Clinical Services at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA)
Dr. Barbara J. Stoll is the George W. Brumley, Jr., Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine, President and CEO of the Emory-Children's Center and Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Dr. Stoll received her AB degree from Barnard College (1971) and her MD degree from Yale Medical School (1975), graduating Cum Laude. She completed her Pediatric Internship and Residency at Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (1975-1977) and her Neonatology Fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine (1977-1979).
Following her fellowship, she moved to Bangladesh where she was an Associate Scientist at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) from 1979-1983. In Bangladesh, she developed an appreciation of the causes of child mortality in developing countries and studied interventions to reduce mortality and improve child health. She established a hospital-based diarrheal disease surveillance system at ICDDR,B that is still on-going today and has resulted in many novel observations and publications.
In 1983, she was a visiting scientist at the University of Goteborg, studying the systemic and mucosal immune response to diarrheal agents. Upon returning to the US in 1984, she became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, working on immune mechanisms of infectious disease prevention. In 1986, Dr Stoll joined the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. To expand her international efforts, Dr. Stoll spent a year’s sabbatical at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland (1995-1996), raising awareness of the importance of neonatal morbidity and mortality in developing countries and developing guidelines for the care of newborns in resource poor settings.
She was promoted to full Professor of Pediatrics at Emory in 1997, was named Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics in 1999, and assumed the role as Chair of the Department in 2004. She holds a joint appointment as Professor of Public Health/Epidemiology in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Dr Stoll is the first Emory Chair of Pediatrics to be jointly employed by and hold a senior leadership role at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the largest pediatric healthcare systems in the country (cared for over 300,000 children last year/over 500,000 patient visits).
Dr. Stoll has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1991. Her research interests include neonatal clinical trials and the epidemiology of, diagnosis, and treatment of neonatal infectious diseases. She has spent over two decades studying the causes of morbidity and mortality among preterm and low birthweight infants, especially infectious diseases and has participated in numerous multi-center trials to improve therapies for and outcomes of sick newborns, both in the US and internationally.
Dr. Stoll has authored more than 200 scientific papers, review articles and chapters. She has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, CARE, Save the Children, USAID, the March of Dimes and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2004, she chaired an IOM committee to examine ways to improve birth outcomes in the developing world that has played an important role in focusing attention on the 40% of under 5 mortality that occurs in the newborn period.
Dr. Stoll is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, and a member of the Board of the Georgia Chapter of the AAP. She was elected to the Society for Pediatric Research in 1986, to the Infectious Disease Society of America and the American Pediatric Society in 1998. Dr. Stoll is a member of the Executive Board of the Atlanta-based WHO Collaborating Center in Maternal and Child Health; member of the Executive and Program Committees of the Association of Pediatric Department Chairs, member of the technical advisory group for Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives Initiative, a member of the Steering Committee of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program, and a member of the Steering Committees of the NICHD Neonatal Research Network, the NICHD Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network, and the National Children’s Study. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2009 and is President-elect of the American Pediatric Society, the oldest academic society in American Pediatrics.
Dr. Stoll is married to Dr. Roger I. Glass, Director of the Fogerty International Center at the NIH, and is the mother of 2 sons (one in college and one a recent college graduate) and a daughter who is a resident in general surgery. Her professional and personal life experiences serve as a wonderful role model for young professionals.