Warren M. Crosby, MD

Warren Crosby

October 15, 2011

Born on March 19, 1931, and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Dr. Warren Crosby passed away on October 15, 2011 at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. He attended Stanford University as an undergraduate for three years and finished his fourth year at Washburn University in Topeka. He obtained his medical degree from the Kansas University Medical School and served his internship in Kansas City at St. Luke’s Hospital. He then moved to San Francisco and completed a four year residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at The University of California Hospitals, San Francisco.

In 1962, Dr. Crosby began his career at the Oklahoma University (OU) Health Sciences Center as an instructor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and served as Vice-Chair from 1969-1994. In the 1970s he was a pioneer in researching the safety of seat belt restraints in pregnant women, which resulted in the recommendations for safety belt use in pregnant women that are still used today. He also conducted research in fetal treatment of Rh isoimmunization.

He was passionate about ensuring that women and infants in rural Oklahoma received safe, high quality perinatal care. He founded the Office of Perinatal Continuing Education in 1984 to provide education to all Oklahoma birthing hospitals. His vision and work provided the foundation for services to improve the quality of perinatal care in Oklahoma that are now offered through the Office of Perinatal Quality Improvement. The systems, procedures and programs he initiated in the 1980s to reduce the rate of infant mortality in Oklahoma continue to save lives today.

He was a member of this society, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a variety of other medical organizations throughout his career. At the time of his death, Dr. Crosby also served as the Honorary CME Chair of the Society for Humanism in Medicine. In January of 2011, he was honored with the OU Dean’s Award for Distinguished Medical Service.

Although his research and clinical endeavors provided an immensely rewarding career, Dr. Crosby was most proud of his family. He is survived by his daughter Sarah and her husband Tad Cooper and his beloved wife Joanne Crosby, with whom he celebrated 58 years of marriage.

Submitted by by Dr. Charles J. Lockwood and Dr. Robert Mannel

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