Virgil G. Damon Endowed Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University
Describe your current position.
I am a Professor of Reproductive Sciences in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons as well as Professor of Epidemiology in the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
List your career highlights.
I am the Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology journal. I also serve as one of three Statistical Consultants for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Chief Statistical Editor for the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Why did you choose UNC?
Because it was (and still is) the best biostatistics departments in the country. Another important decision that attracted me toward UNC was I got a graduate research assistantship from Dr. Ron Helms.
What would you consider to be your greatest achievement in your professional career and why?
Being admitted to, and graduating from, the premier Department of Biostatistics was one of my best achievements!
What was your first memory of UNC or the Department of Biostatistics?
As an international student, my first ever meeting with a faculty in the Department of Biostatistics was Dr. Mike Symons. In his usual self, he was one of the most gracious persons that I have ever met. He welcomed me in to his office and spent a good three hours straight explaining to me everything from the academic rigors, the department, people, the city of Chapel Hill and everything in-between.