Sara Schwanke Khilji, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • Internal Medicine Director, Botswana Global Health Program, Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP), Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Master's Project Supervisor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


Originally from Oregon, Dr. Sara Schwanke Khilji has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of international settings in pursuit of her work in community health, clinical education, and research. She has worked in Europe, Asia, and Africa and is currently based in Gaborone, Botswana on behalf of the Botswana Global Health Program, a partnership between the OHSU Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership, and the Botswana Ministry of Health & Wellness. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital with a focus on Primary Care. Her research interests include women's health, health policy, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). She is actively involved in clinical and public health education at OHSU and in Botswana.

Education and training

    • B.A., 2003, Williams College
    • M.P.H., 2007, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    • M.D., 2008, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Internship

    • Massachusetts General Hospital, 2010
  • Residency

    • Massachusetts General Hospital, 2012
  • Fellowship

    • Overseas Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Communicable Diseases Policy Research Group, 2012-2014
  • Certifications

    • ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) 2012
    • AFMCP (Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice) 2018

Memberships and associations:

  • American College of Physicians
  • Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Institute for Functional Medicine
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
  • American Women's Hospitals Service, American Medical Women's Association

Areas of interest

  • Global health
  • Women's health
  • Interprofessional education
  • Health policy
  • Non-communicable disease prevention

Honors and awards

  • 2018 American Medical Women's Association Exceptional Mentor Award


Elsevier pure profile

Selected publications

  • Khan MS, Schwanke Khilji S, Yoong J, Tun ZM, Watson S, Coker RJ. Large funding flows, limited local capacity and emerging disease control priorities: a situational assessment of tuberculosis control in Myanmar. Health Policy and Planning. 2017 Oct 1;32(suppl_2):i22-i31. PMID: 29028226. doi:10.1093/heapol/czx062.
  • Khan MS*, Schwanke Khilji SU*, Saw S, Coker RJ. Evidence to Inform Resource Allocation for Tuberculosis Control in Myanmar: a Systematic Review Based on the SYSRA Framework. 2017 Health Pol Plan 32(1):102-109. *joint first authors
  • Phua KH, Yap MT, Schwanke Khilji, S, Lee HP. Development of Public Health in Countries in Economic Transition: The Higher Middle-Income Countries.  In 'Oxford Textbook of Public Health, 6th Edition.' R Detels, M Gulliford, QA Karim, and CC Tan (2015) Oxford University Press.
  • Schwanke Khilji SU, Thorndike, A. Obesity. In 'Pocket Primary Care' Kiefer, MM; Chong, CR (2014) Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Schwanke Khilji SU, Brodsky L. Menopause. In 'Pocket Primary Care' Kiefer, MM; Chong, CR (2014) Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Lemley D, Schwanke Khilji SU, Birnbaum S. Contraception. In 'Pocket Primary Care' Kiefer, MM; Chong, CR (2014) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Schwanke Khilji SU, Rudge JW, Drake T, Chavez I, Borin  K, Touch S, Coker R. Distribution of selected healthcare resources for influenza pandemic response in Cambodia. Int J Equity Health, 2013; 12(1):82.
  • Brinks M, Denny J, Schwanke Khilji S. Ethical Standards Supporting Quality STEGH: A Case Study in Myanmar. Comment on "Ethical Obligations Regarding Short-Term Global Health Clinical Experiences: An American College of Physicians Position Paper." Annals Int Med, 2018.
  • Schwanke Khilji SU. Breast Health. In 'Pocket Primary Care' Kiefer MM; Chong CR (2018), Wolters Kluwer.
  • Schwanke Khilji SU. Female Infertility. In 'Pocket Primary Care' Kiefer MM; Chong CR (2018), Wolters Kluwer.


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