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

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  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics


Adolescent Medicine, Gender Identity, General Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Sexually Transmitted Diseases more

Research Interests

Adolescent Sexually Transmitted Infection and HIV; Adolescent Diabetes Management; School-Based Health Center Needs more

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Johns Hopkins Pediatrics

Appointment Phone: 443-287-8887
200 N. Wolfe Street
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Phone: 410-502-8166 | Fax: 410-502-5440


Dr. Renata Arrington-Sanders is an associate 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 sexual and gender minority youth with a particular focus on African American adolescent men who have sex with men and HIV prevention and treatment community-based efforts to link and engage adolescents at risk for and living with HIV in care.

Dr. Arrington-Sanders is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health to identify young Black and Latino men at-risk or with HIV and to link and engage young Black and Latino men into care. She 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 co-Director of the Pediatric Adolescent HIV/AIDS Program and Gender Clinic; Director of the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program; co-Director of the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Adolescent and Young Adult Scientific Working Group; and co-Investigator of the Johns Hopkins Adolescent Trials Network Site. more


  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

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


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


  • Pediatrics; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2007)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Sanders is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University. She is board certified in adolescent medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics and serves on the Editorial Board of the American Board of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine Subboard. She serves on the Society for Adolescent Medicine the Board of Directors, Member-at-Large, the Medical Director of the Pediatric and Adolescent HIV/AIDS Program and the Director of the PrEP Program ( located in the Harriet Lane Clinic at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and the co-Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Scientific Working Group Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). She is currently funded with a National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded R01 (R01DA043089-01) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Baltimore City Health Department 1506/1509 grants to identify HIV positive and high-risk HIV negative YBMSM, transgender and gender non-binary adolescents and link them to care, including primary, HIV and pre-exposure prophylaxis care services. She has served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as representative for 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 on the Board of Directors of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and is currently involved with graduate medical education efforts to develop educational curriculums focused on sexual and gender minority health.

Selected Publications

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Arrington-Sanders R. Human Immunodeficiency Virus Preexposure Prophylaxis for Adolescent Men: How Do We Ensure Health Equity for At-Risk Young Men? ( JAMA Pediatr. 2017 Sep 5. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.2397. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. PMID: 28873123

Arrington-Sanders R, Morgan A, Oidtman J, Qian I, Celentano D, Beyrer C. A Medical Care Missed Opportunity: Preexposure Prophylaxis and Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Dec;59(6):725-728. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.08.006. Epub 2016 Oct 5. PMID: 27720357

Arrington-Sanders R, Morgan A, Oidtman J, Dao A, Moon M, Fortenberry JD, Ott MA. Sexual Health Research With Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men: Experiences of Benefits and Harms. Arch Sex Behav. 2017 May;46(4):937-946. doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0715-5. Epub 2016 Apr 4. PMID: 27043836

Arrington-Sanders R, Harper GW, Morgan A, Ogunbajo A, Trent M, Fortenberry JD. The role of sexually explicit material in the sexual development of same-sex-attracted Black adolescent males. Arch Sex Behav. 2015 Apr;44(3):597-608. doi: 10.1007/s10508-014-0416-x. Epub 2015 Feb 13. PMID: 25677334 

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. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.12.011. Epub 2013 Mar 21. PMID: 23523311 ​

Activities & Honors


  • Diversity Leadership Council’s (DLC) Diversity Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2017
  • Young Investigator Award Recipient, 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, 2011
  • Early Career Women Faculty Award, American Academy of Medical Colleges, 2010
  • 2015 Leadership Program for Women Faculty, Johns Hopkins University, 2015

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

A Graduation that May Carry Unnecessary Risk, New York Times (June 13, 2011)

Rick Perry’s HPV Vaccine Law Sparks Political Fight That Ignores Health Issues  Interview, Huffington Post (September 13, 2011)

Panelist, Renewed Debate over the HPV vaccine, Diane Rehm Show (September 15, 2011)

Invited Speaker, Back to school for adolescents and the importance of HIV Testing, Breaking It Down Our Health Our Way Johns Hopkins Urban Health Radio Program, Hosted by Wenda Royster, WOLB 1010 AM (August 16, 2012)

Town Hall Meeting on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB), Washington Blade (April 28, 2014)

Pleasure and Risk for HIV in Young Black Gay & Bisexual Men (July 28, 2014)

HIV in young people rising in Maryland, Baltimore Sun (July 04, 2015)

Invited Speaker, Health Department Announcement of 20 million dollar grant to Fight HIV/AIDS, Baltimore Post-Examiner (September 24, 2015)

Interview, Should dating apps have HIV filters? CNN (September 24, 2016)

Baltimore in Conversation, Community Talk, (June 1, 2016)  5,900 views

Editorial, Human Immunodeficiency Virus Preexposure Prophylasis for Adolescent Men How do we ensure health equity for at-risk young men? The JAMA Network (September 5, 2017)

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