Judd Walson

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Global Health
Professor, Medicine - Allergy and Infectious Dis.
Professor, Pediatrics
Vice Chair, Global Health



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



University of Washington
325 Ninth Avenue, Box 359909
Seattle, WA 98104


Dr. Walson is an infectious disease physician and the Vice Chair of the Department of Global Health and a Professor of Global Health, Medicine, Pediatrics and Epidemiology. He has extensive experience working in research, public health programming, policy development, product development and clinical practice. His research focuses on interventions to improve child survival, growth and development Africa and South-Asia. He collaborates with ministries of health, NGO’s and academic partners in Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Uganda. He also serves as the principal investigator of several large multi-country clinical trials where he has successfully developed and strengthened international partnerships across academic, public health, industry, governmental and multilateral organizations.

Research Interests

Dr. Walson is a Professor at the University of Washington. He completed his training in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 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.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Effect of 3 Days of Oral Azithromycin on Young Children With Acute Diarrhea in Low-Resource Settings: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
(2021 Dec 1)
JAMA Netw Open 4(12): e2136726
Antibiotics for Children With Diarrhea (ABCD) Study Group., Ahmed T, Chisti MJ, Rahman MW, Alam T, Ahmed D, Parvin I, Kabir MF, Sazawal S, Dhingra P, Dutta A, Deb S, Chouhan A, Sharma AK, Jaiswal VK, Dhingra U, Walson JL, Singa BO, Pavlinac PB, McGrath CJ, Nyabinda C, Deichsel EL, Anyango M, Kariuki KM, Rwigi D, Tornberg-Belanger SN, Kotloff KL, Sow SO, Tapia MD, Haidara FC, Mehta A, Coulibaly F, Badji H, Permala-Booth J, Tennant SM, Malle D, Bar-Zeev N, Dube Q, Freyne B, Cunliffe N, Ndeketa L, Witte D, Ndamala C, Cornick J, Qamar FN, Yousafzai MT, Qureshi S, Shakoor S, Thobani R, Hotwani A, Kabir F, Mohammed J, Manji K, Duggan CP, Kisenge R, Sudfeld CR, Kibwana U, Somji S, Bakari M, Msemwa C, Samma A, Bahl R, De Costa A, Simon J, Ashorn P

Minimally Invasive Postmortem Intestinal Tissue Sampling in Malnourished and Acutely Ill Children Is Feasible and Informative.
(2021 Dec 15)
Clin Infect Dis 73(Supplement_5): S382-S389
Feutz E, Voskuijl W, Finch PJ, Liu TC, Bandsma RHJ, Tarr PI, Moxon CA, VanBuskirk K, Lawrence S, Umutesi G, Tickell KD, Berkley JA, Walson JL, Kamiza S, Denno DM

Community Drug Distributor Knowledge, Attitudes, and Motivation Surrounding Mass Drug Administration for Soil-Transmitted Helminths in India.
Front Public Health 9(): 714606
Aruldas K, Kaliappan SP, Israel GJ, Palanisamy G, Johnson J, Titus A, Walson JL, Means AR, Ajjampur SSR

Establishing control and breaking transmission: the importance of accurately classifying cure following treatment for soil-transmitted helminths.
(2021 Nov)
Lancet Reg Health West Pac 16(): 100288
Walson JL

Strengthening the role of community health workers in supporting the recovery of ill, undernourished children post hospital discharge: qualitative insights from key stakeholders in Bangladesh and Kenya.
(2021 Nov 15)
BMC Health Serv Res 21(1): 1234
Njeru RW, Uddin MF, Zakayo SM, Sanga G, Charo A, Islam MA, Hossain MA, Kimani M, Mwadhi MK, Ogutu M, Chisti MJ, Ahmed T, Walson JL, Berkley JA, Jones C, Theobald S, Muraya K, Sarma H, Molyneux S

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