Cassandra M. Pierre, MD, MPH, MSc
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Infectious Diseases

MD, State University of New York at Buffalo
MPH, Loma Linda University

Residency training: Boston Medical Center
Fellowship training: Boston Medical Center

Dr. Cassandra Pierre is an Assistant Professor at the Boston university School of Medicine, the Medical Director of Public Health Programs and the Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center and the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council. Supported by state and local public health agencies, the Public Health Programs provide resources for HIV, HCV and STI prevention, linkage to care and management throughout the hospital. Her research is focused on infection prevention in vulnerable population (including the implementation of low-cost infection control interventions to reduce bacteremia among neonates in low-income settings) Her clinical interests include HIV management in special subpopulations (immigrants of color, pregnant women, transactional sex workers and people with substance use).

Medical Director of Public Health Programs
Boston Medical Center
Infectious Diseases

Associate Hospital Epidemiologist
Boston Medical Center
Infectious Diseases

Boston University School of Medicine
Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council

Boston Medical Centers SUD Outreach, Education and Linkage Program
07/01/2019 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
Boston Public Health Commission

BMC HIV/HCV/STI/TB Prevention, Linkage, and Retention in Care and Treatment Progra
11/01/2017 - 06/30/2022 (PI)

The Cooperative Re-Engagement Controlled Trial(CoRECT) Program
03/01/2016 - 06/30/2019 (PI)

Project PReNOT: Community-Based Prevention: HIV, Hepatitis C and STIs
07/01/2015 - 06/30/2019 (PI)


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  1. Bouton TC, Lodi S, Turcinovic J, Schaeffer B, Weber SE, Quinn E, Korn C, Steiner J, Schechter-Perkins EM, Duffy E, Ragan EJ, Taylor BP, Miller N, Davidoff R, Hanage WP, Connor J, Pierre C, Jacobson KR. Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccine Impact on Rates of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Cases and Postvaccination Strain Sequences Among Health Care Workers at an Urban Academic Medical Center: A Prospective Cohort Study. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2021 Oct; 8(10):ofab465.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34646910; PMCID: PMC8500299; DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofab465;
  2. Kataria Y, Cole M, Duffy E, de la Cena K, Schechter-Perkins EM, Bouton TC, Werler MM, Pierre C, Ragan EJ, Weber SE, Jacobson KR, Andry C. Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies and risk factors in health care workers at an academic medical center in Boston, Massachusetts. Sci Rep. 2021 05 06; 11(1):9694.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33958668; PMCID: PMC8102593; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-89107-5;
  3. Burns RH, Pierre CM, Marathe JG, Ruiz-Mercado G, Taylor JL, Kimmel SD, Johnson SL, Fukuda HD, Assoumou SA. Partnering With State Health Departments to Address Injection-Related Infections During the Opioid Epidemic: Experience at a Safety Net Hospital. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2021 Aug; 8(8):ofab208.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34409120; PMCID: PMC8364760; DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofab208;
  4. Bouton TC, Lodi S, Turcinovic J, Weber SE, Quinn E, Korn C, Steiner J, Schechter-Perkins EM, Duffy E, Ragan EJ, Taylor BP, Schaeffer B, Miller N, Davidoff R, Hanage WP, Connor J, Pierre C, Jacobson KR. COVID-19 vaccine impact on rates of SARS-CoV-2 cases and post vaccination strain sequences among healthcare workers at an urban academic medical center: a prospective cohort study. medRxiv. 2021 Mar 31.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33821283; PMCID: PMC8020984; DOI: 10.1101/2021.03.30.21254655;
  5. DiLorenzo MA, O'Connor SK, Ezekwesili C, Sampath S, Zhao M, Yarrington C, Pierre C. COVID-19 guidelines for pregnant women and new mothers: A systematic evidence review. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2021 Jun; 153(3):373-382.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33660854
  6. Mwananyanda L, Pierre C, Mwansa J, Cowden C, Localio AR, Kapasa ML, Machona S, Musyani CL, Chilufya MM, Munanjala G, Lyondo A, Bates MA, Coffin SE, Hamer DH. Preventing Bloodstream Infections and Death in Zambian Neonates: Impact of a Low-cost Infection Control Bundle. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 09 27; 69(8):1360-1367.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30596901
  7. Pierre CM, Lim PL, Hamer DH. Expatriates: special considerations in pretravel preparation. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2013 Aug; 15(4):299-306.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23784665; PMCID: PMC7089152; DOI: 10.1007/s11908-013-0342-4;
  8. Saint-Jean G, Metsch L, Gomez-Marin O, Pierre C, Jeanty Y, Rodriguez A, Malow R. Use of HIV primary care by HIV-positive Haitian immigrants in Miami, Florida. AIDS Care. 2011 Apr; 23(4):486-93. PMID: 21271398; PMCID: PMC3078563; DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2010.516339;

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Bar chart showing 8 publications over 4 distinct years, with a maximum of 5 publications in 2021


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