An internationally known pediatrician who has been a champion for pediatric global health, Dr. Barbara J. Stoll was named dean of McGovern Medical School Oct. 1, 2015.
Dr. Stoll joined UTHealth from Emory University School of Medicine, where she spent the previous decade as the George W. Brumley, Jr., Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. She also served as the president and CEO of the Emory-Children’s Center and director of the Pediatric Center of Georgia, a joint venture between Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
She has authored more than 290 papers and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1991. She is the 2016 recipient of the John Howland Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Pediatric Society.
Dr. Stoll received her MD degree from Yale Medical School, graduating Cum Laude. Additional training included a pediatric internship and residency at Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and a neonatology fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. She received her AB degree from Barnard College.
Following her fellowship, she moved to Bangladesh where she was an associate scientist at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research. She then joined the University of Goteborg, in Sweden as a visiting scientist, studying the systemic and mucosal immune response to diarrheal agents. Upon returning to the United States in 1984, she became an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, working on immune mechanisms of infectious disease prevention.
In 1986, Dr. Stoll joined the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. To expand her international efforts, she spent a year’s sabbatical at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, raising awareness of the importance of neonatal morbidity and mortality in developing countries and developing guidelines for the care of newborns in resource poor settings.
She was promoted to full professor of pediatrics at Emory in 1997, was named vice-chair for research in the Department of Pediatrics in 1999, and assumed the role as chair of the Department in 2004. She held a joint appointment as professor of public health/epidemiology in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Stoll was the first Emory Chair of Pediatrics to be jointly employed by and hold a senior leadership role at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which is one of the largest pediatric healthcare systems in the country.
Dr. Stoll’s research interests include neonatal clinical trials and the epidemiology of, diagnosis, and treatment of neonatal infectious diseases. She has spent over two decades studying the causes of morbidity and mortality among preterm and low birthweight infants, especially infectious diseases.
She has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, CARE, Save the Children, USAID, the March of Dimes, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2004, she chaired an IOM committee to examine ways to improve birth outcomes in the developing world that has played an important role in focusing attention on the 40% of under age 5 mortality that occurs in the newborn period.
Dr. Stoll is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, and a member of the Board of the Georgia Chapter of the AAP. She was elected to the Society for Pediatric Research in 1986, to the Infectious Disease Society of America and the American Pediatric Society in 1998. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Atlanta-based WHO Collaborating Center in Maternal and Child Health; member of the Executive and Program Committees of the Association of Pediatric Department Chairs; member of the Steering Committee of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program; and a member of the Steering Committees of the NICHD Neonatal Research Network and the NICHD Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2009 and served as President of the American Pediatric Society, the oldest academic society in American Pediatrics.
Dr. Stoll is married to Roger I. Glass, MD, PhD, the director of the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health and associate director for international research at the NIH, and the mother of three children, Nina, Michael, and Andy Glass.