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Mary Klingensmith, MD

  • Mary Culver Distinguished Professor of Surgery
  • Vice Chair for Education

Medical School

Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, 1992

Post Doctoral Education

Fellowship: (Research) Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1996

Residency: General Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999

Board Certifications

General Surgery--Certified

Clinical Interests

Dr. Klingensmith specializes in hepatobiliary pancreatic (HPB) surgery, gastrointestinal surgery and minimally invasive surgery. Her areas of clinical interest include the esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, hernia repair and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) treatment.

Research Interests

Acquisition of open and laparoscopic surgical skills
Curriculum development in medical simulation
Clinical outcomes in laparoscopic surgery

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St Louis
John Cochran VA Medical

Patients Seen At

Center for Advanced Medicine
GI Center
4921 Parkview Place, Suite C, Floor 8
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 454-8877
Fax: (314) 454-5396


Contact Information

Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
Section of Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery
Campus Box 8109, 660 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 362-8028
Fax (314) 362-8790

Selected Publications

Schill M, Tiemann D, Klingensmith ME, Brunt LM. Year one outcomes assessment of a masters suturing and knot-tying program for surgical interns. J Surg Educ. 2011 Nov;68(6):526-33.

Moalem J, Edhayan E, DaRosa DA, Valentine RJ, Szlabick RE, Klingensmith ME, Bell RH Jr. Incorporating the SCORE curriculum and web site into your residency. J Surg Educ. 2011 Jul-Aug;68(4):294-7.

Keune JD, Vig S, Hall BL, Matthews BD, Klingensmith ME. Taking disclosure seriously: disclosing financial conflicts of interest at the American College of Surgeons. J Am Coll Surg. 2011 Feb;212(2):215-24.

Klingensmith ME, Brunt LM. Focused surgical skills training for senior medical students and interns. Surg Clin North Am. 2010 Jun;90(3):505-18.

Fields RC, Bowman MC, Freeman BD, Klingensmith ME. Implementation of an "after hours" resident educational program in a general surgery residency: a paradigm for increasing formal didactic training outside of the hospital setting in the era of the 80-hour workweek. J Surg Educ. 2009 Nov-Dec;66(6):340-3.

Robertson CM, Klingensmith ME, Coopersmith CM. Prevalence and cost of full-time research fellowships during general surgery residency. Ann Surg. 2009 Aug;250(2):352; author reply 352.

Klingensmith ME, Valentine RJ. Early experience with alternative training pathways: a view from the trenches. J Surg Educ. 2009 Mar-Apr;66(2):80-4.

Robertson CM, Klingensmith ME, Coopersmith CM. Prevalence and cost of full-time research fellowships during general surgery residency: a national survey. Ann Surg. 2009 Jan;249(1):155-61.

Andriole DA, Jeffe DB, Hageman HL, Klingensmith ME, McAlister RP, Whelan AJ. Attrition during graduate medical education: medical school perspective. Arch Surg. 2008 Dec;143(12):1172-7; discussion 1177.

Klingensmith ME. Teaching ethics in surgical training programs using a case-based format. J Surg Educ. 2008 Mar-Apr;65(2):126-8.

Robertson CM, Klingensmith ME, Coopersmith CM. Long-term outcomes of performing a postdoctoral research fellowship during general surgery residency. Annals of Surgery. 2007;245(4):516-523.

Andriole DA, Klingensmith ME, Jeffe DB. Who are our future surgeons? Characteristics of medical school graduates planning surgical careers: analysis of the 1997 to 2004 Association of American Medical Colleges' Graduation Questionnaire National Database. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2006;203(2):177-185. Epub 2006 Jun 23.

Glasgow SC, Tiemann D, Frisella MM, Conroy G, Klingensmith ME. Laparoscopy as an educational and recruiting tool. American Journal of Surgery. 2006 Apr;191(4):542-544.

Klingensmith ME, Anderson KD. Educational scholarship as a route to academic promotion: a depiction of surgical education scholars. American Journal of Surgery. 2006 Apr;191(4):533-537.

Klingensmith ME, Winslow ER, Hamilton BH, Hall BL. Impact of resident duty-hour reform on faculty clinical productivity. Current Surgery. 2006;63(1):74-79.

Pub Med for Mary Klingensmith, M.D.


Klingensmith ME, senior editor; Chen LE , Glasgow S, Goers T, Melby S, associate editors. The Washington Manual of Surgery. 5th Edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2007.

Klingensmith ME. Surgical Credentials. In: Mulholland MW and Doherty GM (eds.). Complications in Surgery. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2005.

Klingensmith ME. Robotic Applications in General Surgery. In: Damiano RJ and Wells SA (eds.). Current Problems in Surgery. Mosby; 2005.

Klingensmith, ME, Amos KD, Green, DW, Halpin, VJ, Hunt, SR (eds). The Washington Manual of Surgery. 4th edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2005.