Established in 2011 by Lawrence C. and Sheila S. Pakula and the Louis H. Gross Foundation

MRS. JOSEPHINE SUTLAND was devoted to improving the quality of life for others. In addition to her leadership roles with civic and cultural organizations in the Troy-Albany, New York area, she created beautiful gardens at the family home, which later became the residence of the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A longtime friend of Johns Hopkins, Mrs. Sutland passed away in 2008 and is remembered and celebrated through the establishment of the Josephine S. Sutland Professor in Newborn Medicine. This professorship will provide much needed resources to the director of the Division of Newborn Critical Care at Hopkins Children’s Center--a legacy that will indeed fuel pediatric neonatal research, teaching, and patient care in perpetuity.

A well-known dentist, DR. FRANK V. SUTLAND was an active supporter of numerous charities, established a series of dental clinics for children in vulnerable communities, and hosted a radio program for children, showcasing young talent and imparting health information. The Frank V. Sutland Chair in Pediatric Genetics was established in 1991 to honor his legacy.

SHEILA S. PAKULA, their daughter, is a member of The Women’s Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and also serves on the Hopkins Children’s National Advisory Board. DR. LAWRENCE C. PAKULA is an associate professor of pediatrics and co-founder of Pavilion Pediatrics in Green Spring Station. Dr. Pakula is also a member of The Hospital for the Consumptives of Maryland (Eudowood) Foundation Board, the Hopkins Children’s National Advisory Board, and board of the Robert Garrett Fund for the Surgical Treatment of Children. Both Dr. and Mrs. Pakula have followed in their family tradition of active involvement in and generosity to the community.


DR. EDWARD E. (NED) LAWSON, the inaugural Josephine S. Sutland Professor of Newborn Medicine, is American sub-board certified in neonatal/perinatal medicine and has been a full time academic physician since 1978. At Hopkins, he transformed the NICU, first by providing a much-needed renovation, increasing beds ultimately to 45, instituting computer documentation, managing additional expansion by providing nine private rooms, and integrating the Bayview Medical Center NICU and the Hopkins Children’s NICU into a single operation. Dr. Lawson was also responsible for the build-out of laboratory space on the 6th floor of the Hoffberger building where the laboratories and offices of our research faculty are currently housed. He was intimately involved in the design for the NICU in the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center. Physician training and quality processes are additional interests. (Pictured are Dr. and Mrs. Pakula, with Dr. Lawson on the right)