Peggy Whalley, M.D., is a 1956 graduate of Southwestern Medical College. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine under Donald Seldin, M.D., (1956-1957) and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology under Jack Pritchard, M.D., (1957-1960). She was the first female resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the first to serve as Chief Resident her senior year. In 1960, she joined the OB/GYN faculty and subsequently completed a joint fellowship in Internal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, directed by Drs. Seldin and Pritchard. 

Dr. Whalley is credited with the establishment of one of the first high-risk antenatal units in the world at the old Woodlawn Hospital in 1971. Later expanded and moved to Parkland Memorial Hospital, the unit -- dubbed Peggy’s Palace by Dr. Norman Gant -- was officially dedicated in 1988. By then, it had cared for more than 8,000 pregnant women suffering from problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, or premature ruptured membranes.

Along with Dr. Pritchard and other members of the Department, she became interested in the hematologic changes occurring during pregnancy. She studied sickle cell disease, the impact of folic acid and iron deficiencies on the fetus, and the management of pregnancies complicated by diseases like diabetes, hypertension, renal and urinary tract infections, and hyperparathyroidism.

Dr. Whalley retired in 1986 but continued to work part time covering the high-risk unit. Upon her full retirement in 1992, she became the second faculty member, and the first woman, to be named Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1956)