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



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


HIV Exposed Uninfected Infant Cohort Study
09/17/2018 - 07/31/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
5R01HD094650-03

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

CIDRZ HEART PEPFAR Program
09/01/2004 - 02/23/2007 (PI)
University of Alabama HHS CDC

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
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 3U2GPS001418-04S1 5
2013 A PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT DISTRICT-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEA 5U2GPS001418-05 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
2011 A PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT DISTRICT-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF HEA 5U2GPS001418-03 5
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  1. 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;
     
  2. 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;
     
  3. Deloria Knoll M, Prosperi C, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Feikin DR, Hammitt LL, Howie SRC, Kotloff KL, Madhi SA, Murdoch DR, Scott JAG, Thea DM, O'Brien KL. Introduction to the Site-specific Etiologic Results From the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) Study. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2021 Sep 01; 40(9S):S1-S6. PMID: 34448739
     
  4. 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
     
  5. Seidenberg P, Mwananyanda L, Chipeta J, Kwenda G, Mulindwa JM, Mwansa J, Mwenechanya M, Wa Somwe S, Feikin DR, Haddix M, Hammitt LL, Higdon MM, Murdoch DR, Prosperi C, O'Brien KL, Deloria Knoll M, Thea DM. The Etiology of Pneumonia in HIV-infected Zambian Children: Findings From the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) Study. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2021 Sep 01; 40(9S):S50-S58.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34448744
     
  6. Baillie VL, Moore DP, Mathunjwa A, Park DE, Thea DM, Kwenda G, Mwananyanda L, Madhi SA. Epidemiology and Seasonality of Endemic Human Coronaviruses in South African and Zambian Children: A Case-Control Pneumonia Study. Viruses. 2021 07 31; 13(8).View Related Profiles. PMID: 34452378; PMCID: PMC8402793; DOI: 10.3390/v13081513;
     
  7. Baillie VL, Moore DP, Mathunjwa A, Baggett HC, Brooks A, Feikin DR, Hammitt LL, Howie SRC, Knoll MD, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, O'Brien KL, Scott AG, Thea DM, Antonio M, Awori JO, Driscoll AJ, Fancourt NSS, Higdon MM, Karron RA, Morpeth SC, Mulindwa JM, Murdoch DR, Park DE, Prosperi C, Rahman MZ, Rahman M, Salaudeen RA, Sawatwong P, Somwe SW, Sow SO, Tapia MD, Simões EAF, Madhi SA. Epidemiology of the Rhinovirus (RV) in African and Southeast Asian Children: A Case-Control Pneumonia Etiology Study. Viruses. 2021 06 27; 13(7). PMID: 34198998; PMCID: PMC8310211; DOI: 10.3390/v13071249;
     
  8. Wang X, Li Y, Deloria-Knoll M, Madhi SA, Cohen C, Arguelles VL, Basnet S, Bassat Q, Brooks WA, Echavarria M, Fasce RA, Gentile A, Goswami D, Homaira N, Howie SRC, Kotloff KL, Khuri-Bulos N, Krishnan A, Lucero MG, Lupisan S, Mathisen M, McLean KA, Mira-Iglesias A, Moraleda C, Okamoto M, Oshitani H, O'Brien KL, Owor BE, Rasmussen ZA, Rath BA, Salimi V, Sawatwong P, Scott JAG, Simões EAF, Sotomayor V, Thea DM, Treurnicht FK, Yoshida LM, Zar HJ, Campbell H, Nair H. Global burden of acute lower respiratory infection associated with human parainfluenza virus in children younger than 5 years for 2018: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Glob Health. 2021 08; 9(8):e1077-e1087. PMID: 34166626; PMCID: PMC8298256; DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00218-7;
     
  9. Gill CJ, Gunning CE, MacLeod WB, Mwananyanda L, Thea DM, Pieciak RC, Kwenda G, Mupila Z, Rohani P. Asymptomatic Bordetella pertussis infections in a longitudinal cohort of young African infants and their mothers. Elife. 2021 06 07; 10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34097599; PMCID: PMC8184211; DOI: 10.7554/eLife.65663;
     
  10. Park DE, Higdon MM, Prosperi C, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Feikin DR, Hammitt LL, Howie SRC, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, Madhi SA, Murdoch DR, O'Brien KL, Scott JAG, Thea DM, Antonio M, Awori JO, Baillie VL, Bunthi C, Kwenda G, Mackenzie GA, Moore DP, Morpeth SC, Mwananyanda L, Paveenkittiporn W, Ziaur Rahman M, Rahman M, Rhodes J, Sow SO, Tapia MD, Deloria Knoll M. Upper Respiratory Tract Co-detection of Human Endemic Coronaviruses and High-density Pneumococcus Associated With Increased Severity Among HIV-Uninfected Children Under 5 Years Old in the PERCH Study. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2021 06 01; 40(6):503-512.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33883479; PMCID: PMC8104011; DOI: 10.1097/INF.0000000000003139;
     
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This graph shows the total number of publications by year, by first, middle/unknown, or last author.

Bar chart showing 192 publications over 31 distinct years, with a maximum of 22 publications in 2017

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