HHT Center Faculty Members

Medical Directors
Pulmonary Consultant
Murali Chakinala, M.D.

Pediatric Consultant
Andrew White, M.D.

Neurology Consultant
Sylvia Awadalla, M.D.

Neurosurgical Consultant
Gregory Zipfel, M.D.

Neuroradiology Consultant
DeWitte Cross, M.D.

Chest Radiology Consultant
Sanjeev Bhalla, M.D.

Otolaryngology (ENT) Consultant
Jay Piccirillo, M.D.

Genetics Consultant
Alison Whelan, M.D.

Cardiology Consultant
Benico Barzilai, M.D.

Hematology Consultant
Morey Blinder, M.D.

Interventional Radiology Consultant
Daniel Picus, M.D.

Dermatology Consultant
Lynn Cornelius, M.D.

Gastroenterology Consultant
Chandra Prakash, M.D., M.R.C.P.

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Medical Director
Pulmonary Consultant

Murali Chakinala, M.D.
Phone (877)888-5864 or (314)454-8917
Assistant Professor of Medicine
FAX (314)747-2200
e-mail chakinalam@wustl.edu

B.A., Duke University
M.D., Vanderbilt University
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Texas - Southwestern
Chief Resident, University of Texas - Southwestern
Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Washington University
Board Certification – American Board of Internal Medicine; American Board of Pulmonary Diseases; Certificate of Added Qualifications, Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Chakinala has a major interest in pulmonary vascular diseases, including pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary vascular malformations. He has published in the fields of pulmonary vascular disease and lung transplantation, and serves as the principal investigator in novel therapeutic agents for pulmonary hypertension.

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Neurology Consultant

Sylvia Awadalla, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology
Washington University School of Medicine

B.S., McGill University
M.D., Ohio State University School of Medicine
Residency, Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Awadalla has considerable experience in evaluating patients with HHT. She has a major interest in the treatment of vascular headaches, a very common complaint in this patient population.

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Neurosurgical Consultant

Gregory Zipfel, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery
Assistant Professor, Neurology
Washington University School of Medicine

B.S.,University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
M.D., Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago
Residency, Neurological Surgery, University of Florida
Fellowship, Neurological Surgery, University of Miami

Dr. Zipfel's research focuses on cerebral vascular aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations.

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Neuroradiology Consultant

DeWitte Cross, M.D.
Associate Professor of Radiology
Director, Interventional Neuroradiology
Washington University School of Medicine

B.S., Vanderbilt University
M.D., University of Alabama
Residency, Radiology, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
Fellowship, Diagnostic Neuroradiology, New York Medical College
Fellowship, Interventional and Diagnostic Neuroradiology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Neurological Institute of New York
Board Certification — American Board of Radiology; Certificate of Added Qualifications in Neuroradiology
Best Doctors in America, Woodward and White
America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly

Dr. Cross has training and experience in the treatment of cerebral arteriovenous malformations and the treatment of intractable nosebleeds. He has broad research interests in the treatment of stroke, brain tumors and cerebral arteriovenous malformations. In this latter role, he was principal investigator on a study in the use of Avacryl for treatment of cerebral arteriovenous malformations.

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Chest Radiology Consultant

Sanjeev Bhalla, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Assistant Radiology Residency Program Director
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology
Washington University School of Medicine

B.S., Yale University
M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Residency, Diagnostic Radiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology
Fellowship, Thoracic Radiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology
Board Certification — Diagnostic Radiology

Dr. Bhalla is expert in computed tomography of the chest, and is actively investigating the use of multi-detector array CT with 3-D reconstruction as an alternative to pulmonary angiography in the diagnosis of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations in HHT.

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Otolaryngology (ENT) Consultant

Jay Piccirillo, M.D.
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Medicine, and Occupational Therapy
Director, Clinical Outcomes Research Office
Washington University School of Medicine

B.A., University of Vermont
M.D., University of Vermont
Residency, General Surgery and Otolaryngology, Albany Medical Center
Fellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Yale University School of Medicine
Board Certification — American Board of Otolaryngology
Associate Editor, Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery
Best Doctors in America, Woodward and White
America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly

Dr. Piccirillo has major research interests in head and neck cancer, as well as technology assessment in outcomes research. He has extensive experience in the treatment of nosebleeds in HHT, using all currently available modalities.

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Genetics Consultant

Alison Whelan, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education
Washington University School of Medicine
Director, Adult Genetics Clinic
Director, Hereditary Cancer Program

B.S., Carleton College
M.D., Washington University
Residency and Chief Residency, Internal Medicine, Barnes Hospital
Fellowship, Medical Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine
Board Certification — American Board of Internal Medicine; American Board of Medical Genetics
Best Doctors in America, Woodward and White
America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly

Dr. Whelan is both a distinguished medical educator and genetics consultant. She edited the 27th edition of the Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, served as supervising editor of the 28th and 29th editions, and as executive editor of the 30th edition. She is a member of the test question committee of the United States Medical Licensing Examination board. Her research focuses on genetics, particularly cancer genetics, and has resulted in 34 publications. She provides genetic evaluation and counseling.

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Cardiology Consultant

Benico Barzilai, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Cardiology Fellowship Training Program
Washington University School of Medicine

B.S., Case Western Reserve University
M.D., University of Illinois
Residency, Internal Medicine, Barnes Hospital
Fellowship, Cardiology, Washington University School of Medicine
Board Certification — American Board of Internal Medicine; American Board of Cardiovascular Diseases

Dr. Barzilai has a long-standing interest in the echocardiographic screening for pulmonary arteriovenous malformations in HHT. This work is included among the more than 100 publications resulting from his internationally recognized research in echocardiography.

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Hematology Consultant

Morey Blinder, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology
Washington University School of Medicine

B.S., University of Notre Dame
M.D., St. Louis University
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago
Fellowship, Hematology, University of Washington, Seattle
Fellowship, Hematology and Oncology, Washington University, St. Louis
Board Certification — American Board of Internal Medicine; American Board of Medical Oncology; American Board of Hematology
Best Doctors in America, Woodward and White
America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly

Dr. Blinder is a superb clinician, winner of the Grant award for clinical excellence (given to the Barnes-Jewish physician from all disciplines for manifesting excellence and humanity in patient care). He has research interests in blood clotting, resulting in 29 publications and three patents. He has a major clinical interest in another genetic disease, sickle cell anemia. He provides consultation for HHT patients with severe anemia.

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Interventional Radiology Consultant

Daniel Picus, M.D.
Professor of Radiology and Surgery
Chief, Division of Diagnostic Radiology
Washington University School of Medicine

B.S., University of Illinois
M.D., University of Chicago
Residency, Radiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University
Fellowships, Interventional Radiology, Mallinckrodt Institute and Alexandria Hospital, Virginia
Board Certification — American Board of Radiology with certificate of added qualifications in vascular and interventional radiology
Associate Editor, Journal of Vascular Access Devices
Associate Editor, Radiology - Vascular and Interventional
Editor, Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 1995-1999
Best Doctors in America, Woodward and White

Dr. Picus has research interests in all aspects of vascular and interventional radiology, resulting in 119 publications. He has been interested in HHT for more than 15 years and is expert in the radiologic treatment of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations, as well as other organ system complications.

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Pediatric Consultant

Andrew J. White, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatrics Residency Program Director, St. Louis Children's Hospital
Director of Rheumatology Services, Shriner's Hospital

B.A., Brandeis University
M.S., Physical Sciences, University of Chicago
M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Residency, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine
Fellowship in Rheumatology, St. Louis Children's Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine
Board Certification — American Board of Pediatrics; Subspecialty Certification-Rheumatology

Dr. White, a highly-regarded clinician and educator, sees all pediatric referrals with HHT.

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Dermatology Consultant

Lynn Cornelius, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Dermatology
Washington University School of Medicine

B.S., University of Delaware
M.D., University of Missouri
Residency, Dermatology, Washington University School of Medicine
Fellowship, Immunodermatology, Emory University
Board Certification - Dermatology
Best Doctors in America, Woodward and White
America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly

Dr. Cornelius has a major research interest in the biology of endothelial cells, the cells that line blood vessels, and has published her scientific findings on angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels. She has a clinical interest in the treatment of cutaneous vascular malformations and the inhibition of vascular proliferation.

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Gastroenterology consultant

Chandra Prakash, M.D., M.R.C.P.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine

M.B.B.S., University of Calicut
M.D., Internal Medicine, University of Calicut
Residency, Internal Medicine, Barnes Hospital
Fellowship, Gastroenterology, Washington University School of Medicine
Board Certification — American Board of Internal Medicine; American Board of Gastroenterology; MRCP (UK)

After graduating first in his medical school class, Dr. Prakash obtained extensive training in internal medicine and gastroenterology in India, England, and the U.S. An accomplished clinician, he has a significant interest in the management of intestinal bleeding; and has authored several original articles, reviews, and book chapters on gastrointestinal bleedings.

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