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José Belizan, MD, PhD

José Belizan

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

Editor of the year. BioMed Central, London

2015, Journal Reproductive Health

Carlos Slim Health Award

2021, Research Career Award Category

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


Certification of Specialty, Obstetrics, College of Physicians, Sante Fe, Argentina, 1975

PhD, Medicine, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Agentina, 1975

PhD, Biology of Reproduction, Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1974

MD, Medicine, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina

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