In our On the front lines series, WashU Med’s front-line health-care workers, scientists and students tell us how they and their colleagues have responded to the coronavirus pandemic.

Patrick Aguilar, critical care physician

Medical critical care director Patrick Aguilar, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, talks about planning for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kay Park, medical student

Kay Park, a medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, discusses St. Louis Food Angels, a Sling Health initiative she co-founded that is addressing food insecurity and helping vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis.

Jessica Gold, psychiatrist

Psychiatrist Jessica Gold, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, talks about the impact the COVID-19 crisis has been having on mental health.

Jay Piccirillo, otolaryngologist

Otolaryngologist Jay Piccirillo, MD, professor of otolaryngology, discusses the loss of smell and/or taste that is sometimes associated with the virus that causes COVID-19.

Sharon Abada, medical student

Third-year medical student Sharon Abada describes volunteer work she is doing with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health on COVID-19 contact tracing.

Jennifer Schmidt, general internist

General internist Jennifer Schmidt, MD, an assistant professor of medicine, discusses how she has changed her clinic in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jeffrey Henderson, infectious diseases specialist

Infectious diseases specialist Jeffrey P. Henderson, MD, PhD, an associate professor of medicine and of molecular microbiology, describes how COVID-19 plasma therapy works.

Tiffany Osborn, critical care physician

Tiffany Osborn, MD, professor of surgery and emergency medicine, outlines what critical care looks like during the COVID-19 pandemic, what’s changed and how she and her co-workers stay motivated.