Short BiographyI retired in 2012 from FHI 360, after a career in Public Health. Following a residency in pediatrics, I joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1978, and worked as a medical epidemiologist for the CDC for six years including work in West Africa. I worked in Burkina Faso, West Africa for five years, 1980-82 and 1985-87 before joining FHI 360.
At FHI 360 for 25 years, I worked on HIV prevention and family planning research. I helped prepare clinical data for two meetings with the FDA for medical devices that were subsequently approved: the Filshie Clip (1996), and the Essure device (2003). I led FHI's research on clinical studies of vasectomy techniques. In 2008, the American Urological Association (AUA) invited me to join a committee to develop vasectomy guidelines for US surgeons – I was the only non-surgeon on the committee. The AUA issued the Guidelines in May, 2012. I have several patents for devices related to family planning and HIV prevention. I speak French fluently, am Board Certified in General and Preventive Medicine, and am an Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, UNC/Chapel Hill.
Research AreasHIV Prevention, Circumcison, Vasectomy
InterestsFluoride varnish, Full Belly Project, SCORE