7418-John, Chandy

Chandy C. John, MD

Distinguished Professor

705 Riley Hospital Drive
RI 5900

Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Chandy C. John, MD, MS, holds the Ryan White Endowed Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and is director of the Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease and Global Health at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. John’s research focuses on malaria pathogenesis, immunology and epidemiology.

Key discoveries of his collaborative research team include:

1) the first prospective studies to establish that severe malaria is associated with long-term cognitive impairment in children

2) identification of immunologic factors that increase risk of severe malaria and cognitive impairment after severe malaria

3) determination of geographic and immunologic factors that affect risk of malaria in areas of unstable malaria transmission

4) the first studies to show that hydroxyurea treatment is safe and effective for children with sickle cell anemia who live in malaria endemic areas

Dr. John is an active clinician, specializing in pediatric infectious diseases and tropical medicine. He conducts research and training programs in Kenya in collaboration with colleagues at the Kenya Medical Research Institute and Moi University, and in Uganda in collaboration with colleagues at Makerere University. He is the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed publications and 30 book chapters. Dr. John received the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society’s Young Investigator Award in 2004, and the Bailey K. Ashford Medal from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2011. Dr. John is also a writer who has published poetry, essays and short stories.

Dr. John served as president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2019, and currently serves as co-chair of the Thrasher Research Scientific Advisory Board, a member of the Fogarty International Center Advisory Board, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases.

Titles & Appointments

  • Distinguished Professor
  • Ryan White Professor of Pediatrics
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health
  • Division Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health
  • Education
    2001 MS Case Western Reserve University
    1998 Fellowship Case Western Reserve University
    1992 Residency University of Michigan
    1988 MD University of Michigan
    1984 BS University of Michigan
  • Research

    Malaria immunology and epidemiology, neurodevelopmental consequences of infection, severe malaria pathogenesis, severe malarial anemia and cerebral malaria, micronutrient deficiency and risk of malaria and other infections, malaria and other infections in children with sickle cell anemia.

    Chandy John Lab

    Grants and Publications

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  • Professional Organizations
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    American Pediatric Society
    American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    Infectious Diseases Society of America
    Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
    Society for Pediatric Research
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Infectious Diseases
    American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine
    American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatrics
  • Clinical Interests

    Pediatric infectious disease; malaria diagnosis and treatment.

    Clinical site: Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis

  • Awards
    Org: Indiana University
    Desc: Ryan White Endowed Chair in Pediatric Infectious Disease, 2015 - Present
    Scope: University
    Org: University of Minnesota
    Desc: Marguerite and James Dugger Endowed Professorship in Pediatrics, 2013 - 2014
    Scope: University
    Org: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    Desc: Bailey Ashford Medal, 2011
    Scope: National
    Org: University of Minnesota, Department of Pediatrics
    Desc: Outstanding Faculty Educator, 2007
    Scope: Department
    Org: Case Western Reserve University, Department of Pediatrics
    Desc: Outstanding Contribution to Resident Education, 2005
    Scope: Department
    Org: Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of America
    Desc: Young Investigator Award, 2004
    Scope: National

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