Warshaw, Joseph

(1936-2003) Eminent American pediatrician and pioneer in human developmental biology. Warshaw used biochemical, cell biological and molecular techniques to investigate the regulation of fetal growth and perinatal adaptation.

Dr. Warshaw began working in the area of developmental metabolism while at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital from 1967 to 1973. He moved to Yale in 1973 to become Director of Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine. From 1982 to 1987, he was Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. He returned to Yale as the Chair of Pediatrics in 1987 and held that post until 2000. He then became Dean of the University of Vermont Medical School where he died of multiple myeloma at age 67.

Joe Warshaw was a major figure in the development of pediatrics in the late 20th century. He “radiated enthusiasm in all directions” and helped make pediatrics what it is today.

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