Author Biographical Info

Dr. Desmond was born in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland in 1916. Postwar, she completed her pediatric training and a fellowship in newborn research. In 1948, she moved to Houston, Texas to join the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in the Pediatric Department which at that time consisted of four faculty members and two residents. In 1950, Baylor became affiliated with the former Jefferson Davis Hospital and a newborn service was established. Dr. Desmond became the first head of the newborn care section in the Pediatric Department. In 1973 she became the director of the Leopold Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Texas Children's hospital. During this period she was on the team which cared for David Vetter, the "Bubble Boy." The Desmond Neonatal Developmental Follow-up Clinic, named for Dr. Desmond, was established in 1994 to provide logitudinal follow-up and neurodevelopmental assessments for pre-term babies.


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Front row, left to right, are Dr. L. Stanley James, Dr. Murdina Desmond, and Rev. Margaret Desmond, Dr. Desmond's daughter. Back row, Dr. L. Joseph Butterfield. At this awards presentation Dr. Desmond received the Virginia Apgar Award in Neonatal Medicine. Photograph surface has some translucent residue along the bottom portion of this 3 1/2" x 5" color photograph. See more at Murdina MacFarquhar Desmond, MD Papers and its finding aid.


Dr. Desmond donated the items in the collection in 1996. No accruals are expected for this collection.


Women physicians, Women in medicine, Women pediatricians, Award presentations, Medical sciences--Awards, Pediatricians, Neonatologists, San Francisco (CA), Murdina M. Desmond (1916- ), photographs » color photographs


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