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Erica Maria Smit Sibinga, M.D., M.H.S.

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Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Female

Expertise: General Pediatrics, Pediatrics

Research Interests: Complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) for pediatric patients; Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for urban youth

Locations

Johns Hopkins Pediatrics
Appointment Phone: 443-997-5437

200 N. Wolfe Street
Rubenstein Child Health Building
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-3864
Fax: 410-502-5440

Contact for Research Inquiries

5200 Eastern Ave.
Mason F. Lord Building, Center Tower, Suite 4200
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Background

Dr. Erica Sibinga is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is an expert in pediatrics, with a focus on using complementary and alternative medicine. Dr. Sibinga serves as the director of ambulatory pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Dr. Sibinga received her undergraduate degree in biopsychology from Wesleyan University. She earned her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her residency and fellowship in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins. She also earned an M.H.S from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Her research relates to the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for pediatric patients. Her current research focuses on the adaptation and evaluation of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for urban youth.  

Dr. Sibinga is an active member of the Designing Clinical Research (DCR) program at Johns Hopkins, where she and her colleagues are charged with cultivating clinical investigators and developing the research enterprise at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, a pediatric hospital recently incorporated into the Johns Hopkins Health System. 

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Titles

  • Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Education

Degrees

  • MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1992)

Residencies

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatrics (1995)

Fellowships

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2000)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics-General (1996, 2016)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Sibinga’s research interest is related to the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for pediatric patients. Her current research is focused on the adaptation and evaluation of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for urban youth. 

Using quantitative and qualitative methods, pilot data of MBSR for HIV-infected and at-risk urban youth show significant beneficial outcomes in psychological and quality of life domains. MBSR participation is associated with reduced hostility and emotional discomfort, as well as reports of reduced anger and aggression and improved relationships.  

Currently, Dr. Sibinga is conducting a randomized controlled trial to further evaluate MBSR’s effect.  These studies were supported by funds from the Thomas Wilson Sanitarium for the Children of Baltimore City and the Hawn Foundation.

Selected Publications

Lyon ME, Williams P, Woods ER, Hutton N, Butler AM, Sibinga E, Brady MT, Oleske JM. "DNR and/or Hospice Care, Psychological Health and Quality of Life among Children/Adolescents with AIDS." Submitted.

Sibinga EMS, Stewart M, Magyari T, Gallagher C, Hutton N, Ellen JM. "Mindfulness-based stress reduction for HIV-infected youth: a pilot study." Submitted.

Sibinga EMS, Shindell DL, Casella JF, Duggan AK, Wilson, MH. "Pediatric Patients with Sickle Cell Disease: Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies." Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Apr 2006;12(3):291-298.

Sibinga EMS, Ottolini MC, Duggan AK, Wilson MH. "Parent-pediatrician communication about complementary and alternative medicine use for children." Clinical Pediatrics. 2004 May;43(4):367-73.

Maguire Jr. HC, Sibinga E, Weiner D, Greene M. "The neu gene in 4 human neuroblastoma cell lines." Progress in Clinical Biological Research, Advances in Neuroblastoma Research 1988; 271: 165-73.

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Faculty Travel Award to attend Annual MBSR Research Conference, Integrating Mindfulness-Based Interventions into Medicine, Healthcare, and Society, Center for Mind-Body Research; Worcester, MA, 2006
  • Faculty Travel Award for Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction program participation, Center for Mind-Body Research, 2005
  • CAM Center Training Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2004 - 2005
  • Senior thesis awarded Honors--Karl Lashley: Iconoclast Among Psychologists, Wesleyan University, 1985
  • Sigma Xi Science Honor Society, Wesleyan University, 1984
  • Chapter President, National Honor Society, 1979 - 1980

Professional Activities

  • Designing Clinical Research (DCR) program, Johns Hopkins, 2014
  • Leadership Program for Women Faculty, Johns Hopkins, 2011
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