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 Dr Barfield Wanda D. Barfield, MD, MPH, FAAP

CAPTAIN, U.S. Public Health Service

Wanda D. Barfield, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, CAPTAIN, U.S. Public Health Service, is a Neonatologist and Leader of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Epidemiology Program in the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. She serves as the US Public Health Representative to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Uniformed Services Executive Committee and is the CDC Liaison to the AAP Committee on Fetus and Newborn.

BACKGROUND: Dr. Barfield received her B.S. in biology from the University of California, Irvine, and her medical and public health degrees from Harvard University. She completed a pediatrics residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at Harvard University.

As a former Army officer, she was Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Madigan Army Medical Center. Dr. Barfield joined the CDC in July 2000, when she was selected for the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). As leader of the CDC Maternal Child Health Epidemiology Program, she helps to build analytic and data capacity at the state level through the assignment of senior MCH epidemiologists throughout the U.S.

Her research includes informing policy in the area of racial disparities in perinatal mortality and early child health service utilization, improving assess to perinatal services, and advancing the quality of reporting perinatal data through longitudinal linkage. CAPT Barfield completed a 3-year CDC field assignment to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health addressing state regulations for hospital maternal and newborn services.

She is a lead epidemiologist in a multidisciplinary collaborative to using longitudinally linked birth/death certificate data, maternal/child hospitalization data, and health services data to improve MCH outcomes and policy. As CDC’s only board-certified neonatologist, she also provides direct clinical care in civilian and Department of Defense NICUs, and primary care to children in federal emergency responses. Recently, she has participated as a member of CDC’s Emergency Operations Center to understand the effects of novel H1N1 influenza virus on the fetus and newborn.

CAPT Barfield has been a member of the AAP Uniformed Services Section for 19 years and an AAP fellow since 1996. She is also a member of the Perinatal Section, District 10, and the Society for Pediatric Research.


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