|WHO's Peterson tapped to lead Maternal and Child Health|
|April 16, 2004|
Dr. Herbert B. Peterson, a medical officer with the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) since 1999, has been named the new chair of the School of Public Health's department of Maternal and Child Health. His first day is July 6.
During his tenure at WHO, Peterson has worked in the department of reproductive health and research and was responsible for coordinating the organization's family planning research and programs.
"Peterson brings an impressive mix of public health knowledge and experience to the position," said Dr. Margaret Dardess, the School's interim dean. "We are extremely pleased that he is joining our School."
Before going to Geneva, Peterson was with the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, where he served as the first chief of the Women's Health and Fertility Branch in the Division of Reproductive Health from the branch's inception in 1989 until joining WHO.
A 1977 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine, Peterson completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine. He also trained in epidemiology as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC from 1979-1981.
Certified by both the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Preventive Medicine, Peterson is a clinical professor in the medical school at UNC.For further information please contact Jonathan Kotch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org