Saint Louis University

 Edwin Trevathan, MD

Research Interests: Childhood neurological and developmental disabilities; Global Health

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Courses Taught:  Introduction to Global Health (PUBH 201)

Education History: BS (chemistry), Lipscomb University
MD, Emory
 University School of Medicine
MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Residency in Pediatrics, Yale University
Residency in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, CDC

Dean: 2010 - 2015

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Edwin Trevathan, MD, MPH, a child neurologist and epidemiologist, is internationally known for his expertise in childhood epilepsy, disorders of the developing brain, developmental disabilities, and birth defects. Dr. Trevathan was the Founding Dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice, and is Professor of Epidemiology, Neurology, and Pediatrics. While Dr. Trevathan was dean, more than 40 new full-time faculty members were recruited to SLU Public Health, and new programs and international collaborations were established.

Prior to assuming his position as dean, Dr. Trevathan was a national center director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, where he was responsible for many of the CDC's activities in areas of child health and development, neurological disorders, maternal and child health, genetics, blood disorders, birth defects and developmental disabilities. While at CDC Dr. Trevathan also served as the Strategic Lead for the pediatric response to the 2009 H1N1 worldwide flu epidemic, and was a senior investigator for epidemic investigations of Nodding Syndrome in Uganda. As an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) at CDC in the late 1980's, he directed a team of investigators who established the diagnostic criteria for Rett Syndrome - then a newly described neurogenetic disorder.

Dr. Trevathan was previously Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Center and Director of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis, and Neurologist-in-Chief at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Trevathan has also held faculty positions at the University of Kentucky and at Emory University. Dr. Trevathan has served on a variety of U.S. national committees, and various committees of the Institute of Medicine and of the World Health Organization. Dr. Trevathan has authored or co-authored over 100 clinical and scientific publications, and he lectures nationally and internationally.