Sarah Wood is a faculty member at PolicyLab, an Instructor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and an Attending Physician in the Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at CHOP. She began her career in healthcare as a teen health educator and street outreach worker, and built upon these experiences to develop a life-long career committed to improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Wood provides medical care to youth living with HIV at the CHOP Adolescent Initiative Clinic, and sexual and reproductive health care, including long-active reversible contraception, through CHOP’s Adolescent Gynecology Clinic. Her research focuses primarily on biomedical prevention of HIV in adolescents, with an emphasis on improving access and adherence to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. Dr. Wood is also the project leader for a CHOP quality improvement initiative aiming to improve chlamydia screening rates among young women seeking primary care. In addition to her U.S.-based efforts, Dr. Wood is involved in implementation science projects to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health services in Botswana.
Education and Training
MD - Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Adolescent Medicine - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Adolescent MedicineHIV MedicinePediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics
MS in Health Policy Research - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Titles and Academic Titles
Principal Investigator, PolicyLab
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Departments and Services
Wood S, Gross R, Shea JA, Bauermeister JA, Franklin J, Petsis D, Swyryn M, Lalley-Chareczko L, Koenig HC, Dowshen N: Barriers and Facilitators of PrEP Adherence for Young Men and Transgender Women of Color. AIDS and Behavior April 2019.
Wood Sarah M, McGeary Andrea, Wilson Michele, Taylor April, Aumaier Brenna, Petsis Danielle, Campbell Kenisha: Effectiveness of a Quality Improvement Intervention to Improve Rates of Routine Chlamydia Trachomatis Screening in Female Adolescents Seeking Primary Preventive Care. Journal of pediatric and adolescent gynecology 32(1): 32-38, Feb 2019.
Wood S, Ratcliffe S, Gowda C, Lee S, Dowshen NL and Gross R. : Impact of insurance coverage on HIV transmission potential among antiretroviral therapy-treated youth living with HIV. AIDS 32(7): 895-902, April 2018
Wood Sarah M, Schott Whitney, Marshal Michael P, Akers Aletha Y: Disparities in Body Mass Index Trajectories From Adolescence to Early Adulthood for Sexual Minority Women. The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine Sep 2017.
Wood Sarah M, Lowenthal Elizabeth, Lee Susan, Ratcliffe Sarah J, Dowshen Nadia: Longitudinal Viral Suppression Among a Cohort of Adolescents and Young Adults with Behaviorally Acquired Human Immunodeficiency Virus. AIDS patient care and STDs 31(9): 377-383, Sep 2017. PMCID: PMC5610408
Wood Sarah M, Lee Susan, Barg Frances K, Castillo Marne, Dowshen Nadia: Young Transgender Women's Attitudes Toward HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis. The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine 60(5): 549-555, May 2017. PMCID: PMC5401785
Truong Hong, Shah Samir S, Ludmir Jonathan, Twananana Ephraim O, Bafana Margaret, Wood Sarah M, Moffat Howard, Steenhoff Andrew P: Staphylococcus aureus skin and soft tissue infections at a tertiary hospital in Botswana. South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde 101(6): 413-6, Jun 2011.
Rowe JS, Shah SS, Motlhagodi S, Bafana M, Tawanana E, Truoung HT, Wood SM et al. An epidemiologic review of enteropathogens in Gaborone, Botswana: shifting patterns of resistance in an HIV-endemic region. PLoS One 2010 Jun 2,5 (6) e10924. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20543877.
Shah SS, Wood SM. Luan X, Ratner AJ. Decline in varicella-related ambulatory visits and hospitalizations in the United States since routine immunization against varicella. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 Mar; 29(3): 199-204. Cited in PubMed; PMCID: PMC2924155.
Wood Sarah M, Shah Samir S, Steenhoff Andrew P, Rutstein Richard M: The impact of AIDS diagnoses on long-term neurocognitive and psychiatric outcomes of surviving adolescents with perinatally acquired HIV. AIDS (London, England) 23(14): 1859-65, Sep 2009.
Wood Sarah M, Shah Samir S, Bafana Margaret, Ratner Adam J, Meaney Peter A, Malefho Kolaatamo C S, Steenhoff Andrew P: Epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia in Gaborone, Botswana. Infection control and hospital epidemiology 30(8): 782-5, Aug 2009. PMCID: PMC2905209
Steenhoff Andrew P, Wood Sarah M, Rutstein Richard M, Wahl Allison, McGowan Karin L, Shah Samir S: Invasive pneumococcal disease among human immunodeficiency virus-infected children, 1989-2006. The Pediatric infectious disease journal 27(10): 886-91, Oct 2008.
Wood Sarah M, Shah Samir S, Steenhoff Andrew P, Rutstein Richard M: Primary varicella and herpes zoster among HIV-infected children from 1989 to 2006. Pediatrics 121(1): e150-6, Jan 2008.
Sarah Wood, Robert Gross, Judy A. Shea, José A. Bauermeister, Joshua Franklin, Danielle Petsis, Meghan Swyryn, Linden Lalley-Chareczko, Helen Koenig, Nadia Dowshen: Characteristics of Social Support Networks among Young Men and Transgender Women of Color Receiving Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention. New Investigators Platform Presentation, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. March 2019.
Sarah M. Wood; Knashawn Morales; David Metzger; Annet Davis-Vogel; Danielle Fiore; Helen Koenig; Nadia Dowshen; Robert Gross; Ian Frank : Depression, network influences and uptake of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in men and transgender individuals screening for HIV prevention trial participation AIDS 2018 Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Poster presentation) Abstract WEPEC236, 2018
Wood SM, McGeary A, Wilson M, Petsis D, Campbell K.: Effectiveness of a quality improvement intervention to improve rates of routine Chlamydia trachomatis screening in adolescent females in primary care. Quality and Patient Safety Conference, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia May 2018.
Lazar N, Salas-Humara C, Wood S, Mollen C, Dowshen N. : Missed Opportunities for HIV Screening in Healthcare Settings. Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Annual Meeting March 2018.
Dowshen N, Wood SM, Fowler J.: Sexually Transmitted Infections in Adolescents and Young Adults. Comprehensive Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Zaoutis L, Chiang, V. (eds.). New York: McGraw-Hill Publishers, 2nd Edition : Chapter 45 2017.
Wood SM, Rutstein RM, Steenhoff AP. : Human immunodeficiency virus-exposed neonate and at-risk child. Pediatric Practice: Infectious Diseases. Shah, SS (eds.). New York: McGraw-Hill Publishers, 2009.
Posters and Presentations
Resnick D, Morales K, Gross R, Fiore D, Davis-Vogel A, Metzger D, Frank I, Wood SM: Prior sexually transmitted infection and HIV risk perception in a diverse at-risk population National HIV Prevention Conference March 2019 Notes: Poster presentation.
SM Wood, R Gross, J Shea, J Franklin, D Petsis, L Lalley-Chareczko, H Koenig, N Dowshen. : Barriers and facilitators of adherence to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among young meant and transgender women of color who have sex with men AIDS 2018 Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands Abstract WEPEC279, 2018 Notes: poster presentation.
Wood SM, McGeary A, Wilson M, Petsis D, Campbell K.: Effectiveness of a quality improvement intervention to improve rates of routine Chlamydia trachomatis screening in adolescent females in primary care. Quality and Patient Safety Conference, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA May 2018 Notes: poster presentation.
Lazar N, Salas-Humara C, Wood S, Mollen C, Dowshen N. : Missed Opportunities for HIV Screening in Healthcare Settings. Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA March 2018 Notes: poster presentation.
Wood SM, Dowshen N, Gowda C, Lee S, Ratclife S, Gross R.: Potential for HIV Transmission among Adolescents and Young Adults Receiving Antiretroviral Therapy 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (Oral abstract), Paris, France July 2017.
Wood SM, Schott W, Marshal M, Akers A.: Disparities in Body Mass Index for Sexual Minority Women Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Annual Meeting (Oral poster symposium), New Orleans March 2016.
Wood S, Lowenthal E, Lee S, Dowshen N.: Longitudinal patterns of Virologic Suppression among a cohort of behaviorally HIV-Infected youth. Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (Poster); Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD (Oral) February 2016.
Wood SM. "Social Network Characteristics of Young Men and Transgender Women using HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis," Center for AIDS Research Mid-Atlantic Consortium, University of Pennsylvania. Jan, 2019.
Wood SM. "Challenges of the Current HIV Diagnostic Algorithm: Management of PrEP and Diagnosis of Acute HIV Infection," Pan American Society for Clinical Virology, San Diego, CA. Nov, 2018.
Wood SM. "Review of the 2018 International AIDS Society Conference", Philadelphia Office of HIV Planning, Philadelphia, PA. Aug, 2018.
Wood SM. "Increasing Youth Engagement in the PrEP Care Continuum," University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research Annual Symposium. May, 2017.
Wood SM. "Mental Health Across the HIV Care Continuum," Connecting the Dots: Understanding the Intersection of HIV and Mental Health, Community Behavioral Health Office, Philadelphia. Sep, 2016.
Awards and Honors
2019, Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine Charles E. Irwin New Investigator Award Nominee
2017, Selected Mentee, Social Sciences and Behavioral Research Network Scientific Meeting, University of California, San Francisco
2017, Distinguished Research Trainee Award, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2016, Young Investigator Award Scholarship, Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections
2016, Travel Scholarship Award, Centers for AIDS Research National Meeting
2015-2017, Loan Repayment Award, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
2008, Dean's Award, Drexel University College of Medicine
2007, American Medical Association Foundation Seed Grant
2007, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
2007, Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Program for Integrated Learning, Drexel University College of Medicine
2006-2007, Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
2005, Association of Pathology Chairs Honor Society
Editorial and Academic Positions
2018-present, Reviewer, AIDS and Behavior
2017-present, Reviewer, Journal of the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
2017-present, Reviewer, Journal of Adolescent Health
2016-present, Reviewer, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
Academic and Institutional Committees
2018-present, Project Leader Quality Improvement Initiative, "Reducing Syphilis in High Risk Adolescents and Young Adults"
2018-present, Behavioral Health Population Health Working Group
2016-present, University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research, HIV Disparities Scientific Working Group
2016-present, Project Leader, Quality Improvement Initiative, "Improving Chlamydia Screening Rates in Primary Care," Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2015-present, HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Working Group, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2015-present, Associate Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Leadership and Memberships
Memberships in Professional Organizations
2014-present, Society for Pediatric Research
2014-present, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
2013-present, American Academy of HIV Medicine
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