Christopher Gill

Christopher J. Gill, MD

Associate Professor, Global Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Christopher Gill has an MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an MS from Tufts-Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Studies.Dr. Gill is an infectious disease specialist by training. From 2002-2008 he was a faculty member of the Department of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health, engaged in a wide variety of clinical trials and investigations. His research interests have focused on child survival, and include diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis, pneumococcal and meningococcal disease, adherence to HIV medications, and neonatal survival. He was the principal investigator of the Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival Project in Northern Zambia (LUNESP), a prospective, cluster randomized and controlled effectiveness study designed to determine whether training traditional birth attendants to manage several common perinatal conditions could reduce neonatal mortality in the setting of a resource poor country with limited access to healthcare. The results demonstrated that training traditional birth attendants in neonatal resuscitation skills significantly reduces neonatal mortality by approximately 50%. From 2008-end of 2010 he was the Director of the Meningitis ACWY conjugate vaccine clinical trials group at Novartis Vaccines. There he was responsible for the design, implementation and analysis of Phase IIb, III and IV clinical trials in support of the vaccine, and played a key role in licensing this new vaccine in over 60 countries around the world, including the US. In 2011, he rejoined the faculty at the BU Center for Global Health and Development and the BU School of Public Health, working as the Director of the BUSPH Pharmaceuticals Program from 2011-15, teaching, mentoring, and conducting research in the areas of HIV medication adherence in China, advocacy around child mortality due to diarrhea and pneumonia, pertussis and RSV disease surveillance in Zambia, and capacity building of Vietnamese community health workers using SMS text messaging. Dr. Gill is the 2015 recipient of the Norman Scotch Award for excellence in teaching at Boston University School of Public Health, and the 2016 recipient of Boston University's Metcalf Cup and Prize. The Metcalf Cup and Prize is BU's highest teaching honor, and is awarded to one of BU's >3500 faculty across its 17 colleges and schools each year.

Other Positions

  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University


  • 1996 - University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD Field of Study: Medicine
  • 2002 - Tufts University, MS Field of Study: Clinical Evaluation/Research
  • 1989 - Tufts University, BS Field of Study: Biology

Classes Taught

  • SPHGH760
  • SPHGH801


  • Published on 4/5/2021

    Kaur P, West RL, Ivankovich MB, Gill CJ, Sabin L. Use of eHealth for HIV Medical Education: a Narrative Review. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2021 Apr 05. PMID: 33817768.

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  • Published on 3/29/2021

    Lohman-Payne B, Koster J, Gabriel B, Chilengi R, Forman LS, Heeren T, Duffy CR, Herlihy J, Crimaldi S, Gill C, Chavuma R, Mwananyanda L, Thea DM. Persistent Immune activation in HIV-Infected Pregnant Women Initiating cART Post Conception. J Infect Dis. 2021 Mar 29. PMID: 33780543.

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  • Published on 3/15/2021

    Camelo IY, Mwananyanda LM, Thea DM, Seidenberg P, Gill CJ, Weinstein JR. A Tale of 2 Pneumos: The Impact of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Exposure or Infection Status on Pediatric Nasopharyngeal Carriage of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Pneumocystis jiroveci: A Nested Case Control Analysis From the Pneumonia Etiology Research In Child Health Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Mar 15; 72(6):1033-1041. PMID: 32342105.

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  • Published on 3/4/2021

    Lapidot R, Larson Williams A, MacLeod WB, Mwale M, Olowojesiku R, Enslen A, Mwananyanda L, Munanjala G, Chimoga C, Ngoma B, Thea DL, Gill CJ. Verbal Autopsies for Out-of-Hospital Infant Deaths in Zambia. Pediatrics. 2021 Mar 04. PMID: 33664096.

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  • Published on 2/17/2021

    Mwananyanda L, Gill CJ, MacLeod W, Kwenda G, Pieciak R, Mupila Z, Lapidot R, Mupeta F, Forman L, Ziko L, Etter L, Thea D. Covid-19 deaths in Africa: prospective systematic postmortem surveillance study. BMJ. 2021 02 17; 372:n334. PMID: 33597166.

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  • Published on 12/31/2020

    Gunning CE, Mwananyanda L, MacLeod WB, Mwale M, Thea DM, Pieciak RC, Rohani P, Gill CJ. Implementation and adherence of routine pertussis vaccination (DTP) in a low-resource urban birth cohort. BMJ Open. 2020 12 31; 10(12):e041198. PMID: 33384391.

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  • Published on 11/19/2020

    Gill CJ, Gunning CE, MacLeod W, Mwananyanda L, Thea D, Pieciak R, Kwenda G, Mupila Z, Rohani P. Asymptomatic Bordetella pertussis infections in young African infants and their mothers identified within a longitudinal cohort. medRxiv. 2020 Nov 19. PMID: 33236026.

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  • Published on 11/6/2020

    Etter LP, Simukanga A, Qin W, Pieciak R, Mwananyanda L, Betke M, Phiri J, Carbo C, Gill CJ. . Project SEARCH (Scanning EARs for Child Health): validating an ear biometric tool for patient identification in Zambia. 2020.

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  • Published on 11/6/2020

    Etter L, Simukanga A, Qin W, Pieciak R, Mwananyanda L, Betke M, Phiri J, Carbo C, Hamapa A, Gill C. Project SEARCH (Scanning EARs for Child Health): validating an ear biometric tool for patient identification in Zambia. Gates Open Res. 2020; 4:168. PMID: 33655198.

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  • Published on 7/1/2020

    Beard J, Gill CJ. Looking for the Mothers: Grief Counselors in Zambia Trying to Connect with Bereaved Parents. 2020.

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