- She was born on June 7, 1909, in Westfield, New Jersey.
- Apgar focused on a career in the medical industry due to her two brother's medical problems. (One died due to tuberculosis, and the other lived with a chronic illness.)
- In 1929, Apgar earnt a degree in zoology, and in the same year, she began her medical training at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons.
- She obtained her MD in 1933 and began a two-year surgical internship. She was advised to make a career in a new field of study, anesthesiology.
- She later became the director of the newly established division of anesthesia at the Presbyterian Hospital.
- In 1949, she became the first female to hold a full professorship in anesthesiology at P&S, affording her more time to do research.
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