School of Public Health

Walson, Judd

Judd L. Walson

Associate Professor, Global Health
Associate Professor, Medicine
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology


MPH Tufts University, 2000
BA Anthropology, Pitzer College, 1993
MD Tufts University, 2000

Contact Info

University of Washington
Box 359909
Seattle, WA
Tel: 206-744-3695

Judd Walson, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Global Health, Medicine (Allergy and Infectious Diseases), Pediatrics and Epidemiology (Adjunct). He has an extensive history of conducting large observational studies and clinical trials in Africa and Asia, funded by NIH, CDC, private foundations and industry. Dr. Walson’s research focuses on studies of infectious disease, including enteric and diarrheal disease, HIV and endemic co-infections, and their relationship to child survival and early childhood development. He has a number of ongoing studies of enteric disease, malnutrition and the microbiome. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of observational research and clinical trials, and works closely with numerous government and non-governmental organizations. He has strong relationships with stakeholders in Kenya, and a history of effective partnerships and collaborations with the Kenya Medical Research Unit, CDC-Kenya, the Walter Reed Research Unit Kenya and others. Dr. Walson has mentored over 60 post-doctoral, doctoral and masters levels trainees both in the US and overseas.

Research Interests

Dr. Walson is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington. He completed his training in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residencies at Duke University, a fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of Washington, and holds a Masters in Public Health from Tufts University. Dr. Walson has extensive experience in the design and implementation of large clinical trials in resource-limited settings. He has worked extensively in Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Thailand and Nepal. Dr. Walson is particularly interested in the effect of enteric infection and composition on immunologic function and growth. Dr. Walson is the Principal Investigator for DeWorm3, which aims to demonstrate the feasibility of interrupting the transmission of soil transmitted helminths. Dr. Walson is also the Co-Director of CHAIN, a large clinical platform in five countries in Africa and Asia designed to evaluate mortality and morbidity among acutely ill children with varying degrees of malnutrition and to develop and test interventions for this high risk population. In addition to his clinical research, Dr. Walson is the Director of the Global Health Strategic Analysis and Research Training Program (START), an innovative collaboration between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Washington.

In The News

Improving survival rates of malnourished children is critical, researchers say
New Vision, 02/16/2018

Antibiotics as treatment for diarrheal disease
ASPPH, 09/14/2016

Student Analyst Group becomes Center, Grows Collaborations
UW School of Public Health News, 10/10/2014