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International Referrals

The physicians of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children's Hospitals are always interested in extending treatment to patients from countries outside the United States. We ask patients to coordinate their requests for second opinions or treatment through their personal physician or sponsoring organization. This is because a thorough review of records is necessary before we can determine if we can help the patient before any costs are incurred.

Physicians, please contact us by email, with a short summary of the patient's diagnosis and your initial treatment plan. We will forward this summary to the right department for review and follow-up. Although English is preferred, you may email in your own language.

If we can be of help to you by seeing your patient here at Washington University Medical Center, coordination of physicians appointments is made through our Washington University Care Coordination office. Both Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital have excellent Patient and Guest Services who can help with interpreters, short and long-term housing for family members, and other local requirements.


The Centers of Excellence listed below are the most frequently used by international patients.

Heart & Vascular Center
Complex Cardiac Surgery
Marfan Syndrome
Aneurysms (Including EVAR)
Vascular and Endovascular Surgery


Liver Disease Center
Serious Liver Disease - Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Tumor
Living Donor Kidney Transplantion
TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt)
Living Donor Liver Transplantation

Lung Center
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Lung Transplantation
Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

Pediatrics
Bone Marrow Transplant Program
Cerebral Palsy Surgery- Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
Cleft Palate and Cranio-Facial Deformities
Cochlear Implants
Congenital Club Foot
Genetic Disease Center

Siteman Cancer Center
Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant
Breast and Breast Cancer Surgery
Colorectal Cancer
Endocrine Cancer Treatment
Gynecologic Cancer
Head and Neck Cancer
Lung Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Hepatobiliary - Pancreatic, Bile Duct, Complex HPB-GI

Neuroscience Center
Cerebral Aneurysms
Parkinson Disease Center
Sleep Disorders
Spinal Cord Injury Restorative Treatment
Stereotactic Surgery / Gamma Knife

Orthopedic Center
Bone Cancer
Complex Spinal Disorders
Major Upper Extremity Surgery, including Hand, Elbow and Shoulder
Pediatric and Adult Spinal Deformities
Reconstruction Following Major Trauma
Sports Medicine



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