Patricia Hibberd

Patricia L. Hibberd, MD, PhD

Chair, Global Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Patricia Hibberd, MD, PhD is the Chair of Global Health in the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Hibberd is also a professor of Global Health for the BUSPH and professor of Medicine in Infectious Diseases for the BUSM. Prior to her positions at Boston University, Dr. Hibberd was professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and served as director of the Division of Global Health in the Department of Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received a BSc (honors) from King’s College, London, and a PhD degree in information science/epidemiology from Leicester University in 1978. She came to the US in 1980 as an epidemiologist researcher and obtained an MD from Harvard Medical School in 1986. Dr. Hibberd trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She has had leadership roles in infectious diseases, epidemiology, clinical research, and global health at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. She was also a General Clinical Research Center program director while she was at Tufts.

Dr. Hibberd is a practicing infectious disease consultant who also leads a clinical and translational research program focusing on the prevention and treatment of childhood pneumonia, neonatal sepsis, and diarrhea—the leading killers of children under age 5 worldwide. She has worked in India for 20 years, and her research in India has been funded by NIH/NICHD’s Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research since 2008. She is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Malawi and by Saving Lives at Birth in Pakistan for the development of novel point of care diagnostics for pneumonia in young children. One of her passions is mentorship and fostering the development of the next generation of global health leaders—these include undergraduate, public health, and medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. Dr. Hibberd is also a Paul G. Rogers Society Ambassador for Global Health Research and is currently chair of the Data and Safety Monitoring Board for the CDC’s STRIVE Trial, testing one of the vaccines (rVSV-ZEBOV) to prevent Ebola in Sierra Leone. She has published more than 300 articles, chapters, and books and serves on advisory boards to many US and international organizations.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Global Health - Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Medicine - Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Professor, Pediatrics - Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine


  • Harvard Medical School, MD Field of Study: Medicine
  • University of Leicester, PhD Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • King's College London, BSc Field of Study: Biochemistry


  • Published on 3/1/2023

    Patterson JK, Neuwahl S, Goco N, Moore J, Goudar SS, Derman RJ, Hoffman M, Metgud M, Somannavar M, Kavi A, Okitawutshu J, Lokangaka A, Tshefu A, Bose CL, Mwapule A, Mwenechanya M, Chomba E, Carlo WA, Chicuy J, Figueroa L, Krebs NF, Jessani S, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Kurhe K, Das P, Patel A, Hibberd PL, Achieng E, Nyongesa P, Esamai F, Bucher S, Liechty EA, Bresnahan BW, Koso-Thomas M, McClure EM. Cost-effectiveness of low-dose aspirin for the prevention of preterm birth: a prospective study of the Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research. Lancet Glob Health. 2023 Mar; 11(3):e436-e444. PMID: 36796987.

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  • Published on 2/16/2023

    Hooli S, King C, McCollum ED, Colbourn T, Lufesi N, Mwansambo C, Gregory CJ, Thamthitiwat S, Cutland C, Madhi SA, Nunes MC, Gessner BD, Hazir T, Mathew JL, Addo-Yobo E, Chisaka N, Hassan M, Hibberd PL, Jeena P, Lozano JM, MacLeod WB, Patel A, Thea DM, Nguyen NTV, Zaman SM, Ruvinsky RO, Lucero M, Kartasasmita CB, Turner C, Asghar R, Banajeh S, Iqbal I, Maulen-Radovan I, Mino-Leon G, Saha SK, Santosham M, Singhi S, Awasthi S, Bavdekar A, Chou M, Nymadawa P, Pape JW, Paranhos-Baccala G, Picot VS, Rakoto-Andrianarivelo M, Rouzier V, Russomando G, Sylla M, Vanhems P, Wang J, Basnet S, Strand TA, Neuman MI, Arroyo LM, Echavarria M, Bhatnagar S, Wadhwa N, Lodha R, Aneja S, Gentile A, Chadha M, Hirve S, O'Grady KF, Clara AW, Rees CA, Campbell H, Nair H, Falconer J, Williams LJ, Horne M, Qazi SA, Nisar YB. In-hospital mortality risk stratification in children aged under 5 years with pneumonia with or without pulse oximetry: A secondary analysis of the Pneumonia REsearch Partnership to Assess WHO REcommendations (PREPARE) dataset. Int J Infect Dis. 2023 Apr; 129:240-250. PMID: 36805325.

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  • Published on 2/9/2023

    Tita ATN, Carlo WA, McClure EM, Mwenechanya M, Chomba E, Hemingway-Foday JJ, Kavi A, Metgud MC, Goudar SS, Derman R, Lokangaka A, Tshefu A, Bauserman M, Bose C, Shivkumar P, Waikar M, Patel A, Hibberd PL, Nyongesa P, Esamai F, Ekhaguere OA, Bucher S, Jessani S, Tikmani SS, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Billah SM, Lennox R, Haque R, Petri W, Figueroa L, Mazariegos M, Krebs NF, Moore JL, Nolen TL, Koso-Thomas M. Azithromycin to Prevent Sepsis or Death in Women Planning a Vaginal Birth. N Engl J Med. 2023 Mar 30; 388(13):1161-1170. PMID: 36757318.

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  • Published on 2/1/2023

    Kileel EM, Zheng A, Bor J, Fox MP, Crowther NJ, George JA, Khoza S, Rosen S, Venter WD, Raal F, Hibberd P, Brennan AT. Does engagement in HIV care affect screening, diagnosis, and control of noncommunicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa? A systematic review and meta-analysis. medRxiv. 2023 Feb 01. PMID: 36778439.

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  • Published on 1/30/2023

    Patel AB, Bang A, Kurhe K, Bhargav S, Hibberd PL. What Helping Babies Breathe knowledge and skills are formidable for healthcare workers? Front Pediatr. 2022; 10:891266. PMID: 36793503.

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  • Published on 1/2/2023

    Goldenberg RL, Saleem S, Billah SM, Kim J, Moore JL, Ghanchi NK, Haque R, Figueroa L, Ayala A, Lokangaka A, Tshefu A, Goudar SS, Kavi A, Somannavar M, Esamai F, Mwenechanya M, Chomba E, Patel A, Das P, Emonyi WI, Edidi S, Deshmukh M, Hossain B, Siraj S, Mazariegos M, Garces AL, Bauserman M, Bose CL, Petri WA, Krebs NF, Derman RJ, Carlo WA, Liechty EA, Hibberd PL, Koso-Thomas M, Peres-da-Silva N, Nolen TL, McClure EM. COVID-19 antibody positivity over time and pregnancy outcomes in seven low-and-middle-income countries: A prospective, observational study of the Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research. BJOG. 2023 Mar; 130(4):366-376. PMID: 36504437.

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  • Published on 12/29/2022

    Martin H, Falconer J, Addo-Yobo E, Aneja S, Arroyo LM, Asghar R, Awasthi S, Banajeh S, Bari A, Basnet S, Bavdekar A, Bhandari N, Bhatnagar S, Bhutta ZA, Brooks A, Chadha M, Chisaka N, Chou M, Clara AW, Colbourn T, Cutland C, D'Acremont V, Echavarria M, Gentile A, Gessner B, Gregory CJ, Hazir T, Hibberd PL, Hirve S, Hooli S, Iqbal I, Jeena P, Kartasasmita CB, King C, Libster R, Lodha R, Lozano JM, Lucero M, Lufesi N, MacLeod WB, Madhi SA, Mathew JL, Maulen-Radovan I, McCollum ED, Mino G, Mwansambo C, Neuman MI, Nguyen NTV, Nunes MC, Nymadawa P, O'Grady KF, Pape JW, Paranhos-Baccala G, Patel A, Picot VS, Rakoto-Andrianarivelo M, Rasmussen Z, Rouzier V, Russomando G, Ruvinsky RO, Sadruddin S, Saha SK, Santosham M, Singhi S, Soofi S, Strand TA, Sylla M, Thamthitiwat S, Thea DM, Turner C, Vanhems P, Wadhwa N, Wang J, Zaman SM, Campbell H, Nair H, Qazi SA, Nisar YB. Assembling a global database of child pneumonia studies to inform WHO pneumonia management algorithm: Methodology and applications. J Glob Health. 2022 Dec 29; 12:04075. PMID: 36579417.

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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 8/18/2022

    Oberlin A, Wallace J, Moore JL, Saleem S, Lokangaka A, Tshefu A, Bauserman M, Figueroa L, Krebs NF, Esamai F, Liechty E, Bucher S, Patel AB, Hibberd PL, Chomba E, Carlo WA, Goudar S, Derman RJ, Koso-Thomas M, McClure EM, Goldenberg RL. Examining maternal morbidity across a spectrum of delivery locations: An analysis of the Global Network's Maternal and Neonatal Health Registry. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2023 Mar; 160(3):797-805. PMID: 35949060.

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  • Published on 8/16/2022

    Patel AB, Bann CM, Kolhe CS, Lokangaka A, Tshefu A, Bauserman M, Figueroa L, Krebs NF, Esamai F, Bucher S, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Chomba E, Carlo WA, Goudar S, Derman RJ, Koso-Thomas M, McClure EM, Hibberd PL. The Global Network Socioeconomic Status Index as a predictor of stillbirths, perinatal mortality, and neonatal mortality in rural communities in low and lower middle income country sites of the Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research. PLoS One. 2022; 17(8):e0272712. PMID: 35972913.

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