Elizabeth Daniels, MD

Elizabeth Daniels, MD

Medical School: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Scholarly Project: Social vulnerabilities and missed prevention opportunities associated with congenital syphilis (Hilary Reno, MD, PhD)
Highlights: SLCH House Staff Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award Recipient, 2023
Favorite microbe: 
Bartonella henselae - I can't resist a zoonosis, especially when it's carried by kittens.
Why I chose Infectious Diseases: 
I think antibiotics are magical; choose the right ones, and you can save a life. However, as we all know, improper use is a threat to the common good, and we will lose our magic weapons if we do not steward them carefully.
What I love about Washington University: 
I never expected to live in St. Louis. When I first came here to interview for medical school at Washington University, I went up the arch because I figured it would be my only chance to explore the city. Seven years later, Wash U continues to offer me excellent training in a warm, supportive environment. In addition, I have found St. Louis to be an important, interesting, and beautiful city that I am proud to call my home.
Favorite things to do in St. Louis: Our favorite activity is going to the Tower Grove Farmers Market.  We also love exploring Forest Park and all of the museums (which are free!)!
Favorite restaurant in St. Louis: Bowood

Alex  Plattner, MD, MBA

Alex Plattner, MD, MBA

Combined ID/Informatics

Medical School: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Residency: St. Louis Children's Hospital
Scholarly Project: Practice vs Potential: The impact of the BioFire FilmArray Pneumonia Panel on antibiotic use in children (Jason Newland, MD, MEd)
Highlights: Pediatric Infectious Disease Society Antimicrobial Stewardship Fellowship Award Recipient, 2022
Favorite microbe: Variola - Smallpox eradication represents the greatest possible public health victory. It was also the first infection that I remember learning about in school and it terrified me. I envisioned it being as much a cause for concern in my life as quicksand... which actually turned out to be true.
Why I chose Infectious Diseases: I love a good mystery. Being an infectious diseases specialist is like being Sherlock Holmes: you hear about the most interesting cases and a good history is essential.
What I love about Washington University: Wash U offers a diverse array of clinical learning opportunities with phenomenal mentorship. As a resident at Wash U, the Infectious Diseases division was known for being fun to work with and exceptional teachers. I feel very fortunate to be joining this group.
Favorite things to do in St. Louis: We love to visit the Missouri Botanical Garden, including their Chihuly Nights exhibit and the summer concert series. We regularly go throughout the year just to walk around and "escape" the city. We also love the food scene in St Louis and regularly try new restaurants or visit old favorites.