William J. Keenan, MD, considered a pioneer in the field of neonatal resuscitation, is one of the founding members of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program created by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association.
Dr. Keenan is a professor at Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Medicine and served as director of the neonatal intensive care unit at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center for 29 years. He continues to devote much of his time to traveling to rural hospitals and caring for sick babies.
“Dr. Keenan has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of babies, not just in St. Louis or the United States, but around the globe,” says Dr. Robert Wilmott, chief of Pediatrics at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and chair of Pediatrics at SLU School of Medicine. He has devoted his life to being a determined champion of those who are too small and too sick to help themselves. It is impossible to accurately convey the impact Dr. Keenan has had on the babies and countless families who had little hope without his advocacy and his clinical innovations”
In addition, Dr. Keenan has worked as medical director of International Affairs for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He also has served as co-chairman of the Helping Babies Breathe Global Implementation Task Force. Helping Babies Breathe – an international initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics, USAID, Save the Children and the World Health Organization – strives to teach simple techniques to help babies who cannot breathe at birth. Dr. Keenan serves as the Executive Director of the International Pediatric Association.