David Hamer, MD
Professor, Global Health
Boston University School of Medicine
Dr. Hamer is a board-certified specialist in infectious diseases with a particular interest in tropical infectious diseases and extensive field experience in maternal, neonatal, and child survival research including studies of health systems strengthening, neonatal sepsis, malaria, pneumonia, and diarrheal diseases. During the last 30 years, he has supervised and provided technical support to numerous studies in developing countries that evaluated interventions for improving neonatal survival, improving access for pregnant women to emergency obstetrical care, treatment and prevention of malaria, micronutrient deficiencies, diarrheal disease, and pneumonia. In addition, Dr. Hamer is the Surveillance Lead for the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network, a global network of 71 sites in 28 countries that conducts surveillance of emerging infectious diseases using returning travelers, immigrants, and refugees as sentinels of infection (www.istm.org/geosentinel). In this role, he has been collaborating with the Travelers’ Health Branch of the CDC on enhanced surveillance of the current monkeypox outbreak, COVID-19 surveillance, and important retrospective analyses of dengue in travelers.