Marilyn B. Escobedo, MD


National Perinatal Information Center

Professor Emeritus
University of Oklahoma

Dr. Escobedo has served on the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center since 1998. Dr. Escobedo received her undergraduate education at Baylor University and her MD at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and her neonatology fellowship at Vanderbilt University under Dr. Millie Stahlman. She started her academic career at Indiana University then moved to University of Texas at San Antonio where she was Division Chief for 23 years. In 2000, she accepted the Reba McEntire Endowed Chair in Neonatology at the University of Oklahoma where she was Division Chief, Director of all Neonatal Services for OU Medical Center until October 2017. She has been named Professor Emeritus University of Oklahoma. Among many other national leadership responsibilities, she was elected as the first woman chair of the national organization of neonatologists, the Perinatal Section of the AAP and has organized a multi-center research consortium.

Dr. Escobedo has also been recognized as an outstanding educator in neonatology. In 2004 she was named as the recipient of the National Neonatology Education Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics and in 2009 received the Founders Award for Research and Service, the highest award of the Southern Society for Pediatric Research. She has served the American Board of Pediatrics and the National Board for Medical Examiners. She served on the Initial Planning Committee for NeoPrep, the popular and successful AAP review course for neonatologists around the world and was integrally involved in every subsequent course for 20 years. She served for six years on the steering committee for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program and is currently in her second term as the co-chair of the committee. She remains on the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation and is the current chair of the writing committee. She is often invited to be an international speaker and teacher having served in diverse places from Canada to Mexico, from Sweden to the United Arab Emirates to China. She is best known for her research in respiratory care, particularly for the development of a premature baboon bronchopulmonary dysplasia model, a research resource which has produced a wealth of knowledge on both prevention and treatment. Recent research includes the Relationship of the Neonatal Microbiome to Necrotizing Enterocolitis and Retinopathy of Prematurity. Her current interests center on Neonatal Resuscitation in the USA and globally.