Donald M. Thea, MD, MSc

Professor, Global Health
Donald Thea
(617) 414-1271dthea@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – 391
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Biography

Dr. Thea received his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Masters of Science in tropical medicine from the London School of Hygiene and trained in infectious diseases in the Department of Geographic Medicine at New England Medical Center. He has pursued a full time career in both domestic and international clinical and epidemiological infectious disease research, primarily in issues related to child survival and in particular mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS and pneumonia. Dr. Thea was an early member of Project SIDA (Kinshasa, Zaire), the first international clinical HIV/AIDS research field site, where he did work on the etiology of diarrhea in perinatally acquired HIV infection and was the director of the Clinical Research Unit. He pursued his interest in perinatal transmission of HIV as the Principal Investigator of the New York City Collaborative Perinatal HIV Transmission Study. In 1998 he then joined the Health and Social Development Unit of the Harvard Institute for International Development where he focused on international field research in Acute Respiratory Illness, Malaria and HIV. Dr. Thea joined the Global Health department along with the other members of the Harvard team where he is currently a Professor of Global Health and the Director of MD/MPH dual degree program. In this capacity, Dr. Thea provides senior technical leadership of a portfolio of projects addressing community treatment of neonatal sepsis, management of acute respiratory illness in children, community and facilities-based management of acute malaria, presumptive prophylaxis of malaria in pregnancy, social and behavioral aspects of HIV transmission and child sexual abuse. Dr. Thea has been the Principal Investigator of several large studies and program implementation projects including a prospective cohort study of postnatal HIV through breastmilk (the Zambia Exclusive Breastfeeding Study), the Zambia Boston University Malaria Project (ZAMBUMP), the Boston University PMTCT Integration Projects (BUPIP) – Southern Province Zambia. He is the Zambia Site PI for the Bill and Melinda Gates funded Pneumonia Etiology Research in Child Health (PERCH) through a subcontract with Johns Hopkins University. Along with Professors Gill and Fox, Dr. Thea have a bi-weekly podcast, Free Associations, which critically reviews the merit and rigor of recent scientific publications that have been noted in the popular press.

Other Positions

  • Director of Center for Global Health & Development, Center for Global Health & Development , Boston University School of Public Health
  • Center Faculty Member, Center for Global Health & Development , Boston University School of Public Health

Education

  • Columbia University, MD
  • University of London, MSc
  • Antioch College, BS

Classes Taught

  • SPHGH943

Publications

  • Published on 4/10/2018

    Larson Williams A, McCloskey L, Mwale M, Mwananyanda L, Murray K, Herman AR, Thea DM, MacLeod WB, Gill CJ. "When you are injected, the baby is protected:" Assessing the acceptability of a maternal Tdap vaccine based on mothers' knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of pertussis and vaccinations in Lusaka, Zambia. Vaccine. 2018 05 17; 36(21):3048-3053. PMID: 29653846.

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  • Published on 10/10/2017

    Henry EG, Thea DM, Hamer DH, DeJong W, Musokotwane K, Chibwe K, Biemba G, Semrau K. The impact of a multi-level maternal health programme on facility delivery and capacity for emergency obstetric care in Zambia. Glob Public Health. 2018 10; 13(10):1481-1494. PMID: 28994352.

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  • Published on 8/25/2017

    Gill C, Rohani P, Thea DM. The relationship between mucosal immunity, nasopharyngeal carriage, asymptomatic transmission and the resurgence of Bordetella pertussis. F1000Res. 2017; 6:1568. PMID: 28928960.

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  • Published on 6/15/2017

    Higdon MM, Hammitt LL, Deloria Knoll M, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Howie SRC, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, Murdoch DR, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Driscoll AJ, Karron RA, Park DE, Prosperi C, Zeger SL, O'Brien KL, Feikin DR. Should Controls With Respiratory Symptoms Be Excluded From Case-Control Studies of Pneumonia Etiology? Reflections From the PERCH Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S205-S212. PMID: 28575354.

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  • Published on 6/15/2017

    Crawley J, Prosperi C, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Deloria Knoll M, Hammitt LL, Howie SRC, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, Murdoch DR, O'Brien KL, Thea DM, Awori JO, Bunthi C, DeLuca AN, Driscoll AJ, Ebruke BE, Goswami D, Hidgon MM, Karron RA, Kazungu S, Kourouma N, Mackenzie G, Moore DP, Mudau A, Mwale M, Nahar K, Park DE, Piralam B, Seidenberg P, Sylla M, Feikin DR, Scott JAG. Standardization of Clinical Assessment and Sample Collection Across All PERCH Study Sites. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S228-S237. PMID: 28575355.

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  • Published on 6/15/2017

    DeLuca AN, Hammitt LL, Kim J, Higdon MM, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Howie SRC, Deloria Knoll M, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, Murdoch DR, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Amornintapichet T, Awori JO, Chuananon S, Driscoll AJ, Ebruke BE, Hossain L, Jahan Y, Kagucia EW, Kazungu S, Moore DP, Mudau A, Mwananyanda L, Park DE, Prosperi C, Seidenberg P, Sylla M, Tapia MD, Zaman SMA, O'Brien KL. Safety of Induced Sputum Collection in Children Hospitalized With Severe or Very Severe Pneumonia. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S301-S308. PMID: 28575356.

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  • Published on 6/15/2017

    Driscoll AJ, Karron RA, Morpeth SC, Bhat N, Levine OS, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Feikin DR, Hammitt LL, Howie SRC, Knoll MD, Kotloff KL, Madhi SA, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Adrian PV, Ahmed D, Alam M, Anderson TP, Antonio M, Baillie VL, Dione M, Endtz HP, Gitahi C, Karani A, Kwenda G, Maiga AA, McClellan J, Mitchell JL, Morailane P, Mugo D, Mwaba J, Mwansa J, Mwarumba S, Nyongesa S, Panchalingam S, Rahman M, Sawatwong P, Tamboura B, Toure A, Whistler T, O'Brien KL, Murdoch DR. Standardization of Laboratory Methods for the PERCH Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S245-S252. PMID: 28575358.

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  • Published on 6/15/2017

    Murdoch DR, Morpeth SC, Hammitt LL, Driscoll AJ, Watson NL, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Deloria Knoll M, Feikin DR, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, O'Brien KL, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Ahmed D, Awori JO, DeLuca AN, Ebruke BE, Higdon MM, Jorakate P, Karron RA, Kazungu S, Kwenda G, Hossain L, Makprasert S, Moore DP, Mudau A, Mwaba J, Panchalingam S, Park DE, Prosperi C, Salaudeen R, Toure A, Zeger SL, Howie SRC. Microscopic Analysis and Quality Assessment of Induced Sputum From Children With Pneumonia in the PERCH Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S271-S279. PMID: 28575360.

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  • Published on 6/15/2017

    Fancourt N, Deloria Knoll M, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Feikin DR, Hammitt LL, Howie SRC, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, Murdoch DR, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Awori JO, Barger-Kamate B, Chipeta J, DeLuca AN, Diallo M, Driscoll AJ, Ebruke BE, Higdon MM, Jahan Y, Karron RA, Mahomed N, Moore DP, Nahar K, Naorat S, Ominde MS, Park DE, Prosperi C, Wa Somwe S, Thamthitiwat S, Zaman SMA, Zeger SL, O'Brien KL. Chest Radiograph Findings in Childhood Pneumonia Cases From the Multisite PERCH Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S262-S270. PMID: 28575361.

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  • Published on 6/15/2017

    Murdoch DR, Morpeth SC, Hammitt LL, Driscoll AJ, Watson NL, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Deloria Knoll M, Feikin DR, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, O'Brien KL, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Adrian PV, Ahmed D, Alam M, Awori JO, DeLuca AN, Higdon MM, Karron RA, Kwenda G, Machuka EM, Makprasert S, McLellan J, Moore DP, Mwaba J, Mwarumba S, Park DE, Prosperi C, Sangwichian O, Sissoko S, Tapia MD, Zeger SL, Howie SRC. The Diagnostic Utility of Induced Sputum Microscopy and Culture in Childhood Pneumonia. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S280-S288. PMID: 28575362.

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