Sarah Wood, MD, MSHP is a clinician investigator and an Adolescent Medicine and HIV specialist with a career focus on reducing racial inequities in sexual health care delivery for adolescents and young adults. Over the past decade, she has led clinical research exploring optimal implementation strategies for evidence-based HIV and STI prevention practices in adolescents and young adults. Her mixed methods research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Penn Center for AIDS Research, and the Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center. Her research uses implementation science to improve the integration of sexual health preventative services into primary care for adolescents, and aims to ameliorate disparities in health care delivery.
Dr. Wood is the project leader of an American Board of Pediatrics-approved quality improvement initiative to improve STI screening among adolescent girls and young women. She has expertise in identifying multi-level barriers to uptake of sexual health services in a variety of health care contexts. She has a long history of community-informed implementation science research, including collaborations with community Title X-funded family planning clinics and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health through the Ending the HIV Epidemic partnership. She leads a computational science research lab, which focuses on data-driven approaches to improving implementation of sexual health services in pediatric primary care.