Carl E. Hunt, MD and Eric Gibson, MD
In this segment, “Neonatology Pioneers,” Dr. Eric Gibson and Dr. Carl Hunt recount the early days of neonatology and the progression of advances within the field.
Dr. Carl Hunt began his career with an interest in cardiovascular surgery, and initially completed a surgical internship before shifting to a pediatric residency and subsequently neonatology and cardiology fellowship training. He currently serves as a research professor of pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. His research interests include disordered breathing and respiratory control in neonates, and he previously served as the NIH Director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research. Dr. Fox is recognized as an early generation neonatologist who helped shape the first neonatal intensive care unit in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota in the 1960s and 1970s. At this time, ventilators were just beginning to be used in neonates, and now commonplace neonatal interventions such as intravenous nutrition and lipids had just begun to be implemented. Dr. Fox describes challenges in neonatal medicine advancements throughout the years, such as the establishment of thermoregulation during transport and the evolution of family centered care.