Stahlman, Mildred Thornton (1922-
- 1951 - 2004
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In 1959, when Dr. Stahlman needed to re-apply for her grant, she included an additional proposal for a new nursery with modern equipment and with a laboratory attached. She received the $125,000 supplement to build a new nursery. Vanderbilt's NICU opened in mid-1961 with Dr. Stahlman, two fellows and a research-developed Monaghen ventilator iron lung. The first patient treated with HMD was in October of 1961. The child of a house officer, this patient was treated using the ventilator and survived. This was the first case in the world of a child being successfully treated for HMD using a ventilator. Dr. Stahlman's NICU was the first modern intensive care unit for the newborn in the United States. The unit she established became a model for newborn intensive care units as we know them today. In 1973 Dr. Stahlman organized the Angel Transport System which resulted int the transport of premature babies from 30 counties in TN to Vanderbilt.
Dr. Stahlman personally trained the nurses on the NICU unit, calling them nursing assistants instead of RNs. Dr. Stahlman has trained over 80 post-doctoral fellows who have gone on to become professors and heads of departments. Dr. Stahlman has published over 200 articles and remains active as a basic researcher today. Her research interests include basic lung cell physiology, hyaline membrane disease, surfactant, Vitamin A, neonatal pulmonary adaptation, fetal cardiopulmonary development, and growth factor hormone involvement in the lungs.
Dr. Mildred Stahlman has received many awards and honors, including the Virginia Apgar Award, the Thomas Jefferson Award, the Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professorship, the Howland Award, the Vanderbilt Distinguished Alumna Award. Dr. Stahlman has also been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the Swedish Academy of Sciences. Dr. Mildred Stahlman is a truly distinguished woman who has accomplished much and touched many lives during her lifetime.
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