Dr. Dharmapuri Vidyasagar, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a physician, an educator, and a pioneer in the field of neonatal-perinatal medicine. After training in the United States and Canada, he joined the neonatal unit at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. In 1974, he was recruited to develop the Division of Neonatology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As Director until 2007, he trained scores of neonatologists.
Dr. Vidyasagar has worked closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Chicago Board of Health, among numerous other leadership roles. He served on the IDPH Perinatal Advisory Committee, and he was the Chair of the Maternal and Child Health Committee for the Chicago Board of Health. He was a fellow and the Henry P. Russe Awardee at the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. He was also President of the Chicago Pediatric Society, and he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Prematurity of the March of Dimes. In addition he was elected President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Vidyasagar continues to develop neonatal intensive care units worldwide. He has introduced new therapies and therapeutic techniques to physicians, nurses, and other health-care personnel in such nations as India, China, Lithuania, Poland, and Uzbekistan. His contributions to the literature of the field include more than 250 articles, chapters, and textbooks. His many honors include the Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Illinois, the Education Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Jonas Salk Award from the March of Dimes. In 2016, he was a Legends of Neonatology Hall of Fame Honoree, and he has been mentioned in the US Congressional Record.