Faculty Feature: Mythili Srinivasan, MD, PhD

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Hospitalist Medicine

Growing up in Chennai, India, Mythili never dreamed of coming to the US. She completed her Masters in Molecular biology at Madurai, India and had just started her PhD when she sliced off her toe in a scooter accident. A friend in St. Louis suggested that she apply to St. Louis University to pursue a PhD there instead. Bored while bedridden, Mythili decided to give it a shot. She was accepted and was en route to St. Louis 6 months later.

Mythili arrived in St. Louis in January of 1986 and was greeted by fireworks celebrating the first day of Missouri lottery sales. Graduate school was a period of both professional and personal development since it was there that she met her husband— in the lab next door to her own. Towards the end of her PhD she decided to go to medical school, and began yet another 4 years of schooling.

A significant accomplishment in medical school was the birth of her daughter Meera .   She was bedridden from pregnancy complications but every medical professional she encountered, from her obstetrician to her ultrasound tech to her radiologist, told her that she MUST complete her boards before giving birth. Her baby cooperated and Mythili took her USMLE successfully 2 days before giving birth to a beautiful daughter.  She decided to start pediatric training at home and took a year off to complete at home training with her baby before starting residency in Pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

Mythili started her hospitalist career for Washington University at Christian North West Hospital and the second major accomplishment of her life—a baby boy—was born in 2001.  Work life balance was accomplished by working part time and doing Mommy duties during the day and hospitalist duties in the evenings, nights, and weekends.  Eventually, Mythili decided that it was time to actually meet her colleagues during the daytime and transitioned to full time.

She never forgot her basic research training and started working on clinical research targeted towards improving quality of care provided to hospitalized children at various settings.   Hospitalists at SLCH were one of the pioneers in providing procedural sedation for children for imaging as well as for painful procedures.  Mythili’s earlier clinical research focused on safety of sedation performed by hospitalists at SLCH.  Since hospitalists at SLCH work at several different clinical venues in the hospital, her subsequent clinical research was targeted towards improving care at these multiple clinical services.  Her current passion is quality improvement and she has used QI methodology to increase rates of nasogastric hydration in children hospitalized with bronchiolitis and is now working on increasing rates of flu vaccine administered to hospitalized children.

In her free time, Mythili loves to read, travel, and watch her son play soccer.  She loves national parks and would love to visit all 59 of them.  Her daughter Meera has graduated from Washington University and her son is a sophomore at Marquette high school.

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