Research Interests: Childhood neurological and developmental disabilities; Global Health
Courses Taught: Introduction to Global Health (PUBH 201)
Education History: BS (chemistry), Lipscomb University
Dean since: 2010
Edwin Trevathan, MD, MPH was Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta prior to moving to SLU as Dean in 2010. As a member of the senior leadership team at CDC, Dr. Trevathan was responsible for many of the CDC's activities in areas of child development, maternal and child health, genetics, blood disorders, birth defects and developmental disabilities.
Under his leadership, the CDC engaged in several productive collaborations in China, Latin America and Africa. A practicing pediatric neurologist, Dr. Trevathan was previously Professor, 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 served on a variety of U.S. national committees that impact child health and neurological disorders, such as the Federal Advisory Committee of the National Children's Study, the Autism Interagency Coordinating Committee, and the Institute of Medicine committees on epilepsy and prevention of birth defects. While at CDC he also served as the Strategic Lead for the pediatric response to the 2009 H1N1 flu epidemic. His global health experience includes public health and development activities in Honduras, and epidemiologic studies in Uganda and China.
Since Dr. Trevathan assumed his position as dean, more than 20 new full-time faculty members have been recruited to SLU Public Health, international collaborations have been expanded, and the new College for Public Health & Social Justice has been developed with its five departments plus the School of Social Work, and several multi-disciplinary centers and institutes.
Dr. Trevathan has conducted epidemiologic studies of childhood neurological and developmental disabilities, has directed multi-national clinical trials, and has authored or co-authored over 100 clinical and scientific publications. He serves on several editorial boards, and lectures nationally and internationally.