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Dr. Barbara Jost and Dr. Valerie Ratts

Featured on Woman to Woman on July 18, 2009.

Barbara Capes Jost, M.D., is a board-certified allergist and immunologist practicing in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and is the lead author of Washington Manual Subspecialty Consult: Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, a medical textbook. Her areas of interest are chronic sinusitis, recurrent infection, and drug allergy. She is a board-certified internal medicine physician.

Jost holds a master's degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University. She worked in the field of medical software design and pharmaceutical development for seven years before beginning her medical training at Saint Louis University. Her residency and fellowship were completed at Washington University, where she remains an instructor in clinical medicine.

Jost has been married to husband Ric for 18 years and has two children: Luke, age 11, and Lydia, age 8. She enjoys traveling and running and anticipates future involvement in the field of medical missions.

To read a sample of Dr. Jost's work, click here.

Valerie Ratts, M.D., is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and an associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine. She has served on the staff as a pediatric/adolescent gynecologist at St. Louis Children's Hospital since 1994. A St. Louis native, she received her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois as a Bronze Tablet recipient.

Ratts completed her medical school training, residency in gynecology and obstetrics, and fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Johns Hopkins University, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and was designated an NIH-sponsored Reproductive Scientist Development Program recipient. She has published and performed research in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and infertility. Among her clinical interests in pediatric/adolescent gynecology are PCOS and preservation of reproductive potential.

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