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March of Dimes recognizes USF Health perinatal epidemiologist Dr. Russell Kirby

Russell Kirby, PhD, recently received the Paula Ransom Volunteer Partner Award from the March of Dimes.

Dr. Kirby is a perinatal epidemiologist and a USF Health Distinguished Professor and Marrell Endowed Chair in the USF Health College of Public Health.

Dr. Russell Kirby was recognized recently by the March of Dimes.

The award celebrates “an individual whose commitment to the volunteer/staff partnership has significantly advanced the mission and strategic priorities of the March of Dimes,” according to the organization’s letter informing Dr. Kirby of his award.

Dr. Kirby said that volunteers such as himself are more often recognized for their efforts to raise money or awareness for groups such as the March of Dimes, “so it was an unexpected surprise to be identified for this award because of my service supporting the core missions of the organization.”  He added, “I plan to continue to work toward shared goals, and to engage students and colleagues at USF and across the country in this important work.”

Dr. Kirby has been a volunteer with the March of Dimes for decades, serving on a number of advisory committees and state and local boards. His expertise as a perinatal and pediatric epidemiologist dovetails with the March of Dimes’ goals to fight for the health of mothers and babies. Dr. Kirby studies population-based data to look for factors that contribute to adverse pregnancy and infant outcomes. He also works in the field of birth defect surveillance, epidemiology and prevention.