Anne Paxton

Anne Paxton

Anne Paxton

Associate Professor
Epidemiology & Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center
Director, Global Health Certificate


1613 Rosenfield Building
New York NY 10032


Anne Paxton holds Masters degrees in Public Health and International Affairs, and a doctorate in Epidemiology, from Columbia University. Dr. Paxton began her career working in the area of child undernutrition and vitamin A deficiency, establishing nutrition programs in low-income African countries for the non-governmental organization, Helen Keller International. She continued her applied global health work addressing the challenge of maternal mortality with Columbia University's Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD). Dr. Paxton provided technical oversight and management of monitoring and evaluation research related to AMDD's emergency obstetric service delivery projects in over 30 countries, and supported baseline national needs assessments throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. More recently, Dr. Paxton has brought her expertise in global health and in food and nutrition to research of dietary changes of immigrants to the United States. She also has a strong interest in dietary changes in middle- and low-income countries and the associated rapid increase in chronic diseases. She holds faculty appointments in Epidemiology and Population and Family Health, and is Director of the Global Health Certificate at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.



DrPH, 1994, Columbia University
MPH, 1984, Columbia University
BA, 1981, Princeton University

Areas of Expertise

Research Design and Methods, Infant Mortality, Low Birth Weight, Nutrition, Global Health, Perinatal Epidemiology, Reproductive Health, Public Health Education

Select Global Activities

: Interdepartmental teaching program

Select Publications

Paxton A, Bailey P, Lobis S The United Nations Process Indicators for emergency obstetric care: Reflections based on a decade of experience. Int J Gynaecol Obstet 95 192-208 2006
Halperin M, Paz-Soldan VA, Quispe V, Paxton A, Gilman RH Sustainability of solar disinfection to provide safe drinking water in rural Peru. Public Health Rep 126 762-8 2
Patricia Bailey, Anne Paxton, Samantha Lobis, Deborah Fry The availability of life-saving obstetric services in developing countries: an in-depth look at the signal functions for emergency obstetric care. International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 93 2006
Deborah Maine, Anne Paxton, Patricia Bailey, George Patterson Research Note: Estimating Maternal Deaths Averted: A Field-Based Methodology. International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 89 221-230 2005
Anne Paxton, Deborah Maine, Lynn Freedman, Deborah Fry, Samantha Lobis The Evidence Base for Emergency Obstetric Care. International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2005 88(2) 181-193 2005
Lobis S, Fry D, Paxton A Emergency obstetric care in the United States: availability, access and utilization. IJGO 2004
Liu H, Ou B, Paxton A, Zhao P, Xu J, Long D, Li Z, Yang J, Zhong L, Lietman T, Chen L, Pizzarello LD Rapid assessment of trachoma in Hainan Province, China: validation of new World Health Organization methodology Ophthalmic Epidemiology 9(2) 97-104 2002
A Paxton, The Singida Trachoma Study Team Rapid assessment of trachoma prevalence--Singida, Tanzania. A study to compare assessment methods Ophthalmic Epidemiology 8(2-3) 87-96 2001
Paxton A, Lederman SA, Heymsfield SB, Wang J, Thornton JC, Pierson RN Jr. Anthropometric equations for studying body fat in pregnant women AJCN 67(1) 104-10 1998

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