Davidson H. Hamer, MD

Professor, Global Health
Davidson Hamer
(617) 414-1267dhamer@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT306
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Expertise includes: • Evaluations of community-based interventions to reduce neonatal and infant mortality in developing countries. • Evaluations of strategies to strengthen health systems at the community and primary care level in order to reduce morbidity and mortality of children from common infectious diseases (malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea). • Interventions to prevent or treat malnutrition or specific micronutrient deficiencies including evaluations of the effects of micronutrients, especially zinc, vitamin A, iron, and selenium on the incidence of common infectious diseases (e.g., malaria, diarrheal disease, and acute respiratory infections) in pre-school children. • Micronutrient interventions to prevent infections in the elderly. • Epidemiology and treatment of malaria and pneumonia in pre-school children. • Epidemiology of malaria in pregnancy and evaluation of interventions designed to decrease maternal morbidity and improve birth outcomes. • Evaluations of the interaction between HIV infection and malaria. • Interventions to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy in resource-poor settings.

Other Positions:

  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Professor, Infectious Diseases, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHIH941


  • Published on 12/2/2014

    Hamer DH, Chen LH. Chikungunya: establishing a new home in the Western hemisphere. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Dec 2; 161(11):827-8.

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  • Published on 9/30/2014

    Sialubanje C, Massar K, Hamer DH, Ruiter RA. Personal and environmental predictors of the intention to use maternal healthcare services in Kalomo, Zambia. Health Educ Res. 2014 Dec; 29(6):1028-40.

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  • Published on 8/31/2014

    Gill CJ, MacLeod WB, Phiri-Mazala G, Guerina NG, Mirochnick M, Knapp AB, Hamer DH. Can traditional birth attendants be trained to accurately identify septic infants, initiate antibiotics, and refer in a rural African setting? Glob Health Sci Pract. 2014 Aug; 2(3):318-27.

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  • Published on 6/1/2014

    Krezanoski PJ, Tsai AC, Hamer DH, Comfort AB, Bangsberg DR. Household malaria knowledge and its association with bednet ownership in settings without large-scale distribution programs: Evidence from rural Madagascar. J Glob Health. 2014 Jun; 4(1):010401.

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  • Published on 4/16/2014

    Lown BA, Chen LH, Han PV, Jentes ES, Wilson ME, Benoit CM, Avery KA, Ooi W, Hamer DH, Barnett ED. Preferences and decision needs of Boston-area travelers to countries with risk of yellow Fever virus transmission: implications for health care providers. J Travel Med. 2014 Jul; 21(4):266-71.

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  • Published on 4/8/2014

    Lunze K, Yeboah-Antwi K, Marsh DR, Kafwanda SN, Musso A, Semrau K, Waltensperger KZ, Hamer DH. Prevention and management of neonatal hypothermia in rural zambia. PLoS One. 2014; 9(4):e92006.

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  • Published on 3/28/2014

    Iliaki E, Chen LH, Hamer DH, Macleod WB, Jentes ES, Barnett ED, Wilson ME. Travel to Brazil: Analysis of Data From the Boston Area Travel Medicine Network (BATMN) and Relevance to Travelers Attending World Cup and Olympics. J Travel Med. 2014 May; 21(3):214-7.

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  • Published on 3/23/2014

    Sialubanje C, Massar K, Hamer DH, Ruiter RA. Understanding the psychosocial and environmental factors and barriers affecting utilization of maternal healthcare services in Kalomo, Zambia: a qualitative study. Health Educ Res. 2014 Jun; 29(3):521-32.

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  • Published on 3/1/2014

    Kogelman L, Barnett ED, Chen LH, Quinn E, Yanni E, Wilson ME, Benoit C, Karchmer AW, Ooi WW, Jentes ES, Hamer DH. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of US Practitioners Who Provide Pre-Travel Advice. J Travel Med. 2014 Mar; 21(2):104-14.

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  • Published on 3/1/2014

    Biemba G, Hamer DH. Low coverage of intermittent preventive treatment and insecticide-treated nets for control of malaria during pregnancy in sub-Saharan Africa - what needs to be done? Pathog Glob Health. 2014 Mar; 108(2):65-6.

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