Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Infectious Diseases

MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Pronouns: he/him/his

I am an infectious diseases specialist and public health expert with additional training from the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through my time at CDC/EIS and other scholarly activities, I have worked in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Uganda, Ethiopia, and India. My main interest is studying the link between the spread of infectious disease and extreme weather events, given the enormous impact of climate change around the world. Recently, with colleagues from Cape Town and Harvard, I co-authored an article suggesting global warming may be increasing risk of person-to-person transmission of airborne infections such as tuberculosis (TB), influenza (flu), measles, and coronavirus. At Boston University, I enjoy teaching students and residents about infections that are related to the anthropogenic forces of urbanization, globalization, and industrialization. I take an interdisciplinary pedagogical approach to the study of zoonoses / One Health, using methods from ecosystem analysis, public health, clinical medicine, and veterinary science.

Another interest is antibiotic resistance, a major global public health threat. The high volume of antibiotics in food-producing animals contributes to the development of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, particularly in settings of intensive animal production.

In my spare time, I play violin in the Me/2 orchestra, which attempts to raise awareness about stigma and mental health. I also enjoy walking in the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, because of my interest in botany and ornithology.

Selected Editorials, Letters, and Interviews:
- What the CDC Did Wrong, and Why - The New York Times, Jun 4, 2020
- Call grows for moral budget to see to human needs - The Boston Globe, Aug 23, 2019
- Fighting TB Requires Political Will - The New York Times, Oct 7, 2018
- After the summit, the threat of nuclear war remains - The Boston Globe, Jun 14, 2018
- Fighting the Nipah Virus - The New York Times, Jun 15, 2018
- The Poor People’s Campaign and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize: A National Call for a Moral Revival, Common Dreams, October 25, 2017
- How Trump can become one of America's greatest presidents,, October 13, 2017
- Administration is wrong on nuclear weapons and Clinton, Trump are silent,, October 4, 2016
- StudioTulsa on Health: Doctors, White Coats, and an Ongoing Debate in American Medicine: November 17, 2015
- Doctors debate safety of their white coats - The Boston Globe, Nov 18, 2015

- AB, Brown University, Human Biology, magna cum laude, 2003
- MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2008
- Internal Medicine Residency, UC San Diego School of Medicine, 2011
- EIS Program, CDC, 2014
- Infectious Diseases Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2016

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"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there." - Rumi
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein

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.

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  1. Nathavitharana RR, Patel PK, Tierney DB, Mehrotra P, Lederer PA, Davis S, Nardell E. Innovation and Knowledge Sharing Can Transform COVID-19 Infection Prevention Response. J Hosp Med. 2020 05; 15(5):299-301. PMID: 32379035
  2. Nardell E, Lederer P, Mishra H, Nathavitharana R, Theron G. Cool but dangerous: How climate change is increasing the risk of airborne infections. Indoor Air. 2020 03; 30(2):195-197. PMID: 32100390; DOI: 10.1111/ina.12608;
  3. Kaadan MI, Dennis M, Desai N, Yadavalli G, Lederer P. One Health Education for Future Physicians: A Case Report of Cat-Transmitted Sporotrichosis. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020 Mar; 7(3):ofaa049.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32154323
  4. Olson G, Nathavitharana RR, Lederer PA. Diagnostic Delays and Treatment Implications for Patients with Isoniazid-Resistant Tuberculosis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2019 Jun; 6(6):ofz222. PMID: 31211162
  5. Nathavitharana RR, Strnad L, Lederer PA, Shah M, Hurtado RM. Top Questions in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary M. abscessus Disease. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2019 Jul; 6(7):ofz221. PMID: 31289727
  6. Graves SK, Augusto O, Viegas SO, Lederer P, David C, Lee K, Hassane A, Cossa A, Amade S, Peleve S, Zindoga P, Massawo L, Torriani FJ, Nunes EA. Tuberculosis infection risk, preventive therapy care cascade and incidence of tuberculosis disease in healthcare workers at Maputo Central Hospital. BMC Infect Dis. 2019 Apr 25; 19(1):346.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31023260
  7. 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;
  8. 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;
  9. 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;
  10. 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;
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