• Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Pediatrics - General Pediatrics
  • Adjunct Professor, Health Systems and Population Health
Denno Donna

Department of Pediatrics
6200 NE 74th Street, Suite 110
Box 354920
Seattle, WA 98115
United States

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Donna Denno, MD, MPH is a pediatrician and a Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Washington School of Medicine with a Joint appointment in the Department of Global Health and Adjunct appointment in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health in the School of Public Health. Her clinical, teaching, advocacy and research career has been dedicated to reducing health care and health disparities among under-resourced communities, both domestically and globally. Dr. Denno teaches GH/HSERV 544 MCH in LMICs. Her research interests include the intertwining roles of gastrointestinal infections, enteric dysfunction, and malnutrition on child survival and health, as well as health services approaches to improving child and adolescent health.

  • MD (University of Michigan)
  • MPH (University of Washington)
Country Affiliations 
Health Topics 
  • Causes of Death
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Child Mortality
  • Diarrheal Diseases
  • Health Disparities
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Social Determinants of Health
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Feutz E, Voskuijl W, Finch PJ, Liu TC, Bandsma RHJ, Tarr PI, Moxon CA, VanBuskirk K, Lawrence S, Umutesi G, Tickell KD, Berkley JA, Walson JL, Kamiza S, Denno DM. Minimally Invasive Postmortem Intestinal Tissue Sampling in Malnourished and Acutely Ill Children Is Feasible and Informative. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Dec 15;73(Supplement_5):S382-S389. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab790. PMID: 34910181; PMCID: PMC8672761.

Paganelli CR, Kassebaum N, Strong K, Suchdev PS, Voskuijl W, Bassat Q, Blau DM, Denno DM. Guidance for Systematic Integration of Undernutrition in Attributing Cause of Death in Children. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Dec 15;73(Supplement_5):S374-S381. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab851. PMID: 34910171; PMCID: PMC8672773.

Liu T, VanBuskirk K, Ali A, Iqbal N, Kelly MP, Holtz L, Yilmaz OH, Sadiq K, Iqbal N, Amadi B, Syed S, Ahmed T, Moore S, Ndao M, Isaacs M, Pfeifer J, Atlas H, Tarr PI, Denno DM, Moskaluk C. A novel histological index for evaluation for environmental enteric dysfunction identifies geographic-specific features of enteropathy among children with suboptimal growth. PLOS Negl Trop Dis Jan 13 2020: 13:14(1):e0007975. PMID: 31929525. PMCID: PMC6980693. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0007975

Denno DM, Tarr PI, Nataro JP. Environmental enteric dysfunction: A case definition for intervention trials. AJTMH. Dec 97(6):1643-1646, 2017. PMID:29016294; PMCID:PMC5805039. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.17-0183

Denno DM, Hoopes A, Chandra-Mouli V. Effective strategies to provide adolescent sexual and reproductive health services and to increase demand and community support. J Adolescent Health. Jan;56(1 Suppl):S22-41, 2015. PMID:25528977. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.09.012