Tara C. Bouton, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Infectious Diseases

MD, Tulane University School of Medicine
MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
BA, Colby College

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Tara C. Bouton is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and an attending physician in the Section of Infectious Diseases at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Bouton's research focuses on the impact of HIV infection on evolution and transmission of drug resistant tuberculosis and improving outcomes in both diseases. She is also working to better understand transmission and viral dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 variants. She has lived and worked in Brazil, Ghana, Botswana, and South Africa.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

As a clinician, I chose a career in infectious diseases in order to improve the health of marginalized individuals, such as individuals: who are immigrants; who identify as LGBTQ+; with substance use disorders; who are unstably housed; who are living in poverty.

As a researcher, I am committed to mentoring individuals who are underrepresented in STEM and to providing a safe, nonjudgmental working environment.

Understanding HIV's impact on RR/MDR-TB development and transmission through genomics
06/02/2021 - 05/31/2026 (PI)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS

Administrative Supplement to Understanding HIV''s impact on RR/MDR-TB development and transmission through genomics
08/17/2023 - 08/16/2024 (PI)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS

Impact of HIV on the frequency and evolution of compensatory mutations in drug resistant tuberculosis (Providence/Boston CFAR Developmental Grant--Initial AIDS Research Project)
08/01/2021 - 01/30/2024 (PI)
The Miriam Hospital National Institute o

Impact of delayed second-line drug resistance testing on clinical outcomes and…
01/01/2020 - 03/31/2021 (PI)
Burroughs Wellcome Fund


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  1. Leavitt SV, Rodriguez CA, Bouton TC, Horsburgh CR, Abel Zur Wiesch P, Nichols BE, White LF, Jenkins HE. Outcomes for people with TB by disease severity at presentation. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2024 Mar 01; 28(3):142-147.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38454178; PMCID: PMC11075045; DOI: 10.5588/ijtld.23.0254;
  2. Rodriguez CA, Leavitt SV, Bouton TC, Horsburgh CR, Zur Wiesch PA, Nichols B, Jenkins HE, White LF. Survival of people with untreated TB: effects of time, geography and setting. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2023 Sep 01; 27(9):694-702.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37608480; PMCID: PMC10443783; DOI: 10.5588/ijtld.22.0668;
  3. Myers B, Carney T, Rooney J, Malatesta S, Ragan EJ, White LF, Natcheva H, Bouton TC, Weber SE, Farhat M, McIlleron H, Theron D, Parry CDH, Horsburgh CR, Warren RM, Jacobson KR. Smoked drug use in patients with TB is associated with higher bacterial burden. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2023 Jun 01; 27(6):444-450.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37231597; PMCID: PMC10407961; DOI: 10.5588/ijtld.22.0650;
  4. Bouton TC, Atarere J, Turcinovic J, Seitz S, Sher-Jan C, Gilbert M, White L, Zhou Z, Hossain MM, Overbeck V, Doucette-Stamm L, Platt J, Landsberg HE, Hamer DH, Klapperich C, Jacobson KR, Connor JH. Viral Dynamics of Omicron and Delta Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Variants With Implications for Timing of Release from Isolation: A Longitudinal Cohort Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2023 Feb 08; 76(3):e227-e233.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35737948; PMCID: PMC9278204; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciac510;
  5. Petros BA, Turcinovic J, Welch NL, White LF, Kolaczyk ED, Bauer MR, Cleary M, Dobbins ST, Doucette-Stamm L, Gore M, Nair P, Nguyen TG, Rose S, Taylor BP, Tsang D, Wendlandt E, Hope M, Platt JT, Jacobson KR, Bouton T, Yune S, Auclair JR, Landaverde L, Klapperich CM, Hamer DH, Hanage WP, MacInnis BL, Sabeti PC, Connor JH, Springer M. Early Introduction and Rise of the Omicron Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Variant in Highly Vaccinated University Populations. Clin Infect Dis. 2023 Feb 08; 76(3):e400-e408.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35616119; PMCID: PMC9213864; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciac413;
  6. Malatesta S, Weir IR, Weber SE, Bouton TC, Carney T, Theron D, Myers B, Horsburgh CR, Warren RM, Jacobson KR, White LF. Methods for handling missing data in serially sampled sputum specimens for mycobacterial culture conversion calculation. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2022 Nov 19; 22(1):297.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36402979; PMCID: PMC9675206; DOI: 10.1186/s12874-022-01782-8;
  7. Turcinovic J, Schaeffer B, Taylor BP, Bouton TC, Odom-Mabey AR, Weber SE, Lodi S, Ragan EJ, Connor JH, Jacobson KR, Hanage WP. Understanding Early Pandemic Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Transmission in a Medical Center by Incorporating Public Sequencing Databases to Mitigate Bias. J Infect Dis. 2022 Nov 11; 226(10):1704-1711.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35993116; PMCID: PMC9452097; DOI: 10.1093/infdis/jiac348;
  8. Barocas JA, Savinkina A, Lodi S, Epstein RL, Bouton TC, Sperring H, Hsu HE, Jacobson KR, Schechter-Perkins EM, Linas BP, White LF. Projected Long-Term Impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic on Hepatitis C Outcomes in the United States: A Modeling Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2022 Aug 24; 75(1):e1112-e1119.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34499124; PMCID: PMC8522427; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciab779;
  9. Bouton TC, Atarere J, Turcinovic J, Seitz S, Sher-Jan C, Gilbert M, White L, Zhou Z, Hossain MM, Overbeck V, Doucette-Stamm L, Platt J, Landsberg HE, Hamer DH, Klapperich C, Jacobson KR, Connor JH. Viral dynamics of Omicron and Delta SARS-CoV-2 variants with implications for timing of release from isolation: a longitudinal cohort study. medRxiv. 2022 Apr 05.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35411341; PMCID: PMC8996632; DOI: 10.1101/2022.04.04.22273429;
  10. Wigger GW, Bouton TC, Jacobson KR, Auld SC, Yeligar SM, Staitieh BS. The Impact of Alcohol Use Disorder on Tuberculosis: A Review of the Epidemiology and Potential Immunologic Mechanisms. Front Immunol. 2022; 13:864817.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35432348; PMCID: PMC9009367; DOI: 10.3389/fimmu.2022.864817;
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How Long Should You Isolate With COVID-19? Experts Are Split

Time 2/15/2024

Best of The Brink 2022: BU’s Most-Read Science and Research Stories

BU Today 12/13/2022

I Tested Positive for COVID-19 Right Before the Holidays. What Should I Do?

TIME 11/21/2022

Researchers examine the infectious periods in vaccinated individuals with SARS-CoV-2, omicron and delta variants

Medical Xpress 6/27/2022

Infectious period in healthy, vaccinated adults with SARS-CoV-2 is limited, study finds

News Medical 6/27/2022

Epstein-Barr may play a role in some long COVID; coronavirus can impair blood sugar processing by organs

Reuters 6/27/2022

A Bellwether for COVID-19

Harvard Medical School 6/8/2022

Some Test Positive for COVID for 10 Days or Longer

WebMD 6/1/2022

Covid-19 Can Leave You Infectious After Five or Even 10 Days

The Wall Street Journal 5/31/2022

Can I Stop Isolating If I’m Still Testing Positive for the Virus?

The New York Times 5/29/2022

After COVID infection, is five days of isolation enough?

Futurity 4/15/2022

Is Five Days of COVID Isolation Enough? New BU Study Has Some Answers

BU Today 4/12/2022

Tara C. Bouton, MD, MPH&TM, on the Boons of COVID Vax in Urban Health Providers

MedPage Today 1/28/2022

BU Scientists Are Prepared to Detect Omicron—and Other Variants

BU Today 12/9/2021

Projected Long-Term Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Outcomes Associated With Hepatitis C Virus

Infection Disease Advisor 10/7/2021

While state website crashed, a Mattapan Church opened to ‘a huge line’ on first day as a vaccination site

The Boston Globe 2/19/2021

You can get COVID-19 and the flu at the same time

Popular Science 11/16/2020

California resident gets co-infection with flu and coronavirus. Is this rare?

NBC News 10/30/2020

2019 NIH Office of AIDS Research Training Fellowship Award
2018 Brown University: Nora Kahn Piore Award
2018-2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund-ASTMH Postdoctoral Fellowship
2017 Brown University: Framework in Global Health, Global Health Scholarship
2016 Infectious Disease Society of America Trainee Travel Grant
2016 Center for AIDS Research Trainee Support Award
2011 Gold Humanism Honor Society
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