Philip Lederer, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Infectious Diseases

Dr. Philip Lederer, MD is Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. As an infectious diseases physician at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Lederer cares for patients at critical moments of life that include primary care, inpatient consultations, and post-operative care. As a public intellectual, researcher, and advocate for the underserved, he is an increasingly recognized expert in the global movement to improve health for all.

Lederer's scholarship has been at the intersection of tuberculosis and hospital epidemiology/infection control. He is actively engaged in policy work to reduce the transmission of TB and other pathogens in hospital settings. In addition, he is interested in developing novel, low-cost interventions to improve hand-washing rates and reduce the inappropriate use of antimicrobials (i.e. antimicrobial stewardship).

Dr. Lederer trained as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer (“disease detective”) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is also board certified in infectious diseases, having trained at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He previously held positions at Harvard Medical School (Instructor), Massachusetts General Hospital (assistant in medicine), at Maputo Central Hospital in Mozambique, and at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

He was born in Ohio and grew up in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Kentucky. He received a bachelor's degree from Brown University (Magna Cum Laude) and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Lederer completed internal medicine residency at UCSD where he received the 2011 Lee Rickman Humanism in Medicine Award. He has contributed to the Harvard Law Record,, The Conversation, Common Dreams, the Bay State Banner, and the Boston Globe.

His other interests include medical education, poverty, racism, gun violence, and the banning of nuclear weapons globally. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese and is studying Korean. He plays the violin and is passionate about music, as well as gardening, and ensuring that his 3-year-old son Joseph grows up in a healthier, more equitable world. His wife, Dr. Kristen Lee, is an internal medicine physician at the Boston University School of Medicine and leader in the treatment of Hepatitis C.

Dr. Lederer blogs at and welcomes email inquiries, at lederer at gmail dot com
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. Nathavitharana RR, Daru P, Barrera AE, Mostofa Kamal SM, Islam S, Ul-Alam M, Sultana R, Rahman M, Hossain MS, Lederer P, Hurwitz S, Chakraborty K, Kak N, Tierney DB, Nardell E. FAST implementation in Bangladesh: high frequency of unsuspected tuberculosis justifies challenges of scale-up. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2017 Sep 01; 21(9):1020-1025. PMID: 28826452.
  2. Nathavitharana RR, Bond P, Dramowski A, Kotze K, Lederer P, Oxley I, Peters JA, Rossouw C, van der Westhuizen HM, Willems B, Ting TX, von Delft A, von Delft D, Duarte R, Nardell E, Zumla A. Agents of change: The role of healthcare workers in the prevention of nosocomial and occupational tuberculosis. Presse Med. 2017 Mar; 46(2 Pt 2):e53-e62. PMID: 28256382; DOI: 10.1016/j.lpm.2017.01.014;.
  3. Pathmanathan I, Lederer P, Shiraishi RW, Wadonda-Kabondo N, Date A, Matatiyo B, Dokubo EK. Knowledge of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Status and Seropositivity After a Recently Negative Test in Malawi. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017; 4(1):ofw231. PMID: 28480233; DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofw231;.
  4. Nathavitharana RR, Peters J, Lederer P, von Delft A, Farley JE, Pai M, Jaramillo E, Raviglione M, Nardell E. Engaging health-care workers to reduce tuberculosis transmission. Lancet Infect Dis. 2016 08; 16(8):883-5. PMID: 27477968; DOI: 10.1016/S1473-3099(16)30199-2;.
  5. Piantadosi A, Rubin DB, McQuillen DP, Hsu L, Lederer PA, Ashbaugh CD, Duffalo C, Duncan R, Thon J, Bhattacharyya S, Basgoz N, Feske SK, Lyons JL. Emerging Cases of Powassan Virus Encephalitis in New England: Clinical Presentation, Imaging, and Review of the Literature. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Mar 15; 62(6):707-713. PMID: 26668338; DOI: 10.1093/cid/civ1005;.
  6. Cohen JM, Lederer PA, Russell-Goldman E, Sampson CE, Lin JY, Ho AW, Asmal M. Photo quiz. An 86-Year-Old Man With Bilateral Chronic Wounds of the Legs. Bilateral invasive squamous cell carcinomas (Marjolin ulcers). Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Oct 01; 61(7):1147, 1199-200. PMID: 26343053.
  7. Fraser T, Hillmann W, Lederer PA, Kasmar A, Rencic J. Solving Summer Fever in Early Pregnancy. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Oct; 30(10):1561-5. PMID: 25917661; PMCID: PMC4579207.
  8. Lind JN, Petersen EE, Lederer PA, Phillips-Bell GS, Perrine CG, Li R, Hudak M, Correia JA, Creanga AA, Sappenfield WM, Curran J, Blackmore C, Watkins SM, Anjohrin S. Infant and maternal characteristics in neonatal abstinence syndrome--selected hospitals in Florida, 2010-2011. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015 Mar 06; 64(8):213-6. PMID: 25742381.
  9. Schwitters A, Lederer P, Zilversmit L, Gudo PS, Ramiro I, Cumba L, Mahagaja E, Jobarteh K. Barriers to health care in rural Mozambique: a rapid ethnographic assessment of planned mobile health clinics for ART. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2015 Mar; 3(1):109-16. PMID: 25745124; DOI: 10.9745/GHSP-D-14-00145;.
  10. von Delft A, Dramowski A, Khosa C, Kotze K, Lederer P, Mosidi T, Peters JA, Smith J, van der Westhuizen HM, von Delft D, Willems B, Bates M, Craig G, Maeurer M, Marais BJ, Mwaba P, Nunes EA, Nyirenda T, Oliver M, Zumla A. Why healthcare workers are sick of TB. Int J Infect Dis. 2015 Mar; 32:147-51. PMID: 25809771; DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2014.12.003;.
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