Diwan Installed as Charlie W. Shaeffer, MD Professor

Dr. Abhinav Diwan, Professor of Medicine, Cell Biology and Physiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Division Chief of Cardiology at Saint Louis VA Medical Center, has received the inaugural Charlie W. Shaeffer, MD Professorship.

Dr. Diwan was honored on October 24, at the Eric P. Newman Education Center. His presentation for the event was entitled “Lysosomes: The New Frontier in Countering Disease”.

Dr. Diwan is a well-renowned clinician and physician-scientist. He obtained his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and did his Internal Medicine residency and Cardiology fellowship at Baylor University. He moved to Washington University in 2008, where he has made a spectacular career and now holds the title of Professor of Medicine, Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has served in multiple leadership positions, including the Director of the Echocardiography laboratory at the University of Cincinnati, Associate Program Director for the Investigator Training Track of Cardiology Fellowship at Washington University, and Associate Division Chief of Cardiology at the John Cochran Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has also received national recognition. His national accolades include being named a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology, a title awarded by peers to only the best in their field, being inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigation, and being recently elected into the Association of University Cardiologists. This association shapes the course of research and training in cardiovascular disease in this country.

Dr. Charlie W. Schaffer, who passed away earlier this year, was a well-known cardiologist who received his medical degree at Washington University with the help of a Danforth Scholarship. In recognition of the importance of the scholarship he had received as a medical student, Schaffer and his wife Claire established the Charlie W. Shaeffer, Jr., MD Scholarship in 2008 for medical students at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri. In 2018, they established a fund for this professorship.

Congratulations to Dr. Diwan on this honor.