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Clinical Fellow, Division of Hospital Medicine


Board Certified

About Me


Sonya Tang Girdwood, MD, PhD, is a pediatric hospital medicine fellow and NICHD T32 Clinical Pharmacology fellow at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She also serves as the national chief fellow for the NICHD Clinical Pharmacology program. As an attending on the Hospital Medicine services, she cares for hospitalized children, including patients on the inpatient complex care team. Her current research is focused on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of beta-lactam antibiotics in critically ill children admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit with the goal of providing evidence for model-informed precision dosing. Her research is currently funded by the 2019 Arnold W. Strauss Fellow Award, 2019 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medicine Fellow Award and T32 NICHD Clinical Pharmacology program.

Clinical Interests

Hospital medicine; complex care inpatient team

Research Interests

Pediatric clinical pharmacology; sepsis; model-informed precision dosing; IV to enteral antibiotic transition


Hospital Medicine

My Education

BS: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2004.

MD: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2013.

PhD: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2013.

Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2016.

Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2017.

My Publications

Reducing Electrolyte Testing in Hospitalized Children by Using Quality Improvement Methods. Tchou, MJ; Girdwood, ST; Wormser, B; Poole, M; Davis-Rodriguez, S; Caldwell, JT; Shannon, L; Hagedorn, PA; Biondi, E; Simmons, J; et al. Pediatrics. 2018; 141:e20173187-e20173187.