The field of cardiology has seen great men over the centuries. Few women have permanently stamped their presence in that history .Jane Somerville can be termed mother of pediatric cardiology along with Maude Abbott She has a fascinating life history , having worked in Royal Brompton , Imperial and Guys London.She was mentored by pioneers like Paul wood , Blalock and others .She is primarily interested in the pediatric cardiology especially congenital heart surgeries .The classification of pulmonary atresia with VSD goes with her name.
She carries the credit of starting the Pediatric cardiology world congress in 1990 ,is the founder of GUCH (Grown up children with congenital heart disease.) .
Here is a rare interview from he to Dr Robert Califf for Heart.org. For those,who like to have a glimpse of cardiology in its vintage times , don’t miss it.Dr Jane addresses the past treasures , explores specific issues of facing pediatric cardiology and frank expression about the issues of women being a cardiologist in a man’s world.
She has a foundation in her name that helps the children and adults with congenital heart disease.
The landmark paper in BHJ 1970