Department of Anesthesiology

Jennifer Cole International Education Initiative Endowment Fund

Jennifer Cole, MD, was an associate professor of anesthesiology at Washington University, where she earned her undergraduate and medical degrees.

The Department of Anesthesiology at the Washington University School of Medicine has established the Jennifer Cole International Initiative Endowment Fund to support the development of long-term partnerships with international teaching institutions. These mutually beneficial collaborations will hopefully have a tremendous impact on the perioperative care and medical education at these partner institutions while also providing novel opportunities as well as inspire the next generation of physicians at Washington University.

The Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine will match individual gifts of $5,000 and greater, up to a total of $250,000.


Online Gifts

Online Giving is the easiest way to give one-time or recurring gifts, new pledges, and payments on existing pledges.

 Online Giving Intructions

Mail in Gifts

Download the form here.

Employee Deductions

Washington University employees may contribute to the fund through both payroll and discretionary account deductions.

 Payroll Deductions Discretionary Deductions

Personal Contact

You can contact David Shearrer in the Medical Alumni and Development Programs at (314) 935-9693.

Program Updates


Our Department will be sending teams of residents, fellows, and faculty to multiple international teaching sites this upcoming Spring of 2017 including: Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala City, Guatemala; All India Institute of Medical Sciences [AIIMS] in Delhi, India; Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital [CECH] in Blantyre, Malawi

*Please revisit this site for updates.

Together, we make a difference.

To honor her memory, the Jennifer Cole International Education Initiative Endowment Fund has been established. This inspirational educator and role model for medical students, residents, and fellows will be remembered for generations through the individuals her efforts will continue to touch.

Created to provide a transformative experience for participants, the Jennifer Cole International Education Initiative offers a unique opportunity for our trainees and faculty to work closely with international colleagues on education program development and quality improvement projects. These projects could potentially have a significant impact on the quality of their training programs and clinical practice. Our international teaching sites will provide clinical rotations and novel career development opportunities for our residents and fellows.

Ellen Lockhart, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine, works alongside Divine Kwami, MD, faculty member at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. The Jennifer Cole International Education Initiative Endowment Fund promotes collaboration and the development of sustainable professional relationships between Washington University faculty and trainees and their Ghanaian counterparts at the permanent international teaching site.

Your contribution to the Jennifer Cole International Education Initiative Endowment Fund will be used to support the program’s long-term objectives:

  • Using academic projects to promote the career development of U.S. and international trainees in the areas of educational program and curriculum development, quality improvement, leadership, and research
  • Pairing U.S. trainees with international counterparts while onsite to promote collaboration, bedside teaching, and sustainable professional relationships
  • Developing education, mentorship, and training programs at our international partner institutions to promote the recruitment and training of anesthesiology practitioners in the perioperative specialty and clinical subspecialty areas