Marilyn Barnard Escobedo, MD

Title: physician, educator/professor emeritus
Company: National Perinatal Information Center/University of Oklahoma
Location: East Hampton, New York, United States

Marilyn Barnard Escobedo, MD, physician and professor emeritus at the National Perinatal Information Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in neonatal medicine.

Dr. Escobedo is a board-certified neonatal-perinatal medicine specialist and professor emeritus at the University of Oklahoma. Passionate about helping others and interested in the then-new and expanding field of neonatology, she earned a Bachelor of Science from Baylor University in 1966 and was awarded her Doctor of Medicine degree at Washington University in 1970. Between 1971 and 1974, Dr. Escobedo completed her medical internship and residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She spent the next two years as a research associate at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and accepted her first academic position in 1976, becoming an assistant professor at Indiana University.

From 1977 until 2000, Dr. Escobedo was a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. In addition to her work with students, Dr. Escobedo was named Division Director of the Pediatrics Department and Medical Director of the Newborn ICU at the University of Texas Hospital, overseeing clinical pediatrics and neonatal practice for the entirety of her time at the university. In 2001, she accepted a professorship and was named Chief of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Reba McEntire Endowed Chair of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Escobedo would spend the remainder of her career at the University of Oklahoma, until accepting professor emeritus status in 2017.

Dr. Escobedo contributed extensively to the development of neonatal intensive care throughout her career. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she sat on the Committee for Fetus and Newborn Medicine from 1988 until 1994 and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program Steering Committee from 2003 until 2009, and was a founding member of the organization’s women’s group, and has been involved with the International Committee for Neonatal Resuscitation and the Southern Society for Pediatric Research. In recognition of her contributions to the field, Dr. Escobedo has been the recipient of numerous honors including the 2003 American Academy of Pediatrics National Neonatal Education Award, a 2009 Founders Award from the Southern Society for Pediatrics Research, and being named the 2018 Thomas Kone History Lecturer by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In a career filled with highlights, Dr. Escobedo most treasures the knowledge that her own grandson, who was born prematurely in 2013, was the recipient of lifesaving care in a neonatal ICU unit that she established, feeling a unique empathy for her patients and a special pride in the work that she and her colleagues contributed to the hospital.


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