Assistant Professor Dr. Andreea Creanga joined the Health Systems Program in January 2016, holding a joint appointment with the Department of International Health and the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Within the Program, Dr. Creanga serves as an Associate Director for the International Center for Maternal and Newborn Health and co-Coordinator of the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree program in Health Systems.
Dr. Creanga obtained her M.D. degree from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania in 2002, and her Ph.D. in Population and Reproductive Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2009.
She has dedicated her career to improving maternal and newborn health. As doctoral student and Research Assistant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, she worked on a wide range of topics including family planning, maternity care and obstetric fistula, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Immediately after graduating from Hopkins, Dr. Creanga began working for the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), first as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and then as Medical Epidemiologist and Senior Scientist over a period of six years.
While at the CDC, Dr. Creanga was instrumental in leading epidemiologic investigations in maternal and infant health and serving as a subject matter expert on maternal mortality, severe maternal morbidity, and perinatal illicit drug abuse. Notably, Dr. Creanga led the United States Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System, and it was for this work that she received the 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers.
In her current academic position, Dr. Creanga is developing a research agenda around the quality of obstetric care, both domestically and internationally, and has active projects in India and the United States. In India, she works with CARE on a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to evaluate various initiatives to improve maternal and newborn health care in the state of Bihar. In the United States, Dr. Creanga has developed several projects examining severe maternal morbidity, aiming to reduce its burden by integrating clinical decision-making tools into electronic medical records at Johns Hopkins Medicine. She also continues her work with the CDC reviewing and characterizing maternal deaths in an effort to prevent future deaths.
Dr. Creanga is a Member of Maternal Mortality Review Committee in Maryland. Read more about her work in her faculty profile.
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