Davidson H. Hamer, MD

Professor, Global Health
Davidson Hamer
(617) 414-1281dhamer@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – 308
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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).

Other Positions

  • Professor, Infectious Diseases, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Center Faculty Member, Center for Global Health & Development , Boston University School of Public Health
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences


  • Amherst College, BA
  • University of Vermont College of Medicine, MD

Classes Taught

  • SPHGH943
  • SPHGH943
  • SPHPH825


  • Published on 5/1/2017

    Michal Stevens A, Esposito DH, Stoney RJ, Hamer DH, Flores-Figueroa J, Bottieau E, Connor BA, Gkrania-Klotsas E, Goorhuis A, Hynes NA, Libman M, Lopez-Velez R, McCarthy AE, von Sonnenburg F, Schwartz E, van Genderen PJ, Scott Benson L, Leung DT. Clostridium difficile infection in returning travellers. J Travel Med. 2017 May 01; 24(3). PMID: 28355613.

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  • Published on 5/1/2017

    Barbosa F, Barnett ED, Gautret P, Schlagenhauf P, van Genderen PJ, Grobusch MP, Connor BA, Hamer DH, Hochberg NS. Bordetella pertussis infections in travelers: data from the GeoSentinel global network. J Travel Med. 2017 May 01; 24(3). PMID: 28355615.

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  • Published on 4/1/2017

    Hamer DH, Wilson ME, Jean J, Chen LH. Epidemiology, Prevention, and Potential Future Treatments of Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus Infection. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2017 Apr; 19(4):16. PMID: 28281082.

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  • Published on 2/9/2017

    Jonnalagadda S, Rodríguez O, Estrella B, Sabin LL, Sempértegui F, Hamer DH. Etiology of severe pneumonia in Ecuadorian children. PLoS One. 2017; 12(2):e0171687. PMID: 28182741.

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  • Published on 1/30/2017

    Barbre KA, Jentes ES, Drobeniuc J, Kamili S, Hamer DH, Barnett ED. Seroprevalence of Hepatitis E among Boston Area Travelers, 2009-2010. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017 Jan 30. PMID: 28138055.

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  • Published on 1/23/2017

    Darling AM, Mugusi FM, Etheredge AJ, Gunaratna NS, Abioye AI, Aboud S, Duggan C, Mongi R, Spiegelman D, Roberts D, Hamer DH, Kain KC, Fawzi WW. Vitamin A and Zinc Supplementation among Pregnant Women to Prevent Placental Malaria: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial in Tanzania. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017 Jan 23. PMID: 28115667.

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  • Published on 11/22/2016

    Hamer DH, Barbre KA, Chen LH, Grobusch MP, Schlagenhauf P, Goorhuis A, van Genderen PJ, Molina I, Asgeirsson H, Kozarsky PE, Caumes E, Hagmann SH, Mockenhaupt FP, Eperon G, Barnett ED, Bottieau E, Boggild AK, Gautret P, Hynes NA, Kuhn S, Lash RR, Leder K, Libman M, Malvy DJ, Perret C, Rothe C, Schwartz E, Wilder-Smith A, Cetron MS, Esposito DH. Travel-Associated Zika Virus Disease Acquired in the Americas Through February 2016: A GeoSentinel Analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2017 Jan 17; 166(2):99-108. PMID: 27893080.

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  • Published on 10/2/2016

    Chen LH, Han PV, Wilson ME, Stoney RJ, Jentes ES, Benoit C, Ooi WW, Barnett ED, Hamer DH. Self-reported illness among Boston-area international travelers: A prospective study. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2016 Nov - Dec; 14(6):604-613. PMID: 27687076.

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  • Published on 9/29/2016

    Semrau KE, Herlihy J, Grogan C, Musokotwane K, Yeboah-Antwi K, Mbewe R, Banda B, Mpamba C, Hamomba F, Pilingana P, Zulu A, Chanda-Kapata P, Biemba G, Thea DM, MacLeod WB, Simon JL, Hamer DH. Effectiveness of 4% chlorhexidine umbilical cord care on neonatal mortality in Southern Province, Zambia (ZamCAT): a cluster-randomised controlled trial. Lancet Glob Health. 2016 Nov; 4(11):e827-e836. PMID: 27693439.

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  • Published on 8/30/2016

    Baqui AH, Mitra DK, Begum N, Hurt L, Soremekun S, Edmond K, Kirkwood B, Bhandari N, Taneja S, Mazumder S, Nisar MI, Jehan F, Ilyas M, Ali M, Ahmed I, Ariff S, Soofi SB, Sazawal S, Dhingra U, Dutta A, Ali SM, Ame SM, Semrau K, Hamomba FM, Grogan C, Hamer DH, Bahl R, Yoshida S, Manu A. Neonatal mortality within 24 hours of birth in six low- and lower-middle-income countries. Bull World Health Organ. 2016 Oct 01; 94(10):752-758B. PMID: 27843165.

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