Sara Handley

Associate Fellow

Sara Handley, MD, MSCE

  • Attending Physician, Division of Neonatology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Instructor, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

Sara Handley, MD, MSCE is an attending physician in the Division of Neonatology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Instructor in Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Handley is a health services researcher focused on evaluating the impact of the perinatal health care system, including structure, culture, and process, on perinatal care quality and outcomes. Perinatal health system factors in her research include perinatal regionalization (e.g. levels of care, risk-appropriate care delivery), organizational culture (e.g. patient-centered care culture), and neonatal care processes (i.e. resuscitation, umbilical cord management at birth). Dr. Handley has a particular interest in and focus on the intersection and interaction of organizational factors in maternal and neonatal care and the impact on the mother-infant dyad. Her research is conducted in collaboration with a multidisciplinary group of LDI faculty in neonatology (Scott Lorch, MD, MSCE), maternal-fetal medicine (Sindhu Srinivas, MD, MSCE), biostatistics (Jesse Hsu, PhD, MS), and health care management (Ingrid Nembhard, PhD, MS).

Dr. Handley received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She was a pediatric resident at the University of California San Francisco, where she participated in the Clinical and Translational Research Pathway. While a neonatology fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, she was supported by a training grant from the National Institute of Health and received her Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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