Walter Dehority, MD, MSc


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.

Areas of Specialty

Pediatric Infectious Disease

Evidence Based Medicine

Pathophysiology of osteoarticular infections

Tropical encephalitis Research Ethics

Achievements & 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 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.

Courses Taught

Departmental/Housestaff Evidence-Based Medicine Curriculum

Research and Scholarship

Infectious Disease Outbreaks, Pandemics and Hollywood: Hope and Fear across Nine Decades of Cinema. JAMA. 2020. doi:10.10001/jama.2020.7287. Online ahead of print.

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.

Gill A, Muller M, Pavlik D, Eldredge J, Johnston J, Eickman M, Dehority W. Non-typhoidal Salmonella osteomyelitis in immunocompetent children without hemoglobinopathies: A case series and systematic review of the literature. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2017;36(9):910-912. PMID 28134744.

Pavlik DF, Johnston JJ, Eldredge JD, Dehority W. Non-type B Haemophilus influenzae septic arthritis in children. J Pediatr Infect Dis Society. 2016;6(3):e134-e139. PMID 27150112.