Penn Center for AIDS Research

Elizabeth Lowenthal

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Faculty, Center for AIDS Research, University of Pennsylvania
Investigator, Center for Pharmacoepidemiology Research and Training (CPeRT), University of Pennsylvania
Clinical Core Co-Director, Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), University of Pennsylvania
Executive Committee, Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
Department: Pediatrics

Contact information
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, Room 11242
734 Schuykill Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Office: 267-426-2306
Fax: 267-426-0380
Graduate Group Affiliations
B.A. (Biology)
Augustana College, 1995.
MD (Medicine)
Baylor College of Medicine, 2000.
MSCE (Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2012.
Post-Graduate Training
Pediatrics Residency, Baylor College of Medicine, Affiliated Hospitals, 2000-2003.
General Pediatrics Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2008-2010.
American Board of Pediatrics, 2003.
American Academy of HIV Medicine, 2011.
American College of Epidemiology, 2013.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Lowenthal is a pediatrician with expertise in pediatric and adolescent HIV care. Between 2004 and 2008, she was the Clinic Director of the Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence (Botswana, Africa), providing care and treatment for over 1500 HIV-infected children and adolescents. She is currently a staff physician at the Special Immunology Family Care Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she provides both general pediatric care and HIV-related care.

Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Lowenthal's research is focused on issues of importance to international child health. The majority of her work relates to the care and treatment of HIV-infected children and adolescents. She is currently Principal Investigator for two NIH R01 awards and an NIH training grant. She has active research collaborations in Botswana, Dominican Republic, and Nigeria. Her studies incorporate mixed-methods approaches and have included large cohort studies, clinical trials, and qualitative research. Dr. Lowenthal is a passionate mentor of junior investigators, particularly those focused on issues of importance to child health in resource-limited settings. She is a member of the Treatment Scientific Committee for the International Maternal Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network and a member of the NIH-sponsored Adolescent HIV Prevention and Treatment Implementation Science Alliance (AHISA). At CHOP, she is Research Director for Global Health and Director of the Global Health Research Affinity Group.

Selected Publications

Amelia E. Van Pelt, Conor Drakeley, Ontibile Tshume, Mogomotsi Matshaba, Elizabeth D. Lowenthal, Rinad S. Beidas: Medical stakeholder perspectives on implementing a computerized battery to identify neurocognitive impairments among youth in Botswana. 13th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health. NIH and Academy Health, December 2020.

Harriet Okatch, Knashawn H. Morales, Rachel Rogers, Jennifer Chapman, Tafireyi Marukutira, Ontibile Tshume, Mogomotsi Matshaba, Robert Gross, Elizabeth D. Lowenthal: Trends in HIV treatment adherence before and after HIV status disclosure to adolescents in Botswana. Journal of Adolescent Health. SAHM, 67(4), October 2020 Notes:

Sarah Maghraoui, Elizabeth D Lowenthal, Tyler M. Moore: Uncovering Differences between Parent and Child Completed Pediatric Symptom Checklists in Botswana. 12th Annual CHOP Global Health Conference October 2020.

Amelia Van Pelt, Conor Drakeley, Mogomotsi Matshaba, Ontibile Tshume, Elizabeth Lowenthal, Rinad Beidas: Medical Stakeholder Perspectives on Implementing a Computerized Battery to Identify Neurocognitive Impairment among Youth in Botswana. 12th Annual CHOP Global Health Conference October 2020.

Elizabeth D. Lowenthal and Mogomotsi Matshaba: Rapid Initiation of Dolutegravir for All Adults in Botswana. Lancet HIV 7(8): E523-524, August 2020 Notes:

J. Cobb Scott, Amelia E. Van Pelt, Allison M. Port, Lucky Njokweni, Ruben C. Gur, Tyler M. Moore, Onkemetse Phoi, Ontibile Tshume, Mogomotsi Matshaba, Kosha Ruparel, Jennifer Chapman, and Elizabeth D. Lowenthal: Study Design and Protocol for the Ntemoga Study: Development of a Computerized Neurocognitive Battery for Children and Adolescents with HIV in Botswana BMJ Open 10: e041099, August 2020 Notes:

Elizabeth D Lowenthal, Mitchelle Matesva, Tafireyi Marukutira, One Bayani, Jennifer Chapman, Ontibile Tshume, Mogomotsi Matshaba, Meredith Hickson, Robert Gross: Psychological Reactance is a Novel Risk Factor for Adolescent Antiretroviral Treatment Failure. AIDS and Behavior in press, July 2020.

Irene Mathieu, Kate Wallis, Ingrid Japa, Ramona Cordero Licenciada, Andrew Steenhoff, Elizabeth Lowenthal: Caregiver strengths, attitudes, and concerns about reading and child development in the Dominican Republic. Global Pediatric Health 7, July 2020.

Clarisse Gasman Casilang, Samantha Stonbraker, Ingrid Japa, Mina Halpern, Luz Messina, Andrew Steenhoff, Elizabeth Lowenthal, Linda Fleisher: Focus group study with caregivers in the Dominican Republic to assess perceptions and attitudes towards mHealth in development of an exclusive breastfeeding tool. Journal of Medical Internet Research JMIR, in press, July 2020.

Leslie Anne Enane, Jessica Eby, Tonya Arscott-Mills, Stirling Argabright, Cynthia Caiphus, Botshelo Kgwaadira, Andrew Steenhoff, Elizabeth D. Lowenthal: TB and TB-HIV care for adolescents and young adults. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung disease. International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 24(2): 240-249, February 2020 Notes:

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