Davidson H. Hamer, MD

Professor, Global Health
Davidson Hamer
617-358-2402dhamer@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – 308
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Biography

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

Education

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

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH825

Publications

  • Published on 11/27/2019

    Bonawitz R, McGlasson KL, Kaiser JL, Ngoma T, Fong RM, Biemba G, Bwalya M, Hamer DH, Scott NA. Quality and utilization patterns of maternity waiting homes at referral facilities in rural Zambia: A mixed-methods multiple case analysis of intervention and standard of care sites. PLoS One. 2019; 14(11):e0225523. PMID: 31774838.

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  • Published on 11/19/2019

    Lester R, Musicha P, van Ginneken N, Dramowski A, Hamer DH, Garner P, Feasey NA. Prevalence and outcome of bloodstream infections due to third-generation cephalosporin-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2019 Nov 19. PMID: 31742611.

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  • Published on 11/9/2019

    Gautret P, Angelo KM, Asgeirsson H, Duvignaud A, van Genderen PJJ, Bottieau E, Chen LH, Parker S, Connor BA, Barnett ED, Libman M, Hamer DH. International mass gatherings and travel-associated illness: A GeoSentinel cross-sectional, observational study. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2019 Nov 09; 101504. PMID: 31707112.

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  • Published on 9/27/2019

    Mwananyanda L, Pierre C, Mwansa J, Cowden C, Localio AR, Kapasa ML, Machona S, Musyani CL, Chilufya MM, Munanjala G, Lyondo A, Bates MA, Coffin SE, Hamer DH. Preventing Bloodstream Infections and Death in Zambian Neonates: Impact of a Low-cost Infection Control Bundle. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Sep 27; 69(8):1360-1367. PMID: 30596901.

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  • Published on 9/2/2019

    Angelo KM, Libman M, Gautret P, Barnett E, Grobusch MP, Hagmann SHF, Gobbi F, Schwartz E, van Genderen PJJ, Asgeirsson H, Hamer DH. The rise in travel-associated measles infections-GeoSentinel, 2015-2019. J Travel Med. 2019 09 02; 26(6). PMID: 31218359.

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  • Published on 8/22/2019

    Grubaugh ND, Saraf S, Gangavarapu K, Watts A, Tan AL, Oidtman RJ, Ladner JT, Oliveira G, Matteson NL, Kraemer MUG, Vogels CBF, Hentoff A, Bhatia D, Stanek D, Scott B, Landis V, Stryker I, Cone MR, Kopp EW, Cannons AC, Heberlein-Larson L, White S, Gillis LD, Ricciardi MJ, Kwal J, Lichtenberger PK, Magnani DM, Watkins DI, Palacios G, Hamer DH, Gardner LM, Perkins TA, Baele G, Khan K, Morrison A, Isern S, Michael SF, Andersen KG. Travel Surveillance and Genomics Uncover a Hidden Zika Outbreak during the Waning Epidemic. Cell. 2019 Aug 22; 178(5):1057-1071.e11. PMID: 31442400.

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  • Published on 8/16/2019

    Sabin LL, Semrau K, DeSilva M, Le LTT, Beard JJ, Hamer DH, Tuchman J, Hammett TM, Halim N, Reuben M, Mesic A, Vian T. Effectiveness of community outreach HIV prevention programs in Vietnam: a mixed methods evaluation. BMC Public Health. 2019 Aug 16; 19(1):1130. PMID: 31420034.

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  • Published on 8/1/2019

    Kaiser JL, McGlasson KL, Rockers PC, Fong RM, Ngoma T, Hamer DH, Vian T, Biemba G, Lori JR, Scott NA. Out-of-pocket expenditure for home and facility-based delivery among rural women in Zambia: a mixed-methods, cross-sectional study. Int J Womens Health. 2019; 11:411-430. PMID: 31447591.

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  • Published on 7/30/2019

    Boggild AK, Caumes E, Grobusch MP, Schwartz E, Hynes NA, Libman M, Connor BA, Chakrabarti S, Parola P, Keystone JS, Nash T, Showler AJ, Schunk M, Asgeirsson H, Hamer DH, Kain KC. Cutaneous and Mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis in Travelers and Migrants: A 20-year GeoSentinel Surveillance Network Analysis. J Travel Med. 2019 Jul 30. PMID: 31553455.

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  • Published on 6/13/2019

    Taghivand M, Ohuma EO, Pullangyeum E, Pell LG, Morris SK, Rahman M, Mahmud AA, Ahmed T, Zlotkin S, Hamer D, Roth D. Effect of Maternal Vitamin D Supplementation During Pregnancy and Lactation on Early Infant Nasal Pneumococcal Carriage in Bangladesh (P10-125-19). Curr Dev Nutr. 2019 Jun; 3(Suppl 1). PMID: 31224617.

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