Vera Moulton Wall Center

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The Wall Center seeks to enhance the lives of patients with pulmonary vascular disease by providing the highest level of clinical care, providing advanced training opportunities for physicians and other health care providers, and participating in clinical and bench-top research in pulmonary vascular disease.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital/Stanford University Hospital is one of the few centers in the United States currently offering diagnostic and advanced therapeutic services to both adults and children with pulmonary hypertension. The pulmonary vascular disease program at Stanford grew out of the adult lung and heart-lung transplant program. In the mid-1990s due to the successful treatment of pulmonary hypertension with newer drug therapies, patients with pulmonary hypertension had new alternatives to transplantation. A program for the evaluation and treatment of adults with pulmonary hypertension was started in 1996 by Dr. Ramona Doyle. In December 1998 Dr. Jeffrey Feinstein and Dr. Doyle began to lay the groundwork for a combined adult and pediatric program in pulmonary vascular disease.

In the Fall of 2000 with a gift from anonymous donors the Vera Moulton Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease at Stanford was born. Vera Moulton Wall, for whom the center was named, was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1927. She was an only child who was adored by her parents and grandparents. She lived in Savannah until college, when she attended Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. She graduated with a degree in Biology and pursued a career in biology and teaching. She married in 1948 and was the mother of three children. She spent the majority of her adult life in Dallas, Texas. Vera Moulton Wall died unexpectedly on Mother's Day, 1988. At the time of her death she had been happily married for 40 years and had six grandchildren.

Vera M. Wall is most remembered for her generous spirit. She gave of her time, wisdom and heart. She had a true love of children and would entertain them endlessly, reading books and telling stories of her own creation. She rarely offered advice, but was often sought out by others for her wisdom. She instilled in her own children a love of learning, a standard of excellence, and knowledge of her unconditional love and acceptance. It is this spirit that the Wall Center strives to embody.

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