Joseph W St Geme, MD
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Joseph W. St. Geme, III, MD

 

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Joseph W. St. Geme, III, MD is the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Professor of Pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition, he is Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Physician-in-Chief, and President of the Physician Practice Association at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. St. Geme received his bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed a pediatric residency and chief residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Subsequently, he pursued postdoctoral training in microbiology and infectious diseases at Stanford University, working in the laboratory of Stanley Falkow and receiving clinical training at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  In 1992 he joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine as a member of the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Molecular Microbiology.  In 1998 he was named Director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and in 2000 he was appointed Co-Leader of the Department of Pediatrics Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation Research Unit.  In 2005 he was recruited to Duke University Medical Center to serve as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Chief Medical Officer of Duke’s Children’s Hospital.  He was recruited to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2013.
 

Dr. St. Geme is an internationally recognized scientist and has focused his research efforts on understanding host-pathogen interactions involving pathogenic bacteria, aiming to facilitate vaccine development and to identify targets for novel antimicrobials.  The primary emphasis of his laboratory has been Haemophilus influenzae, a leading cause of childhood morbidity and mortality worldwide.  In recent years, his research group has also made major advances in studies of Kingella kingae, an emerging cause of bone and joint infections in young children. 

 

Dr. St. Geme is also a committed clinician who attends regularly on the pediatric wards at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and has been cited annually by Best Doctors in America for over 10 years.  In addition, he is a passionate educator and has received teaching awards from medical students, residents, and graduate students.


Dr. St. Geme is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the American Academy of Microbiology, the Henry Kunkel Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He received the March of Dimes Foundation Basil O’Connor Award, the Infectious Diseases Society of America Young Investigator Award in Bacterial Vaccine Development, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Young Investigator Award, the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America Squibb Award.  He has been elected to the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences.