Dr. Jane Newburger is the focus of our first in a planned series of interviews in Cardiology in the Young entitled, “Global Leadership in Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Care”. Dr. Newburger was born in Manhattan, New York, United States of America. She was raised in the Bronx for her first six years of life, at which point her family moved to Yonkers, New York, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She then attended Bryn Mawr College where she majored in psychology. Dr. Newburger subsequently attended Harvard Medical School, graduating in 1974. She did her internship and residency in paediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1974–1976, followed by her fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1976–1979. She received her Masters in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1980.
Dr. Newburger has spent her entire career as a paediatric cardiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she was appointed a Professor of Pediatrics in 1999 and has held the position as Commonwealth Professor of Pediatrics since 2008. She has established herself as a leading clinical scientist within the field of paediatric cardiology, with expertise in leadership of multicentre and multidisciplinary research, including the building of collaborative groups. She has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Health since 1982, and amongst other areas has led the field in the areas of neurodevelopmental outcomes in congenital heart disease, improved methods of vital organ support, and management of Kawasaki disease. This article presents our interview with Dr. Newburger, an interview that covers her path towards becoming a clinical scientist, her interests spanning four decades of hard work, and her strategies to design and lead successful multicentre studies.