Dr. Herbert Peterson, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, was inducted June 15 as a Fellow Honoris Causa of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).
“I have great pleasure in [informing] you that it is the unanimous wish of the Council of the College that you be invited to become a Fellow Honoris Causa,” wrote professor Dr. Lesley Regan, the president of RCOG. “This award acknowledges the highest level of dedication and achievement in the development of women’s health care.”
“Recognition by the Royal College is one of medicine’s highest honors,” said Dr. Barbara K. Rimer, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School. “It is fitting that such recognition is bestowed on Bert Peterson. By dint of his vision, acumen, collaborative skills and unflagging commitment to improve women’s health, Dr. Peterson is leading a movement to implement what works. That effort has the potential to save the lives of millions of women and babies.”
Dr. Peterson, a former chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School, also is a member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC’s School of Medicine. He serves as director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health, which is based in the maternal and child health department.
Of the honor, Dr. Peterson said: “I’m deeply grateful, and also have to say that this award is the result of collaborations and reflects the contributions of many others. I feel extremely fortunate to have worked alongside, and been supported by, so many wonderful friends and colleagues.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on June 28