Thomas C. Westfall, PhD

Thomas C. Westfall, PhD

Title: William Beaumont Professor, Chair Emeritus of the Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Science
Company: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Thomas C. Westfall, PhD, Professor Emeritus at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pharmacological education.

From 1979 to 2013, Dr. Westfall provided superior education as William Beaumont Professor and Chair in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology with the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where since 2013 he has been honored as a professor emeritus. The department’s mission is to expand the frontiers of knowledge to more fully understand the biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and pathophysiology of cellular communication with special emphasis on the cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous and neuroendocrine systems by fostering and carrying out state-of-the-art research, educate medical students, graduate students and students of the allied health professions and to provide service to other divisions of the university and to the community at large.

Dr. Westfall obtained a Doctor of Philosophy from West Virginia University in Morgantown in 1962. He published “The History of Pharmacology and Physiology” at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2020, as well as numerous articles in medical journals. His professional memberships include the Association of Medical School Pharmacology, the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the American Physiological Society and the Society for Neuroscience. Additionally, Dr. Westfall is the recipient of a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership.

Attributing his success to the example and support of his parents, Dr. Westfall also cites his unusual introduction into his profession: his wrestling coach put him in touch with the chair of the pharmacology department in his medical school. He maintains that his career highlights have been his teaching and research accomplishments. In the coming years, Dr. Westfall intends aims to continue his role as professor emeritus and to write his memoirs.

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