Jeffrey F. Peipert, M.D., has become vice chair of clinical research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the School of Medicine.
George A. Macones, M.D., the Mitchell and Elaine Yanow Professor and head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, announced the appointment. Macones also serves as chief of obstetrics-gynecology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
“Jeff Peipert has the ideal combination of expertise and vision for this position,” Macones said. “We are very lucky to have him lead our department’s efforts in this exciting area of research.”
In his new position, Peipert will develop a clinical research division with a focus on patient-oriented research. The division will be based in a 9,785-square-foot facility at 4533 Clayton Road.
The goal of the division is to provide new knowledge to improve women’s health. It will foster interdisciplinary research by collaborating with other departments and divisions at the University, support efforts to increase clinical research in the department and the community and train new investigators in women’s health research.
Peipert comes to the University from Brown University where he was a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and community health for 13 years and a director of the department’s research division. He also was the program director for the Brown Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Program and the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Program.
Additionally, he was the principal investigator for the Women & Infants/Brown Epidemiology/Clinical Trials training program (T32 grant) for obstetricians-gynecologists.
Peipert’s research focuses on clinical epidemiology, infectious diseases and contraception. He recently completed a National Institutes of Health-funded study to evaluate behavioral interventions to prevent sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancy.
As an educator, Peipert has led courses on the national level in clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine. He also received numerous teaching awards at Brown.