Linda Stehling, M.D.
Dr. Stehling was born in San Antonio, TX. After receiving her B.S. in nursing, she completed premed
studies and entered medical school. She received her medical degree from The University of Texas
Medical School in San Antonio in 1970, completed a residency in anesthesiology, and joined the faculty.
She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and a Fellow of the American College of
In 1977, she and her husband moved to NY and Linda became Professor of Anesthesiology and
Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. After her husband’s retirement, they
relocated to Albuquerque where she served as Professor and Deputy Chairman of the Department of
Anesthesiology at The University of New Mexico School of Medicine. They moved to Scottsdale, AZ
twenty-five years ago when Linda accepted a Medical Consultant position at Blood Systems, Inc. She
later became Vice President for Medical and Regulatory Affairs. After leaving Blood Systems, Linda
worked as a consultant for Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. in San Diego, CA where she participated in the
development and implementation of clinical studies involving a blood substitute. She retired in 2002.
Dr. Stehling has edited six books and authored over 100 book chapters and articles in scientific journals.
She was the recipient of one of the first Transfusion Medicine Academic Awards from the National
Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Her activities with the National Blood Resource Education Program, as
well as committees of the The American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Association of
Blood Banks, involved development of practice guidelines for transfusion and educational programs and
materials for medical personnel and patients. She has lectured nationally and internationally on various
aspects of pediatric anesthesia and transfusion medicine.
Following her retirement, Linda began volunteering as a patient advocate, accompanying patients to
medical appointments and helping them understand their medical conditions and recommended
treatments and procedures. She serves as a resource for caregivers, provides helpful hints on patient
care, and facilitates interactions with hospice and home health care agencies. These activities led to
recognition of the importance of advance care planning and the desire to provide information to
patients and their families about the process. Realizing she needed input from a respected practicing
clinician, Linda sought assistance from Dr. Lakin. Their collaborative efforts resulted in publication of
Taking Control: Advance Care Planning Guide for When You Become Seriously Ill.