Virginia Apgar Facts

Virginia Apgar Facts
Virginia Apgar (June 7, 1909 to August 7, 1974) was an American obstetrical anesthesiologist. She was a leader in the fields of anesthesiology and neonatology. She is best known for her creation of the Apgar score.
Interesting Virginia Apgar Facts:
Virginia Apgar was born in Westfield, New Jersey, and was the youngest of three children.
She graduated from Westfield High School in 1925.
In 1929 she graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BS in zoology.
She graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1933 with her MD.
In 1937 she finished her training in anesthesiology.
From 1949 to 1959 he was a full professor at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and was the first woman to hold that post.
During that same period she was clinician and researcher at the Sloane Hospital for women.
In 1953 she created the health assessment tool for newborn babies that was named for her.
She left Columbia University in 1959 to earn her Master's Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
From 1959 to 1974 she directed medical research to prevent birth defects for the March of Dimes Foundation.
She brought attention to the relationship between birth defects and premature birth.
Apgar advocated for universal vaccination against rubella because of its devastating effects on fetal development.
She promoted Rh testing of pregnant women because of its potential lethal effects on the infant.
From 1971 to 1974 she was clinical professor of pediatrics at Cornell University School of Medicine.
She wrote a popular book titled, Is My Baby Alright? A guide to birth defects, in 1973.
She received the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from the American Medical Women's Association and The Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists in 1966.
In 1973 he received the Alumni Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.


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