Ben Sanders, MD, MSPH, MS

  • Adjunct Instructor of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics, School of Medicine
  • National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine


Ben Sanders graduated from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 2004 and from the School of Public Health master’s program the same year. He completed his Pediatric residency in Rochester, New York. In 2010 he joined St. Christophers Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. He taught primary care there and cared for Children with Special Healthcare Needs. He played an important role in outpatient EHR implementation and became their main outpatient informaticist. In 2018, he joined DMICE as a National Library of Medicine Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and began caring for children and teaching residents in the Department of Pediatrics. His goal is to improve pediatric primary care using informatics, especially screening, referral, evaluation, and treatment of developmental disabilities including Autism.


  • B.A., 1998, Oberlin College
  • M.P.H., 2004, [MSPH in Maternal & Child Health] UNC Chapel Hill School of Public Health
  • M.D., 2004, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • M.S., 2020, [MS in Biomedical Informatics] Oregon Health & Science University
  • Residency:

    • Pediatric Residency, Golisano Children's Hospital at University of Rochester Medical Center, 2008
  • Certifications:

    • Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Board Certified Pediatrician, American Board of Pediatrics

Memberships and associations

  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Council on Children and Information Technology, American Academy of Pediatrics

Areas of interest

  • Developmental Screening, Pediatric Primary Care, Resident Education, Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education, Early Childhood Data Integration


Selected publications

  • Sanders BW, et al. Mobile and Online Tools to Screen for Autism Lack Social Inclusivity. Platform at Pediatric Academic Societies 2021.
  • Zuckerman KE, Sanders BW, et al. Challenges in Equitable Development of Online Screening Tools for Autism. Platform at Pediatric Academic Societies 2021.
  • Hoekstra CJ, Ash JS, Steckler NA, Becton JR, Sanders BW, Mishra M, Gorman PN. Priorities of hybrid clinician-managers: A qualitative study of how managers balance clinical quality among competing responsibilities. Phys Ther 2021 Feb 4;pzab048. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzab048.
  • Sanders BW. What happened to that EI referral I sent for my patient? In search of solutions to improve referrals to Early Intervention. OHSU Pediatric Grand Rounds October 29, 2020. Found at:; start at time 4:40.
  • Sanders BW. The Informatics of Early Intervention Referrals: A National Nested Mixed Methods Study. [Post-doctoral Masters Thesis] 2020 OHSU Library.
  • Sanders BW. Experts describe what pediatric EHRs should include. AAP News, June 2018.
  • Stroup K, Sanders BW, Bernstein B, Scherzer L, Pachter LM. A New EHR Training Curriculum and Assessment for Pediatric Residents. Appl Clin Inform 2017 8 4: 994-1002. doi: 10.4338/ACI-2017-06-RA-0091.
  • White Specks in the Hair. BW Sanders and HB Kersten. In: Visual Diagnosis and Treatment in Pediatrics, 3rd Ed. EK Chung, Editor. Wolters Kluwer Health, 2015.


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