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 the UNC Gillings School.
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 are increasingly focused on global women’s reproductive health, most recently on implementation science. His work has been assuring that policies, programs, and practices-- and their implementation-- are based on the best available science. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, editorials, book chapters, and other publications.
Honors and AwardsThe Hale Lecturer - invited keynote address
2017, American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsThe Howard Taylor Lecturer -invited keynote address
2015, International Federation of Gynecology and ObstetricsAllan Rosenfield Award for Lifetime Contributions to International Family Planning
2010, Society of Family PlanningWilliam R Kenan Jr Distinguished Professor of Maternal and Child Health
2009, UNC-CHElection to Membership
2007, National Academy of Medicine (formally Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of SciencesElection to Membership
1995, American Gynecological and Obstetrical SocietyDistinguished Service Award
2004, American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsThe Jeffrey P. Koplan Award
1999, CDCThe Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal
1992, US Public Health Service Commissioned CorpsDistinguished Service Medal
1999, US Public Health Service Commissioned CorpsThe Meritorious Service Medal
1990, US Public Health Service Commissioned CorpsThe Outstanding Service Medal
1987, US Public Health Service Commissioned CorpsThe Commendation Medal
1985, US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
MHCH 729 Implementation Science for Global Maternal and Child Health
Dr. Peterson's major teaching focus is on implementation science in global reproductive health, including successful and sustainable implementation of life-saving innovations at scale.
Dr. Peterson's major research interests are at the 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 - and implemented successfully and sustainably - with an emphasis on the value of interdisciplinary approaches, including implementation science.
Co-Principal Investigator, Family Planning National Training Center for Service Delivery
2015-present Member, Board of Directors, Global Implementation Initiative
2015-2019 Member, Evidence for Contraception Options and HIV Outcomes Study (ECHO) Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB), World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR)
2011-present Chair, Global Operations Advisory Group, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
2005-present Member, Guidelines Steering Group, Human Reproduction Team, Department of Reproductive Health and Research
Dr. Peterson has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine, the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, 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 Group for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
“Implementation Science Introduction." Allies in Maternal and Newborn Care: Strengthening Services Through Maternal Immunization, hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands. May 4, 2018.
Health and Well-Being for All: Delivering on the Promise for Those We Serve. H Peterson (2018). Obstetrics and Gynecology, 131(3), 418-422.
Implementing Innovations in Global Women's, Children's, and Adolescents' Health: Realizing the Potential for Implementation Science. H Peterson, J Haidar, D Fixsen, R Ramaswamy, B Weiner, S Leatherman (2018). Obstetrics and Gynecology, 131(3), 423-430.
Great Moments in Global Health, and Why We Are in One Now. Peterson HB (2016). Obstetrics and Gynecology, 128(6), 1225-1232.
Post-doctoral Training, Epidemic Intelligence Service, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1981
Residency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 1983
MD, Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 1977
BA, Biology, Wittenberg University, 1973