Sarah M. Wood, MD, MSHP

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
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