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Sarah M. Wood, MD, MSHP
Sarah M. Wood
Attending Physician

Dr. Wood's research focuses on improving health service delivery to reduce HIV and STI incidence in adolescents and young adults. Her current projects examine improving uptake and adherence of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis in sexual and gender minority youth, increasing STI and HIV screening in primary care, and identifying patient, neighborhood, and clinic-based barriers to HIV and sexual health service delivery.



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Sarah Wood, MD, is a faculty member at PolicyLab, an instructor of Pediatrics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and an attending physician in the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She began her career in health care as a teen health educator and street outreach worker, and built upon these experiences to develop a lifelong 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.

To date, some of Dr. Wood's notable career accomplishments include the following awards:

  • Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Young Investigator Award, 2015
  • F32 post-doctoral fellowship award from NIMH examine barriers to PrEP adherence in young men and transgender women of color, 2016-2018
  • Center for AIDS Research Pilot Award, 2016
  • Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center Pilot Award, 2017
  • CHOP Distinguished Research Trainee Award, 2018

Education and Training

BA, DePaul University (History/Women's Studies), 1998

MD, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2003

Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Adolescent Medicine), 2017

MS, University of Pennsylvania (Health Policy Research), 2017

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Instructor of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

American Academy of HIV Medicine, 2012-

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, 2014-

Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 2015-

Professional Awards

Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2006-2007

Young Investigator Award, Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, 2015

Travel Scholarship Award, Center for AIDS Research National Meeting, 2016

Distinguished Research Trainee Award, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2017

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