Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD ’36, Distinguished Professor
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Interim Director, Center for Women’s Health Research
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Area of Interest
A board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, I lived in Zambia for 12 years coordinating research and training initiatives. My research interests are focused at the intersection of HIV, women’s health, clinical trials, and implementation science. I moved to Chapel Hill in June 2015, but return at least quarterly to southern Africa to oversee ongoing project activities.
From 2006 to 2013, I served as advisor to our group’s research and program activities, which introduced cervical cancer screening to over 150,000 women in Zambia. I was also a co-investigator and mentor for the NIH-funded Zambia Cervical Cancer Research Capacity Initiative and have co-authored papers investigating the population impact of these health services.
I have dedicated substantial effort to the training of American and Zambian health professionals in research design, implementation, and analysis. I serve as PI of the UNC-Hopkins-Tulane-Morehouse Fogarty Global Health Fellowship consortium, a program that supports 15-20 trainees each year in 12-month overseas attachments. I also serve in leadership roles for the UNC Global Women’s Health Fellowship and the UNC-UNZA-Wits Partnership for HIV and Women’s Reproductive Health. Both programs have dedicated tracks for research training in women’s cancers.
Awards and Honors
- Chief Scientific Officer, Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, 2012-2014
- Maternal and Child Health Guideline Development Group, World Health Organization, Department of HIV/AIDS, 2012-2013 member
- Obstetrics Co-Chair, PMTCT Scientific Committee, IMPAACT, 2010-2013
- Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2008
- Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2006
- Technical Working Group for PMTCT and Pediatric HIV Treatment, Zambian Ministry of Health, 2003- 2015