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Sarah Sobotka

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentPediatrics-Developmental and Behavioral
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    Dr. Sarah Sobotka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Sobotka sees patients with delays and disabilities. She has a particular interest in patients whose disabilities are a sequelae of medical complexity, particularly after prolonged critical illness. Her mixed methods approach focuses on studying trends and improving health systems to support families of children with medical complexity and disabilities, especially those with mechanical ventilation dependency. Specifically, she is interested in creating efficient and effective healthcare service models, which minimize hospitalizations and provide support for families, and most importantly enable children with severe disabilities to reach their developmental potentials. Dr. Sobotka received her medical degree and a master’s degree in public health sciences from the University of Chicago. Her clinical training includes pediatric residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital/Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, and fellowship training in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Chicago.

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    University of Chicago, ChicagoMD06/2009
    University of Chicago, ChicagoMSCP06/2009
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago06/2010Pediatric Internship
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago06/2012Pediatric Residency
    University of Chicago, Chicago06/2015Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship
    University of Chicago, Chicago06/2016Advanced Research Fellowship
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    2019The Peter Huttenlocher Award for Scholarly Excellence, The University of Chicago- Department of Pediatrics

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    T73MC11047-09-00     (Kruti Acharya)
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
    Illinois LEND Program
    Role: Co-Investigator

    K23HD097276     (SOBOTKA, SARAH ANN)Aug 1, 2019 - Jul 31, 2022
    Predictors of Days at Home for Children with Mechanical Ventilator Assistance
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Heneghan JA, Sobotka SA, Hallman M, Pinto N, Killien EY, Palumbo K, Murphy Salem S, Mann K, Smith B, Steuart R, Akande M, Graham RJ. Outcome Measures Following Critical Illness in Children With Disabilities: A Scoping Review. Front Pediatr. 2021; 9:689485. PMID: 34277522.
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    2. Bilaver LA, Sobotka SA, Mandell DS. Understanding Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Autism-Related Service Use Among Medicaid-Enrolled Children. J Autism Dev Disord. 2021 Sep; 51(9):3341-3355. PMID: 33219917.
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    3. Sobotka SA, Dholakia A, Agrawal RK, Berry JG, Brenner M, Graham RJ, Goodman DM. Discharge Practices for Children with Home Mechanical Ventilation across the United States. Key-Informant Perspectives. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2020 11; 17(11):1424-1430. PMID: 32780599.
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    4. Sobotka SA, Dholakia A, Berry JG, Brenner M, Graham RJ, Goodman DM, Agrawal RK. Home nursing for children with home mechanical ventilation in the United States: Key informant perspectives. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2020 12; 55(12):3465-3476. PMID: 32949218.
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    5. Sobotka SA, Lynch E, Peek ME, Graham RJ. Readmission drivers for children with medical complexity: Home nursing shortages cause health crises. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2020 06; 55(6):1474-1480. PMID: 32212321.
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    6. Sobotka SA, Ross LF. 50 Years Ago in TheJournal ofPediatrics: Why Patients Don't Follow Medical Advice: A Study of Children on Long-Term Antistreptococcal Prophylaxis. J Pediatr. 2019 12; 215:63. PMID: 31761146.
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    7. Sobotka SA, Lynch E, Quinn MT, Awadalla SS, Agrawal RK, Peek ME. Unmet Respite Needs of Children With Medical Technology Dependence. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019 10; 58(11-12):1175-1186. PMID: 31502488.
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    8. Kastner K, Pinto N, Msall ME, Sobotka S. PICU Follow-Up: The Impact of Missed School in a Cohort of Children Following PICU Admission. Crit Care Explor. 2019 Aug; 1(8):e0033. PMID: 32166274.
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    9. Sobotka SA, Ross LF. 50 Years Ago in TheJournal ofPediatrics: Parents of the Mentally Retarded Child: Emotionally Overwhelmed or Informationally Deprived? J Pediatr. 2019 Jun; 209:106. PMID: 31128722.
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    10. Sobotka SA, Foster C, Lynch E, Hird-McCorry L, Goodman DM. Attributable Delay of Discharge for Children with Long-Term Mechanical Ventilation. J Pediatr. 2019 09; 212:166-171. PMID: 31153586.
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    11. Sobotka SA, Gaur DS, Goodman DM, Agrawal RK, Berry JG, Graham RJ. Pediatric patients with home mechanical ventilation: The health services landscape. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2019 01; 54(1):40-46. PMID: 30461228.
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    12. Lewis AH, Chugh A, Sobotka SA. Behavioral Outbursts in a Child with a Deletion Syndrome, Generalized Epilepsy, Global Developmental Delay, and Failure to Thrive. Pediatr Ann. 2018 Mar 01; 47(3):e130-e134. PMID: 29538787.
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    13. Sobotka SA, Peters S, Pinto NP. Neurodevelopmental Disorders in the PICU Population. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 07; 57(8):913-919. PMID: 29096537.
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    14. Sobotka SA, Agrawal RK, Msall ME. Prolonged Hospital Discharge for Children with Technology Dependency: A Source of Health Care Disparities. Pediatr Ann. 2017 Oct 01; 46(10):e365-e370. PMID: 29019630.
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    15. Sobotka SA, Hird-McCorry LP, Goodman DM. Identification of Fail Points for Discharging Pediatric Patients With New Tracheostomy and Ventilator. Hosp Pediatr. 2016 09; 6(9):552-7. PMID: 27538680.
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    16. Sobotka SA, Msall ME. Supporting Vulnerable Children after Life-Threatening Neonatal Illness: Opportunities for Improving Outcomes. J Pediatr. 2016 11; 178:12-14. PMID: 27539395.
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    17. Sobotka SA, Francis A, Vander Ploeg Booth K. Associations of family characteristics with perceptions of care among parents of children with autism. Child Care Health Dev. 2016 Jan; 42(1):135-40. PMID: 26470756.
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    18. Shah R, Sobotka SA, Chen YF, Msall ME. Positive Parenting Practices, Health Disparities, and Developmental Progress. Pediatrics. 2015 Aug; 136(2):318-26. PMID: 26216325.
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    19. Sobotka SA, Danielson KK, Drum ML, Estrada CL, Lipton RB. Maternal body mass index (BMI) is independently associated with the control of diabetes mellitus in young patients. Pediatr Nurs. 2014 Jul-Aug; 40(4):187-94. PMID: 25269359.
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    20. Sobotka SA, Deal SB, Casper TJ, Booth KV, Listernick RH. Petechial rash in a child with autism and Trisomy 21. Pediatr Ann. 2014 Jun; 43(6):224-6. PMID: 24972417.
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    21. Cook AF, Sobotka SA, Ross LF. Teaching and assessment of ethics and professionalism: a survey of pediatric program directors. Acad Pediatr. 2013 Nov-Dec; 13(6):570-6. PMID: 24238684.
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    22. Fuller L, Lin G, Matsui JY, Sobotka SA, Cooke DT. Teaching surgery to medical students: perspectives from our mentees. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2008 Jul; 93(7):48-53. PMID: 19469345.
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    23. Abbo ED, Sobotka S, Meltzer DO. Patient preferences in instructional advance directives. J Palliat Med. 2008 May; 11(4):555-62. PMID: 18454606.
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