Edward Bell

Dr Edward Bell is Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa, where he has served on the faculty since completing his medical training in 1979. He received his MD from Columbia University. He completed paediatric residency at Babies Hospital in New York City followed by neonatology fellowships at McMaster University and Brown University. Dr Bell served as Director of the Division of Neonatology at Iowa for 17 years before becoming Vice Chair of Pediatrics in 2005. He has conducted research on the care and outcomes of premature infants and has served as principal investigator for the University of Iowa centre in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Dr Bell received the 2002 Humanism in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges and the 2019 Maureen Andrew Mentor Award from the Society for Pediatric Research. In 2000, Dr Bell created the Tiniest Babies Registry, a web-based registry of infants with birth weights below 400 grams (14.1 ounces) who survived to be discharged home from the hospital. He maintains the registry with the assistance of the College of Medicine IT Application Services team.

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Lightest birth

The lowest birth weight recorded for a surviving infant, of which there is definitive evidence, is 245 grams (8.6 ounces) in the case of "Saybie" (USA; real name protected for privacy reasons), who was delivered by emergency Caesarian section at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital in San Diego, California, USA, in December 2018 after a gestation of just 23 weeks 3 days.