Patricia L. Hibberd, MD, PhD

Professor, Global Health
Patricia Hibberd
Crosstown Center
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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

  • Chair, Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Infectious Diseases, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, General Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine


  • Harvard Medical School, MD
  • University of Leicester, PhD
  • King's College London, BSc


  • Published on 5/30/2020

    Harrison MS, Garces A, Figueroa L, Esamai F, Bucher S, Bose C, Goudar S, Derman R, Patel A, Hibberd PL, Chomba E, Mwenechanya M, Hambidge M, Krebs NF. Caesarean birth by maternal request: a poorly understood phenomenon in low- and middle-income countries. Int Health. 2020 May 30. PMID: 32478383.

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  • Published on 1/25/2020

    Hoffman MK, Goudar SS, Kodkany BS, Metgud M, Somannavar M, Okitawutshu J, Lokangaka A, Tshefu A, Bose CL, Mwapule A, Mwenechanya M, Chomba E, Carlo WA, Chicuy J, Figueroa L, Garces A, Krebs NF, Jessani S, Zehra F, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Kurhe K, Das P, Patel A, Hibberd PL, Achieng E, Nyongesa P, Esamai F, Liechty EA, Goco N, Hemingway-Foday J, Moore J, Nolen TL, McClure EM, Koso-Thomas M, Miodovnik M, Silver R, Derman RJ. Low-dose aspirin for the prevention of preterm delivery in nulliparous women with a singleton pregnancy (ASPIRIN): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet. 2020 01 25; 395(10220):285-293. PMID: 31982074.

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  • Published on 11/1/2019

    Moschovis PP, Hibberd PL. Household air pollution-related lung disease: protecting the children. Thorax. 2019 11; 74(11):1018-1019. PMID: 31615928.

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  • Published on 10/24/2019

    Arlington L, Patel AB, Simmons E, Kurhe K, Prakash A, Rao SR, Hibberd PL. Duration of solid fuel cookstove use is associated with increased risk of acute lower respiratory infection among children under six months in rural central India. PLoS One. 2019; 14(10):e0224374. PMID: 31648283.

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  • Published on 9/4/2019

    Patel A, Bang A, Kurhe K, Bhargav S, Prakash A, Arramraj S, Hibberd PL. Comparison of perinatal outcomes in facilities before and after Global Network's Helping Babies Breathe Implementation Study in Nagpur, India. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 Sep 04; 19(1):324. PMID: 31484498.

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  • Published on 8/5/2019

    Patel A, Pusdekar YV, Prakash AA, Simmons E, Waikar M, Rao SR, Hibberd PL. Trends and determinants of increasing caesarean sections from 2010 to 2013 in a prospective population-based registry in eastern rural Maharashtra, India. BMJ Open. 2019 08 05; 9(8):e024654. PMID: 31383691.

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  • Published on 3/16/2019

    Tikmani SS, Ali SA, Saleem S, Bann CM, Mwenechanya M, Carlo WA, Figueroa L, Garces AL, Krebs NF, Patel A, Hibberd PL, Goudar SS, Derman RJ, Aziz A, Marete I, Tenge C, Esamai F, Liechty E, Bucher S, Moore JL, McClure EM, Goldenberg RL. Trends of antenatal care during pregnancy in low- and middle-income countries: Findings from the global network maternal and newborn health registry. Semin Perinatol. 2019 08; 43(5):297-307. PMID: 31005357.

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  • Published on 3/12/2019

    Patel AB, Kurhe K, Prakash A, Bhargav S, Parepalli S, Fogleman EV, Moore JL, Wallace DD, Kulkarni H, Hibberd PL. Early Identification of Preterm Neonates at Birth With a Tablet App for the Simplified Gestational Age Score (T-SGAS) When Ultrasound Gestational Age Dating Is Unavailable: Protocol for a Validation Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Mar 12; 8(3):e11913. PMID: 30860484.

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  • Published on 1/24/2019

    Parks S, Hoffman MK, Goudar SS, Patel A, Saleem S, Ali SA, Goldenberg RL, Hibberd PL, Moore J, Wallace D, McClure EM, Derman RJ. Maternal anaemia and maternal, fetal, and neonatal outcomes in a prospective cohort study in India and Pakistan. BJOG. 2019 May; 126(6):737-743. PMID: 30554474.

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  • Published on 12/20/2018

    Duffy CR, Moore JL, Saleem S, Tshefu A, Bose CL, Chomba E, Carlo WA, Garces AL, Krebs NF, Hambidge KM, Goudar SS, Derman RJ, Patel A, Hibberd PL, Esamai F, Liechty EA, Wallace DD, McClure EM, Goldenberg RL. Malpresentation in low- and middle-income countries: Associations with perinatal and maternal outcomes in the Global Network. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2019 03; 98(3):300-308. PMID: 30414270.

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