Davidson Hamer

Professor, Global Health

University of Vermont College of Medicine, MD

  • Office: Crosstown Center, CT 308
  • Phone: (617) 414-1281
  • Email: dhamer@bu.edu


Davidson Hamer, MD, FACP, FIDSA, 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 is a board-certified specialist in infectious diseases, with a particular interest in tropical infectious diseases, and has twenty years of 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, 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, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Dr. Hamer currently has active projects in Zambia, Uganda, and the United States. Major current projects include study of nosocomial neonatal bacteremia; a randomized, controlled trial of a mHealth intervention designed to strengthen the delivery of integrated community case management; operational research on malaria; testing sustainable strategies for maternity waiting homes; evaluating Wise Pill (a mHealth intervention) for improving adherence to antiretroviral therapy among pregnant and postpartum women; and an evaluation of the association of vitamin D deficiency with pneumonia in Ecuadorian children. In addition, Dr. Hamer is the PI for the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network, a global network that conducts surveillance of emerging infectious diseases using returning travelers, immigrants, and refugees as sentinels of infection (www.istm.org/geosentinel).