My research career has been devoted to performing multi-center epidemiologic, efficacy, and effectiveness studies designed to understand perinatal and neonatal diseases and to reduce mortality and morbidity associated with these diseases. For more than a decade I have been involved in global health research and education with the goal of discovering strategies to reduce mortality and improve the health of women and children in low resource settings. For example, as an investigator in the NICHD Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research, I participated in the sentinel First Breath Study which demonstrated the effectiveness of training newborn care providers in resuscitation and other aspect of essential newborn care. To add precision to our understanding of the causes of perinatal deaths, along with a junior colleague at UNC and GN investigators, I helped develop and test a verbal autopsy tool.
Recently, we investigated the antecedents of stunting of growth in infancy. I have been involved in the development and dissemination of programs sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, whose aim is to increase competency of providers of newborn care among providers in low resource areas. I now serve as a global health advisor for the AAP.
M.D., Emory University, 1974
American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics, 1979
American Board of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 1979