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
  • 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.
  • 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.)

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