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Rural Appalachia seminar visiting faculty members, April 1

March 27, 2013

George Lister, M.D., will speak with the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia seminar on Monday, April 1, about the medical challenges of childhood.

Lister is the Jean McLean Wallace Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the Yale School of Medicine.  In August 2012, Dr. Lister returned to New Haven as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine, and Chief at Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH), where he will also serve as Physician-in-Chief at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.  Following a quarter century in the Department of Pediatrics at the Yale–New Haven Medical Center, in 2003 Lister became Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (UTSW) and Pediatrician-in-Chief at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.  In 2011 he was named the Robert L. Moore Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Education at UTSW.

Following a B.A. at Brown University, Lister received his M.D. from Yale School of Medicine in 1973.  Pediatric residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and then a fellowship in pediatric cardiology and neonatology at the University of California–San Francisco.  He is board certified in pediatrics, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric cardiology, and pediatric critical care medicine.

His current research is focused on factors affecting the risk of infants for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) . . . particularly detection via physiological home monitoring.  This work includes understanding oxygen utilization during hypoxia, anemia, and low cardiac output states.  Another project is the study of factors improving student and resident medical education, including the creation of the new subspecialty of pediatric critical care medicine.

Lister has been elected to a number of national offices including President of the Society for Pediatric Research, President of the American Pediatric Society, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Pediatrics. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Research, a Senior Editor of Rudolph’s Pediatrics textbook.

Dr. Lister will give a public presentation “The Changing Landscape of Health Care for Children and Families” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 in Blackman Auditorium (Woods Laboratories). 

Psychology 430: Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia is a new Spring 2013 course being taught collaboratively by Sewanee- and Yale-affiliated faculty and guest speakers. It is the latest development in a growing partnership between Sewanee and the Yale Child Study Center, Yale Medical School. Among the Center faculty is Linda Mayes, M.D. … Sewanee alumna … Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine … and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology at Sewanee.

For many years, Dr. Mayes has offered summer internships to Sewanee students. More recently, she initiated the Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program that affords Sewanee students the opportunity to spend a semester plus a summer at the Yale Child Study Center. This new course venture will offer students the combined expertise and energy of Sewanee faculty and visiting Yale-affiliated faculty and guest speakers. In addition to leading one or more course sessions, most of the visiting faculty and guest speakers will give a more public presentation open to the general community and have the opportunity to interact with various members of the Sewanee faculty and the broader community during their time in Sewanee. Thus, the course will also help to foster community-based collaborations among Sewanee and Yale faculty, University students, and local community organizations and partners.

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