About Us

The Mission of the Office of Faculty Development within the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine is to:

  • Promote the career development of faculty
  • Assist with recruitment and retention of pediatric faculty
  • Increase leadership diversity
  • Enhance faculty satisfaction and wellness

Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics Office of Faculty Development (OFD). Funding from the Department of Pediatrics and St. Louis Children’s Hospital supports the OFD.

The OFD was founded in 2006 on the recommendation of a working group charged with reviewing the status of women in the department. Prior to opening the office, the department arrange a site visit by three distinguished, senior deans and department chairs from outside Washington University, who made three separate visits prior to and over the first few years of the OFD’s existence. Their recommendations shaped the initial programming of the office.

From the beginning the office has focused on faculty satisfaction, retention, and promotion, striving to support the pediatric faculty members in their efforts to achieve their professional potential regardless of gender. Diversity of faculty in gender continues to be a focus, but with the additional emphasis on supporting a climate welcoming of diversity as it pertains to underrepresented minorities in medicine, LGBTQ+ faculty and staff, and faculty with disabilities. The intent of this office is to help provide a supporting working environment that includes mentorship and guidance for all faculty members. Our hope is to foster communication and collegiality, promote a gender-neutral and diverse faculty environment, and assist the faculty with challenges related to work and life.

The OFD appreciates the assistance and supervision of the OFD Advisory Committee as well as input from faculty and staff. Please feel free to send comments and suggestions to our office or to schedule a meeting with our directors.

Office of Faculty Development
Department of Pediatrics
Campus Box 8116
One Children’s Place
St. Louis, MO 63110



The Office of Faculty Development
The Edward Mallinkrodt
Department of Pediatrics
Campus Box 8116
St. Louis Children's Hospital
One Children’s Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

Office: 314.454.4952
Fax: 314.454.4979
Philip Abraham, MD

Katherine Rivera-Spoljaric, MD
Co-Director and Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Representative 

Megan Shaffer, Program Coordinator

Advisory Committee

Office of Faculty Development Advisory Committee Members

Fahd Ahmad, M.D., Lisa Moscoso, M.D., Cassandra Pruitt, M.D., Middy Estabrook, M.D., Jennifer Duncan, M.D., Christopher Lewis, M.D.