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Renata Sanders, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.M.

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Expertise: Adolescent Medicine, General Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Surgery

Research Interests: Adolescent Sexually Transmitted Infection and HIV; Adolescent Diabetes Management; School-Based Health Center Needs

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Johns Hopkins Pediatrics
Appointment Phone: 443-287-8887

200 N. Wolfe Street
Rubenstein Child Health Building
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-502-8166
Fax: 410-502-5440


Dr. Renata Arrington-Sanders is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include adolescent sexually transmitted infection and HIV, adolescent diabetes management, and school-based health center needs. She has a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health, Behavior and Society.

Dr. Arrington-Sanders earned her M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centers and performed a fellowship in adolescent medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Her research interests include improving the sexual health of African American adolescent men who have sex with men and also HIV prevention community-based efforts and linking HIV-infected adolescents to care.

Dr. Arrington-Sanders has served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as a representative for the Maryland Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics to the Maryland General Assembly to make recommendations regarding HIV testing laws in Maryland, and has worked with the Baltimore City Health Department to improve HIV testing strategies in African American men who have sex with men (MSM). She serves as the Leadership Education Adolescent Health Interdisciplinary Associate Training Director and the Community Protocol Project Director and co-Investigator of the Johns Hopkins Adolescent Trials Network Site. more


  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics



  • MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine (2000)


  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine / Medicine and Pediatrics (2004)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Adolescent Medicine (2008)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (2004)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Arrington-Sanders’ research focuses on improving the sexual health of African American adolescent men who have sex with men. She is currently the principal investigator of a K23 Career Development Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to examine reasons for and satisfaction with first and subsequent penetrative same-sex sexual experiences (PSSE) and to examine the role of first PSSE on second and subsequent PSSEs in African American men and how social context impacts sexual satisfaction with first PSSE; how sexual satisfaction during first PSSE impacts time to second partner and satisfaction with second PSSE; and engagement in young adult sexual health protective behaviors during most recent sex.

Other areas of research focus on HIV prevention community-based efforts and linking HIV-infected adolescents to care. Arrington-Sanders is interested in better understanding how partner selection intersects with care-seeking behavior and the role of the African American church in targeting individual, partner, and environmental factors associated with HIV transmission and acquisition among poor urban youth and adults. She is the principal investigator of the HIV quality improvement project and co-investigator to many projects addressing HIV testing behavior in risky adolescent groups.

Selected Publications

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Arrington-Sanders R, Leonard L, Brooks D, Celentano D, Ellen J. "Older partner selection in young African-American men who have sex with men." J Adolesc Health. 2013 Jun;52(6):682-8.

Straub DM, Arrington-Sanders R, Harris DR, Willard N, Kapogiannis B, Emmanuel P, Futterman D, Ellen JM; Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions. "Correlates of HIV testing history among urban youth recruited through venue-based testing in 15 US cities." Sex Transm Dis. 2011 Aug;38(8):691-6.

Arrington-Sanders R, Ellen J. "A systems approach to improve human immunodeficiency virus screening in sexually active youth in urban academic ambulatory settings." Sex Transm Dis. 2011 Aug;38(8):777-9.

Leonard L, Berndtson K, Matson P, Philbin M, Arrington-Sanders R, Ellen JM. "How physicians test: clinical practice guidelines and HIV screening practices with adolescent patients." AIDS Educ Prev. 2010 Dec;22(6):538-45.

Simpkins EP, Arrington-Sanders R, Ellen JM, Erbelding E. "HIV trends in adolescents: tracing our steps in preparation for our future." Sex Transm Dis. 2010 Feb;37(2):129.

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