Davidson Hamer

Davidson H. Hamer, MD

Professor, Global Health - Boston University School of Public Health



Davidson Hamer, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FASTMH, FISTM is a Professor of Global Health and Medicine at the Boston University School of Public Health and Chobanian & Avesidian School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Dr. Hamer, a board-certified specialist in infectious diseases with a particular interest in tropical infectious diseases, has extensive 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, improving access for pregnant women to emergency obstetrical care, 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, Infectious Diseases Society of America, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Dr. Hamer currently has active projects in Bangladesh, Zambia, and the United States. Major current projects include neonatal sepsis prevention using prebiotics and probiotics in Bangladesh; nutritional status of adolescents in Zambia; and a scaled-up evaluation of community-based mothers' groups for improving early child development in rural Zambia. In addition, Dr. Hamer is the Surveillance Lead for the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network, a global network of 70 sites in 31 countries that conducts surveillance of emerging infectious diseases using returning travelers, immigrants, and refugees as sentinels of infection (https://geosentinel.org).

Other Positions

  • Center Faculty Member, Center for Global Health & Development - Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Medicine - Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Faculty, National Emerging Infectious Disease Lab - Boston University
  • Member, Pulmonary Center - Boston University
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students) - Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • University of Vermont College of Medicine, MD Field of Study: Medicine
  • Amherst College, BA Field of Study: Biology

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH825


  • Published on 12/27/2022

    Díaz-Menéndez M, Angelo KM, Miguel Buckley R, Bottieau E, Huits R, Grobusch MP, Gobbi FG, Asgeirsson H, Duvignaud A, Norman FF, Javelle E, Epelboin L, Rothe C, Chappuis F, Martinez GE, Popescu C, Camprubí-Ferrer D, Molina I, Odolini S, Barkati S, Kuhn S, Vaughan S, McCarthy A, Lago M, Libman MD, Hamer DH. Dengue outbreak among travellers returning from Cuba-GeoSentinel surveillance network, January-September 2022. J Travel Med. 2022 Dec 27. PMID: 36573483.

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  • Published on 12/12/2022

    Juntunen A, Kaiser JL, Ngoma T, Hamer DH, Fink G, Rockers PC, Biemba G, Scott NA. Lessons from a Year of COVID-19 in Zambia: Reported Attendance and Mask Wearing at Large Gatherings in Rural Communities. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2022 Dec 12. PMID: 36509059.

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  • Published on 11/8/2022

    Abioye AI, Hughes MD, Sudfeld CR, Premji Z, Aboud S, Hamer DH, Roberts DJ, Duggan CP, Fawzi WW. The effect of iron supplementation on maternal iron deficiency anemia does not differ by baseline anemia type among Tanzanian pregnant women without severe iron deficiency anemia. Eur J Nutr. 2022 Nov 08. PMID: 36344770.

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  • Published on 11/1/2022

    Connor NE, Islam MS, Mullany LC, Shang N, Bhutta ZA, Zaidi AKM, Soofi S, Nisar I, Panigrahi P, Panigrahi K, Satpathy R, Bose A, Isaac R, Baqui AH, Mitra DK, Sadeq-Ur Rahman Q, Hossain T, Schrag SJ, Winchell JM, Arvay ML, Diaz MH, Waller JL, Weber MW, Hamer DH, Hibberd P, Nawshad Uddin Ahmed ASM, Islam M, Hossain MB, Qazi SA, El Arifeen S, Darmstadt GL, Saha SK. Risk factors for community-acquired bacterial infection among young infants in South Asia: a longitudinal cohort study with nested case-control analysis. BMJ Glob Health. 2022 Nov; 7(11). PMID: 36319031.

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  • Published on 10/12/2022

    Turcinovic J, Kuhfeldt K, Sullivan M, Landaverde L, Platt JT, Doucette-Stamm L, Hanage WP, Hamer DH, Klapperich C, Landsberg HE, Connor JH. Linking contact tracing with genomic surveillance to deconvolute SARS-CoV-2 transmission on a university campus. iScience. 2022 Nov 18; 25(11):105337. PMID: 36246573.

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  • Published on 10/7/2022

    Angelo KM, Smith T, Camprubí-Ferrer D, Balerdi-Sarasola L, Díaz Menéndez M, Servera-Negre G, Barkati S, Duvignaud A, Huber KLB, Chakravarti A, Bottieau E, Greenaway C, Grobusch MP, Mendes Pedro D, Asgeirsson H, Popescu CP, Martin C, Licitra C, de Frey A, Schwartz E, Beadsworth M, Lloveras S, Larsen CS, Guagliardo SAJ, Whitehill F, Huits R, Hamer DH, Kozarsky P, Libman M. Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of patients with monkeypox in the GeoSentinel Network: a cross-sectional study. Lancet Infect Dis. 2023 Feb; 23(2):196-206. PMID: 36216018.

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  • Published on 8/4/2022

    Killion JP, Silverman DT, Evans D, Coetzee L, Tarullo AR, Hamer DH, Rockers PC. Vaccination coverage at seven months of age in Limpopo Province, South Africa: A cross-sectional survey. Glob Health Promot. 2022 Aug 04; 17579759221107037. PMID: 35927890.

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  • Published on 8/4/2022

    Flaherty GT, Hamer DH, Chen LH. Travel in the Time of COVID: A Review of International Travel Health in a Global Pandemic. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2022; 24(10):129-145. PMID: 35965881.

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  • Published on 8/3/2022

    Hamer DH, Solomon H, Das G, Knabe T, Beard J, Simon J, Nisar YB, MacLeod WB. Importance of breastfeeding and complementary feeding for management and prevention of childhood diarrhoea in low- and middle-income countries. J Glob Health. 2022 Aug 03; 12:10011. PMID: 35916658.

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  • Published on 8/1/2022

    Kuhfeldt K, Turcinovic J, Sullivan M, Landaverde L, Doucette-Stamm L, Hamer DH, Platt JT, Klapperich C, Landsberg HE, Connor JH. Examination of SARS-CoV-2 In-Class Transmission at a Large Urban University With Public Health Mandates Using Epidemiological and Genomic Methodology. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Aug 01; 5(8):e2225430. PMID: 35930286.

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