R. John Pearson

R. John PearsonTitle: Professor Emeritus

Company: West Virginia University

Location: Morgantown, WV

R. John C. Pearson is Professor Emeritus of Community Medicine at West Virginia University. Dr. Pearson practices general medicine in the Caribbean once a year and is an honorary professor at a Catholic University in Mozambique. He was at West Virginia University for 23 years. Ever passionate about conducting research and making valuable contributions to the medical care arena, Dr. Pearson also examines an array of issues related to public health, and takes the necessary steps to solve them; he concentrates his research efforts primarily on regions surrounding West Virginia, and his research initiatives include the lowering of the infant mortality rate in rural hospitals and acquisition of government support for rural clinics.

Over the course of a remarkable career, which has spanned more than 57 years, Dr. Pearson has built on an expansive skill set, and demonstrated a high level of expertise in medical care, epidemiology research, and family medicine. In his role within the community, Dr. Pearson was responsible for both administering clinical medicine and practicing general medicine. Inspired by his father, a general practitioner, to pursue a career path that would enable him to help others, Dr. Pearson productively served as an agent of positive change in his community, and internationally. “My favorite job was in the University of Manchester in the medical care research unit, it was the first in Europe,” Dr. Pearson said during an interview with EliteAMERICAN Publishing. “We conducted many studies, we worked extremely effectively.  We did a check of our data preparation, we moved it to computers, and we had an error rate of almost zero.  We were there from 1964-1986. It was a very slick, friendly and fun operation; the most delightful job one could have.”

Dr. Pearson has facilitated research endeavors by fulfilling a number of roles throughout his career. He evoked memories of the various research fellowships that he obtained over the years, which made it possible for him to travel abroad. These fellowships include a senior research fellowship with The University of Manchester from 1964 to 1968; he also served as an associate dean for the Medical School at Yale University, an assistant professor of epidemoiology at Yale University, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and a professor of health education. From 1976 to 996, Dr. Pearson served as Chairperson of the Department of Community Medicine at the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center of West Virginia University. In addition to the various book chapters that Dr. Pearson has written, he has also authored articles in The New England Journal of Medicine, the International Journal of Epidemiology, and the British Medical Journal.

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