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 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, South Africa, and the United States. Major current projects include neonatal sepsis prevention using prebiotics and probiotics in Bangladesh; using community health workers to improve early childhood development in rural South Africa, antiretroviral adherence among congenitally infected HIV-positive children in Lusaka, 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 PI 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 (www.istm.org/geosentinel).

Other Positions

  • Center Faculty Member, Center for Global Health & Development - Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Medicine - Boston University 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 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

  • SPHPH783
  • SPHPH825


  • Published on 11/20/2021

    Islam GMR, Rahman MM, Hasan MI, Tadesse AW, Hamadani JD, Hamer DH. Hair, serum and urine chromium levels in children with cognitive defects: A systematic review and meta-analysis of case control studies. Chemosphere. 2021 Nov 20; 133017. PMID: 34813844.

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  • Published on 10/30/2021

    Landsberg HE, Turcinovic J, Sullivan M, Connor JH, Hamer DH, Platt JT. Efficacy of Pfizer-BioNTech in SARS-CoV-2 Delta cluster. Int J Infect Dis. 2021 Oct 30; 114:62-64. PMID: 34757200.

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  • Published on 10/20/2021

    Firouraghi N, Mohammadi A, Hamer DH, Bergquist R, Mostafavi SM, Shamsoddini A, Raouf-Rahmati A, Fakhar M, Moghaddas E, Kiani B. Spatio-temporal visualisation of cutaneous leishmaniasis in an endemic, urban area in Iran. Acta Trop. 2022 Jan; 225:106181. PMID: 34678259.

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  • Published on 10/19/2021

    Silverman DT, Killion JP, Evans D, Coetzee L, Rockers PC, Hamer DH. Postpartum Mental Health in Rural South Africa: Socioeconomic Stressors and Worsening Mental Health. Matern Child Health J. 2021 Oct 19. PMID: 34665355.

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  • Published on 10/8/2021

    Forsyth CJ, Manne-Goehler J, Bern C, Whitman J, Hochberg NS, Edwards M, Marcus R, Beatty NL, Castro Y, Coyle C, Stigler-Granados P, Hamer D, Maguire JH, Gilman R, Meymandi S. Recommendations for Screening and Diagnosis of Chagas Disease in the United States. J Infect Dis. 2021 Oct 08. PMID: 34623435.

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  • Published on 9/1/2021

    Hasanuzzaman M, Saha S, Malaker R, Rahman H, Sajib MSI, Das RC, Islam M, Hamer DH, Darmstadt GL, Saha SK. Comparison of Culture, Antigen Test, and Polymerase Chain Reaction for Pneumococcal Detection in Cerebrospinal Fluid of Children. J Infect Dis. 2021 Sep 01; 224(Supplement_3):S209-S217. PMID: 34469562.

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  • Published on 8/27/2021

    Eimer J, Patimeteeporn C, Jensenius M, Gkrania-Klotsas E, Duvignaud A, Barnett ED, Hochberg NS, Chen LH, Trigo-Esteban E, Gertler M, Greenaway C, Grobusch MP, Angelo KM, Hamer DH, Caumes E, Asgeirsson H. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis imported into low-incidence countries-a GeoSentinel analysis, 2008-2020. J Travel Med. 2021 08 27; 28(6). PMID: 33987682.

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  • Published on 7/15/2021

    Hamer DH, Coffin SE. Burden of Neonatal Sepsis in Low-resource Settings: High Risk, High Reward. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 07 15; 73(2):281-282. PMID: 32421766.

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  • Published on 6/28/2021

    Aftab F, Ahmed I, Ahmed S, Ali SM, Amenga-Etego S, Ariff S, Bahl R, Baqui AH, Begum N, Bhutta ZA, Biemba G, Cousens S, Das V, Deb S, Dhingra U, Dutta A, Edmond K, Esamai F, Ghosh AK, Gisore P, Grogan C, Hamer DH, Herlihy J, Hurt L, Ilyas M, Jehan F, Juma MH, Kalonji M, Khanam R, Kirkwood BR, Kumar A, Kumar A, Kumar V, Manu A, Marete I, Mehmood U, Minckas N, Mishra S, Mitra DK, Moin MI, Muhammad K, Newton S, Ngaima S, Nguwo A, Nisar MI, Otomba J, Quaiyum MA, Sarrassat S, Sazawal S, Semrau KE, Shannon C, Singh VP, Soofi S, Soremekun S, Suleiman AM, Sunday V, Dilip TR, Tshefu A, Wasan Y, Yeboah-Antwi K, Yoshida S, Zaidi AK. Direct maternal morbidity and the risk of pregnancy-related deaths, stillbirths, and neonatal deaths in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa: A population-based prospective cohort study in 8 countries. PLoS Med. 2021 06; 18(6):e1003644. PMID: 34181649.

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  • Published on 6/23/2021

    Fontanet CP, Kaiser JL, Fong RM, Ngoma T, Lori JR, Biemba G, Munro-Kramer M, Sakala I, McGlasson KL, Vian T, Hamer DH, Rockers PC, Scott NA. Out-of-Pocket Expenditures for Delivery for Maternity Waiting Home Users and Non-users in Rural Zambia. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2021 Jun 23. PMID: 34273929.

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