Dr. Dehority graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego in 1995, followed by receipt of an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco in 1999. He completed an internship in Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by residency training in Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico, fellowship training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Diego and completion of an Msc. in Epidemiology from the University of London.

Personal Statement

I provide clinical care to children with complicated infections, both in the inpatient and outpatient setting.
From a teaching/educational perspective, in addition to providing infectious disease teaching to residents and housestaff, I also teach evidence based medicine (EBM). I have taught EBM at McMasters' University (annual summer conference for faculty and housestaff in Canada) and for both residents and housestaff at UNM.
My research focuses on bone and joint infections and encephalitis. I am particularly interested in the pathophysiology of chronic osteomyelitis, specifically any genetic determinants of disease. I also am involved in encephalitis work in Sri Lanka, investigating the long-term neurocognitive effects in children surviving the disease.
I am also interested in research ethics, serving as chair of the IRB at the University of New Mexico and providing presentations on research ethics at the School of Medicine. I currently serve as the Principal Investigator for the Moderna pediatric vaccine trial and the NIH funded RECOVER study at the University of New Mexico.

Areas of Specialty

Pediatric Infectious Disease
Evidence Based Medicine
Pathophysiology of osteoarticular infections
Tropical encephalitis
Research Ethics


General Pediatrics (American Academy of Pediatrics) Pediatric Infectious Disease (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Achievements & Awards

Highlights/Recent Awards:

Outstanding Lecturer/Didactic Teaching Award (Department of Pediatrics)
Faculty Speaker Award (School of Medicine, Pediatrics)
Faculty Service Award (Departmental)

Principal Investigator, NIH R21 grant (R21HD093563)
Project Title: Building Research Capacity in Child Neurology: A US/Sri Lanka Research Collaborative

Co-Investigator, NIH R21 grant (1R21HD095100-01)
Project Title:Aqueous-based two-step spray drying as a taste masking drug delivery platform.

Infectious Disease Society of America ‘GERM’ (Grants for Emerging Researchers Mentorship) grant
Project Title: Genetic Composition of Non-Invasive Staphylococcus aureus isolates in Children

5-1-22 to present
Principal Investigator, NIH 1OT2HD108106-01. University of New Mexico site.
Project Title: Improving pediatric COVID-19 vaccine uptake using an mHealth tool: a randomized, controlled trial.

1-26-22 to present
Principal Investigator, NIH/ISPCTN Pilot usability study (1 OT2HD108106-01). University of New Mexico Site
Project Title: Improving COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake Using mHealth Tools: A Qualitative Study.

9-2-21 to present
Co-Principal Investigator, NIH SARS-CoV-2 Recovery Cohort OTA, UNM Site
Project Title: Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection (PASC)

7-1-21 to present
Principal Investigator, NIH/ISPCTN Pilot study (1 OT2HD108106-01). University of New Mexico Site
Project Title: Improving COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake Using mHealth Tools: A Qualitative Study.

3-1-21 to present
Principal Investigator, University of New Mexico Site
Project Title: A Phase 2/3, two-part, open-label, dose escalation, age de-escalation and randomized, observer-blind, placebo-controlled expansion study to evaluate the safety, tolerability, reactogenicity and effectiveness of mRNA-1273 SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in healthy children 6 months to less than 12 years of age.

University of New Mexico Clinical Translational Science Center Pilot Grant
Project Title: Analysis of Genetic Determinants of Invasive Disease in Pediatric Staphylococcus aureus Infection

Principal Investigator, University of New Mexico Signature Program in Child Health Grant
Project Title: Validation of a Novel Use for a Multiplex Cytokine Assay by Application to Synovial Fluid Analysis in Children with Septic Arthritis

Co-Investigator, University of New Mexico Clinical and Translational Sciences Center Inter-Institutional Pilot Project Award
Project Title: Host Pathogen Genomic Determinants of Pediatric Respiratory Infections.




  • English

Courses Taught

Departmental/Housestaff Evidence-Based Medicine Curriculum
Evidence-based medicine (EBM Workshop, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada)

Research and Scholarship

---Infectious Disease Outbreaks, Pandemics and Hollywood: Hope and Fear across Nine Decades of Cinema. JAMA. 2020;25(5):423-430. doi:10.10001/jama.2020.7287.
---Auwen A, Emmons M, Dehority W. Portrayal of Immunization in American Cinema: 1925-2016. Clin Pediatr. 2020;59(4-5):360-368. PMID 31965824.
---Dehority W, Plaster S, Helmig K, Huff N, Parsons A, Tigert SL, Silva S. Assessment of synovial fluid and serum cytokine levels in children with septic arthritis. J Investig Med. 2021;69(5):1059-1062. PMID 33579676.
---Cantey PT, Weeks J, Edwards M, Rao S, Ostovar GA, Dehority W, et al. The emergence of zoonotic Onchocerca lupi infection in the United States---A case series. Clin Infect Dis. 2016;62(6):778-783. PMID 26611778.
---Johnston JJ, Murray-Krezan C, Dehority W. Suppurative complications of acute hematogenous osteomyelitis in children. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2017;26(6):491-496. PMID 28181919.