Dr. Pierre Buekens is the dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, La., a position he has held since 2003. Dean Buekens is also the W. H. Watkins Professor of Epidemiology and is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Tulane’s School of Medicine.
His research focuses on reproductive epidemiology, including neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and pregnancy, and he is the director of the Tulane Center for Emerging Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology (CERPE). His current research spans Chagas disease in Argentina, Honduras, and Mexico, syphilis in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, and Zika virus in Honduras. He has worked extensively in Latin America and together with other researchers, he co-founded Trop-G, a collaboration working to control and eliminate NTDs in high-risk areas around the Gulf of Mexico.
The dean has been a leader in the global health movement and currently serves as chair of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). During his tenure at SPHTM, he has encouraged thorough globalization of the departments so that students gain a deep and thorough view of their disciplines through an expansive, global lens. He directs the university-wide Office of Global Health.
Dean Buekens earned his doctor of philosophy in epidemiology, his doctor of medicine, and his master of pubic health from the Free University of Brussels in Belgium, and he is a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Belgium. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in medical sciences by the University Suriname.
Before coming to Tulane, he was the associate dean for global health and professor and chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.