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.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

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

Global emergency medicine: A scoping review of the literature from 2020.
(2021 Nov)
Acad Emerg Med 28(11): 1328-1340
Trehan I, Kivlehan SM, Balhara KS, Bonney J, Hexom BJ, Pousson AY, Quao NSA, Rybarczyk MM, Selvam A, Nicholson BD, Bhaskar N, Becker TK, theGlobal Emergency Medicine Literature Review (GEMLR) Group.

Establishing the Effectiveness of Interventions Provided to First Responders to Prevent and/or Treat Mental Health Effects of Response to a Disaster: A Systematic Review.
(2021 Feb)
Disaster Med Public Health Prep 15(1): 115-126
Winders WT, Bustamante ND, Garbern SC, Bills C, Coker A, Trehan I, Osei-Ampofo M, Levine AC, GEMLR.

The effects of mobile health on emergency care in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review and narrative synthesis.
(2021 Apr 3)
J Glob Health 11(): 04023
Winders WT, Garbern SC, Bills CB, Relan P, Schultz ML, Trehan I, Kivlehan SM, Becker TK, McQuillan R

The past informs the future: inpatient mortality in severe childhood malnutrition.
(2020 Oct 1)
Am J Clin Nutr 112(4): 911-912
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