Pierre Buekens    

Pierre Buekens, MD
W.H. Watkins Professor and Dean
Department of Epidemiology
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2430
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-5397
Fax: (504) 988-5718

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests:

Perinatal epidemiology; randomized controlled trials


Professional Achievements:

  • Chair, Global Health Committee, Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), 2004 - 2011
  • President, Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER), 2002-2003
  • Editor, Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology (US Office), 1996-2001
  • President, Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH), 1998-2000
  • Vice-President, Association of French Speaking Epidemiologists (Association des Epidémiologistes de Langue Française), 1993-1998

Educational Background:

  • MD, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
  • OB/GYN Certification, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
  • PhD, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
  • MPH, Free University of Brussels, Belgium


Selected Publications:

Howard E, Xiong X, Carlier Y, Sosa-Estani S, Buekens P. Frequency of the congenital transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BJOG. 2013 Aug 7.

Buekens P, Canfield C, Padilla N, Lara Lona E, Lozano R. Low birthweight in Mexico: a systematic review. Matern Child Health J. 2013 Jan;17(1):129-35. doi: 10.1007/s10995-012-0956-4. Review.

Buekens P, Keirse MJ. In the literature: home birth: safe enough, but not for the first baby. Birth. 2012 Jun;39(2):165-7.

Xiong X, Elkind-Hirsch KE, Xie Y, Delarosa R, Maney P, Pridjian G, Buekens P. Periodontal disease as a potential risk factor for the development of diabetes in women with a prior history of gestational diabetes mellitus. J Public Health Dent. 2012 Dec 10. doi: 10.1111/jphd.12004.

Buekens P. From hygiene and tropical medicine to global health. Am J Epidemiol. 2012 Oct 1;176 Suppl 7:S1-3. doi: 10.1093/aje/kws253.

Minsart AF, Spiegelaere MD, Englert Y, Buekens P. Classification of cesarean sections among immigrants in Belgium. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2012 Sep 20. doi: 10.1111/aogs.12003.

Wilcox AJ, Buekens P. "Jean golding - an appreciation". Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2012 Jul;26(4):302. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3016.2012.01297.

Howard EJ, Buekens P, Carlier Y. Current treatment guidelines for Trypanosoma cruzi infection in pregnant women and infants. Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2012 Mar 17 [Epub ahead of print].

Buekens P, Canfield C, Padilla N, Lara Lona E, Lozano R. Low Birthweight in Mexico: A Systematic Review. Matern Child Health J. 2012 Feb 2012. [Epub ahead of print]

McClure EM, Pasha O, Goudar SS, Chomba E, Garces A, Tshefu A, Althabe F, Esamai F, Patel A, Wright LL, Moore J, Kodkany BS, Belizan JM, Saleem S, Derman RJ, Carlo WA, Hambidge KM, Buekens P, Liechty EA, Bose C, Koso-Thomas M, Jobe AH, Goldenberg RL. Epidemiology of Stillbirth in Low-Middle Income Countries: A Global Network Study. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2011 Sept 14. doi:10.111/j.1600-0412.2011.01275.x. [Epub ahead of print]

Sosa CG, Althabe F, Belizan JM, Beukens P. Use of Oxytocin during early stages of labor and its effect of active management of third stage of labor. American Journal Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Mar; 204(3): 238.e1-5. [Epub 2010 Dec 8]

Harville EW, Xiong X, Smith BW, Pridjian G, Elkind-Hirsch K, Buekens P. Combined effects of hurricane Katrina and hurricane Gustav on the mental health of mothers of small children. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2011 May;18(4):288-96.

Xiong X, Buekens P, Goldenberg RL, Offenbacher S, Qian X. Optimal timing of periodontal disease treatment for prevention of adverse pregnancy outcomes: before or during pregnancy? Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011 March 17.

Buekens P, Bréart G, Cot M, Leveque A, Massougbodji A, Rodriguez López MH. [Global health: A globalized public health.] Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique. 2011 Mar 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Harville E, Xiong X, Buekens P. Disasters and perinatal health:a systematic review. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2010;65(11):713-28.

Buekens P, Humblet P. A 15th century "bambino" is the symbol of global maternal and child health. Matern Child Health J. 2011 Jan;15(1):1-3.

Karolinski, A, Mazzoni A, Belizan JM, Althaba F, Bergel E, Buekens P. Lost opportunities for effective management of obstetric conditions to reduce maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in Argentina and Uruguay. Int J Gyn Obst. 2010;110:175-80.

Tees MT, Harville EW, Xiong X, Buekens P, Pridjian G, Elkind-Hirsch K. Hurricane Katrina-related maternal stress, maternal mental health, and early infant temperament. Matern Child Health J. 2010 Jul;14(4):511-8.

Xiong X, Harville EW, Mattison DR, Elkind-Hirsch K, Pridjian G, Buekens P. Hurricane Katrina experience and the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression among pregnant women. Am J Disaster Med. 2010 May-Jun;5(3):181-7.

Harville EW, Taylor CA, Tesfai H, Xiong X, Buekens P. Experience of hurricane Katrina and reported intimate partner violence. J Interpers Violence. 2011 Mar; 26(4): 833-45. [Epub 2010 May 21]

Ehrlich M, Harville E, Xiong X, Buekens P, Pridjian G, Elkind-Hirsch K. Loss of resources and hurricane experience as predictors of postpartum depression among women in southern Louisiana. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 May 3.


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