Philip A Lederer, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Philip Lederer
801 Massachusetts Avenue


Philip Lederer, MD is an infectious disease physician at Boston Medical Center, with an appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Boston University. Prior to his arrival at BU, he was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School (Instructor), where he also completed his infectious diseases fellowship, at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Before coming to Harvard, he was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer at the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) in the Division of Global HIV/AIDS and worked internationally on projects related to HIV and TB, as well as domestically on the MERS-Coronavirus and opioid epidemic. In addition to his research interest in the epidemiology of TB transmission, Dr. Lederer’s interests also include HIV/AIDS, infection control, and antimicrobial stewardship. He was the previous recipient of a T32 Training Grant award at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he focused on TB transmission, collaborating with Drs. Ed Nardell, Ruvandhi Nathavitharana, and Dylan Tierney at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Lederer sees patients at the BMC Center for Infectious Diseases, in the Boston Public Health Commission tuberculosis clinic, and at Whittier Street Health Center, and attends on the infectious disease consult service at BMC. He cares for patients at critical moments of life that include primary care, inpatient consultations, and post-operative care. As a public intellectual, researcher, and advocate for the underserved, he is an increasingly recognized expert in the global movement to improve health for all.

He was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Kentucky. He received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University (Magna Cum Laude) and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he helped establish the UPenn Guatemala Health Initiative, and also worked in Botswana and the Dominican Republic. Lederer completed internal medicine residency at UCSD where he received the 2011 Lee Rickman Humanism in Medicine Award, and subsequently worked in Mozambique from 2011-2012 as a UCSD faculty member.

His writing has been published in the Harvard Law Record,, The Conversation, Common Dreams, the Bay State Banner, the Boston Globe, and the New York Times. His other interests include medical education, poverty, racism, gun violence, and the banning of nuclear weapons globally. He speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese and is studying Korean. He plays the violin and loves music, as well as gardening and integrative medicine. He sincerely hopes that his 3-year-old son Joseph grows up in a healthier, more equitable world. His wife, Dr. Kristen Lee, is an internal medicine physician at the BU School of Medicine and BMC, and a leader in the treatment of Hepatitis C.

Dr. Lederer blogs at and welcomes email inquiries, at lederer at gmail dot com and phone calls at 619-800-3115


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  • Published on 9/1/2017

    Nathavitharana RR, Daru P, Barrera AE, Mostofa Kamal SM, Islam S, Ul-Alam M, Sultana R, Rahman M, Hossain MS, Lederer P, Hurwitz S, Chakraborty K, Kak N, Tierney DB, Nardell E. FAST implementation in Bangladesh: high frequency of unsuspected tuberculosis justifies challenges of scale-up. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2017 Sep 01; 21(9):1020-1025. PMID: 28826452.

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  • Published on 2/28/2017

    Nathavitharana RR, Bond P, Dramowski A, Kotze K, Lederer P, Oxley I, Peters JA, Rossouw C, van der Westhuizen HM, Willems B, Ting TX, von Delft A, von Delft D, Duarte R, Nardell E, Zumla A. Agents of change: The role of healthcare workers in the prevention of nosocomial and occupational tuberculosis. Presse Med. 2017 Mar; 46(2 Pt 2):e53-e62. PMID: 28256382.

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  • Published on 12/15/2016

    Pathmanathan I, Lederer P, Shiraishi RW, Wadonda-Kabondo N, Date A, Matatiyo B, Dokubo EK. Knowledge of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Status and Seropositivity After a Recently Negative Test in Malawi. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017; 4(1):ofw231. PMID: 28480233.

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  • Published on 8/1/2016

    Nathavitharana RR, Peters J, Lederer P, von Delft A, Farley JE, Pai M, Jaramillo E, Raviglione M, Nardell E. Engaging health-care workers to reduce tuberculosis transmission. Lancet Infect Dis. 2016 08; 16(8):883-5. PMID: 27477968.

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  • Published on 12/13/2015

    Piantadosi A, Rubin DB, McQuillen DP, Hsu L, Lederer PA, Ashbaugh CD, Duffalo C, Duncan R, Thon J, Bhattacharyya S, Basgoz N, Feske SK, Lyons JL. Emerging Cases of Powassan Virus Encephalitis in New England: Clinical Presentation, Imaging, and Review of the Literature. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Mar 15; 62(6):707-713. PMID: 26668338.

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  • Published on 10/1/2015

    Cohen JM, Lederer PA, Russell-Goldman E, Sampson CE, Lin JY, Ho AW, Asmal M. Photo quiz. An 86-Year-Old Man With Bilateral Chronic Wounds of the Legs. Bilateral invasive squamous cell carcinomas (Marjolin ulcers). Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Oct 01; 61(7):1147, 1199-200. PMID: 26343053.

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  • Published on 4/28/2015

    Fraser T, Hillmann W, Lederer PA, Kasmar A, Rencic J. Solving Summer Fever in Early Pregnancy. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Oct; 30(10):1561-5. PMID: 25917661.

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  • Published on 3/6/2015

    Lind JN, Petersen EE, Lederer PA, Phillips-Bell GS, Perrine CG, Li R, Hudak M, Correia JA, Creanga AA, Sappenfield WM, Curran J, Blackmore C, Watkins SM, Anjohrin S. Infant and maternal characteristics in neonatal abstinence syndrome--selected hospitals in Florida, 2010-2011. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015 Mar 06; 64(8):213-6. PMID: 25742381.

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  • Published on 3/5/2015

    Schwitters A, Lederer P, Zilversmit L, Gudo PS, Ramiro I, Cumba L, Mahagaja E, Jobarteh K. Barriers to health care in rural Mozambique: a rapid ethnographic assessment of planned mobile health clinics for ART. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2015 Mar; 3(1):109-16. PMID: 25745124.

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  • Published on 3/1/2015

    von Delft A, Dramowski A, Khosa C, Kotze K, Lederer P, Mosidi T, Peters JA, Smith J, van der Westhuizen HM, von Delft D, Willems B, Bates M, Craig G, Maeurer M, Marais BJ, Mwaba P, Nunes EA, Nyirenda T, Oliver M, Zumla A. Why healthcare workers are sick of TB. Int J Infect Dis. 2015 Mar; 32:147-51. PMID: 25809771.

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