, Pathobiology
Cell Biology & PhysiologySchool of MedicineNewborn Medicine

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Clinical Interests

Genetic regulation of neonatal pulmonary surfactant deficiency has been suggested by studies of gender, genetic linkage, recurrent familial cases, targeted gene ablation in murine lineages, and by racial disparity in risk of neonatal respiratory distress syndrome. Successful fetal-neonatal pulmonary transition requires production of the pulmonary surfactant, a phospholipid-protein film that lines alveoli and maintains alveolar patency at end expiration. Our goal is to understand the genetic mechanisms that disrupt pulmonary surfactant metabolism and cause neonatal respiratory distress syndrome

Education

  • BA, Amherst College1969
  • MD, Yale School of Medicine1973

Training

  • Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School1973 - 1974
  • Internship, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School1973 - 1974
  • Residency, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School1976 - 1978
  • Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School1976 - 1978
  • Research Fellow in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School1978 - 1980
  • Research Fellow, Neonatology and Cell Biology, the Joint Program in Neonatology, Brigham and Women's Hospital1978 - 1981

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 1973National Board of Medical Examiners, #134003
  • 1975MA
  • 1980American Board of Pediatrics #23915
  • 1983American Board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (#1141)
  • 1986MO

Honors and Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Yale University School of Medicine1973
  • M.D., cum laude, Yale University School of Medicine1973
  • 37th Annual Alpha Omega Alpha Lecturer, Washington University School of Medicine1990
  • Clinical Teacher of the Year Award, Washington University School of Medicine1993
  • Invited plenary session speaker, 14th European Congress of Perinatal Medicine, Helsinki, Finland1994
  • FDR Leadership Award from the March of Dimes (co-winner with Senator Christopher Bond, Senior Senator from Missouri)1997
  • Distinguished Faculty Award-Founder's Day, Washington University1997
  • Named the Park J. White, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics1998
  • Distinguished Service Teaching Award, Washington University School of Medicine Class of 20011998
  • Clinical Teaching Award, Washington University School of Medicine Class of 20001999
  • Torch of Youth Award, National Council on Youth Leadership1999
  • Cartíer First Aide Award, St. Louis Effort For AIDS2000
  • Washington University Nominee for the Pfizer Humanism in Medicine Award2003
  • Distinguished Service Teaching Award, Washington University School of Medicine, Class of 20072004
  • Washington University School of Medicine Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient for Distinguished Community Service2009
  • Princeton Award from the Princeton Club of St. Louis in recognition of outstanding leadership in service to the community2010
  • Washington University School of Medicine Samuel R. Goldstein Leadership Award in Medical Education2010
  • Distinguished Service Award from the Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association2013
  • Washington University School of Medicine 2nd Century Award2014
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Moses Brown School, Providence, Rhode Island2015
  • Founder's Award - Midwest Society for Pediatric Research (MWSPR)2016
  • 25th Anniversary Honorees, Heroes for Babies Award - March of Dimes2017
  • Distinguished Service Award, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Medical Staff2019
  • Peter H. Raven Lifetime Achievement Award, The Academy of Science – St. Louis2020

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