Today marks the first day on the job for Dr. Barbara Stoll, H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professor in the Medical Sciences and Dean.

“I am thrilled to be at UTHealth and ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work,” she said.

An internationally known pediatrician who has been a champion for pediatric global health, Dean Stoll comes to UTHealth from Emory University School of Medicine, where she has spent the last decade as the George W. Brumley, Jr., Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. The ninth dean of McGovern Medical School, she succeeds Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo, who was named president of UTHealth in 2012 and has been serving in both roles since that time.

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, Bangladesh. 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, 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. 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.

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.

A UTHealth Medical School town hall meeting with Dean Stoll and President Colasurdo is scheduled for 4 p.m., Nov. 12, in MSB 3.001. The town hall will be live broadcast to the LBJ Conference Center. To view the town hall live, or after the fact, please see https://go.uth.edu/DeanStollTownHall