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)

Emergency care interventions for paediatric severe acute respiratory infections in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review and narrative synthesis.
(2023 Jun 9)
J Glob Health 13(): 04065
Relan P, Garbern SC, O'Reilly G, Bills CB, Schultz M, Kivlehan S, Trehan I, Becker TK

Monoclonal Antibody and Antiviral Therapy for Mild-to-Moderate COVID-19 in Pediatric Patients.
(2023 Jan 1)
Pediatr Infect Dis J 42(1): 32-34
Vora SB, Englund JA, Trehan I, Waghmare A, Kong A, Adler A, Zerr DM

A systematic review of acute and emergency care interventions for adolescents and adults with severe acute respiratory infections including COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries.
(2022 Nov 8)
J Glob Health 12(): 05039
Garbern SC, Relan P, O'Reilly GM, Bills CB, Schultz M, Trehan I, Kivlehan SM, Becker TK

How do children with severe underweight and wasting respond to treatment? A pooled secondary data analysis to inform future intervention studies.
(2023 Jan)
Matern Child Nutr 19(1): e13434
Odei Obeng-Amoako GA, Stobaugh H, Wrottesley SV, Khara T, Binns P, Trehan I, Black RE, Webb P, Mwangome M, Bailey J, Bahwere P, Dolan C, Boyd E, Briend A, Myatt MA, Lelijveld N

Potential Impacts of Mass Nutritional Supplementation on Measles Dynamics: A Simulation Study.
(2022 Oct 12)
Am J Trop Med Hyg 107(4): 863-872
Noori N, Skrip LA, Oron AP, McCarthy KA, Proctor JL, Chabot-Couture G, Althouse BM, Phelan KPQ, Trehan I

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