Natasha S. Hochberg MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases

Director, Global Health

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Natasha Hochberg

Infectious Diseases


Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research


Natasha Hochberg, MD, MPH is Volunteer Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine (Section of Infectious Diseases) at the Boston University Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. She sees travelers and patients with tropical diseases in the Center for a infectious Diseases, with a particular focus on Chagas disease and other parasitic infections. Dr. Hochberg previously worked full-time at BU/BMC, but now her primary position is Director, Global Health Translational Medicine at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.

Prior to her arrival at Boston University, Dr. Hochberg was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer at the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and worked internationally on projects related to malaria, visceral leishmaniasis, guinea worm disease, and lymphatic filariasis.

Dr. Hochberg's research focuses on tropical diseases. Particularly, she has studied the impact of malnutrition and parasitic disease on tuberculosis (TB), tropical diseases in immigrant populations, and preventing diseases in international travelers. She was the principal investigator of the TB LION study (Learning the Impact Of Nutrition) in Pondicherry India. This study of household contacts of TB cases evaluates the impact of malnutrition and parasite infections on the immune response to TB and how this changes after providing a high-protein food package, multivitamin, and deworming. She was also site principal investigator of the the US-Indo RePORT study in Pondicherry, India, a cohort of 1100 TB patients and 1500 of their household contacts. The study aimed to identify biomarkers that predict TB treatment failure and risk of developing TB (among exposed persons) and to identify how comorbidities (e.g., diabetes, helminth infections) modulate these profiles and risks. She was co-investigator of an R01 studying TB in pregnancy in IndiA and the recipient of a K-12 BIRCWH award to study the effect of aging on the immune response to latent TB infection in Boston-area nursing home residents.

Previously, she was the co-director of the travel clinic at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Dire tor of Tropical Medicine. She served as the co-site director for GeoSentinel, an international surveillance system of diseases in travelers and migrants, and participated in studies related to tropical medicine and travelers health. At a national level, she is part of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene where she serves as President for the Clinical Group, and previously served as a member of the Scientific Program Committee, a clinical group councilor, and as the Chair for the Subcommittee on Pneumonia, Respiratory Infections and TB.

Dr. Hochberg taught courses at BU School of Public Health on Infectious Disease Epidemiology (EP755) and Outbreak Investigations (EP800).


Medicine, MD, Case School of Medicine

Public Health, MPH, Emory University

Classics, BA, Harvard University


Published on 1/19/2024

Reifler KA, Wheelock A, Hall SM, Salazar A, Hassan S, Bostrom JA, Barnett ED, Carrion M, Hochberg NS, Hamer DH, Gopal DM, Bourque D. Chagas cardiomyopathy in Boston, Massachusetts: Identifying disease and improving management after community and hospital-based screening. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2024 Jan; 18(1):e0011913. PMID: 38241361.

Published on 8/28/2023

Kalva J, Babu SP, Narasimhan PB, Raghupathy K, Ezhumalai K, Knudsen S, Horsburgh CR, Hochberg N, Salgame P, Roy G, Ellner J, Sarkar S. Predictors of weight loss during the intensive phase of tuberculosis treatment in patients with drug-susceptible pulmonary tuberculosis in South India. J Public Health (Oxf). 2023 Aug 28; 45(3):545-552. PMID: 36451280.

Published on 6/21/2023

Buonomo G, Acuña-Villaorduna C, Poongothai V, Dharmalingam M, Cintron C, Dauphinais M, Babu SP, Locks LM, Sarkar S, Salgame P, Hochberg NS, Lakshminaryanan S, Narasimhan PB, Sinha P. A micro-costing analysis of nutritional support for persons with TB and their families in India. Public Health Action. 2023 Jun 21; 13(2):34-36. PMID: 37359061.

Published on 6/14/2023

Krishnamoorthy Y, Ezhumalai K, Murali S, Rajaa S, Majella MG, Sarkar S, Lakshminarayanan S, Joseph NM, Soundappan G, Prakash Babu S, Horsburgh C, Hochberg N, Johnson WE, Knudsen S, Pentakota SR, Salgame P, Roy G, Ellner J. Development of prognostic scoring system for predicting 1-year mortality among pulmonary tuberculosis patients in South India. J Public Health (Oxf). 2023 Jun 14; 45(2):e184-e195. PMID: 36038507.

Published on 6/14/2023

Barathi A, Krishnamoorthy Y, Sinha P, Horsburgh C, Hochberg N, Johnson E, Salgame P, Govindarajan S, Senbagavalli PB, Lakshinarayanan S, Roy G, Ellner J, Sarkar S. Effect of treatment adherence on the association between sex and unfavourable treatment outcomes among tuberculosis patients in Puducherry, India: a mediation analysis. J Public Health (Oxf). 2023 Jun 14; 45(2):304-311. PMID: 35692180.

Published on 6/8/2023

Hochberg NS, Dinculescu VV, Nutman TB. Case 17-2023: A 58-Year-Old Woman with Fatigue, Abdominal Bloating, and Eosinophilia. N Engl J Med. 2023 Jun 08; 388(23):2180-2189. PMID: 37285529.

Published on 5/27/2023

Luther VP, Barsoumian AE, Konold VJL, Vijayan T, Balba G, Benson C, Blackburn B, Cariello P, Perloff S, Razonable R, Acharya K, Azar MM, Bhanot N, Blyth D, Butt S, Casanas B, Chow B, Cleveland K, Cutrell JB, Doshi S, Finkel D, Graber CJ, Hazra A, Hochberg NS, James SH, Kaltsas A, Kodiyanplakkal RPL, Lee M, Marcos L, Mena Lora AJ, Moore CC, Nnedu O, Osorio G, Paras ML, Reece R, Salas NM, Sanasi-Bhola K, Schultz S, Serpa JA, Shnekendorf R, Weisenberg S, Wooten D, Zuckerman RA, Melia M, Chirch LM. Inclusion, Diversity, Access, and Equity in Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training: Tools for Program Directors. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2023 Jun; 10(6):ofad289. PMID: 37397270.

Published on 4/17/2023

Sinha P, Ponnuraja C, Gupte N, Prakash Babu S, Cox SR, Sarkar S, Mave V, Paradkar M, Cintron C, Govindarajan S, Kinikar A, Priya N, Gaikwad S, Thangakunam B, Devarajan A, Dhanasekaran M, Tornheim JA, Gupta A, Salgame P, Christopher DJ, Kornfeld H, Viswanathan V, Ellner JJ, Horsburgh CR, Gupte AN, Padmapriyadarsini C, Hochberg NS. Impact of Undernutrition on Tuberculosis Treatment Outcomes in India: A Multicenter, Prospective, Cohort Analysis. Clin Infect Dis. 2023 Apr 17; 76(8):1483-1491. PMID: 36424864.

Published on 4/16/2023

Van Egeren D, Stoddard M, White LF, Hochberg NS, Rogers MS, Zetter B, Joseph-McCarthy D, Chakravarty A. Vaccines Alone Cannot Slow the Evolution of SARS-CoV-2. Vaccines (Basel). 2023 Apr 16; 11(4). PMID: 37112765.

Published on 4/6/2023

Stoddard M, Yuan L, Sarkar S, Mangalaganesh S, Nolan RP, Bottino D, Hather G, Hochberg NS, White LF, Chakravarty A. Heterogeneity in Vaccinal Immunity to SARS-CoV-2 Can Be Addressed by a Personalized Booster Strategy. Vaccines (Basel). 2023 Apr 06; 11(4). PMID: 37112718.

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