Davidson H. Hamer, MD

Professor, Global Health
Davidson Hamer
(617) 414-1281dhamer@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT306
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Biography

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

Education

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

Classes Taught

  • SPHGH943
  • SPHPH825

Publications

  • 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 Oct 2. 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 1; 94(10):752-758B. PMID: 27843165.

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  • Published on 8/29/2016

    Olivero RM, Hamer DH, MacLeod WB, Benoit CM, Sanchez-Vegas C, Jentes ES, Chen LH, Wilson ME, Marano N, Yanni EA, Ooi WW, Karchmer AW, Kogelman L, Barnett ED. Dengue Virus Seroconversion in Travelers to Dengue-Endemic Areas. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 Nov 2; 95(5):1130-1136. PMID: 27573631.

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  • Published on 7/1/2016

    Kabwe M, Tembo J, Chilukutu L, Chilufya M, Ngulube F, Lukwesa C, Kapasa M, Enne V, Wexner H, Mwananyanda L, Hamer DH, Sinyangwe S, Ahmed Y, Klein N, Maeurer M, Zumla A, Bates M. Etiology, Antibiotic Resistance and Risk Factors for Neonatal Sepsis in a Large Referral Center in Zambia. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2016 Jul; 35(7):e191-8. PMID: 27031259.

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  • Published on 6/6/2016

    Wichaidit W, Alam MU, Halder AK, Unicomb L, Hamer DH, Ram PK. Availability and Quality of Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care in Bangladesh. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 Aug 3; 95(2):298-306. PMID: 27273640.

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  • Published on 5/1/2016

    Hossain B, Islam MS, Rahman A, Marzan M, Rafiqullah I, Connor NE, Hasanuzzaman M, Islam M, Hamer DH, Hibberd PL, Saha SK. Understanding Bacterial Isolates in Blood Culture and Approaches Used to Define Bacteria as Contaminants: A Literature Review. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2016 May; 35(5 Suppl 1):S45-51. PMID: 27070064.

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  • Published on 5/1/2016

    Hossain B, Weber MW, Hamer DH, Hibberd PL, Ahmed AS, Marzan M, Islam M, Connor NE, Islam MS, Zaidi AK, Baqui AH, Bhutta ZA, Qureshi SM, Rafiqullah I, McGee L, Saha SK. Classification of Blood Culture Isolates Into Contaminants and Pathogens on the Basis of Clinical and Laboratory Data. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2016 May; 35(5 Suppl 1):S52-4. PMID: 27070065.

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  • Published on 2/2/2016

    Chen LH, Hamer DH. Zika Virus: Rapid Spread in the Western Hemisphere. Ann Intern Med. 2016 May 3; 164(9):613-5. PMID: 26832396.

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  • Published on 1/27/2016

    Barnett JB, Dao MC, Hamer DH, Kandel R, Brandeis G, Wu D, Dallal GE, Jacques PF, Schreiber R, Kong E, Meydani SN. Effect of zinc supplementation on serum zinc concentration and T cell proliferation in nursing home elderly: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 Mar; 103(3):942-51. PMID: 26817502.

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