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

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 25(5): 1474-1479, April 2021.

Julie A Mennella, Sara Snell, Jade Uffelman, Jennifer Chapman, Joel Mainland, Elizabeth D Lowenthal: The Contribution of Volatiles to the Flavor of Pediatric Medicines. AChemS 2021 Virtual Meeting April 2021.

Merrian Brooks, Ngwao Ngwao, Bathusi Phetogo, Makhetha Monyane-Pheko, Ontibile Tshume, Onkemetse Phoi, Tapiwa Tembwe, Mogomotsi Matshaba, Elizabeth Lowenthal: Young Adult Lay Counselors' Experience with Lay Counseling in Botswana. Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine March 2021.

Chloe Turner, Maura A Powell, Rodney Finalle, Kate Westmoreland, Kevin Osterhoudt, Ramona Cordero Paulino, Elizabeth D Lowenthal: Talking Trash: Perspectives on Community Environmental Health in the Dominican Republic. PLoS One 16(3): e0248843, March 2021.

Elizabeth Bast, Samantha Stonbraker, Mina Halpern, Elizabeth Lowenthal, Robert Gross: Barriers to HIV treatment adherence among adults living with HIV in the Eastern Dominican Republic. International Journal of STD and AIDS in press, in press 2021.

Laycock, Katherine M; Eby, Jessica; Arscott-Mills, Tonya; Argabright, Stirling; Caiphus, Cynthia; Kgwaadira, Botshela; Lowenthal, Elizabeth; Steenhoff, Andrew; Enane, Leslie Ann: Towards quality adolescent-friendly services in TB care: perspectives form healthcare workers in Botswana. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in press 2021.

Ingrid Japa, Bhavya Ancha, Antonio Custodio, Rachel Ohrenschall, Ramona Cordero, Adriana Deverlis, Jennifer Chapman, Meredith Hickson, Andrew P. Steenhoff, Elizabeth D. Lowenthal: Effectiveness of deworming with single-dose albendazole for preschool-aged children in the Dominican Republic. Global Pediatric Health in press 2021.

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.

Amelia E Van Pelt, Matthew I Lipow, J. Cobb Scott, Elizabeth D. Lowenthal : Interventions for Children with Neurocognitive Impairments in Resource-Limited Settings: A Systematic Review. Children and Youth Services Review 118: 105393, November 2020 Notes:

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:

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Last updated: 04/18/2021
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