Margaret Caroline Heagarty, MD

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Title: Retired Pediatrician
Location: Bronx, New York, United States

Margaret Heagarty, Retired Pediatrician, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pediatric medicine.

Dr. Heagarty is distinguished for more than 40 years of serving disadvantaged children in health care and the delivery of pattern organizational health care. Out of all her endeavors, she is most proud of being nationally recognized for her work with children with AIDS. Furthermore, she was one of the earliest people interested in health services delivery. She also focused on general pediatrics and in subspecialty pediatrics including comprehensive care. These interests began during her fellowship days at Harvard University. Eventually these practices became collectively known as primary care. It was all based on a movement to teach young doctors not to simply focus on a subspecialty or specialty, but to take care of children in the context of their families.

Inspired by her father, Dr. John Patrick Heagarty, Dr. Heagarty first earned a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude at Seton Hill College in 1957. She continued at West Virginia University’s School of Medicine to receive a Bachelor of Science in 1959 before earning an MD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1961. She subsequently completed a internship at Philadelphia General Hospital and a residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Furthermore, Dr. Heagarty is a diplomate of the American Board of Medicine. On top of her work in clinical medicine, she has publishing “Changing the Medical Care System-Report of an Experiment,” “Medical Sociology,” “A Systems Aprroach,” and “Child Healh, Basics for Primary Care.”

From 1969 to 1978, Dr. Heagarty directed the pediatric ambulatory care services department at the New York Hospital at Cornell Medical Center. From 1978, until her retirement in 2000, she served as director and chief of pediatrics at Harlem Hospital Center. In 1987, she began teaching at Columbia University, which she also retired from in 2000. She attained the professor emerita title upon her retirement. Furthermore, she has consulted for the Department of Health and Promotion of Child Health. For her work, she received a grant from the Commonwealth Foundation, and additional accolades from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Services Management Research and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In 1995, she received an honoris causa, DSC, from Yale University.

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