Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Pierre Buekens

W.H. Watkins Professor of Epidemiology - Public Health and Tropical Medicine

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Department Affiliation
Public Health and Tropical Medicine

  • M.D., Free University of Brussels, 1979
  • M.P.H., Free University of Brussels, 1982
  • Certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Free University of Brussels, 1984
  • Ph.D., Free University of Brussels, Epidemiology and Public Health, 1988
Academic Experience
  • Professor, Tulane University, 2003-
  • Clinical Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine, 2003-
  • Professor, University of North Carolina, 1996-2002
  • Fellow, University of North Carolina Population Center, 1996-2003
  • Lecturer, Free University of Brussels, 1993-1996

Research & Teaching Specializations: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Epidemiology, General Latin America

Related Experience
  • Director, Center for Emerging Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology (CERPE), 2013-
  • Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics-Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, 2013-
  • Director, Tulane University Office of Global Health, 2008-
  • Scientific Council Member, Center for Perinatal Epidemiology, Brussels, Belgium, 2008-
  • Dean, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 2003-
  • Editor, Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 1996-2001
  • Chair, Scientific Committee, Program to Improve the Quality and Access to Emergency Obstetrical Care, French Academy of Sciences, 2003-2006
  • Board Member, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1996-
  • Corresponding Member, Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium, 2014-
  • Honorary Degree, Anton de Kom University of Suriname, Medical School, 2010
  • W. H. Watkins Professor of Epidemiology, Tulane University SPHTM, 2007-
  • ASPH/ CDC Grant, “Maternal Mortality in the US and Europe,” 2001-2003
  • NIH/ NICHD Grant, “A Trial for Improving Perinatal Care in Latin America,” 2001-
  • NIH/ Fogarty International Center Grant, “Latin American Perinatal Health Training Program,” 2001-
  • MCHB/ USDHHS Grant, “Training Program in Maternal and Child Health,” 1997-2000, 2000-2005
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
Overseas Experience
  • Argentina
  • Mexico

Selected Publications

  • 2018. “Predictive factors of preterm delivery in French Guiana for singleton pregnancies: definition and validation of a predictive score,” with Leneuve-Dorilas, M., Favre, A., Carles, G., Louis, A., Breart, G., and Nacher M. The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetrician: 1-8.
  • 2018. “Zika Virus and the World Health Organization Criteria for Determining Recent Infection Using Plaque Reduction Neutralization Testing,” with Ward, M.J., Alger, J., Berrueta, M., Bock, H., Cafferata, M.L., Ciganda, A., García, J., García, K., Lopez, W., Lorenzana, I., Parham, L., and Wesson, D.M. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 99(3): 780-782.
  • 2018. “An approach to identify a minimum and rational proportion of caesarean sections in resource-poor settings: a global network study.” Belizán, J.M., Minckas, N., McClure, E.M., Saleem, S., Moore, J.L., Goudar, S.S., Esamai, F., Patel, A., Chomba, E., Garces, A.L., Althabe, F., Harrison, M.S., Krebs, N.F., Derman, R.J., Carlo, W.A., Liechty, E.A., Hibberd, P.L., and Goldenberg RL. The Lancet. Global health. 6(8): e894-e901.
  • 2018. Sources of influence on pregnant women’s preferred mode of delivery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with Amyx, M., Gibbons, L., Xiong, X., Mazzoni, A., Althabe, F., and Belizán J.M.
    Birth (Berkeley, Calif.). 45(1):71-78.
  • 2018 “The Gulf oil spill, miscarriage, and infertility: the GROWH study,” with Harville, E.W., Shankar, A., and Zilversmit, L. International archives of occupational and environmental health. 91(1):47-56.
  • 2016. “Brief Counseling on Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Pregnant Women in Argentina and Uruguay.” With Alemán A, Morello P, Colomar M, Llambi L, Berrueta M, Gibbons L, Buekens P, Althabe F. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14(1).
  • 2016. “Working Group. Zika virus infection in pregnant women in Honduras: study protocol.” With Buekens P, Alger J, Althabe F, Bergel E, Berrueta AM, Bustillo C, Cafferata ML, Harville E, Rosales K, Wesson DM, Zuniga C; ZIPH Reproductive Health. 13(1):82.
  • 2016. “Effects of acculturation on prenatal anxiety among Latina women.” With Barcelona de Mendoza V, Harville E, Theall K, Buekens P, Chasan-Taber L. Archives of Women’s Mental Health. 19(4):635-44.
  • 2016. “Acculturation and Intention to Breastfeed among a Population of Predominantly Puerto Rican Women.” With Barcelona de Mendoza V, Harville E, Theall K, Buekens P, Chasan-Taber L. Birth 43(1):78-85.
  • 2015. With Padilla-Raygoza N, Gamboa-León R, Ramirez-Sierra MJ, Dumonteil E, Buekens P, Ruiz-Paloalto ML, Diaz-Guerrero R. “Negative studies are helpful to compute the specificity of diagnostic tests: measuring Trypanosoma cruzi seroprevalence in Guanajuato, Mexico.” BMC Research Notes 8:614.

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