Wanda D. Barfield


Rear Admiral (Lower Half), Public Health

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Director, CDC Division of Reproductive Health
Location: Other Location
Research Interests:
Perinatal morbidity and mortality, emergency preparedness for pregnant women and infants, improving access to risk-appropriate perinatal services, advancing the quality of women’s maternal and child health data for public health action
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1990 -- M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
1990 -- M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
1985 -- B.S., University of California, Irvine, CA


Wanda Barfield, MD, MPH, FAAP, is the Director of the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She also serves as Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service. She received her medical and public health degrees from Harvard University and completed a pediatrics residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at Harvard’s Joint Program in Neonatology (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, and Children’s Hospital, Boston). Before joining CDC in 2000, she was Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. She is a Fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and is the CDC liaison to the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics (SoPPe) and Committee on Fetus and Newborn (COFN). She continues to do clinical work in neonatology, providing care to critically ill newborns in Atlanta, Georgia.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Named Co-lead in National Prematurity Collaborative, and CDC Liaison to the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM).

Led CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) to a “ready” position for disasters/epidemics/bioterrorism among pregnant and postpartum women.

Provided expertise as part of CDC’s emergency response to Zika (2016-present).

Deployed as Executive Officer of Rapid Deployment Force-3 Team to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for Hurricane Gustav.

Served as subject matter expert on 120-day detail for the care of newborns during 2009 H1N1 influenza epidemic.

Assisted New York City Health Department as team member in 1 of 15 area emergency departments after 9/11/01 terrorist attack.

Supported the U.S. Army by backfilling at Lanstuhl, Madigan, and Tripler Army Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Units during a critical labor shortage (2001-2006).

Deployed as Medical Director of medical clinic for the Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt, provided medical care to over 12,000 soldiers from 12 nations (May-August 1999).

Completed an Internship/Residency in Pediatrics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. (1991 – 1993).


Li R, Simmons KB, Bertolli J, Rivera-Garcia B, Cox S, Romero L, KooninLM, Valencia-Prado M, Bracero N, Jamieson DJ, Barfield W, Moore CA, Mai CT, Korhonen LC, Frey MT, Perez-Padilla J, Torres-Munoz R, Grosse SD. Cost-effectiveness of Increasing Access to Contraception during the Zika Virus Outbreak, Puerto Rico, 2016. Emerg Infec Dis. 2017;23:74-82.

Gross SD. Waitzman NJ, Yang N, Abe K, Warner L, Barfield WD. Challenges in Using Stand-Alone Administrative Databases to Estimate Healthcare Costs: Employer-Sponsored Plan Expenditures for Infants Born Preterm, United States, 2013-2014. 2017 Pediatrics (in press).

Ferre C, Callaghan W, Olson C, Sharma A, Barfield W. Differing Effects of Maternal Age on Preterm Birth Rates, United States, 2007 and 2014. MMWR. 2016; 65:1181-1184.

Davis N, Brantley MD, Goodman DA, Callaghan WM, Barfield WD. Perinatal Regionalization: A Geospatial View of Perinatal Critical Care, United States, 2010-2013. Am JObstet Gynecol 2017;216:185.e1-10.

Callaghan WM, Macdorman MF, Shapiro-Mendoza CK, Barfield WD. Explaining the Recent Decrease in US Infant Mortality Rate, 2007-2013. Am J Obstet Gyn. 2017;216:73.e1-8. (ePub ahead of print 29 September, 2016). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2016.09.097

Shapiro-Mendoza CK, Barfield WD, Henderson Z, et al. CDC Grand Rounds: Public Health Strategies to Prevent Preterm Birth. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:826–830. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6532a4

Okoroh EM, Kroelinger CD, Lasswell SM, Goodman DA, Williams AM, Barfield WD. U.S. Telemedicine Policies in States and Territories: Addressing Gaps in Perinatal Care. Am J Obstet Gyn 2016;215:772-774. (ePub ahead of print November 24, 2016. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2016.08.020 )

Pazol K, Daniels K, Romero L, Warner L, Barfield W. Trends in use of Long Acting Reversible Contraception in Adolescents and Young Women: New Estimates Accounting for Sexual Experience, 2006-2013. J Adol Hlth. 2016; (ePub ahead of print July 21, 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.05.018 )

Ewing AC, Ellington SR, Shapiro-Mendoza CK. Barfield WD, Kourtis A. Full-Term Small-for-Gestational-Age Newborns in the U.S.: Characteristics, Trends, and Morbidity. Matern Child Health J (2016). doi:10.1007/s10995-016-2165-z

Ko JY, Patrick SW, Tong VT, Patel R, Lind JN, Barfield WD. Incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome-- 28 States, 1999–2013. MMWR. 2016;65:799–802. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6531a2.