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Herbert B. Peterson, MD

Recipient, 2010 Allan Rosenfield Award for
Lifetime Contributions to International Family Planning

Herbert B. Peterson, MDDr. Herbert B. Peterson is Professor and Chair, Department of Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health and Professor, UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and School of Medicine. In 2008, he became the first Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health at UNC and, in 2009, he became the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Maternal and Child Health.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Peterson completed his ob-gyn residency at UNC and trained in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he later served as Chief of the Epidemiologic Studies Branch and the first Chief of the Women’s Health and Fertility Branch of the Division of Reproductive Health. He also served as Co-Director of the WHO/CDC Collaborating Center for Research Training in Human Reproduction and as Professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Peterson is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, and the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the American College of Epidemiology, and an honorary fellow in the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In 2004, he was awarded the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Distinguished Service Medal. He also received numerous awards over 20 years of work as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Dr. Peterson’s research interests have included contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, menstrual abnormalities, hysterectomy, infertility, assisted reproductive technology, reproductive cancers, HIV infection in women, and hormone replacement therapy. He has authored over 200 scientific publications on these subjects. For the past decade, his primary focus has been global sexual and reproductive health, including maternal health.

 

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