J. Joseph Speidel, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health


Dr. Speidel joined the Bixby Center as a professor in 2003. Between 1995 and 2003, he directed the population grants program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation—a program that provided $35 million annually for more than 200 active grants for population training, services, research, and advocacy. Between 1983 and 1995, Dr. Speidel served as vice president and president of Population Action International. Previously, Dr. Speidel served as chief of the Research Division and acting director of the Office of Population at the US Agency for International Development, where he directed a $125 million annual program of population and family planning assistance.

Dr. Speidel recently served as founding co-chair and member of the board of the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health & Rights. He currently serves as chair of the board of directors of Population Connection, and recently served as treasurer of the board of Provide and secretary of the board of Venture Strategies Innovations. He is the author of more that 100 articles and chapters and editor or author of 14 books and monographs on issues relating to family planning, contraception and population.


Areas of interest:

  • Family planning
  • Contraception
  • Adolescent reproductive health
  • Population
  • Communications and advocacy
  • Environment


Honors and awards:

  • Society of Family Planning Allan Rosenfield award for lifetime contributions to international family planning, 2009
  • National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association Family Planning Visionary award, 2008 
  • American Public Health Association Carl S. Schulz award for significant contributions to international population work
  • Washington Chamber of Commerce Arthur S. Flemming award for outstanding young men in government, 1972



  • Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and physics
  • University of Minnesota, fellowship in biochemistry research 
  • Harvard Medical School, Doctor of Medicine 
  • Harvard School of Public Health, Masters in Public Health
  • Saint Luke's Hospital, internship in medicine
  • New York City Department of Health, residency in public health