Roger Shapiro

Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases


Dr. Shapiro is an Associate Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. His primary research interests are in the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) and the reduction of morbidity and mortality among infants born to HIV-infected women. Since 1999, Dr. Shapiro has studied infant outcomes and peripartum PMTCT strategies among 1200 mothers and infants in the Mashi Study in Botswana. He is the principal investigator of the Mma Bana Study, which is evaluating virologic efficacy and HIV transmission rates among 730 women receiving 3 different antiretroviral combinations during pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding. In 2010-2011, Dr. Shapiro will be initiating a new NIH-funded clinical trial to reduce infant mortality among HIV-exposed infants.

Dr. Shapiro is also the principal investigator for a study of birth outcomes in Botswana that will evaluate more than 25,000 deliveries among HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected women. He is also a co-investigator for a pilot implementation study to provide male infant circumcision services in Botswana. Dr. Shapiro works closely with the Botswana PMTCT Programme, and is a member of the PMTCT Advisory Panel for the World Health Organization.

Dr. Shapiro is an Associate Director for Education at the Harvard Initiative for Global Health. In this capacity, he helps to mentor Infectious Disease fellows, residents, and students who are interested in research projects related to international HIV. Dr. Shapiro has helped to establish a Clinical Care and Research Fellowship at the Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Molepolole, Botswana to support fellows and junior faculty starting careers in international HIV.


Dr. Shapiro is the Faculty Director of the Botswana Clinical Fellowship Program, which supports Infectious Disease fellows, residents, and students who are starting careers in international HIV. He is an active member of the Infectious Disease Division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.


B.A., 1988, Yale University
M.D., 1993, New York University
M.P.H., 2003 Harvard School Of Public Health

1993-1996, Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA
1996-1998, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officer, Epidemic Intelligence Service, Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, GA
1998-1999, Fellowship in Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Hospital Appointments

2002-to present, Attending Physician, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Administrative Leadership Positions

2004-2008, Associate Director for Education of the Harvard Medical School Office of International Programs
2013-2015, Associate Director, Program in International HIV Research, Harvard Center for AIDS Research
2008-to present, Research Director, Botswana-BIDMC Clinical Training and Research Program, Scottish Livingstone Hospital, Botswana

Committee Service

2005-present, World Health Organization, Member of Scientific Advisory Committees for the Creation of Guidelines to Prevent Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission (2005-present), for Feeding of HIV-exposed Infants (2009-present), and for Adult and Pediatric HIV Treatment (2013)
2014-2015, World Health Organization, Member of the Toxicity Subcommittee for   Consolidated ARV Guidelines
2009-2015, DSMB Member, PROMOTE Study
2009-present, Harvard University Center for AIDS Research Executive Committee
2011-present, BIDMC Global Health Program
2012-present, Harvard Center for AIDS Research Scientific Working Group Planning Committee