Donald M. Thea, MD
Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

MD, Columbia University
MSc, University of London



Dr. Thea received his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Masters of Science in tropical medicine from the London School of Hygiene and trained in infectious diseases in the Department of Geographic Medicine at New England Medical Center. He has pursued a full time career in both domestic and international clinical and epidemiological infectious disease research, primarily in issues related to child survival and in particular mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS and pneumonia. Dr. Thea was an early member of Project SIDA (Kinshasa, Zaire), the first international clinical HIV/AIDS research field site, where he did work on the etiology of diarrhea in perinatally acquired HIV infection and was the director of the Clinical Research Unit. He pursued his interest in perinatal transmission of HIV as the Principal Investigator of the New York City Collaborative Perinatal HIV Transmission Study. In 1998 he then joined the Health and Social Development Unit of the Harvard Institute for International Development where he focused on international field research in Acute Respiratory Illness, Malaria and HIV. Dr. Thea joined the Global Health department along with the other members of the Harvard team where he is currently a Professor of Global Health and the Director of the Center for Global Health and Development (CGHD). In this capacity, Dr. Thea provides senior technical leadership of a portfolio of projects addressing community treatment of neonatal sepsis, management of acute respiratory illness in children, community and facilities-based management of acute malaria, presumptive prophylaxis of malaria in pregnancy, social and behavioral aspects of HIV transmission and child sexual abuse. Dr. Thea has been the Principal Investigator of several large studies and program implementation projects including a prospective cohort study of postnatal HIV through breastmilk (the Zambia Exclusive Breastfeeding Study), the Zambia Boston University Malaria Project (ZAMBUMP), the Boston University PMTCT Integration Projects (BUPIP) – Southern Province Zambia. He is the Zambia Site PI for the Bill and Melinda Gates funded Pneumonia Etiology Research in Child Health (PERCH) through a subcontract with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Thea is also on the Board of Directors for the Zambian Center for Applied Health Research and Development (ZCAHRD), a local Zambian NGO organization which works closely with Boston University to implement public health research and programs.

Director of Center for Global Health & Development
Boston University School of Public Health
Center for Global Health & Development


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Boston University School of Public Health
Center for Global Health & Development




Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) Study
10/01/2010 - 12/31/2017 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University

A Proposal to Support District-level Implementation of the Zambia Ministry of Health
04/01/2013 - 03/31/2015 (PI)
HHS/Center for Disease Control
5U2GPS001418-05

The Care and treatment of Severe Pneumonia in HIV-Exposed and Infected Children
02/01/2013 - 03/31/2014 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University USAID

A Proposal to Support District-Level Implementation of the Zambia Ministry of Health
04/01/2009 - 03/31/2013 (PI)
HHS/Center for Disease Control
5U2GPS001418-04S1

SUPPORT DISTRICT LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEALTH PMTCT PROGRAM IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE
04/01/2009 - 03/31/2012 (PI)
HHS/Center for Disease Control
5U2GPS001418-03

Southern Province PMTCT Project
04/01/2006 - 03/31/2010 (PI)
University of Tulane (UTAP) HHS CDC

Global Research Activity
07/01/2006 - 09/30/2009 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University USAID

Co-Trimoxazole in Zambian Infants (TZI)
09/01/2004 - 08/31/2009 (Co-PI)
NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
1 K23 AI62208 01

CIDRZ HEART PEPFAR Program
09/01/2004 - 02/23/2007 (PI)
University of Alabama HHS CDC

Assessing Community Management of Childhood Illnesses: Acute Respiratory Infection and Malaria
07/01/2004 - 06/30/2006 (Co-PI)
Children's Hospital, Boston Pediatr. Inf Dis Soc

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2014 A PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT DISTRICT-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEA 3U2GPS001418-05S1
2013 A PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT DISTRICT-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEA 3U2GPS001418-04S1
2013 A PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT DISTRICT-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEA 5U2GPS001418-05
2012 A PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT DISTRICT-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEA 3U2GPS001418-03S1
2012 A PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT DISTRICT-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEA 5U2GPS001418-04
2011 A PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT DISTRICT-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEA 5U2GPS001418-03
2010 A PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT DISTRICT-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEA 5U2GPS001418-02
2009 A PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT DISTRICT-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEA 1U2GPS001418-01
2006 Short Exclusive Breastfeeding to Reduce Postnatal Transmission of HIV 3R01HD039611-08S1 57
2006 Short Exclusive Breastfeeding to Reduce Postnatal Transmission of HIV 5R01HD039611-08 57
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  1. Higdon MM, Hammitt LL, Deloria Knoll M, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Howie SRC, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, Murdoch DR, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Driscoll AJ, Karron RA, Park DE, Prosperi C, Zeger SL, O''Brien KL, Feikin DR. Should Controls With Respiratory Symptoms Be Excluded From Case-Control Studies of Pneumonia Etiology? Reflections From the PERCH Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S205-S212. PMID: 28575354.
  2. Crawley J, Prosperi C, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Deloria Knoll M, Hammitt LL, Howie SRC, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, Murdoch DR, O''Brien KL, Thea DM, Awori JO, Bunthi C, DeLuca AN, Driscoll AJ, Ebruke BE, Goswami D, Hidgon MM, Karron RA, Kazungu S, Kourouma N, Mackenzie G, Moore DP, Mudau A, Mwale M, Nahar K, Park DE, Piralam B, Seidenberg P, Sylla M, Feikin DR, Scott JAG. Standardization of Clinical Assessment and Sample Collection Across All PERCH Study Sites. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S228-S237. PMID: 28575355.
  3. DeLuca AN, Hammitt LL, Kim J, Higdon MM, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Howie SRC, Deloria Knoll M, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, Murdoch DR, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Amornintapichet T, Awori JO, Chuananon S, Driscoll AJ, Ebruke BE, Hossain L, Jahan Y, Kagucia EW, Kazungu S, Moore DP, Mudau A, Mwananyanda L, Park DE, Prosperi C, Seidenberg P, Sylla M, Tapia MD, Zaman SMA, O''Brien KL. Safety of Induced Sputum Collection in Children Hospitalized With Severe or Very Severe Pneumonia. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S301-S308.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28575356.
  4. Driscoll AJ, Karron RA, Morpeth SC, Bhat N, Levine OS, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Feikin DR, Hammitt LL, Howie SRC, Knoll MD, Kotloff KL, Madhi SA, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Adrian PV, Ahmed D, Alam M, Anderson TP, Antonio M, Baillie VL, Dione M, Endtz HP, Gitahi C, Karani A, Kwenda G, Maiga AA, McClellan J, Mitchell JL, Morailane P, Mugo D, Mwaba J, Mwansa J, Mwarumba S, Nyongesa S, Panchalingam S, Rahman M, Sawatwong P, Tamboura B, Toure A, Whistler T, O''Brien KL, Murdoch DR. Standardization of Laboratory Methods for the PERCH Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S245-S252. PMID: 28575358.
  5. Murdoch DR, Morpeth SC, Hammitt LL, Driscoll AJ, Watson NL, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Deloria Knoll M, Feikin DR, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, O''Brien KL, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Ahmed D, Awori JO, DeLuca AN, Ebruke BE, Higdon MM, Jorakate P, Karron RA, Kazungu S, Kwenda G, Hossain L, Makprasert S, Moore DP, Mudau A, Mwaba J, Panchalingam S, Park DE, Prosperi C, Salaudeen R, Toure A, Zeger SL, Howie SRC. Microscopic Analysis and Quality Assessment of Induced Sputum From Children With Pneumonia in the PERCH Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S271-S279. PMID: 28575360.
  6. Fancourt N, Deloria Knoll M, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Feikin DR, Hammitt LL, Howie SRC, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, Murdoch DR, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Awori JO, Barger-Kamate B, Chipeta J, DeLuca AN, Diallo M, Driscoll AJ, Ebruke BE, Higdon MM, Jahan Y, Karron RA, Mahomed N, Moore DP, Nahar K, Naorat S, Ominde MS, Park DE, Prosperi C, Wa Somwe S, Thamthitiwat S, Zaman SMA, Zeger SL, O''Brien KL. Chest Radiograph Findings in Childhood Pneumonia Cases From the Multisite PERCH Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S262-S270. PMID: 28575361.
  7. Murdoch DR, Morpeth SC, Hammitt LL, Driscoll AJ, Watson NL, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Deloria Knoll M, Feikin DR, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, O''Brien KL, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Adrian PV, Ahmed D, Alam M, Awori JO, DeLuca AN, Higdon MM, Karron RA, Kwenda G, Machuka EM, Makprasert S, McLellan J, Moore DP, Mwaba J, Mwarumba S, Park DE, Prosperi C, Sangwichian O, Sissoko S, Tapia MD, Zeger SL, Howie SRC. The Diagnostic Utility of Induced Sputum Microscopy and Culture in Childhood Pneumonia. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S280-S288. PMID: 28575362.
  8. Thea DM, Seidenberg P, Park DE, Mwananyanda L, Fu W, Shi Q, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Feikin DR, Howie SRC, Knoll MD, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, O''Brien KL, Scott JAG, Antonio M, Awori JO, Baillie VL, DeLuca AN, Driscoll AJ, Higdon MM, Hossain L, Jahan Y, Karron RA, Kazungu S, Li M, Moore DP, Morpeth SC, Ofordile O, Prosperi C, Sangwichian O, Sawatwong P, Sylla M, Tapia MD, Zeger SL, Murdoch DR, Hammitt LL. Limited Utility of Polymerase Chain Reaction in Induced Sputum Specimens for Determining the Causes of Childhood Pneumonia in Resource-Poor Settings: Findings From the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S289-S300.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28575363.
  9. Baggett HC, Watson NL, Deloria Knoll M, Brooks WA, Feikin DR, Hammitt LL, Howie SRC, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, Murdoch DR, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Antonio M, Awori JO, Baillie VL, DeLuca AN, Driscoll AJ, Duncan J, Ebruke BE, Goswami D, Higdon MM, Karron RA, Moore DP, Morpeth SC, Mulindwa JM, Park DE, Paveenkittiporn W, Piralam B, Prosperi C, Sow SO, Tapia MD, Zaman K, Zeger SL, O''Brien KL. Density of Upper Respiratory Colonization With Streptococcus pneumoniae and Its Role in the Diagnosis of Pneumococcal Pneumonia Among Children Aged <5 Years in the PERCH Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S317-S327. PMID: 28575365.
  10. Driscoll AJ, Deloria Knoll M, Hammitt LL, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Feikin DR, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, O''Brien KL, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Howie SRC, Adrian PV, Ahmed D, DeLuca AN, Ebruke BE, Gitahi C, Higdon MM, Kaewpan A, Karani A, Karron RA, Mazumder R, McLellan J, Moore DP, Mwananyanda L, Park DE, Prosperi C, Rhodes J, Saifullah M, Seidenberg P, Sow SO, Tamboura B, Zeger SL, Murdoch DR. The Effect of Antibiotic Exposure and Specimen Volume on the Detection of Bacterial Pathogens in Children With Pneumonia. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 15; 64(suppl_3):S368-S377.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28575366.
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Bar chart showing 161 publications over 27 distinct years, with a maximum of 19 publications in 2017

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Child Survival
HIV
Infectious diseases
Pneumonia
Tropical medicine
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