Renee Schilhas, MD, has been appointed associate dean for faculty promotions and career development at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She comes to school from the University of Michigan, where she works as the co-chair of career development and a pediatric neurologist. She started her new role in October.
Chilhas will also be appointed as Professor David T. Blassingame and will join the Department of Neurology as Professor.
In this position, Chilhas will work with the School of Medicine’s leadership team to develop innovative institutional programs aimed at improving the career development of faculty, including the promotion and tenure process and other ways to provide support to faculty. In addition, you will explore new ways to deliver training, management, and leadership training programs to school departments, institutes, and departments.
“Dr. Chilhas was selected through a national search for highly talented candidates and was unanimously endorsed by the Executive College to upgrade us to national leadership in innovative strategies to advance the full and diverse range of faculty careers,” said David H. Perlmutter, MD, Executive Vice Adviser Medical Affairs, George and Carol Power Dean, and the Spencer T and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor. “This is an area of exceptional importance to our school because we aspire to be a more attractive home for researchers, clinicians, educators, and entrepreneurs seeking a career-life balance that achieves a profound purpose and inspiration. Renee’s background as a clinician, educator, and researcher provides the breadth of experience to draw from as we pursue these goals. “.
Chilhas’ research focuses on neonatal neuroscience and early life epilepsy, including approaches to seizure detection, improved treatment models and prediction of long-term outcomes for affected infants. She is also a pioneer in studies of sleep and disturbed breathing during sleep and their effect on neurodevelopment in high-risk newborns, receiving a Sleep Science Award from the American Academy of Neurology.
She is a widely published lead investigator for two active grants of R01 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is Associate Editor of Neurology, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Child Neurology, Pediatric Neurology, and Annals of the Child Neurology Society. Earlier this summer, she was appointed chair-elect of the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation.
In addition to her many leadership roles at the University of Michigan and in several professional organizations, Chilhas has been elected as a member of the American Pediatric Society and the Pediatric Research Society, and a fellow of the American Epilepsy Society. Furthermore, she has a proven track record in mentoring and teaching; She received the Inaugural Chair’s Award for Outstanding Counseling from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan.
Chilhas is a graduate of Middlebury College and University of Michigan School of Medicine. She trained in pediatrics, pediatric neurology/neurology, and clinical neurophysiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania Hospital. She joined the Michigan faculty in 2007, was promoted to professor in 2019 and to career development leadership in 2020. She also completed a master’s degree in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2009.