Davidson H. Hamer, MD

Professor, Global Health

Davidson Hamer
617.358.2402
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 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, South Africa, and the United States. Major current projects include neonatal sepsis prevention using prebiotics and probiotics in Bangladesh; using community health workers to improve early childhood development in rural South Africa, antiretroviral adherence among congenitally infected HIV-positive children in Lusaka, 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 PI 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 (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
  • 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 School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Education

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

Publications

  • Published on 4/25/2020

    Angelo KM, Stoney RJ, Brun-Cottan G, Leder K, Grobusch MP, Hochberg N, Kuhn S, Bottieau E, Schlagenhauf P, Chen L, Hynes NA, Perez CP, Mockenhaupt FP, Molina I, Crespillo-Andújar C, Malvy D, Caumes E, Plourde P, Shaw M, McCarthy AE, Piper-Jenks N, Connor BA, Hamer DH, Wilder-Smith A. Zika among international travelers presenting to GeoSentinel sites, 2012-2019: implications for clinical practice. J Travel Med. 2020 Apr 25. PMID: 32330261.

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  • Published on 4/23/2020

    Hamer DH, Miller JM. Why did mass test and treat have no effect on malaria prevalence in western Kenya? Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Apr 23. PMID: 32324864.

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  • Published on 4/20/2020

    Sabin LL, Halim N, Hamer DH, Simmons EM, Jonnalagadda S, Larson Williams A, Chemusto H, Gifford AL, Bonawitz R, Aroda P, DeSilva M, Gasuza J, Mukasa B, Messersmith LJ. Retention in HIV Care Among HIV-Seropositive Pregnant and Postpartum Women in Uganda: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial. AIDS Behav. 2020 Apr 20. PMID: 32314120.

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  • Published on 4/17/2020

    Petersen E, McCloskey B, Hui DS, Kock R, Ntoumi F, Memish ZA, Kapata N, Azhar EI, Pollack M, Madoff LC, Hamer DH, Nachega JB, Pshenichnaya N, Zumla A. COVID-19 travel restrictions and the International Health Regulations - Call for an open debate on easing of travel restrictions. Int J Infect Dis. 2020 05; 94:88-90. PMID: 32305518.

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  • Published on 4/15/2020

    Westling T, Cowden C, Mwananyanda L, Kapasa ML, Machona S, Pierre C, Mitra N, Hamer DH, Coffin SE. Impact of chlorhexidine baths on suspected sepsis and bloodstream infections in hospitalized neonates in Zambia. Int J Infect Dis. 2020 Apr 15; 96:54-60. PMID: 32304821.

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  • Published on 4/1/2020

    Sabin LL, Estrella B, Sempértegui F, Farquhar N, Mesic A, Halim N, Lin CY, Rodriguez O, Hamer DH. Household Costs Associated with Hospitalization of Children with Severe Pneumonia in Quito, Ecuador. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020 Apr; 102(4):731-739. PMID: 32067631.

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  • Published on 3/12/2020

    Henry EG, Ngoma T, Kaiser JL, Fong RM, Vian T, Hamer DH, Rockers PC, Biemba G, Scott NA. Evaluating implementation effectiveness and sustainability of a maternity waiting homes intervention to improve access to safe delivery in rural Zambia: a mixed-methods protocol. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Mar 12; 20(1):191. PMID: 32164728.

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  • Published on 3/7/2020

    Gautret P, Leder K, Field V, Kain KC, Hamer DH, Libman M. GeoSentinel surveillance of travel-associated infections: What lies in the future? Travel Med Infect Dis. 2020 Mar 07; 101600. PMID: 32156631.

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  • Published on 3/4/2020

    Petersen E, Hui D, Hamer DH, Blumberg L, Madoff LC, Pollack M, Lee SS, McLellan S, Memish Z, Praharaj I, Wasserman S, Ntoumi F, Azhar EI, Mchugh TD, Kock R, Ippolito G, Zumla A, Koopmans M. Li Wenliang, a face to the frontline healthcare worker. The first doctor to notify the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2, (COVID-19), outbreak. Int J Infect Dis. 2020 04; 93:205-207. PMID: 32142979.

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  • Published on 3/1/2020

    Lester R, Musicha P, van Ginneken N, Dramowski A, Hamer DH, Garner P, Feasey NA. Prevalence and outcome of bloodstream infections due to third-generation cephalosporin-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2020 Mar 01; 75(3):492-507. PMID: 31742611.

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