Renée Shellhaas, MD, has been named associate dean for faculty promotions and career development at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She attends the University of Michigan school where she is an associate professor of career development and pediatric neurologist. She will start her new role in October.
Shellhaas will also be installed as the David T. Blasingame Professor and will serve as a professor in the Department of Neurology.
In this role, Shellhaas will work with the School of Medicine leadership team to develop innovative institutional programming aimed at enhancing faculty career development, including the promotion and tenure process and other ways to support the faculty. In addition, she will explore new ways to bring coaching, management and leadership training programs to the school’s departments, institutes and divisions.
“Dr. Shellhaas was selected from a national search for highly talented candidates and was unanimously approved by the Executive Faculty to elevate us to national leadership in innovative strategies for promoting a full and diverse spectrum of faculty careers,” said David H. Perlmutter, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs, the George and Carol Bauer Dean, and the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor. “This is an area of extraordinary importance to our school as we strive to be an increasingly attractive home to researchers, clinicians, educators, and entrepreneurs seeking a career-life balance that fulfills a deep purpose and Renée’s background as a clinician, educator and researcher provides the broad experience to draw from in pursuit of these goals.”
Shellhaas’s research focus is neonatal neurology and early life epilepsy, including approaches to detect seizures, improve treatment paradigms, and predict long-term outcomes for affected infants. She is also a leader in studies of sleep and respiratory sleep disorders and their impact on neurodevelopment in high-risk newborns, for which she received the Sleep Science Award from the American Academy of Neurology.
She has published widely and is principal investigator for two active R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is an associate editor of the journal Neurology and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Child Neurology, Pediatric Neurology, and Annals of the Child Neurology Society. Earlier this summer, she was named president-elect of the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation.
In addition to her many leadership roles at the University of Michigan and in multiple professional organizations, Shellhaas has been elected a member of the American Pediatric Society and Society for Pediatric Research, and a fellow of the American Epilepsy Society. She also has a strong track record of mentoring and teaching; she received the inaugural Chair’s Award for Outstanding Mentorship from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan.
Shellhaas is a graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Michigan Medical School. She trained in pediatrics, neurology/pediatric neurology, and clinical neurophysiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. She joined the faculty in Michigan in 2007 and was promoted to professor in 2019 and to career development leadership in 2020. She also completed a master’s degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2009.