Nahid Bhadelia

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director of Infection Control, National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratories (NEIDL)

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Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

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Dr. Bhadelia is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases and the Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center. She is also the Director of Infection Control at National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) at Boston University. Her specialization is with in infection control issues related to emerging pathogens and highly… Read more

Dr. Bhadelia is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases and the Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center. She is also the Director of Infection Control at National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) at Boston University. Her specialization is with in infection control issues related to emerging pathogens and highly communicable infectious diseases. She is the director of the medical response program for BU’s biosafety level 4 laboratories at the NEIDL and provides input into BU’s Research Occupational Health policies related to infectious diseases. Her research interests are related to comparative effectiveness of hospital epidemiology practices as well as the impact of emerging diseases on hospitals and surrounding communities.

Aside from her clinical training in infectious diseases, she has a background in international affairs/human security and conducted a masters thesis examining the impact of pandemics on macro level health indicators and community security. She has previously worked on a project funded by the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, critically examining the transition of HIV from an acute to chronic illness and its influence on health systems in developing countries. Most recently, she has been part of the World Health Organization operations in Sierra Leone to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014.

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  • A Boston Doctor vs. Ebola

    November 25, 2014

    Boston Magazine Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL What Nahid Bhadelia remembers most from her trip to treat Ebola patients in Sierra Leone—12 days of working with desperately ill people in a country where the disease has killed thousands—is not being able to touch her patients… View full article featuring expert Nahid Bhadelia

  • Boston Doctor Returns to Sierra Leone to Fight Ebola

    November 12, 2014

    NBC Nightly News Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL Boston-based physician Dr. Nahid Bhadelia travels to Sierra Leone for the second time in four months to combat the deadly Ebola outbreak… View video of expert Nahid Bhadelia

  • Ebola side effects

    November 8, 2014

    Boston Herald Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL Hub doctors just back from West Africa’s Ebola zone warn that although the outbreak shows signs of tempering, deaths caused by a slew of other illnesses and even childbirth complications are skyrocketing… Expert quote: “We’re really seeing that a majority of morbidity and mortality now is not […]

  • The Ebola fight’s HR problem

    October 27, 2014

    Marketplace Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL The federal government and the states are still figuring out just what they should do with health workers who return from treating Ebola patients in West Africa… Expert quote: “I went back in to see if there was somebody to help me move him. And the minute I […]

  • A Doctor’s Diary: Encountering Chaos And Kindness In An Ebola Ward

    October 26, 2014

    NPR “Goats and Soda Blog” By Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL I am an infectious disease (ID) physician at Boston Medical Center, and I serve as the Director of Infection Control at National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, helping design medical response programs to potential exposures to viruses that cause viral hemorrhagic fevers. This summer […]

  • ‘You Can’t Fight Ebola In The Dark,’ So This Company Is Lending A Hand With Solar Lights

    October 26, 2014

    Huffington Post Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL A handheld light might not seem like much, but its glow can save lives. WakaWaka, a Netherlands-based company known for sending sustainable and efficient LED devices to countries where there is limited or no electricity, has its sights set on getting portable solar lights to West Africa… Expert […]

  • Why Has Nurse Amber Vinson Recovered From Ebola So Quickly?

    October 23, 2014

    NBCNews.com Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL Amber Vinson’s blood tested negative for Ebola virus just nine days after she was first diagnosed. Her fellow nurse, Nina Pham, is now in good condition… Expert quote: “With Ebola, it is possible that early care can provide integral support to the body while it mounts its immune response, hence allowing it to […]

  • The Country At The Epicenter Of The Ebola Outbreak

    October 22, 2014

    NPR “On Point” Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL Listen to audio of expert Nahid Bhadelia

  • Boston doctor training others to fight Ebola on front lines

    October 20, 2014

    CBS This Morning Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL The death toll from Ebola in West Africa now tops 4,500, and the spread of the deadly virus shows little sign of slowing… Expert quote: “The first time you do anything, when walk into this environment or anywhere else, you are going to be scared. I […]

  • Universities To Speakers Who’ve Visited West Africa: En Garde!

    October 18, 2014

    NPR “Goats & Soda Blog” Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL By now, it’s well known that there are a limited number of ways you can contract Ebola: from the blood, sweat, saliva or other bodily fluids of someone who already is ill with the disease… Expert quote: “If they’re not showing any symptoms and […]

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