Washington University Medical Campus is among the largest academic medical centers in the world, with comprehensive strengths in nearly every area of clinical medicine and biomedical investigation. Its culture is collaborative and collegial.

Medical Center campus

Its primary members are Washington University School of Medicine and its affiliated hospital partners, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The School of Medicine’s clinical practice group of more than 1,500 specialty and primary care clinicians, called Washington University Physicians, is one of the largest academic clinical practices in the nation. This year, the center completed a major campus renewal project, expanding surgical services, cancer care and other programs.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the largest hospital in Missouri, with 1,249 staffed beds. It has been ranked on U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of America’s best hospitals for 26 consecutive years, holds advanced certification from the Joint Commission for lung volume reduction surgery and ventricular assist devices, and is an American College of Surgeons-verified Level I trauma center.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital is the largest children’s hospital in the region, with 301 staffed beds and an American College of Surgeons-verified Level I pediatric trauma center. It offers comprehensive services in every pediatric medical and surgical specialty and is recognized as one of America’s top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, which in 2018 ranked the hospital in all 10 specialties surveyed.

The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Missouri and is ranked as one of the nation’s top cancer facilities by U.S. News & World Report. It is among the top five nationally in patient volume.

lobby of hospital

The hospitals on the medical center campus are affiliated with BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the country. BJC supported the construction of the BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine, an 11-story research building housing laboratories and research support facilities.

Multidisciplinary research in nearly every area of biomedicine is a hallmark of the school. U.S. News & World Report perennially ranks the school’s graduate programs among the nation’s best. Faculty and chief residents author the Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, among the world’s most widely sold medical textbooks.

Research grants

554.5 million






Patient Care


1.1 million outpatient visits

84,839 hospital discharges
Barnes-Jewish Hospital and
St. Louis Children’s Hospital

1,790 hospital beds