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Texas Medical Center

Infectious Disease
Phone: 832-824-4330


1102 Bates AvenueSuite 550
Suite 550
Houston, TX 77030

Jill E. Weatherhead, MD, MSc, cTropMed, FAAP

Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship Tropical and Global Medicine Track

Director of Medical Education, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Tropical Medicine and Section of Infectious Diseases; Department of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases


School Education Degree Year
Baylor College of Medicine Masters Masters of Science 2017
Baylor College of Medicine Other Diploma of Tropical Medicine, Certificate of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2016
Baylor College of Medicine Fellowship Pediatric Infectious Diseases 2016
Baylor College of Medicine Fellowship Infectious Diseases 2015
Baylor College of Medicine Residency Internal Medicine/Pediatrics 2013
Michigan State University Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2009


Dr. Weatherhead is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric infectious diseases, internal medicine and adult infectious disease with a sub-specialty Certificate in Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health (cTropMed) from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She is the Director of the Pediatric Tropical Medicine clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital and the Adult Tropical Medicine clinic in Harris Health System in Houston, TX. The Tropical Medicine clinics aim to diagnose and treat children and adults in the Houston area with parasitic and tropical diseases including Chagas Disease, leishmaniasis, neurocysticercosis, and soil-transmitted helminths. We also evaluate patients with eosinophilia for possible infectious etiologies. Dr. Weatherhead is the Director of Medical Education at the National School of Tropical Medicine (NSTM) at BCM and teaches didactic courses on tropical medicine and global health as well as lab-based parasitology diagnostic techniques. As a physician-scientist, Dr. Weatherhead’s clinical and scientific work is motivated by her passion and determination to improve the lives of millions of people living in parasite-endemic, poverty-stricken communities around the world. Her research focuses on parasite-host immune response interactions that lead to long-term morbidity in children. Understanding the impact of parasites on the host immune response may lead to novel therapeutic agents such as vaccines against neglected tropical diseases.

Clinical Interests:

Tropical medicine, traveler’s health, parasitic infections, eosinophilia

Research Interests:

Parasitic infections, Parasite – Host immune response interactions, Parasitic causes of end-organ disease, eosinophilia


Organization Name Role
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene cTropMed Committee Member
Infectious Disease Society of America, Global Health Advisory Committee Member
Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Consortium: Malaria and Tropical Medicine Expert Work Group Member
Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, Publications Committee Member

Selected Publications

Weatherhead JE. Pediatric Pharmacotherapy: Anthelminthic Treatment. Handbook Experimental Pharmacology 2019 Sep 26;. doi: 10.1007/164_2019_254. PubMed PMID: 31555913.

Weatherhead JE, Porter P, Coffey A, Haydel D, Versteeg L, Zhan B, Gazzinelli Guimarães AC, Fujiwara R, Jaramillo AM, Bottazzi ME, Hotez PJ, Corry DB, Beaumier CM. Ascaris Larval Infection and Lung Invasion Directly Induce Severe Allergic Airway Disease in Mice. Infection and Immunity 2018 Dec;86(12). doi: 10.1128/IAI.00533-18. Print 2018 Dec. PubMed PMID: 30249744.

Weatherhead JE, Hotez PJ, Mejia R. The Global State of Helminth Control and Elimination in Children. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2017 Aug;64(4):867-877. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2017.03.005. Review. PubMed PMID: 28734515.

Weatherhead J, Cortés AA, Sandoval C, Vaca M, Chico M, Loor S, Cooper PJ, Mejia R. Comparison of Cytokine Responses in Ecuadorian Children Infected with Giardia, Ascaris, or Both Parasites. American Journal of Tropical Medicine Hygiene. 2017 Jun;96(6):1394-1399. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.16-0580. PubMed PMID: 28719267.

Briggs* N, Weatherhead* J, Sastry KJ, Hotez PJ. The Hygiene Hypothesis and Its Inconvenient Truths about Helminth Infections. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 2016 Sep;10(9):e0004944. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004944. 2016 Sep. PubMed PMID: 27632204.

Weatherhead JE, Hotez PJ. Worm Infections in Children. Pediatric Reviews. 2015 Aug;36(8):341-52; quiz 353-4. doi: 10.1542/pir.36-8-341. PubMed PMID: 26232464.

PubMed Publications

Google Scholar Publications

Awards & Honors

Faculty of the Year, Adult Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, Baylor College of Medicine, 2020

Dean’s Award of Excellence, Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Research, 2020-2021

National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Recipient, 2019-2021

Fellow American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017

* Texas Children's Hospital physicians' licenses and credentials are reviewed prior to practicing at any of our facilities. Sections titled From the Doctor, Professional Organizations and Publications were provided by the physician's office and were not verified by Texas Children's Hospital.