Leandro Cordero

Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics leondro.cordero@osumc.edu

I received my bachelor and Reserve Army Officer degrees at Liceo Militar General San Martin (1954) and my medical doctor at the Buenos Aires School of Medicine (1959) in Argentina.  Following my post graduate training at the Dr Pedro De Elizalde Children’s Hospital, I practiced Pediatrics for 4 years in a small rural town south of Buenos Aires.  In search of further specialization, I came to the United States where I completed a residency in Pediatrics at The Yale New Haven Medical Center followed by a fellowship in Epidemiology and Public Health and another in Neonatology at The Yale University School of Medicine.  For 2 years I held a faculty appointment there before becoming a visiting professor for the Organization of American States at the Latin American Center of Perinatology in Montevideo, Uruguay.  Later, I became a consultant in Neonatology for the World Health Organization.

In 1971 I joined the faculty at The Ohio State University as Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine where I served in this capacity through June 2011.  In its beginning, the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) had 8 bassinets and the Well Baby Nursery (WBN) had 20.  The yearly census was 700 infants at the NICU and about 2,100 infants at the WBN.  During the next 40 years, both units expanded and served 1,100 infants in NICU and close to 3,000 in the WBN.  During my tenure, I was responsible for supervising and providing care to approximately 40,000 premature and sick infants at the NICU and over 120,000 healthy infants at the WBN.  In 1971, I was the only trained Neonatologist in Columbus.  Today, more than 40 Neonatologists share the responsibilities for the care of a very needy population.  I was promoted to Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics in 1976 and upon my retirement (2011) to Professor Emeritus.  As a physician, I will always treasure the opportunity to have served my patients and their families with absolute dedication and compassion.  The recognition of the Ohio Senate Resolution No. 4656 (1996) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the March of Dimes (2003) for my contributions to Neonatology are some of my more treasured awards.  Throughout the years I was privileged to be associated with many faculty from the College of Medicine as well as from other colleges and I am grateful and proud that many of them became partners in research and are memorialized in many of my publications.  I was also fortunate that at the time of my retirement, the department of Pediatrics offered me a part-time position to continue my clinical teaching and research activities, albeit at a slower pace.