Paul L. Geltman, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Health Policy & Health Svcs Research

MD, George Washington University
MPH, George Washington University
AB, Princeton University

Dr. Paul Geltman is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and of Health Policy and Health Services Research at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. He serves as Medical Director for Refugee Health in the Division of Global Populations and Infectious Disease Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. After starting his career as a primary care pediatrician at the Upham's Corner Health Center in Dorchester, he returned in 2019 as its first Chief Medical Officer. Prior employment included Franciscan Children's, Cambridge Health Alliance, and the Whittier Street Health Center.

Dr. Geltman is a graduate of Princeton University and received his M.D. and M.P.H degrees from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. After his pediatric residency at the Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, he completed a post-graduate academic fellowship in child advocacy and community pediatrics, with a focus on immigrant and refugee children, at Boston Medical Center (then Boston City Hospital). His academic work has produced wide-ranging publications focused on the health issues of low-income children and refugees, in particular prevention of iron deficiency and lead poisoning as well as oral health. His research has included the most extensive report on lead poisoning among refugee children in the U.S., a nationwide study of the health status outcomes of the unaccompanied refugee minors known commonly as the “Lost Boys” of Sudan, and a NIH-funded study of the impact of literacy and acculturation on the oral health and other health outcomes of Somali refugees in Massachusetts.

Dr. Geltman has worked in clinical, policy, and public health settings with refugee populations resettled in Massachusetts, as well as in Rwanda. For the Department of Public Health, since 1997, he has helped oversee clinical aspects of the Commonwealth’s statewide health screening program for newly-arriving refugees and other related public health programs.

Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Whittier Street Health Center

Adherence with Iron Sprinkles Among High-Risk Infants
10/01/2004 - 09/30/2007 (PI)
Association of American Medical Colleges CDC


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  1. Smock L, Nguyen T, Gadani K, Tibbs A, Geltman PL, Bernardo J, Cochran J. Factors Associated with Development of Tuberculosis Disease Among Refugees, Massachusetts, 2008-2018. J Immigr Minor Health. 2023 Feb; 25(1):31-37.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35501587
  2. Clarke SK, Kumar GS, Sutton J, Atem J, Banerji A, Brindamour M, Geltman P, Zaaeed N. Potential Impact of COVID-19 on Recently Resettled Refugee Populations in the United States and Canada: Perspectives of Refugee Healthcare Providers. J Immigr Minor Health. 2021 Feb; 23(1):184-189. PMID: 33067740; PMCID: PMC7566990; DOI: 10.1007/s10903-020-01104-4;
  3. Smock L, Martelon M, Metallinos-Katsaras E, Nguyen T, Cochran J, Geltman PL. Recovery From Malnutrition Among Refugee Children Following Participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program in Massachusetts, 1998-2010. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2020 Jan/Feb; 26(1):71-79. PMID: 30969273
  4. Geltman PL, Smock L, Cochran J. Trends in Elevated Blood Lead Levels Using 5 and 10 µg/dL Levels of Concern Among Refugee Children Resettled in Massachusetts, 1998-2015. Public Health Rep. 2019 Nov/Dec; 134(6):608-616. PMID: 31539488; PMCID: PMC6832092; DOI: 10.1177/0033354919874078;
  5. Murphy JE, Smock L, Hunter-Adams J, Xuan Z, Cochran J, Paasche-Orlow MK, Geltman PL. Relationships Between English Language Proficiency, Health Literacy, and Health Outcomes in Somali Refugees. J Immigr Minor Health. 2019 Jun; 21(3):451-460.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29907921
  6. Smock L, Nguyen T, Metallinos-Katsaras E, Magge H, Cochran J, Geltman PL. Refugee Children's Participation in the Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition (WIC) Program in Massachusetts, 1998-2010. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2019 Jan/Feb; 25(1):69-77. PMID: 29672357
  7. Hunter-Adams J, Cochran J, Laird LD, Paasche-Orlow MK, Geltman PL. Acculturation and a Potential Relationship with Oral Health Outcomes Among Somali Refugees in Massachusetts. J Immigr Minor Health. 2018 Apr; 20(2):351-359.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28861739
  8. Berman RS, Smock L, Bair-Merritt MH, Cochran J, Geltman PL. Giving It Our Best Shot? Human Papillomavirus and Hepatitis B Virus Immunization Among Refugees, Massachusetts, 2011-2013. Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 Jun 22; 14:E50.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28641071; PMCID: PMC5484014; DOI: 10.5888/pcd14.160442;
  9. Albino J, Tiwari T, Gansky SA, Henshaw MM, Barker JC, Brega AG, Gregorich SE, Heaton B, Batliner TS, Borrelli B, Geltman P, Kressin NR, Weintraub JA, Finlayson TL, Garcia RI. The basic research factors questionnaire for studying early childhood caries. BMC Oral Health. 2017 May 19; 17(1):83.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28526003; PMCID: PMC5437655; DOI: 10.1186/s12903-017-0374-5;
  10. Bernstein J, Gebel C, Vargas C, Geltman P, Walter A, Garcia R, Tinanoff N. Listening to paediatric primary care nurses: a qualitative study of the potential for interprofessional oral health practice in six federally qualified health centres in Massachusetts and Maryland. BMJ Open. 2017 Mar 29; 7(3):e014124.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28360245; PMCID: PMC5372099; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014124;
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2011-2013 Cambridge Health Alliance: Physician Leadership Academy Participant
2010 Giddon Award for Distinguished Research
2008-2009 Cambridge Health Alliance: Physician Leadership Development Program
2000 Trainees Manuscript Award
1998 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation: Health Care Hero Award
1989 Ciba-Geigy Award Outstanding Community Service Award
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