Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Pierre Buekens

Professor and Dean - Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Contact Info


  • 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-
  • 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-


  • 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

Selected Publications

  • 2013. “Change of periodontal disease status during and after pregnancy.” With Xie Y, Xiong X, Elkind-Hirsch KE, Pridjian G, Maney P, and Delarosa RL. Journal of Periodontology 84: 725-731.
  • 2012. “Impact of coping styles on post-traumatic stress disorder and depressive symptoms among pregnant women exposed to hurricane Katrina.” With Oni O, Harville EW, and Xiong X. American Journal of Disaster Medicine 7: 199-209.
  • 2011. “Use of oxytocin during early stages of labor and its effect on active management of third stage of labor.” With Sosa CG, Althabe F, Belizan JM. _American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology_204:238. (PMCID: PMC3057346.)
  • 2011. “Do commercial serologic tests for Trypanosoma cruzi infection detect Mexican strains in women and newborns?” With Gamboa-León R, Gonzalez-Ramirez C, et al. _Journal of Parasitology_97:338-43. (PMCID: PMC3439135)
  • 2011. “Using Uniject to increase the use of prophylactic oxytocin for management of the third stage of labor in Latin America.” With Althabe F, Mazzoni A, et al. In Oxytocin in Uniject Study Group. International Journal Gynecology and Obstetrics 114:184-9.
  • 2010. “Lost opportunities for effective management of obstetric conditions to reduce maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in Argentina and Uruguay.” With Karolinski A, Mazzoni A, Belizán JM, et al. International Journal Gynecology and Obstetrics;110:175-80. (PMCID: PMC2918228.)
  • 2010. “Maternal dengue and pregnancy outcomes: a systematic review.” With Pouliot SH, Xiong X. Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey 2010;65:107-18.
  • 2009. “Risk factors for postpartum hemorrhage in vaginal deliveries in a Latin-American population.” With Sosa CG, Althabe F, Belizán JM, et al. Obstetrics and Gynecology;113:1313-9. (PMCID: PMC2730945.)