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
Department of Center for Global Health & Development


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Boston University School of Public Health
Department of 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
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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. Nakamura KJ, Heath L, Sobrera ER, Wilkinson TA, Semrau K, Kankasa C, Tobin NH, Webb NE, Lee B, Thea DM, Kuhn L, Mullins JI, Aldrovandi GM. Breast milk and in utero transmission of HIV-1 select for envelope variants with unique molecular signatures. Retrovirology. 2017 Jan 26; 14(1):6.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28122636; DOI: 10.1186/s12977-017-0331-z;.
  2. Brennan AT, Bonawitz R, Gill CJ, Thea DM, Long L, Fox MP. Prioritizing health outcomes of HIV-exposed, uninfected children in low and middle-income countries: response to Powis et al. AIDS. 2017 Jan 14; 31(2):317.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28002088; DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000001318;.
  3. Gill CJ, Mwananyanda L, MacLeod W, Kwenda G, Mwale M, Williams AL, Siazeele K, Yang Z, Mwansa J, Thea DM. Incidence of Severe and Nonsevere Pertussis Among HIV-Exposed and -Unexposed Zambian Infants Through 14 Weeks of Age: Results From the Southern Africa Mother Infant Pertussis Study (SAMIPS), a Longitudinal Birth Cohort Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Dec 01; 63(suppl 4):S154-S164.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27838668.
  4. Barger-Kamate B, Deloria Knoll M, Kagucia EW, Prosperi C, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Feikin DR, Hammitt LL, Howie SR, Levine OS, Madhi SA, Scott JA, Thea DM, Amornintapichet T, Anderson TP, Awori JO, Baillie VL, Chipeta J, DeLuca AN, Driscoll AJ, Goswami D, Higdon MM, Hossain L, Karron RA, Maloney S, Moore DP, Morpeth SC, Mwananyanda L, Ofordile O, Olutunde E, Park DE, Sow SO, Tapia MD, Murdoch DR, O''Brien KL, Kotloff KL. Pertussis-Associated Pneumonia in Infants and Children From Low- and Middle-Income Countries Participating in the PERCH Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Dec 01; 63(suppl 4):S187-S196.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27838672.
  5. Sutcliffe CG, Thea DM, Seidenberg P, Chipeta J, Mwananyanda L, Somwe SW, Duncan J, Mwale M, Mulindwa J, Mwenechenya M, Izadnegahdar R, Moss WJ. Erratum to: A clinical guidance tool to improve the care of children hospitalized with severe pneumonia in Lusaka, Zambia. BMC Pediatr. 2016 Sep 29; 16(1):159.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27687798.
  6. Semrau KE, Herlihy J, Grogan C, Musokotwane K, Yeboah-Antwi K, Mbewe R, Banda B, Mpamba C, Hamomba F, Pilingana P, Zulu A, Chanda-Kapata P, Biemba G, Thea DM, MacLeod WB, Simon JL, Hamer DH. Effectiveness of 4% chlorhexidine umbilical cord care on neonatal mortality in Southern Province, Zambia (ZamCAT): a cluster-randomised controlled trial. Lancet Glob Health. 2016 Nov; 4(11):e827-e836.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27693439; DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30215-7;.
  7. Brennan AT, Bonawitz R, Gill CJ, Thea DM, Kleinman M, Useem J, Garrison L, Ceccarelli R, Udokwu C, Long L, Fox MP. A meta-analysis assessing all-cause mortality in HIV-exposed uninfected compared with HIV-unexposed uninfected infants and children. AIDS. 2016 Sep 24; 30(15):2351-60.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27456985; DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000001211;.
  8. Sutcliffe CG, Thea DM, Seidenberg P, Chipeta J, Mwyanayanda L, Somwe SW, Duncan J, Mwale M, Mulindwa J, Mwenechenya M, Izadnegahdar R, Moss WJ. A clinical guidance tool to improve the care of children hospitalized with severe pneumonia in Lusaka, Zambia. BMC Pediatr. 2016 Aug 20; 16:136. PMID: 27542355; PMCID: PMC4992255; DOI: 10.1186/s12887-016-0665-z;.
  9. Bonawitz R, Sambambi K, Vickery M, Hamomba L, Hammond E, Duncan J, Musokotwane K, Thea D, Herlihy JM. Identifying Gaps in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV: A Case Series of HIV-positive Infants in Zambia. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2016 07; 35(7):772-6.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27093163; DOI: 10.1097/INF.0000000000001155;.
  10. Herlihy JM, Hamomba L, Bonawitz R, Goggin CE, Sambambi K, Mwale J, Musonda V, Musokatwane K, Hopkins KL, Semrau K, Hammond EE, Duncan J, Knapp AB, Thea DM. Implementation and Operational Research: Integration of PMTCT and Antenatal Services Improves Combination Antiretroviral Therapy Uptake for HIV-Positive Pregnant Women in Southern Zambia: A Prototype for Option B+? J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Dec 1; 70(4):e123-9.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26181813; DOI: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000000760;.
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This graph shows the total number of publications by year, by first, middle/unknown, or last author.

Bar chart showing 143 publications over 27 distinct years, with a maximum of 12 publications in 2012

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Child Survival
HIV
Infectious diseases
Pneumonia
Tropical medicine
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