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Release Date: 05/18/2018

Betty R. Vohr, MD, director of the Neonatal Follow-Up Program at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, and medical director of the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Program, was the recipient of the Albany Medical College Alumni Association 2018 Distinguished Alumna Award for her pioneering work as a clinician and researcher dedicated to improving the lives of high-risk premature infants and infants with hearing loss.

The award honors an alumnus who has earned national recognition for outstanding leadership in health care. A 1966 graduate of Albany Medical College, Dr. Vohr is a professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She was national coordinator of follow-up studies for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network between 1990 to 2016 and has published more than 300 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.

She received the award at Albany Medical College during Reunion Weekend held April 27 and 28 in Albany, New York. While on campus, she also presented the Distinguished Alumna Lecture, “The Power of Language,” which covered her research and clinical work with premature infants and infants with hearing loss.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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