Dr. Louise Schnaufer, professor emeritus of pediatric surgery in the School of Medicine, passed away October 14, 2011, at age 86.
Born in Maryland, Dr. Schnaufer earned a bachelor's degree in zoology in 1947 from Wellesley College and a medical degree from the former Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP) in 1951. She completed her internship and residency at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, where she was also the hospital's first female chief surgical resident.
Also a pediatric surgeon at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Dr. Schnaufer was appointed to the Penn faculty in 1971 as an assistant professor. She was promoted to associate professor in 1976 and then full professor in 1989. She was accorded emeritus status in 2000 and retired two years later.
In 1993, Dr. Schnaufer was honored with the surgical residents' faculty teaching award, and that same year her alma mater, MCP, presented her with its alumnae achievement award. She was also a recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Arnold M. Salzberg Award, which recognizes outstanding mentorship of pediatric surgical trainees. CHOP established the Louise Schnaufer Endowed Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery in 1995.
Prior to her tenure at Penn, Dr. Schnaufer was on staff at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, where she helped establish its first pediatric surgical unit in 1963.
Dr. Schnaufer is survived by several cousins.
Donations may be sent to the Dr. Louise Schnaufer Endowed Fund, Lockbox 1352,
Box 8500, Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352.