By Richard Asinof
PROVIDENCE – Dr. William Oh of Barrington, former chief of pediatrics at Women & Infants Hospital, will receive the Maureen Andrews Mentorship Award from the Society for Pediatric Research during its annual meeting on April 28 in Boston, in recognition of his mentoring career.
In the past four decades, Oh has trained more than 80 neonatologists who are now leaders in their fields around the globe.
Oh was also one of two physicians recently inducted into the national Legends of Neonatology Hall of Fame for his work in the care of the critically ill newborn infants.
Oh is one of the founders of the field of neonatal medicine and has been a leader in teaching about metabolism, minerals, and fluids and electrolytes in the newborn infant, according to hospital officials.
“This is such an honor for Dr. Oh and his colleagues at Women & Infants and Brown Medical School,” said Constance A. Howes, president and CEO of Women & Infants. “The contributions that Dr. Oh has made to the field of neonatology are extraordinary. He has impacted the care and caring of some of the tiniest, frailest babies and has paved the way for incredible discoveries and improvements in the care that we provide here and globally.”
Originally trained in the Philippines where he received his medical degree, Oh came to the U.S. in 1958, doing a pediatric residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, where he became chief resident and a research fellow in neonatology. From 1964 to 1966, he initiated a series of research projects at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm that resulted in one of the first series of papers to examine neonatal blood pressure, neonatal blood volume, neonatal hemodynamics, and neonatal renal function.
In 1975, Oh became pediatrician-in-chief of Women & Infants and professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics at Brown University, where he was appointed chairman of the Department of Pediatrics in 1989.