Dr. David Grimes

David Grimes, M.D., FACOG, FACPM is one of a small number of U.S. physicians Board-certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and in preventive medicine.

He obtained his undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard then attended medical school as a Morehead Fellow at the University of North Carolina. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at that institution, interrupted by two years at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After earning certification from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, he earned certification in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine from the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Grimes has had a dual career in clinical ob/gyn and in preventive medicine for the past three decades. He served as an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control for nine years. He has also been a faculty member in four medical schools: Emory University, University of Southern California, University of California-San Francisco, and University of North Carolina. He has received major teaching awards from each of the four schools. He served as Principal Investigator for a National Institutes of Health T32 training grant (Training in Epidemiology and Clinical Trials), a consortium of the University of North Carolina, Duke Clinical Research Institute, and FHI 360.

Through the auspices of the Berlex Foundation and the Exxcellence Foundation, he has taught research methods to over 1600 obstetricians/gynecologists in the U.S. Through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FHI, he has taught research methods to physicians and scientists in Kenya, Ethiopia, India, Bangladesh, and Egypt. Over the past four decades, he has lectured extensively in the U.S. and in countries on six continents.

He has chaired or served as a member of Data Safety and Monitoring Boards for randomized controlled trials being conducted by the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Grimes’ research interests have focused on fertility regulation, technology assessment, sexually transmitted diseases, and clinical epidemiology. He has published 390 peer-reviewed articles, fifty textbook chapters, and eleven books. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including The Lancet, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey, and Contraception. In 1994, he received the Issue of the Year Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and in 1997 the Distinguished Service Award from the same organization. In 2006, Dr. Grimes was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science. In 2007, he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

He currently serves as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
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