Faculty & Staff

Pilar Cristancho, M.D.

Dr. Cristancho joined the faculty at the School of Medicine at Washington University as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in July 2011. She came to St. Louis after nine years at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she completed her residency and fellowship and was a faculty member.

During her fellowship she trained in the treatment of major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder with novel neuromodulation interventions. These include using specific medical devices to target brain circuits that are thought to be altered in mood disorders. She has expertise in the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) and Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT).

She has also ample experience in treating patients with mood and anxiety disorders with different medication interventions and has worked in the academic setting supervising psychiatry residents. She has participated as a co-investigator in diverse multicenter studies that have include the use of TMS, VNS and the novel investigational Deep Brain Stimulation Treatment for depression. She has authored and co-authored several scientific articles in the area of neuromodulation treatments.

Jose Mathews, M.D.

Dr. Mathews graduated from the psychiatry residency program at Washington University and completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at Yale University. He has taken a particular interest in investigating brain function in depression using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He has also used TMS as a research tool to study possible altered brain circuits in depression.

JoAnn Filla-Taylor BSN, RN, CCRC

Ms. Filla-Taylor obtained her nursing degree from Maryville University (formerly Maryville College). She has extensive clinical and research experience working with patients who have mood disorders.