Davidson H. Hamer, MD

Professor, Global Health

Davidson Hamer
(617) 414-1281
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center

Biography

Davidson Hamer, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FASTMH, FISTM is a Professor of Global Health and Medicine at the Boston University School of Public Health and School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Dr. Hamer, a board-certified specialist in infectious diseases with a particular interest in tropical infectious diseases, has twenty years of field experience in neonatal and child survival research including studies of micronutrient interventions, maternal and neonatal health, malaria, pneumonia, and diarrheal diseases. During the last 20+ years, he has supervised and provided technical support to more than 50 studies in developing countries that evaluated interventions for improving neonatal survival, treatment and prevention of malaria, HIV/AIDS, micronutrient deficiencies, diarrheal disease, and pneumonia. Dr. Hamer received a MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a BA in biology and French from Amherst College. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Infectious Diseases Society of America, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and International Society of Travel Medicine.

Dr. Hamer currently has active projects in Zambia, South Africa, and the United States. Major current projects include study of nosocomial neonatal bacteremia; operational research on malaria; testing sustainable strategies for maternity waiting homes; and using community health workers to improve early childhood development in rural South Africa. In addition, Dr. Hamer is the PI for the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network, a global network that conducts surveillance of emerging infectious diseases using returning travelers, immigrants, and refugees as sentinels of infection (www.istm.org/geosentinel).

Other Positions

  • Professor, Infectious Diseases, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Center Faculty Member, Center for Global Health & Development , Boston University School of Public Health
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences

Education

  • University of Vermont College of Medicine, MD
  • Amherst College, BA

Publications

  • Published on 12/1/2017

    Hagmann SHF, Rao SR, LaRocque RC, Erskine S, Jentes ES, Walker AT, Barnett ED, Chen LH, Hamer DH, Ryan ET. Travel Characteristics and Pretravel Health Care Among Pregnant or Breastfeeding U.S. Women Preparing for International Travel. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Dec; 130(6):1357-1365. PMID: 29112671.

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  • Published on 12/1/2017

    Baqui A, Ahmed P, Dasgupta SK, Begum N, Rahman M, Islam N, Quaiyum M, Kirkwood B, Edmond K, Shannon C, Newton S, Hurt L, Jehan F, Nisar I, Hussain A, Nadeem N, Ilyas M, Zaidi A, Sazawal S, Deb S, Dutta A, Dhingra U, Ali SM, Hamer DH, Semrau KE, Straszak-Suri M, Grogan C, Bemba G, Lee AC, Wylie BJ, Manu A, Yoshida S, Bahl R. Development and validation of a simplified algorithm for neonatal gestational age assessment - protocol for the Alliance for Maternal Newborn Health Improvement (AMANHI) prospective cohort study. J Glob Health. 2017 Dec; 7(2):021201. PMID: 29163937.

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  • Published on 11/22/2017

    Mokhtar RR, Holick MF, Sempértegui F, Griffiths JK, Estrella B, Moore LL, Fox MP, Hamer DH. Vitamin D status is associated with underweight and stunting in children aged 6-36 months residing in the Ecuadorian Andes. Public Health Nutr. 2017 Nov 22; 1-12. PMID: 29162164.

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  • Published on 11/7/2017

    Chen LH, Hamer DH. Vaccination Challenges in Confronting the Resurgent Threat From Yellow Fever. JAMA. 2017 Nov 07; 318(17):1651-1652. PMID: 28983553.

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  • Published on 10/10/2017

    Henry EG, Thea DM, Hamer DH, DeJong W, Musokotwane K, Chibwe K, Biemba G, Semrau K. The impact of a multi-level maternal health programme on facility delivery and capacity for emergency obstetric care in Zambia. Glob Public Health. 2017 Oct 10; 1-14. PMID: 28994352.

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  • Published on 10/3/2017

    Leder K, Grobusch MP, Gautret P, Chen LH, Kuhn S, Lim PL, Yates J, McCarthy AE, Rothe C, Kato Y, Bottieau E, Huber K, Schwartz E, Stauffer W, Malvy D, Shaw MTM, Rapp C, Blumberg L, Jensenius M, van Genderen PJJ, Hamer DH. Zika beyond the Americas: Travelers as sentinels of Zika virus transmission. A GeoSentinel analysis, 2012 to 2016. PLoS One. 2017; 12(10):e0185689. PMID: 28973011.

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  • Published on 9/27/2017

    Biemba G, Chiluba B, Yeboah-Antwi K, Silavwe V, Lunze K, Mwale RK, Russpatrick S, Hamer DH. A Mobile-Based Community Health Management Information System for Community Health Workers and Their Supervisors in 2 Districts of Zambia. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2017 Sep 27; 5(3):486-494. PMID: 28855233.

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  • Published on 7/10/2017

    Sialubanje C, Massar K, Horstkotte L, Hamer DH, Ruiter RAC. Increasing utilisation of skilled facility-based maternal healthcare services in rural Zambia: the role of safe motherhood action groups. Reprod Health. 2017 Jul 10; 14(1):81. PMID: 28693621.

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  • Published on 6/20/2017

    Hamer DH, Chen LH, Libman M, Grobusch MP, Esposito DH. Travel-Associated Zika Virus Disease. Ann Intern Med. 2017 06 20; 166(12):913-914. PMID: 28630988.

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  • Published on 6/1/2017

    Stoney RJ, Han PV, Barnett ED, Wilson ME, Jentes ES, Benoit CM, MacLeod WB, Hamer DH, Chen LH. Travelers' Diarrhea and Other Gastrointestinal Symptoms Among Boston-Area International Travelers. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017 Jun; 96(6):1388-1393. PMID: 28719282.

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