Dr. Sarah Wiehe earned her B.A. and M.D. from the University of Chicago in 1994 and 1999, respectively. She completed both her residency and fellowship at the University of Washington in 2001 and 2004, respectively. She also obtained her M.P.H. in 2004. She is the Jean and Jerry Bepko Professor of Pediatrics, Division Chief of Children’s Health Services Research, and the associate dean of Community and Translational Research at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM).
Wiehe is a research scientist at the Regenstrief Institute and an adjunct professor of geography at IUPUI and epidemiology at Fairbanks School of Public Health. Dr. Wiehe has expertise in community engagement, patient-centered research methods, creative use of existing data, data-sharing partnerships, and health services research. Wiehe’s research focuses on addressing health equity outcomes among vulnerable populations, including individuals involved with the justice system, living in poverty, diagnosed with mental health and substance use disorder diagnoses, experiencing trauma, and living with HIV. Wiehe partners with a diverse array of community and academic partners on this research to identify opportunities for interventions to promote health equity.
Wiehe co-directs the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). As an integral part of the Indiana CTSI for the past decade, Wiehe has led the community engagement aspects of the program, including as the founding director of Research Jam, the patient engagement core. The Indiana CTSI partners with patients and community members, community-based organizations, healthcare systems, and governmental agencies to engage with vulnerable populations throughout the state and translate scientific evidence into practice and policy.
Wiehe cherishes the ability to mentor trainees as part of both her service and research roles. Wiehe has mentored 20 post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty, 14 of whom are current mentees. Five of Wiehe’s mentees hold institutional career development awards and seven from NIH.