The Medical Center

The largest building ever constructed on the campus of Washington University School of Medicine is the BJC Institute of Health at Washington University, the home base for BioMed 21 — the University’s innovative research initiative designed to speed scientific discovery and apply breakthroughs to patient care rapidly. Started in 2007, the building is supported by a $30 million gift to Washington University’s medical school from BJC Health Care and added 240,000 square feet of research space. As a hub for BioMed 21, the building provides space for five Interdisciplinary Research Centers (IRCs).

The McDonnell Pediatric Research Building (MPRB) is our 11-story facility with 227,000 square feet of space and provides six floors of pediatric research laboratories for new programs and the expansion of existing ones. Common core facilities support more than 200 physician-scientists and trainees. The McDonnell Pediatric Research Building is a focal point for state-of-the-art investigations into the biology of childhood diseases and serves to stimulate the application of basic science and technology discoveries to the clinical care of children. Located on the first floor of the MPRB, the Farmstead Cafe is a rustic yet modern cafe serving locally sourced breakfast, coffee, soups, salads and sandwiches.

The Bernard Becker Medical Library provides information resources and technology in support of the educational, research and patient-care objectives of the School of Medicine. The library serves the medical school, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Holdings consist of physical and digital books, journals and databases, many available remotely. The library has a staff of 50, including librarians and information technology specialists. Becker librarians maintain several informational blogs, and a rare books archive is home to one of the nation’s finest collections of historical medical materials.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) is the largest hospital in Missouri and the largest private employer in the St. Louis region. An affiliated teaching hospital of Washington University School of Medicine, BJH has a 1,700-member medical staff. Like St. Louis Children’s Hospital, BJH holds the Magnet Award for nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The Center for Advanced Medicine is the outpatient clinic location for many of the adult specialties represented at Washington University School of Medicine. Here patients receive multidisciplinary consultation, diagnostics, medical treatment, same-day surgery and other support services — all in one setting. This building houses the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, an international leader in cancer treatment, research, prevention, education and community outreach. It is the only cancer center in Missouri and within a 240-mile radius of St. Louis to hold the Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute and membership in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Siteman offers the expertise of more than 350 Washington University research scientists and physicians who provide care for more than 7,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients and more than 32,000 follow-up patients each year. These scientists and physicians currently hold nearly $150 million in cancer research and related training grants.

Much of the Washington University Medical Center is connected by enclosed walkways. A shuttle bus system links additional locations and services the parking garages as well.

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