David B. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D.  wilson_d@wustl.edu

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Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology
Hematology and Oncology

phone: (314) 454-6018

Clinical Interests

Dr. Wilson is a physician-scientist in the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. Areas of clinical interest include bone marrow failure, hemolytic anemias, and coagulation disorders. His basic research laboratory studies the role of transcription factors in development and oncogenesis.


  • BA, Kalamazoo College1980
  • MD, Washington University School of Medicine1986
  • PhD, Washington University School of Medicine1986


  • Pediatric Resident, Boston Children's Hospital1986 - 1988
  • Hematology/Oncology Fellow, Dana Farber Cancer Inst1988 - 1991

Licensure and Board Certification

  • MO, Physician, 1993 - Pres
  • Pediatrics, 1993 - 2008
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 1996 - 2020
  • IL, Physician, 2015 - Pres


  • Honors in Chemistry, Kalamazoo College1980
  • Phi Beta Kappa1980
  • Carter Prize for Achievement in the Medical Curriculum1981
  • Lowry Prize in Pharmacology1982
  • Alpha Omega Alpha1986
  • McDonnell Scholars Award in Oncology1992
  • Pfizer Junior Faculty Award in Cardiovascular Biology1992
  • March of Dimes Basil O'Connor Award1993
  • American Heart Association Established Investigator Award1995
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation1998
  • Robert Strunk MD Award in Clinical Excellence for outstanding contributions to the outpatient clinical services2018

Recent Publications view all (102)

  1. Stereotactic body radiation therapy for the treatment of primary cardiac angiosarcoma causing hemodynamic instability. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2019;9(1):5-8. PMID:30611463 
  2. Lamin B receptor-related disorder is associated with a spectrum of skeletal dysplasia phenotypes. Bone. 2018. PMID:30448303 
  3. Transcription factor GATA4 associates with mesenchymal-like gene expression in human hepatoblastoma cells. Tumour Biol. 2018;40(7):1010428318785498. PMID:30074440 
  4. Transcription factor GATA6: a novel marker and putative inducer of ductal metaplasia in biliary atresia. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2018;314(5):G547-G558. PMCID:PMC6008062  PMID:29388792 
  5. Somatic mutations and clonal hematopoiesis in congenital neutropenia. Blood. 2018;131(4):408-416. PMCID:PMC5790127  PMID:29092827 
  6. Comment on: Acquired monosomy 7 myelodysplastic syndrome in a child with clinical features of dyskeratosis congenita and IMAGe association. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2018;65(1). PMID:28834235 
  7. Probing GATA factor function in mouse Leydig cells via testicular injection of adenoviral vectors. Reproduction. 2017;154(4):455–467. doi:10.1530/REP-17-0311  PMCID:PMC5589507  PMID:28710293 
  8. Nkx2-5 and Sarcospan genetically interact in the development of the muscular ventricular septum of the heart. Sci Rep. 2017;7:46438. doi:10.1038/srep46438  PMCID:PMC5390293  PMID:28406175 
  9. Downregulation of transcription factor GATA4 sensitizes human hepatoblastoma cells to doxorubicin-induced apoptosis. Tumour Biol. 2017;39(3):1010428317695016. PMID:28349834 
  10. GLI1+ progenitor cells in the adrenal capsule of the adult mouse give rise to heterotopic gonadal-like tissue. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2016;441:164–175. doi:10.1016/j.mce.2016.08.043  PMCID:PMC5235954  PMID:27585489 
  11. GATA4 regulates blood-testis barrier function and lactate metabolism in mouse Sertoli cells. Endocrinology. 2016;157(6):2416-31. doi:10.1210/en.2015-1927  PMCID:PMC4891789  PMID:26974005 
  12. Hematologic outcomes after total splenectomy and partial splenectomy for congenital hemolytic anemia. J Pediatr Surg. 2016;51(1):122-7. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2015.10.028  PMCID:PMC5083068  PMID:26613837 
  13. GATA4 is a key regulator of steroidogenesis and glycolysis in mouse Leydig cells. Endocrinology. 2015;156(5):1860-1872. doi:10.1210/en.2014-1931  PMCID:PMC4398762  PMID:25668067 
  14. The maternal-age-associated risk of congenital heart disease is modifiable. Nature. 2015;520(7546):230-33. doi:10.1038/nature14361  PMCID:PMC4393370  PMID:25830876 
  15. Clinical outcomes of splenectomy in children: report of the splenectomy in congenital hemolytic anemia registry. Am J Hematol. 2015;90(3):187-92. doi:10.1002/ajh.23888  PMCID:PMC4333061  PMID:25382665 
  16. Novel markers of gonadectomy-induced adrenocortical neoplasia in the mouse and ferret. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2015;399:122-30. doi:10.1016/j.mce.2014.09.029  PMCID:PMC4262703  PMID:25289806 
  17. Gata6 regulates aspartoacylase expression in resident peritoneal macrophages and controls their survival. J Exp Med. 2014;211(8):1525-31. doi:10.1084/jem.20140570  PMCID:PMC4113942  PMID:25024137 
  18. Expression of Wnt and TGF-β pathway components and key adrenal transcription factors in adrenocortical tumors: association to carcinoma aggressiveness. Pathol Res Pract. 2013;209(8):503-9. doi:10.1016/j.prp.2013.06.002  PMCID:PMC3777642  PMID:23866946 
  19. A family with Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome and four variants in two genes of the telomerase core complex. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013;60(6):E4-6. doi:10.1002/pbc.24389  PMCID:PMC3860171  PMID:23335200 
  20. Laser capture microdissection-reduced representation bisulfite sequencing (LCM-RRBS) maps changes in DNA methylation associated with gonadectomy-induced adrenocortical neoplasia in the mouse. Nucleic Acids Res. 2013;41(11):e116. doi:10.1093/nar/gkt230  PMCID:PMC3675465  PMID:23589626 
  21. Conditional mutagenesis of Gata6 in SF1-positive cells causes gonadal-like differentiation in the adrenal cortex of mice. Endocrinology. 2013;154(5):1754-67. doi:10.1210/en.2012-1892  PMCID:PMC3628026  PMID:23471215 
  22. GATA4 is a critical regulator of gonadectomy-induced adrenocortical tumorigenesis in mice. Endocrinology. 2012;153(6):2599-611. doi:10.1210/en.2011-2135  PMCID:PMC3359595  PMID:22461617 
  23. Comparative effectiveness of different types of splenectomy for children with congenital hemolytic anemias. J Pediatr. 2012;160(4):684-689.e13. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2011.09.030  PMID:22050869 
  24. The role of myotubularin-related phosphatases in the control of autophagy and programmed cell death. Adv Biol Regul. 2012;52(1):282-9. doi:10.1016/j.advenzreg.2011.10.001  PMCID:PMC3565244  PMID:22056831 
  25. Transcription factor GATA-4 is abundantly expressed in childhood but not in adult liver tumors. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012;54(1):101-8. doi:10.1097/MPG.0b013e31822d52cf  PMID:21788913 
  26. GATA4 deficiency impairs ovarian function in adult mice. Biol Reprod. 2011;84(5):1033-44. doi:10.1095/biolreprod.110.086850  PMCID:PMC3080425  PMID:21248289 
  27. GATA4 regulates Sertoli cell function and fertility in adult male mice. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2011;333(1):85-95. doi:10.1016/j.mce.2010.12.019  PMCID:PMC3026658  PMID:21172404 
  28. GATA4 protects granulosa cell tumors from TRAIL-induced apoptosis. Endocr Relat Cancer. 2010;17(3):709-17. doi:10.1677/ERC-10-0041  PMID:20554787 
  29. Expression of inositol 1,3,4-trisphosphate 5/6-kinase (ITPK1) and its role in neural tube defects. Adv Enzyme Regul. 2010;50(1):365-72. doi:10.1016/j.advenzreg.2009.10.017  PMCID:PMC2862868  PMID:19914276 
  30. Acquired monosomy 7 myelodysplastic syndrome in a child with clinical features suggestive of dyskeratosis congenita and IMAGe association. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010;54(1):154-7. doi:10.1002/pbc.22283  PMID:19760774 
  31. Pilocytic astrocytoma in a child with Noonan syndrome. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2009;53(6):1147-9. doi:10.1002/pbc.22193  PMID:19621452 
  32. Downsizing to resectability of a large solid and cystic papillary tumor of the pancreas by single-agent chemotherapy. J Pediatr Surg. 2009;44(10):e23-5. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2009.07.026  PMID:19853735 
  33. Enhanced expression of transcription factor GATA-4 in inflammatory bowel disease and its possible regulation by TGF-beta1. J Clin Immunol. 2009;29(4):444-53. doi:10.1007/s10875-009-9292-x  PMID:19353247 
  34. Neural tube defects in mice with reduced levels of inositol 1,3,4-trisphosphate 5/6-kinase. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009;106(24):9831-5. doi:10.1073/pnas.0904172106  PMCID:PMC2701051  PMID:19482943 
  35. TINF2 mutations in children with severe aplastic anemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2009;52(5):687. doi:10.1002/pbc.21903  PMCID:PMC2860792  PMID:19090550 
  36. TERC and TERT gene mutations in patients with bone marrow failure and the significance of telomere length measurements. Blood. 2009;113(2):309-16. doi:10.1182/blood-2008-07-166421  PMCID:PMC2615648  PMID:18931339 
  37. Cytochrome b5 expression in gonadectomy-induced adrenocortical neoplasms of the domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo). Vet Pathol. 2008;45(4):439-42. doi:10.1354/vp.45-4-439  PMCID:PMC2497446  PMID:18587089 
  38. Safety, efficacy, and immune reconstitution after rituximab therapy in pediatric patients with chronic or refractory hematologic autoimmune cytopenias. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2008;50(4):822-5. doi:10.1002/pbc.21264  PMID:17570702 
  39. Complex inheritance pattern of dyskeratosis congenita in two families with 2 different mutations in the telomerase reverse transcriptase gene. Blood. 2008;111(3):1128-30. doi:10.1182/blood-2007-10-120907  PMCID:PMC2214749  PMID:18042801 
  40. Telomerase reverse transcriptase haploinsufficiency and telomere length in individuals with 5p- syndrome. Aging Cell. 2007;6(5):689-97. doi:10.1111/j.1474-9726.2007.00324.x  PMCID:PMC2583393  PMID:17875000 
  41. Molecular genetics of congenital diaphragmatic defects. Ann Med. 2007;39(4):261-74. doi:10.1080/07853890701326883  PMCID:PMC2174621  PMID:17558598 
  42. Severe hypertriglyceridemia in an infant with red cell pyruvate kinase deficiency. Indian Pediatr. 2007;44(4):303-5. PMID:17468529 
  43. Impaired mesenchymal cell function in Gata4 mutant mice leads to diaphragmatic hernias and primary lung defects. Dev Biol. 2007;301(2):602-14. doi:10.1016/j.ydbio.2006.09.050  PMCID:PMC1808541  PMID:17069789 
  44. GATA-4 is required for sex steroidogenic cell development in the fetal mouse. Dev Dyn. 2007;236(1):203-13. doi:10.1002/dvdy.21004  PMCID:PMC2174205  PMID:17096405 
  45. Cells depleted for RPS19, a protein associated with Diamond Blackfan Anemia, show defects in 18S ribosomal RNA synthesis and small ribosomal subunit production. Blood Cells Mol Dis. 2007;39(1):35-43. doi:10.1016/j.bcmd.2007.02.001  PMID:17376718 
  46. A four base pair insertion in exon 1 of the RPS19 gene is a common polymorphism in African-Americans. Br J Haematol. 2006;135(5):745-746. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2141.2006.06368.x  PMID:17107358 
  47. Low frequency of telomerase RNA mutations among children with aplastic anemia or myelodysplastic syndrome. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2006;28(7):450-3. doi:10.1097/01.mph.0000212952.58597.84  PMID:16825992 
  48. GATA-4 is a granulosa cell factor employed in inhibin-alpha activation by the TGF-beta pathway. J Mol Endocrinol. 2006;36(3):557-68. doi:10.1677/jme.1.01962  PMID:16720723 
  49. Gonadectomy-induced adrenocortical neoplasia in the domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo) and laboratory mouse. Vet Pathol. 2006;43(2):97-117. doi:10.1354/vp.43-2-97  PMID:16537928 
  50. GATA-4:FOG interactions regulate gastric epithelial development in the mouse. Dev Dyn. 2005;234(2):355-62. doi:10.1002/dvdy.20552  PMID:16127717 
  51. Gonadotropin-induced adrenocortical neoplasia in NU/J nude mice. Endocrinology. 2005;146(9):3975-84. doi:10.1210/en.2004-1643  PMID:15919738 
  52. A novel reduced-intensity stem cell transplant regimen for nonmalignant disorders. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2005;35(4):345-52. doi:10.1038/sj.bmt.1704795  PMID:15592491 
  53. Nude mice as a model for gonadotropin-induced adrenocortical neoplasia. Endocr Res. 2004;30(4):913-7. PMID:15666844 
  54. GATA-4, GATA-5, and GATA-6 activate the rat liver fatty acid binding protein gene in concert with HNF-1alpha. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2004;287(5):G1086-99. doi:10.1152/ajpgi.00421.2003  PMID:14715527 
  55. Transcription factor GATA-6 is expressed in the endocrine and GATA-4 in the exocrine pancreas. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2004;226(1-2):51-7. doi:10.1016/j.mce.2004.06.007  PMID:15489005 
  56. Adrenocortical tumorigenesis in transgenic mice expressing the inhibin alpha-subunit promoter/simian virus 40 T-antigen transgene: relationship between ectopic expression of luteinizing hormone receptor and transcription factor GATA-4. Mol Endocrinol. 2004;18(10):2553-69. doi:10.1210/me.2002-0282  PMID:15256532 
  57. Transcription factor GATA-4 is a marker of anaplasia in adrenocortical neoplasms of the domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo). Vet Pathol. 2004;41(4):446-9. doi:10.1354/vp.41-4-446  PMID:15232151 
  58. Neutropenic enterocolitis as a presenting complication of acute lymphoblastic leukemia: an unusual case marked by delayed perforation of the descending colon. J Pediatr Surg. 2004;39(7):e18-20. PMID:15213940 
  59. Hypopigmentation from imatinib mesylate (Gleevec). J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2004;26(3):214. PMID:15125619 
  60. Isolated CNS relapse following stem cell transplantation for juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2003;25(11):910-3. PMID:14608204 
  61. Sudden unexplained hemolysis occurring in an infant due to presumed Loxosceles envenomation. J Emerg Med. 2003;25(3):277-82. PMID:14585455 
  62. Mouse strain susceptibility to gonadectomy-induced adrenocortical tumor formation correlates with the expression of GATA4 and luteinizing hormone receptor. Endocrinology. 2003;144(9):4123-33. doi:10.1210/en.2003-0126  PMID:12933687 
  63. Human telomerase RNA mutations and bone marrow failure. Lancet. 2003;361(9373):1993-4. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(03)13575-1  PMID:12801777 
  64. Retinoid X receptor alpha represses GATA-4-mediated transcription via a retinoid-dependent interaction with the cardiac-enriched repressor FOG-2. J Biol Chem. 2003;278(8):5760-7. doi:10.1074/jbc.M208173200  PMID:12480945 
  65. Transcription factors GATA-4 and GATA-6 during mouse and human adrenocortical development. Endocr Res. 2002;28(4):647-50. PMID:12530677 
  66. Differential expression of GATA-4 and GATA-6 in fetal and adult mouse and human adrenal tissue. Endocrinology. 2002;143(8):3136-43. doi:10.1210/endo.143.8.8939  PMID:12130579 
  67. Genetic mosaic analysis reveals that GATA-4 is required for proper differentiation of mouse gastric epithelium. Dev Biol. 2002;241(1):34-46. doi:10.1006/dbio.2001.0424  PMID:11784093 
  68. Transcription factors GATA-4 and GATA-6 and a GATA family cofactor, FOG-2, are expressed in human ovary and sex cord-derived ovarian tumors. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2000;85(9):3476-83. doi:10.1210/jcem.85.9.6828  PMID:10999851 
  69. Transcription factor GATA-4 is expressed in pediatric yolk sac tumors. Am J Pathol. 1999;155(6):1823-9. doi:10.1016/S0002-9440(10)65500-9  PMCID:PMC1866939  PMID:10595911 
  70. Reciprocal changes in the expression of transcription factors GATA-4 and GATA-6 accompany adrenocortical tumorigenesis in mice and humans. Mol Med. 1999;5(7):490-501. PMCID:PMC2230442  PMID:10449810 
  71. Distinct roles for visceral endoderm during embryonic mouse development. Int J Dev Biol. 1999;43(3):183-205. PMID:10410899 
  72. GATA4 haploinsufficiency in patients with interstitial deletion of chromosome region 8p23.1 and congenital heart disease. Am J Med Genet. 1999;83(3):201-6. PMID:10096597 
  73. Expression and regulation of transcription factors GATA-4 and GATA-6 in developing mouse testis. Endocrinology. 1999;140(3):1470-80. doi:10.1210/endo.140.3.6587  PMID:10067876 
  74. Cardiomyocyte differentiation by GATA-4-deficient embryonic stem cells. Development. 1997;124(19):3755-64. PMID:9367431 
  75. Wild-type endoderm abrogates the ventral developmental defects associated with GATA-4 deficiency in the mouse. Dev Biol. 1997;189(2):270-274. doi:10.1006/dbio.1997.8684  PMID:9299119 
  76. Expression and hormonal regulation of transcription factors GATA-4 and GATA-6 in the mouse ovary. Endocrinology. 1997;138(8):3505-14. doi:10.1210/endo.138.8.5350  PMID:9231805 
  77. Induction of yolk sac endoderm in GATA-4-deficient embryoid bodies by retinoic acid. Mech Dev. 1997;65(1-2):43-54. PMID:9256344 
  78. Erythropoiesis and vasculogenesis in embryoid bodies lacking visceral yolk sac endoderm. Blood. 1996;88(10):3720-30. PMID:8916936 
  79. Hodgkin disease after renal transplantation in childhood. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 1996;18(4):392-5. PMID:8888750 
  80. The gene for transcription factor GATA-6 resides on mouse chromosome 18 and is expressed in myocardium and vascular smooth muscle. Genomics. 1996;36(2):345-8. doi:10.1006/geno.1996.0472  PMID:8812463 
  81. Targeted mutagenesis of the transcription factor GATA-4 gene in mouse embryonic stem cells disrupts visceral endoderm differentiation in vitro. Development. 1995;121(11):3877-88. PMID:8582296 
  82. Assignment of the transcription factor GATA4 gene to human chromosome 8 and mouse chromosome 14: Gata4 is a candidate gene for Ds (disorganization). Genomics. 1995;27(1):20-6. doi:10.1006/geno.1995.1003  PMID:7665171 
  83. Regulation of J6 gene expression by transcription factor GATA-4. Biochem J. 1995;307 ( Pt 1):183-9. PMCID:PMC1136761  PMID:7717974 
  84. Ovarian artery pseudoaneurysm: diagnosis by Doppler sonography and treatment with transcatheter embolization. J Ultrasound Med. 1995;14(3):250-2. PMID:7760472 
  85. Fgf-8 expression in the post-gastrulation mouse suggests roles in the development of the face, limbs and central nervous system. Mech Dev. 1994;48(2):129-38. PMID:7873403 
  86. The GATA-4 transcription factor transactivates the cardiac muscle-specific troponin C promoter-enhancer in nonmuscle cells. Mol Cell Biol. 1994;14(11):7517-26. PMCID:PMC359288  PMID:7935467 
  87. Localization of transcription factor GATA-4 to regions of the mouse embryo involved in cardiac development. Dev Biol. 1994;164(2):361-73. doi:10.1006/dbio.1994.1206  PMID:8045339 
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