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Aschner continues life-saving work as Julia Carell Stadler Chair

Jon Coomer

July 2009

Judy Aschner, M.D., director of the Division of Neonatology at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, feels honored to be named the first holder of the Julia Carell Stadler Chair. The endowed chair is named after Julia Stadler, co-chair of the Campaign for Children and Mothers at Children’s Hospital and daughter of Children’s Hospital namesake, the late Monroe Carell Jr.

“This is a huge honor, probably the highest honor to receive in academia,” Aschner said. “It’s an enormous validation for all that I’ve worked hard to achieve throughout my career.”

Aschner came to Vanderbilt in 2004 from Wake Forest University where she served as director of the Neonatal- Perinatal Medicine training program. She received her medical degree and completed a pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York.

For patients in this area, Aschner’s specialized training will result in improved patient care and saved lives. Sean Tuley’s family knows firsthand of Aschner’s dedication and skill.

Sean and Jolene Tuley’s twins were delivered at 23 weeks and were being treated at a Nashville hospital. Their son died and the couple asked Aschner to see their daughter, Clara, who weighed only 1 pound, 5 ounces. The couple decided to transfer their daughter to Vanderbilt.

“Dr. Aschner is the very reason Jolene and I moved our daughter,” Tuley said. “Her leadership of an amazing NICU team convinced us to move Clara, who was still struggling and fighting for her life, and place her into Judy’s care.”

Clara spent nearly three months in the NICU before being discharged in April 2008. She is now a healthy, happy 1-year-old.

“We believe her successful development is directly attributable to the care she received from Judy and the Vanderbilt team,” Tuley said.

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