John C. Christenson, MD

John C. Christenson, MD

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Phone: 317-944-7260
Email: jcchrist@iu.edu
705 Riley Hospital Drive,
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Pediatric Infectious Diseases


Travel and geographic medicine, histoplasmosis, infection prevention, immunizations, vector-borne diseases, and musculoskeletal infections.

Dr. John C. Christenson is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease and Global Health. He completed his medical studies and pediatric residency at the University of Puerto Rico and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Christenson is board-certified in pediatric infectious diseases, and has a Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and a Certificate of Knowledge in Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine. Dr. Christenson's work in travel medicine is nationally recognized: he has presented at national and international conferences on travel medicine in children, and has written review articles on travel medicine for major infectious disease, pediatric and travel medicine journals. Dr. Christenson has for many years been involved in international educational and health projects in Central America and West Africa. In addition to travel and geographic medicine, his clinical interests are in medical education, clinical infectious diseases, histoplasmosis, hospital epidemiology, and immunizations.


1981 MD, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
1981-1984 Internship and Residency, Pediatrics. University of Puerto Rico, University Pediatric Hospital
1984-1987 Fellowship, Pediatric Infectious Diseases. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center


Faculty Teaching Award, University of Utah, Department of Pediatrics, 1989-1990
Faculty Teaching Award, University of Utah, Department of Pediatrics, 1990-1991
Teacher Recognition Award, Organization of Student Representatives, Association of American Medical Colleges, University of Utah, 1993-1994
“Dr. John Christenson” Department of Pediatrics Library, Hospital San Juan de Dios, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1996
The Best Doctors in America, Pacific Region, 1996-1997
University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics’ Quality through “U” Process Improvement Team Award (Immunization Task Force; team leader), 1997
Faculty Teaching Award, University of Utah, Department of Pediatrics, 1998-1999
Guide to Top Doctors, Infectious Diseases, Salt Lake City, Utah area; 1999
Morris Green Teaching Award in Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, 2002
Indiana University School of Medicine 2005 Trustee Teaching Award
Red Shoes Award, Riley Hospital for Children: July 2007, March 2009, February 2011, September 2012
Indianapolis Monthly Top Docs, Pediatric Infectious Diseases: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
The Best Doctors in America, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Indiana University School of Medicine 2008 Trustee Teaching Award
Outstanding teacher, Clinical Sciences, Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine Class of 2011
Indiana University School of Medicine 2012 Trustee Teaching Award
“Always Be the One” Award, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, December 31, 2012


Riley Hospital for Children
Riley at IU Health North Hospital
IU Health Methodist Hospital



• Fox TG, Manaloor JJ, Christenson, JC. Travel-related infections in children. Pediatr Clin North Am 2013;60:507-527.
• Christenson JC. Salmonella infections. Pediatr Rev 2013;34:375-383.
• Fox TG, Christenson JC. Influenza and parainfluenza virus infections in children. Pediatr Rev 2014;35:217-228.
• Hagmann S, Leshem E, Fischer PR, Stauffer W, Barnett E, and Christenson JC. Preparing children for international travel: Need for training and pediatric-focused research. J Travel Med 2014;21:377-383.
• Finnell SME, Rosenman MB, Christenson JC, Downs SM. Decolonization of children after incision and drainage for MRSA abscess: a retrospective cohort study. Clin Pediatr 2015;54:445-450.
• Myers AL, Christenson JC. Approach to immunization for the traveling child. Infect Dis Clin N Am 2015;29:745-757.
• Nichols KR, Knoderer CA, Jackson N, Manaloor JJ, Christenson JC. Success with extended-infusion meropenem after recurrence of baclofen pump-related Achromobacter xylosoxidans meningitis in an adolescent. J Pharm Pract 2015;28:430-433.
• Baker RM, Stegink RJ, Manaloor JJ, Schmidt BH, Stevens JC, Christenson JC. Malassezia pneumonia: a rare complication of TPN therapy. J Parenter Enteral Nutr, 2015. July 6. Epub ahead of print.
• Hagmann SHF, Christenson JC. Measles and the risk posed by international travelers at the time of elimination or post-elimination. Travel Med Infect Dis 2015;13:1-2.