Patricia L. Hibberd, MD, PhD

Chair and Professor, Global Health

Patricia Hibberd
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


Dr. Patricia Hibberd, MD, PhD is the Chair of Global Health in the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Hibberd is also a professor of Global Health for the BUSPH and professor of Medicine in Infectious Diseases for the BUSM. Prior to her positions at Boston University, Dr. Hibberd was professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and served as director of the Division of Global Health in the Department of Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received a BSc (honors) from King’s College, London, and a PhD degree in information science/epidemiology from Leicester University in 1978. She came to the US in 1980 as an epidemiologist researcher and obtained an MD from Harvard Medical School in 1986. Dr. Hibberd trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She has had leadership roles in infectious diseases, epidemiology, clinical research, and global health at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. She was also a General Clinical Research Center program director while she was at Tufts.

Dr. Hibberd is a practicing infectious disease consultant who also leads a clinical and translational research program focusing on the prevention and treatment of childhood pneumonia, neonatal sepsis, and diarrhea—the leading killers of children under age 5 worldwide. She has worked in India for 20 years, and her research in India has been funded by NIH/NICHD’s Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research since 2008. She is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Malawi and by Saving Lives at Birth in Pakistan for the development of novel point of care diagnostics for pneumonia in young children. One of her passions is mentorship and fostering the development of the next generation of global health leaders—these include undergraduate, public health, and medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. Dr. Hibberd is also a Paul G. Rogers Society Ambassador for Global Health Research and is currently chair of the Data and Safety Monitoring Board for the CDC’s STRIVE Trial, testing one of the vaccines (rVSV-ZEBOV) to prevent Ebola in Sierra Leone. She has published more than 300 articles, chapters, and books and serves on advisory boards to many US and international organizations.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Infectious Diseases, Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Professor, General Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine


  • Harvard Medical School, MD
  • University of Leicester, PhD
  • King's College London, BSc


  • Published on 2/23/2024

    Nuss EE, Hoffman MK, Goudar SS, Kavi A, Metgud M, Somannavar M, Okitawutshu J, Lokangaka A, Tshefu A, Bauserman M, Tembo AM, Chomba E, Carlo WA, Figueroa L, Krebs NF, Jessani S, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Kurhe K, Das P, Hibberd PL, Achieng E, Nyongesa P, Esamai F, Liechty EA, Bucher S, Goco N, Hemingway-Foday J, Moore J, McClure EM, Silver RM, Derman RJ, Patel A. Corrigendum to The impact of risk factors on aspirin's efficacy for the prevention of preterm birth. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology MFM. Volume 5, Issue 10, October 2023, 101095. Am J Obstet Gynecol MFM. 2024 Apr; 6(4):101309. PMID: 38395633.

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  • Published on 2/1/2024

    Kileel EM, Zheng A, Bor J, Fox MP, Crowther NJ, George JA, Khoza S, Rosen S, Venter WDF, Raal F, Hibberd P, Brennan AT. Does Engagement in HIV Care Affect Screening, Diagnosis, and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. AIDS Behav. 2024 Feb; 28(2):591-608. PMID: 38300475.

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  • Published on 1/23/2024

    Hoffman MK, Goudar S, Dhaded S, Figueroa L, Mazariegos M, Krebs NF, Westcott J, Tikmani SS, Karim F, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Lokangaka A, Tshefu A, Bauserman M, Patel A, Das P, Hibberd P, Chomba E, Mwenchanya M, Carlo WA, Trotta M, Williams A, Moore J, Nolen T, Goco N, McClure EM, Lobo MA, Cunha AB, Derman RJ. Neurodevelopment of Children Whose Mothers Were Randomized to Low-Dose Aspirin During Pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2024 Apr 01; 143(4):554-561. PMID: 38262066.

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  • Published on 12/21/2023

    Brennan AT, Lauren E, Bor J, George JA, Chetty K, Mlisana K, Dai A, Khoza S, Rosen S, Stokes AC, Raal F, Hibberd P, Alexanian SM, Fox MP, Crowther NJ. Gaps in the type 2 diabetes care cascade: a national perspective using South Africa's National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) database. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023 Dec 21; 23(1):1452. PMID: 38129852.

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  • Published on 12/4/2023

    Switchenko N, Shukla V, Mwenechanya M, Chomba E, Patel A, Hibberd PL, Ambalavanan N, Figueroa L, Mazariegos M, Krebs NF, Goudar SS, Derman R, Esamai F, Liechty EA, Bucher S, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Lokangaka A, Tshefu A, Bose CL, Koso-Thomas M, Tan S, Nolen T, McClure EM, Carlo WA. Neonatal Respiratory Support Utilization in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Registry-Based Observational Study. Neonatology. 2024; 121(1):116-124. PMID: 38048757.

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  • Published on 11/28/2023

    Nyongesa P, Ekhaguere OA, Marete I, Tenge C, Kemoi M, Bann CM, Bucher SL, Patel AB, Hibberd PL, Naqvi F, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Goudar SS, Derman RJ, Krebs NF, Garces A, Chomba E, Carlo WA, Mwenechanya M, Lokangaka A, Tshefu AK, Bauserman M, Koso-Thomas M, Moore JL, McClure EM, Liechty EA, Esamai F. Maternal age extremes and adverse pregnancy outcomes in low-resourced settings. Front Glob Womens Health. 2023; 4:1201037. PMID: 38090046.

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  • Published on 11/1/2023

    Figueroa L, Harrison M, Mazariegos M, Goudar S, Kavi A, Derman R, Patel A, Das P, Hibberd PL, Saleem S, Naqvi F, Goldenberg RL, Haque R, Billah SM, Petri WA, McClure EM, Tan S, Krebs NF. Maternal and perinatal outcomes of women with vaginal birth after cesarean section compared to repeat cesarean birth in select South Asian and Latin American settings of the global network for women's and children's health research. Matern Health Neonatol Perinatol. 2023 Nov 01; 9(1):13. PMID: 37908009.

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  • Published on 9/20/2023

    Patel A, Bann CM, Thorsten VR, Rao SR, Lokangaka A, Tshefu Kitoto A, Bauserman M, Figueroa L, Krebs NF, Esamai F, Bucher S, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Chomba E, Carlo WA, Goudar S, Derman R, Koso-Thomas M, McClure E, Hibberd PL. Can the date of last menstrual period be trusted in the first trimester? Comparisons of gestational age measures from a prospective cohort study in six low-income to middle-income countries. BMJ Open. 2023 Sep 20; 13(9):e067470. PMID: 37730415.

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  • Published on 8/30/2023

    Hemingway-Foday J, Tita A, Chomba E, Mwenechanya M, Mweemba T, Nolen T, Lokangaka A, Tshefu Kitoto A, Lomendje G, Hibberd PL, Patel A, Das PK, Kurhe K, Goudar SS, Kavi A, Metgud M, Saleem S, Tikmani SS, Esamai F, Nyongesa P, Sagwe A, Figueroa L, Mazariegos M, Billah SM, Haque R, Shahjahan Siraj M, Goldenberg RL, Bauserman M, Bose C, Liechty EA, Ekhaguere OA, Krebs NF, Derman R, Petri WA, Koso-Thomas M, McClure E, Carlo WA. Prevention of maternal and neonatal death/infections with a single oral dose of azithromycin in women in labour in low-income and middle-income countries (A-PLUS): a study protocol for a multinational, randomised placebo-controlled clinical trial. BMJ Open. 2023 Aug 30; 13(8):e068487. PMID: 37648383.

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  • Published on 8/22/2023

    Patterson JK, Thorsten VR, Eggleston B, Nolen T, Lokangaka A, Tshefu A, Goudar SS, Derman RJ, Chomba E, Carlo WA, Mazariegos M, Krebs NF, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Patel A, Hibberd PL, Esamai F, Liechty EA, Haque R, Petri B, Koso-Thomas M, McClure EM, Bose CL, Bauserman M. Building a predictive model of low birth weight in low- and middle-income countries: a prospective cohort study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2023 Aug 22; 23(1):600. PMID: 37608358.

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