Meet the Ombuds
Karen O’Malley, PhD
Karen L. O’Malley joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in 1984 in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. As Professor of Neurobiology, her primary research interests focus on molecular mechanisms underlying the specification, regulation, and neurodegeneration of dopaminergic and glutamatergic systems. She has taught classes in molecular neurobiology, histology and neuroscience. She has also served as Chair of the Neuroscience Admissions Committee and Director of the Program in Neuroscience. At the University-wide level, she has served on the Faculty Senate Council, the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council (ECFC), as the Preclinical representative to the Executive Faculty, as the Preclinical representative to the Research Affairs Committee, and as Vice-chair and Chair of the ECFC. She is a long-term member of the Academic Women’s Network serving on the board for over a decade and as President 2001-2002. She is a graduate of the first Academic Medical Leadership Program for Physicians and Scientists offered by the School of Medicine in partnership with the Olin School of Business and BJC HealthCare. She has received many University-wide Mentoring awards and in 2013 the School of Medicine Alumni Distinguished Service Award. Since 2013, she has completed courses in conflict resolution, mediation, disruptive conduct as well as becoming an active member of the International Ombudsman Association. In addition she regularly shadows a local professional mediator.
Jim Fehr, MD
Dr. Jim Fehr was selected Assistant Ombuds in July 2016. He joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in 1998 in the Department of Anesthesiology. As Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, he works as a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist-intensivist and is medical director of the Saigh Pediatric Simulation Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He has extensive experience working with families and care providers during stressful periods of their lives as well as with mentoring medical students, residents and fellows. He serves on the Gender Equity Committee, is a member of the Academic Women’s Network, and was selected to serve as a Family Wise Mentor at the School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the School of Medicine’s Academic Medical Leadership Program for Physicians and Scientists, has been a longstanding member of the ethics committee at SLCH, and has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council for the School of Medicine. In the fall of 2016, he completed a three day training course in the foundational principles of organizational ombudsmen offered by the International Ombudsman Association.