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Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases
PGY-5 Trainee, Physician Scientist Training Program


Undergraduate: Duke University
MD/PhD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Residency: University of North Carolina School of Medicine


Seattle, WA

Career Interests

Infectious Disease

Sarah did her undergraduate training at Duke University where she received a BA in Public Policy Studies. She completed her MD/PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving her PhD from the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management. Sarah’s earliest work focused on HIV prevention in resource-limited settings through early identification and intervention for persons at greatest risk of onward transmission, including persons with recently diagnosed infection, those in high-risk sexual networks, and those with acute HIV infection (AHI) in Malawi. As a health services researcher, Sarah’s more recent work explores how interventions succeed (or fail) when integrated into existing health systems, evaluating novel HIV testing and screening technologies and algorithms when implemented outside of the controlled clinical trial setting. Sarah will join the Division of Infectious Diseases as a fellow in July 2019, where she plans to continue developing tools and designing trials focusing on HIV prevention, including implementation of PrEP.


Rutstein, SE, Chen, JS, Nelson, JAE, Phiri, S, Miller, WC, Hosseinipour, MC. High rates of transmitted NNRTI resistance among persons with acute HIV infection in Malawi: implications for first-line dolutegravir scale-up. AIDS Research and Therapy [In Press]

Rutstein, S.E., Compliment, K., Nelson, J.A.E., Kamwendo, D., Mataya, R., Miller, W.C., & Hosseinipour, M.C. Differentiated care pathways for ART monitoring in Malawi: expanding viral load testing in setting of highly-prevalent resistance. Open Forum of Infectious Diseases. 2017 July 1;4(3).

Rutstein, S.E., Pettifor, A.E., Phiri, S., Kamanga, G., Hoffman, I.F., Hosseinipour, M.C., Rosenberg, N.E., Nsona, D., Pasquale, D., Tegha, G., Powers, K., Phiri, M., Tembo, B., Chege, W., & Miller, W.C., Incorporating acute HIV screening into routine HIV testing at sexually transmitted infection clinics and HIV testing and counseling centers in Lilongwe, Malawi. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Mar: 71(3):272-80

Rutstein, S.E., Brown, L.B., Biddle, A.K., Wheeler, S.B., Kamanga, G., Mmodzi, P., Nyirenda, N., Mofolo, I., Rosenberg, N.E., Hoffman, I.F., &Miller, W.C. Cost-effectiveness of provider-based HIV partner notification strategies in urban Malawi. Health Policy and Planning. 2013; doi: 10.1093/heapol/czs140