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.


The Kornfeld Physician-Scientist Lectureship has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, October 17th at 8:30AM– Save the Date!

7/1/23 Welcome to our 3 new Kornfeld Post-Bacs: Sammy Ramirez, Jocelyn Pauta, and MJ Ketcha!

4/19/23: Congratulations to Ryan Day, MD, PhD, and Ellen Schill, MD, PhD, for receiving the 2023 Kornfeld-Mallinckrodt Fellowship Awards

4/3/23: Dr. Christine Yokoyama, received the Dermatology Foundation 2023 Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship Award–congratulations!

2/10/23: Congratulations to Can Sungur, MD, PhD, on his publication in the Journal of Clinical Investigation!

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

News and Events

George B. Kyei, MBChB, PhD, PSTP Alumni & ID faculty, received Global Health Seed Funding award

George B. Kyei, MBChB, PhD, PSTP Alumni & ID faculty, received Global Health Seed Funding award (Links to an external site)

In an effort to that will amplify Washington University’s “global perspective” (one of the guiding principles of the university’s “Here and Next” Strategic Plan), the Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health and Department of Medicine, Washington University McDonnell International Scholars Academy and the Africa Initiative have awarded global health seed funding to […]
Dr. David Rawnsley joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. David Rawnsley joins the Department of Medicine (Links to an external site)

Dr. David Rawnsley joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology as an instructor in July of 2022. After completing undergraduate training in biology at Duke University, Dr. Rawnsley chose to pursue dual MD, PhD training in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Pennsylvania. During his PhD training, he joined […]