Herbert Peterson, MD
Herbert B. Peterson, MD, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, is the past chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and has a joint appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine. He also serves as Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health, based in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at UNC.
Certified by both the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Preventive Medicine, Dr. Peterson served for 20 years at the CDC, where he was Chief of the Epidemiologic Studies Branch and the first Chief of the Women’s Health and Fertility Branch of the Division of Reproductive Health. In 1999, he was assigned by CDC to WHO in Geneva, Switzerland where he served until coming to UNC in 2004.
Dr. Peterson’s major research interests are at the interface of clinical medicine and public health and have focused on assuring that policies, programs and practices in global reproductive health are based on the best available science with an emphasis on the value of interdisciplinary approaches, including implementation science.
Honors and Awards
Outstanding District Service Award, District IV
2012, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
2010, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecoligists
Allan Rosenfield Award for Lifetime Contributions to International Family Planning
2010, Society of Family Planning
William R Kenan Jr Distinguished Professor
Elected to Membership
2007, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences
The Jeffrey P. Koplan Award
MHCH 890 Implementation Science for Global Maternal and Child Health
Dr. Peterson's major research interests are the at interface of clinical medicine and public health and have focused on reproductive health. His focus in this regard has been assuring that policies, programs and practices in reproductive health are based on the best available science with an emphasis on the value of interdisciplinary approaches, including implementation science.
Dr. Peterson has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine, the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, the Society for Gynecologic Investigation and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the American College of Epidemiology. He currently serves as a Board member of the Global Implementation Initiative and Chair of the Global Operations Advisory Council for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Meeting the unmet need for family planning: Now is the time. John Bongaarts, Gary Darmstadt, Herbert Peterson (2013). The Lancet, 381(9879), 1696-1699.
Evidence-based medicine in action: The United States Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use. Willard Jr., Herbert Peterson (2013). Contraception, 87(5), 509-510.
Preventing maternal and newborn deaths globally: Using innovation and science to address challenges in implementing life-saving interventions. et al., Luc Bernis, Mickey Chopra, Peter Fajans, Lynn Freedman, Abdul Ghaffar, A. Gülmezoglu, Joumana Haidar, Laura Laski, Michael Mbizvo, Mario Merialdi, Herbert Peterson, Lale Say, Nhan Tran (2012). Obstetrics and Gynecology, 120(3), 636-642.
The rebirth of family planning. Richard Horton, Herbert Peterson (2012). The Lancet, 380(9837), 77-.
Contraception and health. John Cleland, Agustin Conde-Agudelo, Herbert Peterson, John Ross, Amy Tsui (2012). The Lancet, 380(9837), 149-156.
Accelerating science-driven solutions to challenges in global reproductive health: A new framework for moving forward. Kathryn Curtis, K Curtis, Catherine D'Arcangues, C d'Arcangues, A. Gülmezoglu, A Gülmezoglu, Joumana Haidar, J Haidar, Michael Mbizvo, M Mbizvo, Mario Merialdi, M Merialdi, Herbert Peterson, H Peterson, Lale Say, L Say (2011). Obstetrics and Gynecology, 117(3), 720-726.
Adaptation of the World Health Organization's Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use for use in the United States. (2010). Contraception, 82(1), 3-9.
Residency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 1983
MD, Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 1977
BA, Biology, Wittenberg University, 1973