Professor of Epidemiology, Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology


David Savitz is Professor of Epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health, with joint appointments in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics in the Alpert Medical School. His epidemiological research has addressed a wide range of public health issues focusing on health effects of environmental agents in the workplace and community and a wide range of reproductive health outcomes.  He has done extensive work on health effects of nonionizing radiation, pesticides, drinking water treatment by-products, and perfluorinated compounds.  His reproductive health research has focused on preterm birth, fetal growth restriction, pregnancy complications, and miscarriage.

He has directed 30 doctoral dissertations and 15 master’s theses. He is the author of nearly 400 papers in professional journals and editor or author of three books. He has served as editor at the American Journal of Epidemiology and Epidemiology and as a member of the Epidemiology and Disease Control study section of the National Institutes of Health.   He was President of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research and North American Regional Councilor for the International Epidemiological Association. Dr. Savitz is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.  From 2013-2017 he served as Vice President for Research at Brown University.

He came to Brown in 2010 from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he had served as the Charles W. Bluhdorn Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine and Director of Disease Prevention and Public Health Institute since 2006. Earlier, he taught and conducted research at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and at the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Dr. Savitz received his undergraduate training in Psychology at Brandeis University, a Master’s degree in Preventive Medicine at Ohio State University in 1978, and the PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in 1982.

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