Davidson H. Hamer, MD

Professor, Global Health

Davidson Hamer
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


Davidson Hamer, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FASTMH, FISTM is a Professor of Global Health and Medicine at the Boston University School of Public Health and Chobanian & Avesidian 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 extensive 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, improving access for pregnant women to emergency obstetrical care, 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 the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Dr. Hamer currently has active projects in Bangladesh, Zambia, and the United States. Major current projects include neonatal sepsis prevention using prebiotics and probiotics in Bangladesh; nutritional status of adolescents in Zambia; and a scaled-up evaluation of community-based mothers’ groups for improving early child development in rural Zambia. In addition, Dr. Hamer is the Surveillance Lead for the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network, a global network of 70 sites in 31 countries that conducts surveillance of emerging infectious diseases using returning travelers, immigrants, and refugees as sentinels of infection (https://geosentinel.org).

Other Positions

  • Professor, Infectious Diseases, Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Center Faculty Member, Center for Global Health & Development , Boston University School of Public Health
  • Faculty, National Emerging Infectious Disease Lab, Boston University
  • Member, Pulmonary Center, Boston University
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


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


  • Published on 5/18/2023

    Piyaphanee W, Stoney RJ, Asgeirsson H, Appiah GD, Díaz-Menéndez M, Barnett ED, Gautret P, Libman M, Schlagenhauf P, Leder K, Plewes K, Grobusch MP, Huits R, Mavunda K, Hamer DH, Chen LH. Healthcare seeking during travel: an analysis by the GeoSentinel surveillance network of travel medicine providers. J Travel Med. 2023 May 18; 30(3). PMID: 36637429.

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  • Published on 4/27/2023

    Kaiser JL, Ngoma T, Rockers PC, Fink G, Juntunen A, Hamer DH, Chirwa B, Scott NA. A Qualitative Assessment of Community Acceptability and Use of a Locally Developed Children's Book to Increase Shared Reading and Parent-Child Interactions in Rural Zambia. Ann Glob Health. 2023; 89(1):28. PMID: 37124937.

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  • Published on 4/17/2023

    Bongomin F, Muzoora CK, Hamer DH. Diagnosis Of Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2023 Apr 17. PMID: 37068756.

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  • Published on 4/14/2023

    Rockers PC, Leppänen JM, Tarullo A, Coetzee L, Fink G, Hamer DH, Yousafzai AK, Evans D. Evaluation of a community health worker home visit intervention to improve child development in South Africa: A cluster-randomized controlled trial. PLoS Med. 2023 Apr; 20(4):e1004222. PMID: 37058529.

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  • Published on 4/6/2023

    Juntunen A, Scott NA, Kaiser JL, Vian T, Ngoma T, Mataka KK, Bwalya M, Sakanga V, Kalaba D, Biemba G, Rockers PC, Hamer DH, Long LC. A cost description of the setup costs of community-owned maternity waiting homes in rural Zambia. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023; 3(4):e0000340. PMID: 37022997.

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  • Published on 4/5/2023

    Díaz-Menéndez M, Angelo KM, de Miguel Buckley R, Bottieau E, Huits R, Grobusch MP, Gobbi FG, Asgeirsson H, Duvignaud A, Norman FF, Javelle E, Epelboin L, Rothe C, Chappuis F, Martinez GE, Popescu C, Camprubí-Ferrer D, Molina I, Odolini S, Barkati S, Kuhn S, Vaughan S, McCarthy A, Lago M, Libman MD, Hamer DH. Dengue outbreak amongst travellers returning from Cuba-GeoSentinel surveillance network, January-September 2022. J Travel Med. 2023 Apr 05; 30(2). PMID: 36573483.

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  • Published on 3/21/2023

    Mehta R, Krupa C, Ahmed T, Hamer DH, Al Mahmud A. Associations between maternal and infant selenium status and child growth in a birth cohort from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Br J Nutr. 2023 Mar 21; 1-15. PMID: 36944370.

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  • Published on 3/21/2023

    Mehta R, Krupa C, Ahmed T, Hamer DH, Al Mahmud A. Associations between maternal and infant selenium status and child growth in a birth cohort from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Br J Nutr. 2023 Mar 21; 1-39. PMID: 36944370.

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  • Published on 2/18/2023

    Posen HJ, Wong W, Farrar DS, Campigotto A, Chan T, Barker KR, Hagmann SHF, Ryan ET, LaRocque RC, Earl AM, Worby CJ, Castelli F, Fumadó VP, Britton PN, Libman M, Hamer DH, Morris SK. Travel-associated extensively drug-resistant typhoid fever: a case series to inform management in non-endemic regions. J Travel Med. 2023 Feb 18; 30(1). PMID: 35904457.

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  • Published on 2/8/2023

    Petros BA, Turcinovic J, Welch NL, White LF, Kolaczyk ED, Bauer MR, Cleary M, Dobbins ST, Doucette-Stamm L, Gore M, Nair P, Nguyen TG, Rose S, Taylor BP, Tsang D, Wendlandt E, Hope M, Platt JT, Jacobson KR, Bouton T, Yune S, Auclair JR, Landaverde L, Klapperich CM, Hamer DH, Hanage WP, MacInnis BL, Sabeti PC, Connor JH, Springer M. Early Introduction and Rise of the Omicron Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Variant in Highly Vaccinated University Populations. Clin Infect Dis. 2023 Feb 08; 76(3):e400-e408. PMID: 35616119.

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