Roberta Ness, MD

Roberta Ness, MDBiography

Roberta B. Ness, M.D., M.P.H., a recognized expert in women’s health research, became dean of The University of Texas School of Public Health November 1, 2008. She is the School’s fourth dean since it was established in 1969. Dr. Ness also holds the M. David Low Chair in Public Health, is a professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Disease Control, and Vice President for Innovation at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, a fellow of the American Co


Contact Information

Office: 1200 Herman Pressler
Houston, Tx 77030
Curriculum Vitae

Dean & M. David Low Chair in Public Health
Center for Innovation Generation

Research Interests

  • Innovation in Science
  • Women's health
  • Epidemiology of Ovarian Cancer
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Adverse Pregnancy and Perinatal Outcomes
  • Links Between Reproductive History and Cardiovascular Disease


Innovation Generation: The Book

Whether you are a student or an established scientist, researcher, or engineer, you can learn to be more innovative. In Innovation Generation: How to produce creative and useful scientific ideas, internationally renowned physician and scientist Roberta Ness provides all the tools you need to cast aside your habitual ways of navigating the every-day world and to think “outs


Current Research

2010-15 Collaborative Training of a New Cadre of Innovative Cancer Prevention Researchers funded by Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)

On PubMed

Death, taxes and advance directives.

Suboptimal care at the end-of-life can be due to lack of access or knowledg

Prenatal Chlamydia trachomatis infection increases the risk of preeclampsia.

The relationship between Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and preeclampsia was ex

Prior Preterm Birth and Maternal Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease 4 to 12 Years After Pregnancy.

Abstract Background: We considered that women with prior preterm birth (PTB

Is there an association between coronary atherosclerosis and carcinoma of the prostate in men aged 50 years and older? An autopsy and coroner based post-mortem study.

Atherosclerotic disease is the most common cause of death in the United States


Blogs and Presentations

  • Ted Talk: Innovative Thinking: Can you be taught? – TEDxHouston July 2011
  • Innovation and the pharmaceutical industry. Hoffman-LaRoche Annual Conference. July 2012, Nutley, NJ.
  • Endothelial function several years after bearing small-for-gestational-age infants. Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. June 2012, Kuching, Malaysia.
  • New Guidelines Recommend Moderation as a Virtue
  • Why do we hate Big Tobacco and love Big Food?
  • Future directions in epidemiology. Keynote. Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. June 2012, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Pre-pregnancy blood pressures among women with and without preterm birth. International Meeting on Cardiac Problems in Pregnancy. May 2012, Berlin, Germany.

Current Classes

EPID 2166 Innovative Thinking (spring semester only)

PH 5998 Capstone Course