Monday, February 18, 2019
BJH | The Barnes-Jewish Hospital Medical Staff Association has recognized Marcos Rothstein, MD, and D. Michael Nelson, MD, PhD, with the Neville Grant Award for Clinical Excellence.
The award is given annually to physicians noted for exceptional compassion toward patients, outstanding clinical skills and for serving as role models for both their students and colleagues. It is named for the late Neville Grant, MD, a physician known for his commitment to Washington University School of Medicine, BJH and the patients he served over several decades.
Dr. Rothstein, professor of nephrology and medical director of dialysis services at BJH, has been on the WUSM faculty and BJH staff since 1982. He is nationally known for his treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and hard-to-treat hypertension.
He is also known as an expert and sought-after speaker on the clinical and public health impact of CKD on the St. Louis community and the disparities in CKD and hypertension outcomes in minority populations. He has volunteered numerous hours through his work at Casa de Salud, a health care organization that provides medical services to the underserved Hispanic population in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He is passionate about empowering minorities to take charge of their health by addressing lifestyle changes that can make a difference in CKD and hypertension prevention.
Dr. Rothstein has been an advocate of expanding renal patient care services into the community. While still attending to patients at the Washington University Medical Campus, he now sees patients at an outpatient clinic on the campus of Christian Hospital in conjunction with the new North County Dialysis Center
Dr. Rothstein is also a driving force behind the Guatemala CKD MesoAmerican Nephropathy Project, which involves a partnering of a group of WU researchers, residents, fellows and staff with the Guatemala Social Security Institute (IGSS) hospital system and Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala City. The project is working toward improving patient outcomes and understanding an epidemic of CKD in Latin America.
“To be a recipient of the Neville Grant award represents one of the highest accolades that one’s peers can bestow at our institution,” says Dr. Rothstein. “I am deeply honored by this recognition and by the fact that I’ll have the privilege of joining such a distinguished list of previous Neville Grant awardees.”
Dr. Nelson, WUSM vice chairman and Virginia S. Lang Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of maternal-fetal transport, joined the WUSM faculty and BJH staff in 1983. He is nationally known for management of severe maternal disease including the most severe forms of preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders.
As director of maternal-fetal transport, he oversees services that allow high-risk patients to be transferred from communities within a 400-square-mile region to access specialized obstetrical care and the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Many of Dr. Nelson’s 145 papers focus on basic research into the cellular function of the human placenta. His work in dissecting signaling pathways important for human trophoblast function has led to interventions, including pomegranate juice and vitamin D, to enhance function of placentas from women at risk for adverse outcomes.
Dr. Nelson is a participant on National Institutes of Health study sections, and is a board member for both the Burroughs Wellcome Trust and the National Foundation of the March of Dimes Prematurity Prevention endeavors. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received the President’s Distinguished Senior Scientist Award from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, and was honored with the Outstanding Clinician Award from the Missouri Maternal, Child and Family Health Coalition.
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2/27/2019 1:31 PM
Bravo Dr. Rothstein! I can personally attest to his compassionate and empowering care of the aforementioned underserved Hispanic population here at Barnes Jewish Hospital. Pilar Kellogg, Language Services.