Awards : Hall of Fame Award

Larry Gilstrap, M.D. ’70

Larry Gilstrap, M.D. ’70 is the Emma Sue Hightower Professor and Chair of the obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences department at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He also serves as director of the women’s health initiative at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and has been on the faculty of the University of Texas for almost 20 years.

Gilstrap’s work has significantly impacted the practice of maternal fetal medicine. He has published extensively and has helped to modernize the management of labor, operative vaginal deliveries, obstetrical infections, and fetal/newborn acid-base assessment. He has over 190 peer-reviewed publications and 99 invited articles or chapters, as well as being an author, co-author, or editor of seven textbooks or study guides. His publications in the area of fetal/newborn acid-base assessment have helped define the criteria utilized to evaluate and manage newborn acidosis. These contributions are an important component of the current American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics definition of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. He was also a member of the ACOG Task Force on neonatal encephalopathy and cerebral palsy.

Gilstrap was also an important leader in the NIH’s two Consensus Conferences on Steroids for fetal lung maturity, which contributed to the widespread use of steroids to stimulate fetal lung maturity in the US as well as internationally. Gilstrap has been a member of many prestigious societies and committees including serving as a director and treasurer of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a past president of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine.