Indi Trehan

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



BS University of California (Berkeley),




My major academic interests are in the development of a better understanding of the pathophysiology underlying chronic and acute childhood malnutrition, improving the diagnosis and treatment of malnourished children, and improvements in the diagnosis and management of tropical infectious diseases. The majority of my research experience in these domains has come in the conduct of large clinical trials in rural Malawi as well as in smaller hospital-based cohort studies to complement my clinical experience caring for children and adults in austere settings around the world. I serve as an advisor and consultant to UNICEF, Action Against Hunger, Médecins Sans Frontières, the Alliance for International Medical Action, and Friends Without a Border.

My clinical work abroad has spanned numerous countries and settings, including emergency care in Haiti, directing an Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone, and primary care in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, but I am most passionate about training of local health care providers in evidence-based cost-effective care that maximizes survival and human potential. I took an academic sabbatical to manage clinical operations in rural Liberia for Partners in Health and then as the Medical Director and Executive Director of Lao Friends Hospital for Children in 2017-2019, before moving to Seattle in January 2020.

Research Interests

Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
Child Mortality
Clinical Mentoring
Community Health Workers
Diarrheal Diseases
Education and Training
Emergency Medicine
Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
Infectious Diseases
Neglected Diseases, Tropical Medicine (incl. Parasites)
Nutrition, Clean Water, and Food Security
Trop. Med (incl. Parasites)

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Croup during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Omicron Variant Surge.
(2022 May 10)
J Pediatr
TunÒ« EM, Koid Jia Shin C, Usoro E, Thomas-Smith SE, Trehan I, Migita RT, Keilman AE

Amoxicillin Dose and Duration of Treatment and Need for Antibiotic Re-treatment in Children With Community-Acquired Pneumonia.
(2022 Mar 15)
JAMA 327(11): 1089-1090
Park BL, Trehan I

Keeping It Real: Antibiotic Use Problems and Stewardship Solutions in Low- and Middle-income Countries.
(2022 Mar 1)
Pediatr Infect Dis J 41(3S): S18-S25
Basu S, Copana R, Morales R Jr, Anugulruengkitt S, Puthanakit T, Maramba-Lazarte C, Williams P, Musembi J, Boga M, Issack M, Hokororo A, Falade AG, Trehan I, Molyneux E, Arscott-Mills T, Alemayehu T, Bryant PA

Children living with disabilities are neglected in severe malnutrition protocols: a guideline review.
(2022 Jul)
Arch Dis Child 107(7): 637-643
Engl M, Binns P, Trehan I, Lelijveld N, Angood C, McGrath M, Groce N, Kerac M

Community-based management of acute malnutrition for infants under 6 months of age is safe and effective: analysis of operational data.
(2021 Dec 17)
Public Health Nutr
Woeltje MM, Evanoff AB, Helmink BA, Culbertson DL, Maleta KM, Manary MJ, Trehan I

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