Christopher J. Gill, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
MS, Tufts University

Christopher Gill has an MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an MS from Tufts-Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Studies.Dr. Gill is an infectious disease specialist by training. From 2002-2008 he was a faculty member of the Department of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health, engaged in a wide variety of clinical trials and investigations. His research interests have focused on child survival, and include diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis, pneumococcal and meningococcal disease, adherence to HIV medications, and neonatal survival. He was the principal investigator of the Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival Project in Northern Zambia (LUNESP), a prospective, cluster randomized and controlled effectiveness study designed to determine whether training traditional birth attendants to manage several common perinatal conditions could reduce neonatal mortality in the setting of a resource poor country with limited access to healthcare. The results demonstrated that training traditional birth attendants in neonatal resuscitation skills significantly reduces neonatal mortality by approximately 50%. From 2008-end of 2010 he was the Director of the Meningitis ACWY conjugate vaccine clinical trials group at Novartis Vaccines. There he was responsible for the design, implementation and analysis of Phase IIb, III and IV clinical trials in support of the vaccine, and played a key role in licensing this new vaccine in over 60 countries around the world, including the US. In 2011, he rejoined the faculty at the BU Center for Global Health and Development and the BU School of Public Health, working as the Director of the BUSPH Pharmaceuticals Program from 2011-15, teaching, mentoring, and conducting research in the areas of HIV medication adherence in China, advocacy around child mortality due to diarrhea and pneumonia, pertussis and RSV disease surveillance in Zambia, and capacity building of Vietnamese community health workers using SMS text messaging. Dr. Gill is the 2015 recipient of the Norman Scotch Award for excellence in teaching at Boston University School of Public Health, and the 2016 recipient of Boston University's Metcalf Cup and Prize. The Metcalf Cup and Prize is BU's highest teaching honor, and is awarded to one of BU's >3500 faculty across its 17 colleges and schools each year.

2016 Boston University: Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching
2015 Boston University School of Public Health: Norman Scotch Award For Excellence In Teaching
2014 Boston University: Winner of Social Entrepreneurship category for the Tech Drugs and Rock and Roll completion
2013 BUSPH: Excellence in teaching
2012 British Medical Association: Finalist: research paper of the year, "Improving Health Awards"
2010 Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics: Novartis 'Team Award'
2010 Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics: Novartis 'Development Appreciation Award'
2009 Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics: Novartis 'STAR' award
2007 BUSPH: Excellence in Teaching Award
2005 BUSPH: Excellence in teaching award
2005 BUSPH: Excellence in Teaching Award

Project SEARCH (Scanning EARs for Child Health)
09/12/2018 - 08/31/2020 (PI)
NIH/Fogarty International Center

SAMIPS-NPC: Southern Africa Mother Infant Pertussis Study, Nasopharyngeal Carriage
09/25/2017 - 08/31/2020 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

The Zambia Pertussis/RSV Infant Mortality Estimation Study (Z-PRIME)
11/21/2016 - 04/30/2020 (PI)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

mCME Delivering continuing medical education to community health workers using cell phones
09/11/2014 - 07/31/2017 (PI)
NIH/Fogarty International Center

Southern Africa Mother-Infant Pertussis Study l (SAMIPS-l)
11/14/2014 - 06/30/2016 (PI)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Site Preparatory work in support of the upcoming SAMIPS study
06/02/2014 - 11/30/2015 (PI)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Co-Trimoxazole in Zambian Infants (TZI)
09/01/2004 - 08/31/2009 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
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Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Etter LP, Ragan EJ, Campion R, Martinez D, Gill CJ. Ear biometrics for patient identification in global health: a field study to test the effectiveness of an image stabilization device in improving identification accuracy. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2019 Jun 18; 19(1):114. PMID: 31215427.
  2. Larson Williams A, Hawkins A, Sabin L, Halim N, Le Ngoc B, Nguyen VH, Nguyen T, Bonawitz R, Gill C. Motivating HIV Providers in Vietnam to Learn: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of a Mobile Health Continuing Medical Education Intervention. JMIR Med Educ. 2019 Apr 18; 5(1):e12058.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30998220.
  3. Bonawitz R, Bird L, Le NB, Nguyen VH, Halim N, Williams AL, Sabin L, Gill CJ. Implementing the mobile continuing medical education (mCME) project in Vietnam: making it work and sharing lessons learned. Mhealth. 2019; 5:7.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30976599.
  4. Nofal MR, Halim N, Le BN, Sabin LL, Larson Williams A, Bonawitz R, Nguyen HV, Nguyen TTT, Gill CJ. Unpacking the "Black Box": How an SMS-Based Continuing Medical Education Intervention Improved Medical Knowledge Among HIV Clinicians in Vietnam. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2018 12 27; 6(4):668-679.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30591575.
  5. Larson Williams A, Mitrovich R, Mwananyanda L, Gill C. Maternal vaccine knowledge in low- and middle-income countries-and why it matters. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2019; 15(2):283-286.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30252609.
  6. Gill, CJ. Commentary on: Impact of the US Maternal Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccination Program on Preventing Pertussis in Infants <2 Months of Age: A Case-Control Evaluation. 2018. View Publication
  7. Larson Williams A, McCloskey L, Mwale M, Mwananyanda L, Murray K, Herman AR, Thea DM, MacLeod WB, Gill CJ. "When you are injected, the baby is protected:" Assessing the acceptability of a maternal Tdap vaccine based on mothers' knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of pertussis and vaccinations in Lusaka, Zambia. Vaccine. 2018 05 17; 36(21):3048-3053.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29653846.
  8. Sabin LL, Mansfield L, DeSilva MB, Vian T, Li Z, Wubin X, Gifford AL, Barnoon Y, Gill CJ. Why it Worked: Participants' Insights into an mHealth Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence Intervention in China. Open AIDS J. 2018; 12:20-37.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29576816.
  9. Bachman DeSilva M, Penwill N, Sabin L, Gifford AL, Zhong L, Fujie Z, Weiwei M, Yongzhen L, Hongyan L, Xuemei Z, Barnoon Y, Gill CJ, Bonawitz R. We don't dare to tell her . . . we don't know where to begin': Disclosure experiences and challenges among HIV+ adolescents and their caregivers in China. International Journal of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2018; 2(5):5-12.
  10. Gill CJ, Le NB, Halim N, Chi CTH, Nguyen VH, Bonawitz R, Hoang PV, Nguyen HL, Huong PTT, Larson Williams A, Le NA, Sabin L. mCME project V.2.0: randomised controlled trial of a revised SMS-based continuing medical education intervention among HIV clinicians in Vietnam. BMJ Glob Health. 2018; 3(1):e000632.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29527350.
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Child survival
Respiratory infections
ART adherence

A consistent theme in my research is to include young scientists at every stage of a project. The best way to learn how to do research, is to do research under the supervision of someone who has more experience. That was how I learned, and is now how I practice. As a testament to this, in the period 2011-16, I co-authored 25 peer review publications with student mentees - most commonly with the students as lead authors.

As an infectious disease research, my professional interests are focused on the epidemiology of respiratory diseases. However, I frequently mentor outside of my discipline when encountering interesting and novel problems. Recent examples include work on developing a smart phone App for subject identification in low and middle income settings; a meta analysis of published meta-analyses, aiming to see whether results of meta-analyses published through the Cochrane Collaboration differed systematically from reviews on the same topic, but published outside of the Cochrane Collaboration; and an analysis around transparency in the disclosure of the results of completed clinical trials.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Project Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')

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