Herbert Peterson, MD

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Department of Maternal and Child Health
Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director WHO Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health

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Honors and Awards

Outstanding District Service Award, District IV
2012, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Honorary Fellowship
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
2009, UNC-CH

Elected to Membership
2007, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Distinguished Service Award
2004, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The Jeffrey P. Koplan Award
1999, CDC

USPHS Commissioned Corps Distinguished Service Medal
1999, USPHS

CDD/ATSDR Communicators Roundtable Award
1997, CDC

Surgeon General's Certificate of Appreciation (2)
1993, US Surgeon General

Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal
1992, US Surgeon General

USPHS Commissioned Corps Exceptional Capability Promotion
1990, USPHS

Meritorius Service Medal
1990, USPHS

Outstanding Service Medal
1987, USPHS

Commissioned Corps Unit Commendation

Recipient, USPHS Commissioned Corps Commendation Medal
1985, USPHS

Commissioned Corps Outstanding Unit Citaton

Research Activities

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.

Key Publications

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.


MD, Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 1977

BA, Biology, Wittenberg University, 1973