José Belizan, MD, PhD

Adjunct Professor Department of Maternal and Child Health

Dr. Belizan's major research and training focus is on evidence-based medicine, randomized controlled trials and implementation science, with a specialization in maternal health and its effect on the progeny. He runs many collaborative randomized clinical trials showing the efficacy of interventions for maternal and neonatal care. These trials involve the collaboration of researchers form many countries, including Latin American, African and Asian sites.

He has been an overseas mentor for more than 10 years via various NIH-funded grants. He is the co-director of the Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellows site in Argentina, which offers one-year mentored clinical research training experience for doctoral students and post-doctoral candidates in health-related professions from the U.S. To date, he has hosted two scholars and nine fellows at IECS in association with the program. Additionally, he has hosted 12 scholars via the MHIRT program.

Dr. Belizan holds an MD, two PhDs (in reproductive biology and medicine), an MSc in epidemiology and an OB/GYN certification.

Honors and Awards

Hope Award
2010, Preeclampsia Foundation

Roberto Caldeyro-Barcia Prize
2006, 5th World Congress on Perinatal Medicine

Heraldry Order of Cristóbal Colon in the degree of Knight
2001, President of Dominican Republic

First Annual Lawton Chiles International Lecture on Maternal and Child Health in the Americas
2000, National Institutes of Health

Lecturer at the XII Berzelius Symposium
1999, The Swedish Society of Medicine

Golden Medal “Prof. Adelda L. de Moraes”
1992, Brazilian Center of Population Dynamics and Human Reproduction

Superior Researcher
1995, Argentinean National Council of Scientific Research

Teaching Interests

Global maternal health research and the role of implementation science

Research Activities

Global maternal health research seeking and testing interventions to improve maternal health outcomes

Service Activities

Mentoring pre- and postdoctoral students in their dissertations, thesis and research activities

Practice Activities

Mentoring on finding research subjects and on the process of research projects, from the protocol to the final publication