Dr Virginia Apgar was an American physician who specialised in anesthesia
. She was a leader in the fields of anesthesiology and teratology, and effectively founded the field of neonatology. To the public, however, she is best known as the developer of the Apgar test, a method of assessing the health of newborn babies
that has drastically reduced infant mortality over the world.n 1949.
Apgar became the first woman to become a full professor at Columbia P&S,while she also did clinical and research
work at the affiliated Sloane Hospital for Women. In 1959, she earned a Master
of Public Health
degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health