Penn Center for AIDS Research

Elizabeth Lowenthal

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Assistant 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 the Principal Investigator for an NIH Research Career Development Award through NIMH focused on adherence to antiretroviral therapies among HIV-infected adolescents in Botswana. She has active research collaborations in several other countries including Zimbabwe, the 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 member of the Scientific Committee for Treatment and the Adherence Technical Working Group for the International Maternal Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network. At CHOP, she is director of the Global Health Research Affinity Group.

Selected Publications

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:

Maria Dunn, Ryan M Close, Steven G McKee, Elizabeth D Lowenthal: Evaluation of Iron Intake in Preschool Children in a Setting with High Anemia Burden. International Health. Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (eds.). Oxford University Press, in press, January 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 in press, online May 2020 2020 Notes:

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 in press, in press 2020.

Sophia P. Gladding, Parminder S. Suchdev, Sarah Kiguli, Elizabeth D. Lowenthal: Increasing Impact: Evaluation in Global Child Health Education, Clinical Practice and Research. Pediatrics Page: e20183716, November 2019.

Sando Ojukwu, Terri Lipman, Elizabeth Lowenthal, Colin Hawkes: The Association Between Socioeconomic Status and Severity of Diabetic Ketoacidosis at Onset of Type 1 Diabetes. International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD), poster, Boston, MA October 2019.

Leslie A. Enane, Elizabeth D. Lowenthal, Tonya Arscott-Mills, Jessica Eby, Cynthia Caiphus, Botshelo Kgwaadira, Susan E. Coffin, Andrew P. Steenhoff : Investigating outcomes of youth lost to follow-up from tuberculosis treatment in Gaborone, Botswana. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 38(10): 271-274, October 2019 Notes: doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000002369 WHO Child and Adolescent TB Working Group (Hyderabad, India; October 2019) highlighted as one of the 50 most important peds TB papers over the last 12 months (of >1000 papers published on peds TB over this 12 month period).

Ingrid Japa, Antonio Custodio, Bhavya Ancha, Rachel Ohrenschall, Ramona Cordero, Adriana Deverlis, Jennifer Chapman, Andrew Steenhoff, Elizabeth D. Lowenthal: Assessment of Albendazole Effectiveness and Maternal Hygiene Practices in Consuelo, Dominican Republic. CHOP Global Health Conference, poster, Philadelphia, PA October 2019.

Clarisse Casilang, Ingrid Japa, Samantha Stonbraker, Andrew Steenhoff, Elizabeth D. Lowenthal, Linda Fleisher: Global e-Health: An assessment of perceptions and attitudes among caregivers in the Dominican Republic as formative research for a digital tool to promote exclusive breastfeeding. CHOP Global Health Conference, poster, Philadelphia, PA October 2019.

Edith Bracho-Sanchez, MD; Samantha Stonbraker, PhD, RN, MPH; Mina Halpern, MPH; Sarah Wood, MD; Elizabeth Lowenthal, MD MSCE : HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis in the Dominican Republic: assessing acceptability among members of HIV-serodiscordant/serostatus unknown couples. CHOP Global Health Conference, poster, Philadelphia, PA October 2019.

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