Dr. Sylvan E. Stool, one of the first pediatric ear, nose and throat doctors, died on April 11. Cause of death was not released. He was 78.
Stool attended medical school in Texas then joined the Air Force and spent two years stationed in the Far East and South Pacific. When he returned to the states, he launched an illustrious medical career that involved running a private practice in Denver, spending two decades at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, teaching pediatric medicine at the University of Colorado and working in otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital in Denver.
In 1968, Stool earned an international reputation for his breakthrough discovery of a procedure that made performing tracheotomies on children safer. This procedure saved countless lives and remains the standard of care today.
Stool traveled all over the world to teach doctors how to protect a child’s airway and how to use a pneumatic scope to diagnose middle-ear infections. The author of more than 150 articles and a past president of the Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC), Stool received the award of merit and the humanitarian award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology. SENTAC also named its annual award for outstanding lifetime contributions for the care of children in his honor.