Melanie (Huffman) Townsend, MD

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Personal Statement: The reason I chose WashU was because of the many clinical and research opportunities it offers residents and the large patient volumes the program captures. My professional interests include clinical and translational research as well as basic science research, especially in the area of head and neck oncology. Outside of medicine, my interests include hiking and tennis.


Undergraduate: Denison University, BS, 2009

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, 2013


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honors society
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • WM and F Groves and Hardiman Fellowship for summer research project, 2010
  • Wright Scholarship for Cancer Research, 2012


Underlying Mechanisms of Pharmacology and Toxicity of a Novel PPAR Agonist Revealed Using Rodent and Canine Hepatocytes Authors: Guo, Yin; Jolly, Robert A.; Halstead, Bartley W.; Baker, Thomas K.; Stutz, John P.; Huffman, Melanie; Calley, John N.; West, Adam; Gao, Hong; Searfoss, George H.; Li, Shuyu; Irizarry, Armando R.; Qian, Hui-rong; Stevens, James L.; Ryan, Timothy P. Source: Toxicological Sciences, Volume 96, Number 2, April 2007, pp. 294-309(16) Publisher: Oxford University Press

Split-dose bowel preparation for colonoscopy and residual gastric fluid volume: an observational study. Authors: Melanie Huffman, Zackary Unger, Chandana Thatikonda, Sable Amstutz, Douglas K Rex. Source: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Volume 7; Number 3, 2010 pp. 516-522.

Willingness to undergo split-dose bowel preparation for colonoscopy and compliance with split dose instructions. Authors: Zach Unger, Sable Amstutz, Da Hea Seo, Melanie Huffman, Douglas Rex. Source: Digestive Disease and Sciences, Jan 2010.

Leaving distal colorectal hyperplastic polyps in place can be achieved with high accuracy using narrow band imaging: an observational study. Authors: Hewett, DG, Huffman, M, Rex, D. Source: Gastrointest Endosc. 2012 Aug;76 (2):374-80.

Dichloroacetate Reverses the Hypoxic Adaptation to Bevacizumab and Enhances its Antitumor Effects. Authors: Kumar K, Wigfield S, Gee HE, Devlin CM, Singleton D, Li JL, Buffa F, Huffman M, Sinn AL, Silver J, Turley H, Leek R, Harris AL, Ivan M. Source: J Mol Med (Berl). 2013 Jun;91(6):749-58.

Submitted: Pneumocephalus Secondary to Vigorous Noseblowing in a Patient with Congenital Sphenoid Sinus Dehiscence. Authors: Huffman, M., Harris, M., Barad, U., Morgenstein, S., Matt, B.