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Oct. 12,  2009

Institute of Medicine Elects School of Medicine Faculty Member

News Article ImageBarbara J. Stoll

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has elected Emory University and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta pediatrician and neonatal researcher, Barbara J. Stoll, MD, to its new class of 65 top national health scientists. This brings Emory's total IOM membership to 26.

 Election to the Institute of Medicine is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health. Members are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.

 "I am extraordinarily honored to be elected to the Institute of Medicine," says Stoll, George W. Brumley, Jr., professor and chair, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, and president of the Emory-Children's Center.

"The IOM is a unique organization that contributes independent scientific and policy expertise to the public discussion of important health issues," says Stoll. "I look forward to becoming engaged in IOM activities, especially those of importance to child health and well-being and the agenda for pediatric research and education."

Stoll joined the Emory faculty in 1986. Her extensive research and publications have focused on low birth weight and premature newborns, the epidemiology of neonatal infections and the global impact of neonatal infections. She is principal investigator for Emory School of Medicine's participation in the National Children's Study, a multi-year study examining the effects of environmental and genetic factors on child health in the United States.

"We are thrilled that Dr. Barbara Stoll has been recognized with this honor," says Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD, executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center. "Her leadership at Emory and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has driven the extraordinary success of the Emory-Children's Center, and her clinical and research contributions continue to help children and their families in Georgia and around the world."

The author of more than 200 publications, Stoll has conducted numerous studies in collaboration with investigators from Emory and Children's, other universities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was awarded Emory's Albert E. Levy Award in 2005 for the best clinical scientific paper by a senior investigator.

"Dr. Stoll's contributions to the health of Georgia's children, as well as children around the country and even the world are profound," says Donna Hyland, president and CEO, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. "This recognition is a testament to her commitment to the successful collaboration between Children's and Emory to advance health and medicine for children."

Stoll received her medical degree from Yale Medical School, completed a pediatric residency at Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and a neonatology fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. She spent four years working on issues of childhood disease and mortality at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh and was a visiting scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1995 to 1996.

Stoll is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Saving Newborn Lives Initiative of Save the Children, the Atlanta-based WHO Collaborating Center in Reproductive Health, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Perinatal Research Society, the American Pediatric Society, the Executive Committee of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

She is on the Steering Committees of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network and Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network and is one of the principal investigators of these collaborative networks.

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