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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A group of attendees at Dr. Charles William (Bill) Daeschner's retirement party on February 24, 1989, from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at the San Luis Hotel in Galveston, Texas, stand together outdoors. Front row, L to R: Dr. Waldo Nelson, Dr. Bill Daeschner, Dr. Murdina Desmond. Back row, L to R: Dr. L. Leighton Hill, Dr. Jimmy L. Simon, Dr. Robert C. Brownlee, Dr. Robert L. Volle, Dr. Laurence Finberg, Dr. Armond S. Goldman, possibly Dr. Mary C. Cerreto. See accompanying brochure by the Office Continuing Education, UTMB. Color photograph measures 8" x 10". 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.


Retirement, Pediatricians, Neonatologists, Galveston (TX), University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Nelson, Waldo E. (Waldo Emerson) (1898-1997), C. William Daeschner, Murdina M. Desmond (1916- ), Laurence Finberg, Armond S. Goldman, photographs » color photographs


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