Donald M. Thea, MD, MSc
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 MD/MPH dual degree program. 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.

Most recently, in 2018 Dr. Thea was awarded a 5-year R01 grant from NICHD (Zambia Infant Cohort Study - ZICS) to study the causes and risk factors for increased morbidity and mortality seen among children who are born to HIV-infected mothers but escaped infection themselves. These HIV-exposed but uninfected children are now estimated to number 14.8 million, worldwide and growing.

Along with Professors Gill and Fox, Dr. Thea have a bi-weekly podcast, Free Associations, which critically reviews the merit and rigor of recent scientific publications that have been noted in the popular press.

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


Member
Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research




HIV Exposed Uninfected Infant Cohort Study
09/17/2018 - 07/31/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
5R01HD094650-04

Effect of Maternal ART on Clinical Outcomes in HIV exposed, Uninfected Infants (CFAR Developmental)
06/01/2017 - 11/30/2018 (Key Person / Mentor)
The Miriam Hospital NIH NIAID
4P30AI042853-19

Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) Study
10/01/2010 - 06/30/2018 (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 (Subcontract PI)
Johns Hopkins University USAID


SUPPORT DISTRICT LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEALTH PMTCT PROGRAM IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE
04/01/2009 - 03/31/2014 (PI)
HHS/Center for Disease Control
5U2GPS001418-03

A Proposal to Support District-Level Implementation of the Zambia Ministry of Health
04/01/2009 - 03/31/2014 (PI)
HHS/Center for Disease Control
5U2GPS001418-04S1

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

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2022 HIV Exposed Uninfected Infant Cohort Study 5R01HD094650-05
2021 HIV Exposed Uninfected Infant Cohort Study 5R01HD094650-04
2020 HIV Exposed Uninfected Infant Cohort Study 5R01HD094650-03
2019 HIV Exposed Uninfected Infant Cohort Study 5R01HD094650-02
2018 HIV Exposed Uninfected Infant Cohort Study 1R01HD094650-01A1
2014 A PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT DISTRICT-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEA 3U2GPS001418-05S1 5
2013 A PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT DISTRICT-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEA 5U2GPS001418-05 5
2013 A PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT DISTRICT-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEA 3U2GPS001418-04S1 5
2012 A PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT DISTRICT-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEA 3U2GPS001418-03S1 5
2012 A PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT DISTRICT-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEA 5U2GPS001418-04 5
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  1. Park DE, Watson NL, Focht C, Feikin D, Hammit L, Brooks WA, Howie SRC, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, Murdoch DR, O'Brien KL, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Amorninthapichet T, Awori J, Bunthi C, Ebruke B, Elhilali M, Higdon M, Hossain L, Jahan Y, Moore DP, Mulindwa J, Mwananyanda L, Naorat S, Prosperi C, Thamthitiwat S, Verwey C, Jablonski KA, Power MC, Young HA, Deloria Knoll M, McCollum ED. Digitally recorded and remotely classified lung auscultation compared with conventional stethoscope classifications among children aged 1-59 months enrolled in the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) case-control study. BMJ Open Respir Res. 2022 May; 9(1).View Related Profiles. PMID: 35577452; PMCID: PMC9115042; DOI: 10.1136/bmjresp-2021-001144;
     
  2. Lohman-Payne B, Koster J, Gabriel B, Chilengi R, Forman LS, Heeren T, Duffy CR, Herlihy J, Crimaldi S, Gill C, Chavuma R, Mwananyanda L, Thea DM. Persistent Immune Activation in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Pregnant Women Starting Combination Antiretroviral Therapy After Conception. J Infect Dis. 2022 Apr 01; 225(7):1162-1167.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33780543; PMCID: PMC8974832; DOI: 10.1093/infdis/jiab095;
     
  3. Rees CA, Colbourn T, Hooli S, King C, Lufesi N, McCollum ED, Mwansambo C, Cutland C, Madhi SA, Nunes M, Matthew JL, Addo-Yobo E, Chisaka N, Hassan M, Hibberd PL, Jeena PM, Lozano JM, MacLeod WB, Patel A, Thea DM, Nguyen NTV, Kartasasmita CB, Lucero M, Awasthi S, Bavdekar A, Chou M, Nymadawa P, Pape JW, Paranhos-Baccala G, Picot VS, Rakoto-Andrianarivelo M, Rouzier V, Russomando G, Sylla M, Vanhems P, Wang J, Asghar R, Banajeh S, Iqbal I, Maulen-Radovan I, Mino-Leon G, Saha SK, Santosham M, Singhi S, Basnet S, Strand TA, Bhatnagar S, Wadhwa N, Lodha R, Aneja S, Clara AW, Campbell H, Nair H, Falconer J, Qazi SA, Nisar YB, Neuman MI. Derivation and validation of a novel risk assessment tool to identify children aged 2-59 months at risk of hospitalised pneumonia-related mortality in 20 countries. BMJ Glob Health. 2022 Apr; 7(4).View Related Profiles. PMID: 35428680; PMCID: PMC9014031; DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2021-008143;
     
  4. Gill CJ, Mwananyanda L, MacLeod WB, Kwenda G, Pieciak R, Mupila Z, Murphy C, Chikoti C, Forman L, Berklein F, Lapidot R, Chimoga C, Ngoma B, Larson A, Lungu J, Nakazwe R, Nzara D, Pemba L, Yankonde B, Chirwa A, Mwale M, Thea DM. Infant deaths from respiratory syncytial virus in Lusaka, Zambia from the ZPRIME study: a 3-year, systematic, post-mortem surveillance project. Lancet Glob Health. 2022 02; 10(2):e269-e277.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35063114; PMCID: PMC8789563; DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00518-0;
     
  5. Mudenda V, Mumba C, Pieciak RC, Mwananyanda L, Chimoga C, Ngoma B, Mupila Z, Kwenda G, Forman L, Lapidot R, MacLeod WB, Thea DM, Gill CJ. Histopathological Evaluation of Deceased Persons in Lusaka, Zambia With or Without Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Infection: Results Obtained From Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 12 15; 73(Suppl_5):S465-S471.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34910177; PMCID: PMC8672753; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciab858;
     
  6. Ebruke BE, Deloria Knoll M, Haddix M, Zaman SMA, Prosperi C, Feikin DR, Hammitt LL, Levine OS, O'Brien KL, Murdoch DR, Brooks WA, Scott JAG, Kotloff KL, Madhi SA, Thea DM, Baillie VL, Chisti MJ, Dione M, Driscoll AJ, Fancourt N, Karron RA, Le TT, Mohamed S, Moore DP, Morpeth SC, Mwaba J, Mwansa J, Bin Shahid ASMS, Sow SO, Tapia MD, Antonio M, Howie SRC. The Etiology of Pneumonia From Analysis of Lung Aspirate and Pleural Fluid Samples: Findings From the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 12 06; 73(11):e3788-e3796. PMID: 32710751; PMCID: PMC8662778; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1032;
     
  7. Rees CA, Hooli S, King C, McCollum ED, Colbourn T, Lufesi N, Mwansambo C, Lazzerini M, Madhi SA, Cutland C, Nunes M, Gessner BD, Basnet S, Kartasasmita CB, Mathew JL, Zaman SMAU, Paranhos-Baccala G, Bhatnagar S, Wadhwa N, Lodha R, Aneja S, Santosham M, Picot VS, Sylla M, Awasthi S, Bavdekar A, Pape JW, Rouzier V, Chou M, Rakoto-Andrianarivelo M, Wang J, Nymadawa P, Vanhems P, Russomando G, Asghar R, Banajeh S, Iqbal I, MacLeod W, Maulen-Radovan I, Mino G, Saha S, Singhi S, Thea DM, Clara AW, Campbell H, Nair H, Falconer J, Williams LJ, Horne M, Strand T, Qazi SA, Nisar YB, Neuman MI. External validation of the RISC, RISC-Malawi, and PERCH clinical prediction rules to identify risk of death in children hospitalized with pneumonia. J Glob Health. 2021; 11:04062.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34737862; PMCID: PMC8542381; DOI: 10.7189/jogh.11.04062;
     
  8. Murphy C, MacLeod WB, Forman LS, Mwananyanda L, Kwenda G, Pieciak RC, Mupila Z, Thea D, Chikoti C, Yankonde B, Ngoma B, Chimoga C, Gill CJ. Risk Factors for Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Associated Community Deaths in Zambian Infants. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 09 02; 73(Suppl_3):S187-S192.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34472570; PMCID: PMC8411252; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciab453;
     
  9. Forman LS, Macleod W, Mwananyanda L, Kwenda G, Pieciak R, Mupila Z, Murphy C, Thea D, Chikoti C, Yankonde B, Ngoma B, Chimoga C, Gill CJ. Association of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection and Underlying Risk Factors for Death Among Young Infants Who Died at University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka Zambia. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 09 02; 73(Suppl_3):S180-S186.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34472569; PMCID: PMC8411249; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciab466;
     
  10. Mwananyanda L, Thea DM, Chipeta J, Kwenda G, Mulindwa JM, Mwenechanya M, Prosperi C, Higdon MM, Haddix M, Hammitt LL, Feikin DR, Murdoch DR, O'Brien KL, Deloria Knoll M, Mwansa J, Wa Somwe S, Seidenberg P. The Etiology of Pneumonia in Zambian Children: Findings From the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) Study. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2021 Sep 01; 40(9S):S40-S49.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34448743; PMCID: PMC8448410; DOI: 10.1097/INF.0000000000002652;
     
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This graph shows the total number of publications by year, by first, middle/unknown, or last author.

Bar chart showing 197 publications over 32 distinct years, with a maximum of 22 publications in 2017

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2019 Antioch College: Horace Mann Humanitarian Award
2005 School of Public Health, Boston University: Teaching Award, Controversies in Infectious Diseases
2004-2005 School of Public Health, Boston University: Teaching Award, Global Maternal Child Health
2003 Harvard Business School: Harvard Business Review: McKinsey Award
1987 Tufts Medical School: Teaching Award
1985 College of Physicians and Surgeons: Teaching Award

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