Lisa F. Waddell, MD, MPH named Senior Vice President of MCH and NICU Innovation, and Deputy Medical Officer

South Carolina | Thursday, June 1, 2017

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March of Dimes Appoints Lisa F. Waddell, MD, MPH as Senior Vice President, Maternal Child Health and NICU Innovation, and Deputy Medical Officer

Lisa F. Waddell, MD, MPH of Columbia, South Carolina has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President, Maternal Child Health and NICU Innovation, and Deputy Medical Officer.

Dr. Waddell will lead the MCH and NICU Innovation team, working at the community, state, regional, and national level to prevent preterm birth, birth defects, and infant mortality. Her efforts will also advance the Foundation priority of improving national health equity and ensuring every woman and baby get the care they need when they need it.  Dr. Waddell will work collaboratively with other March of Dimes leaders to align MCH and NICU Innovation initiatives with the strategic direction of the Foundation.

Dr. Waddell brings a wealth of experience leading national quality improvement collaboratives including the CDC and ASTHO sponsored Million Hearts and postpartum LARC collaboratives. In her new capacity she will assume a leadership role in the March of Dimes supported Prematurity Campaign Collaborative involving over 250 leading organizations and experts working to achieve equity and demonstrated improvements in preterm birth. Dr. Waddell will provide leadership to the Health Equity and Clinical and Public Health Practice workgroups.

Before coming to the March of Dimes, Dr. Waddell was the Chief Program Officer for Community Health and Prevention for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).  She has over 23 years of national, state and local public health experience. Her ASTHO portfolio included state health policy and program areas of maternal and child health, reproductive health, injury prevention, chronic disease prevention, health promotion and health systems improvement.

Before joining ASTHO in January 2014, Dr. Waddell served as the Deputy Commissioner for Health Services and the Director of Preventive Health Services with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Dr. Waddell received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, her Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health, and her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Virginia. She is also a graduate of the National Public Health Leadership Institute.  She is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

She lives in South Carolina with her husband and two sons, and has been a volunteer and supporter for many years.  Dr. Waddell served on the African American Achievement Committee as well as her local market board in South Carolina.

Dr. Waddell can be reached at (803) 403-8536 or MWaddell@marchofdimes.org.

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