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History of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine COMMITTEE

This committee records key events in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and documents the history of the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics. The committee also works to educate the Section membership regarding the history of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Committee Members

  • Avroy Fanaroff, Chair
  • Linda J. Van Marter
  • Dilip Bhatt
  • Larry Gartner
  • Tonse Raju
  • Ola Saugstad


To prospectively record key events of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and to document the history of the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics and to educate section membership regarding the history of Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine

Neonatal-Perinatal Oral History Project

These newly-updated archives comprise the oral histories obtained through personal interviews of key personnel in the field of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine. Drs. Larry and Carol Gartner have commenced this project and, to date, 15 oral history interviews have been conducted and transcribed. All future recordings will be digital. Once North American interviews have been completed, the Gartners, Dr. Avroy Fanaroff, and others on the Section History Committee will begin to interview neonatologists in the United Kingdom and Europe.

View the following transcripts of interviews:

Neonatology - 50 Years of History (video)

Dr. Alvin Miller, MD, FAAP, has been caring for newborns since 1962 and has been a first-hand witness to the advances, progress, and misadventures in the care of newborn term and premature infants.  Compared with what was seen 50 years ago, the outcomes of preterm and other critically ill newborns has significantly improved.  In this video, Dr. Miller offers a summary of the most important historical moments in the evolution of neonatal-perinatal medicine:  including  images and recollections of advances and failures in treatment and the people who made it all happen.  Dr. Miller's eloquent presentation will help the viewer understand and appreciate the specialty of Neonatology for what it is today.

Neonatology History Video »
Neonatology History Handout »

Future Plans

  • To record the annual Silverman Lecture, Cone and Butterfield History lectures as well as Apgar, Education and Landmark awards presentations
    View Butterfield and Cone Lectures »
    View Awards »
  • Submit more on the history of Perinatology to the Journal of Perinatology in addition to including the abstracts from PAS as related to history
  • To digitize, label and archive Marilyn Escobedo's pictures of key perinatal events and personnel
  • To document the history and growth of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  • To document the history of ONTPD

Contact Us

Avroy Fanaroff »
Dilip Bhatt »
Larry Gartner »
Tonse Raju »
Ola Saugstad »
Linda J. Van Marter »
Jim Couto, AAP Staff »

Get Involved!

If you are interested in working with the committee please contact us.

Make your ideas known!

Please send any suggestions and ideas to enhance and improve the historical database to
Avroy Fanaroff, Chair of the History Committee.

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