2024 Distinguished Alumna Award Denise J. Jamieson, MD’92, MPH

Denise J. Jamieson, MD’92, MPH, is vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. She previously served as chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Emory University School of Medicine and chief of gynecology and obstetrics for Emory Healthcare.

Jamieson is universally known and admired for her work to advance global maternal child health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she rose to leadership positions culminating in chief of the Women’s Health and Fertility Branch in the Division of Reproductive Health.

“An entire generation of OB/GYNs has turned to Denise Jamieson’s contributions to our specialty as a trusted voice of integrity and source of vital information to guide our practices.”
–Nomination letter

Her scientific work focuses on emerging infectious diseases in pregnancy, as well as maternal immunization. She has conducted landmark research and led efforts to reduce infectious diseases in women.

She served as a lieutenant, lieutenant commander, commander, and captain in the United States Public Health Service and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award granted to an officer in the Commissioned Corps, for “notable contributions to reproductive health and public health practice.”

For nearly two decades, she continuously held leadership positions on multiple American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists committees. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received honors including the David E. Rogers Award from the Robert Wood Foundation and the AAMC, the Luella Klein Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Charles Shepard Science Award in Prevention and Control (twice) from the CDC, and the U.S. Commissioned Corps Outstanding Service Medal.

Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Duke University School of Medicine

Training: University of California at San Francisco

Primary Titles: Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Iowa; Tyrone D. Artz Dean, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Story originally published in DukeMed Alumni News, Spring 2024.

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