World Cord Blood Day November 15, 2017
Dr. B. David Hall, MD, FACOG to Present "When Your Baby Delivers, Give Life Twice; From Obstetrician to Cord Blood Recipient" to the St. Louis University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds in support of World Cord Blood Day
A native of Burlington NC, Dr. David Hall completed undergraduate and medical school at Wake Forest University, He served with the Navy as an Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident at Portsmouth, Virginia, then on staff at Camp LeJeune, NC. He joined Salisbury Clinic for Women in 1980, delivering babies until 2004, after which he concentrated on Gyn Surgery until retiring in 2012.
David, a five year survivor of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, was treated at Wake Forest Baptist and Duke University Medical Centers. When an adult bone marrow match could not be found, umbilical cord stem cell units saved his life.
Since his recovery, he has been a volunteer ambassador and physician educator for the Be The Match Registry and public cord blood banks. He and his wife Charlotte also direct adult bone marrow donor drives. For his work supporting the recruiting effort, he received a 2016 National Volunteerism Award from the National Marrow Donor Program.
"For 34 years I was an Obstetrician, delivered over 5000 babies, and threw away their cord blood as medical waste. Why? Because I did not know about its value or how to collect it for public banking. 4 years ago, I received the miracle of life from two caring families that chose to donate their babies’ cord blood. I am asking you to give that miracle to others. It costs nothing but a little time and your willingness to help. Please join us in helping to restore life, health and hope to patients like me."