National Leader of
Physician-Scientist Training Excellence

The Oliver Langenberg Physician-Scientist Training Program in the Department of Medicine trains physicians for careers in academic medicine.


2/20/23: Save the Date! The Kornfeld Physician-Scientist Symposium will be May 19, 2023 in EPNEC Auditorium

1/17/23: Congratulations to Can Sungur, MD, PhD, on his publication in the Journal of Clinical Investigation!

1/5/23: Congratulations to Siyan Cao, MD, PhD, ICTS’ first Precision Health Innovation awardee for his project, “The Immune Signature of IL-23 Responsive Cells in Predicting Response to Anti-IL-23 Therapy in Refractory Crohn’s Disease”.

Congratulations to David Russler-Germain, MD, PhD, for receiving the following: Lymphoma Research Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship Grant & American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award

12/7/22: Laura Marks, MD, PhD (PSTP Alumni), contributes to American Heart Association statement on injective drug use infective endocarditis

Congratulations to Max Petersen , MD, PhD (6th Year Endocrinology Trainee) for receiving the Knowlton Incentive for Excellence award

8/15/22New Kornfeld Post-Bac Scholar Program Launched

Our Commitment

  • To develop a personalized program of combined clinical and research training that addresses each trainee’s requirements
  • To link trainees with postgraduate research mentors during residency to ease the transition from clinical to laboratory research training. The program’s affiliation with the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University can accommodate a broad depth and breadth of potential research interests
  • To provide an outstanding training experience that facilitates career progression from trainee to independent investigator
  • To respect principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and fairness that are worthy of all physician-scientists and our profession

Our Alumni

This program was the first of its kind in the nation, founded in 1998 by Stuart Kornfeld, MD. As of June 1, 2022, our program has 33 current trainees. There are 68 alumni, of whom 40 remain on the faculty here at Washington University (8 Instructors, 16 Assistant Professors, 11 Associate Professors and 5 Professors). Of the remaining 28, 18 are on the faculties of other prominent medical schools, 8 are in private practice, and 2 work full time in Pharma. Twenty-two of our trainees have successfully competed for K08 or K99 awards, and of those who have submitted R01s, all have been successful.

The PSTP has proven to be a very impactful program for the Department of Medicine. It has provided mentorship and an environment that facilitates the development of the next generation of physician-scientists

Stuart Kornfeld, MD
David C. and Betty Farrel Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Founding Director of the Department of Medicine PSTP
Former PSTP Director

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