Sarah M. Wood, MD, MSHP

Sarah M. Wood, MD, MSHP

Sarah M. Wood, MD, MSHP, is an attending physician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: HIV, HIV prevention, Family Planning, Adolescent medicine
Locations: Specialty Care, Market Street
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)


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.

Education and Training

Medical School

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

Board Certification

Adolescent Medicine

Graduate Degree

MS in Health Policy Research - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Instructor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




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. Read the article

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. Read the article


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.



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


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.

Invited Lectures


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 Continnum," Connecting the Dots: Understanding the Intersection of HIV and Mental Health, Community Behavioral Health Office, Philadelphia. Sep, 2016.

Awards and Honors

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

Editorial Positions

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

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

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