Jeannette E. South-Paul, M.D., is the medical director of the Community Health Services Division of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She also is chair of the department of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she is the first woman and the first African-American to serve as the permanent chair of a department at the School of Medicine; and one of a small number of African-American chairs in medical schools nationwide.
Dr. South-Paul is widely recognized for her research on the biological, social and behavioral factors associated with premenstrual syndrome; treatment strategies for osteoporosis; exercise and aerobic capacity during pregnancy; infant nutrition; and exercise-dependent physiologic function in obesity. She was recently honored in a special National Library of Medicine traveling exhibition, “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians.”
Beyond her family medicine interests, she also has an interest in socio-cultural issues in health care and health care in special populations. Dr. South-Paul is a widely recognized speaker and author on cultural competence in medical education; the impact of race, ethnicity and culture on health; cultural diversity and academic medicine; and the development of minority faculty.
An active duty colonel in the United States Army, Dr. South-Paul came to the University of Pittsburgh from the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Md. where she served as chair of the department of family medicine, vice president of minority affairs and president of the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. South-Paul is a former chair of the minority affairs section of the Association of American Medical Colleges. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and a fellow of the American Academy of Physicians.