After receiving board certification in 1969, Betty Bernard was one of the first doctors to be a part of a sub-specialty of pediatrics called neonatology (Newborn Intensive Care). Betty worked to develop and improve care and diagnosis of celiac disease in sickly newborns.
Dr. Bernard, interested in the metabolic needs of infants, developed expertise in intravenous nutrition and lipids that would maximize growth of both the neonatal body and brain. She supervised the nursery and education of students, interns, residents, and nurse practitioners in the care of ill newborns. She also conducted clinical research in the maternal fetal transfer of antibiotics, thyroid function and development, rhogam development, and essential fatty acids.
Dr. Bernard was the Chairman of Infection Control for the Women’s Hospital, a part of the Parenteral Nutrition for Pediatrics, and a part of various teaching programs, lectures, and many other committees at both the LAC + USC Medical Center and USC Keck School of Medicine.
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