Natasha S. Hochberg, MD, MPH
|Institution||Boston University School of Medicine|
|Address||801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center|
Boston MA 02118
|Institution||Boston University School of Public Health|
Natasha Hochberg, MD, MPH is an infectious disease physician with appointments in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology at BU School of Public Health. Prior to her arrival at Boston University, Dr. Hochberg was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer at the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and worked internationally on projects related to malaria, visceral leishmaniasis, guinea worm disease, and lymphatic filariasis. In addition to her interest in the epidemiology of parasitic infections, Dr. Hochberg's current research interests also include parasitic disease/tuberculosis co-infection, tuberculosis and the immune response in the elderly, and preventing diseases in international travelers. She is co-investigator of the the US-Indo RePORT study in Pondicherry, India, where she is developing a cohort of 4000 TB patients and more than 8000 of their household contacts. The study aims to identify biomarkers that predict TB treatment failure and risk of developing TB (among exposed persons) and to identify how comorbidities (e.g., diabetes, helminth infections) modulate these profiles and risks. She is also the co-investigator of an R01 studying TB in pregnancy in India; the study looks at pharmacokinetics of TB drugs in pregnancy, assesses neonatal outcomes, and evaluates diagnostic testing for latent TB infection in pregnant women. She also has a pilot study in Vitoria, Brazil to investigate the effect of helminth infections on TB disease severity and a pilot study to study the effect of helminths on latent TB testing in refugees seen at Boston Medical Center. She has a Potts grant to study the effect of air pollution on TB disease in India. She was the previous recipient of a K-12 BIRCWH award to study the effect of aging on the immune response to latent TB infection in Boston-area nursing home residents. She is the co-director of the travel clinic at Boston Medical Center where she sees travelers and patients with tropical diseases; at this site, she also serves as the co-site director for GeoSentinel, an international surveillance system of diseases in travelers and migrants. She has participated in several studies related to travelers health. She also sees patients at the Center for Infectious Diseases, attends on the infectious disease consult service, and runs a clinical infectious disease elective for first and second year medical and PA students. In addition, she teaches courses at BU School of Public Health on Infectious Disease Epidemiology (EP755) and Outbreak Investigations (EP800).
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