Tabitha X. Garwe, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Phone: (405) 271-2229 x 12342
Office: The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
801 Northeast 13th Street, Room 305
Post Office Box 26901
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73126-0901

Education and Training

  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma, 2010
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma, 2000
  • BS, Medical Laboratory Sciences, University of Zimbabwe, 1997


  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2010 to Present.
  • Supervisory Epidemiologist, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Trauma Division (Emergency Systems), 2004-2010.
  • Epidemiologist, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Injury Prevention Service, 2001-2004
  • Interim Assistant Chief Medical Laboratory Technologist, National Public Health Laboratory, Zimbabwe, 1998-1999.

Selected Publications:

  • Stewart K, Garwe T, Bhandari N, Danford B, Albrecht RM. Factors Associated with the Use of Helicopter Inter-facility Transport of Trauma Patients to Tertiary Trauma Centers within an Organized Rural Trauma System. In Press, Prehospital Emergency Care
  • Garwe T, Johnson JJ, Letton RW. Indication Bias Explains Some of the Observed Increased Mortality Associated With Use of Prehospital Intravenous Fluids in a Pediatric Trauma Population. Acad Emerg Med; 2016 Jan;23(1):83-92
  • Garwe T, Albrecht RM, Stoner JA, Mitchell S, Motghare P. Hypoalbuminemia at admission is associated with increased incidence of in-hospital complications in geriatric trauma patients. Am J Surg. 2015 Aug 12.
  • Raines A, Garwe T, Albrecht R, Havron W, Hoge S, Ademola A, Glenn J, Motghare P, Irvan J, Patel A, Lees J. Immediate versus delayed repair of destructive bowel injuries in patients with an open abdomen. Am Surg. 2015 May; 81(5):458-62.
  • Johnson JJ, Garwe T, Albrecht RM, Adeseye A, Bishop D, Fails RB, Shepherd DW, Lees JS. Initial inferior vena cava diameter on computed tomographic scan independently predicts mortality in severely injured trauma patients. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Mar;74(3):741-5
  • Garwe T, Roberts ZV, Albrecht RM, Morgan AE, Johnson JJ, Neas BR. Direct transport of geriatric trauma patients with pelvic fractures to a Level I trauma center within an organized trauma system: impact on two-week incidence of in-hospital complications. Am J Surg. 2012 Dec;204(6):921-926
  • Garwe T, Cowan LD, Neas BR, Sacra JC, Albrecht RM, Rich K. A propensity score analysis of pre-hospital factors and directness of transport of major trauma patients to a Level I trauma center. J Trauma.
    2011 Jan; 70 (1):120-129
  • Garwe, T., Cowan, L. D., Neas, B., Cathey, T., Danford, B. C. and Greenawalt, P. Survival Benefit of Transfer to Tertiary Trauma Centers for Major Trauma Patients Initially Presenting to Non-tertiary Trauma Centers. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2010 Nov; 17: 1223–1232


  • Clinical Epidemiology
    • Critical Care
    • Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
  • Health Services
  • Quantitative Epidemiological Methods


Current projects as PrincipaI Investigator

  • HR15-054 (OCAST) : Under-triage in the elderly trauma patient: An argument for a tailored geriatric triage criteria.
    The goal of this study is to describe the magnitude of under-triage among injured older adults in a predominantly rural region, identify risk factors for in-hospital mortality and propose triage guidelines based on the identified risk factors.

Current projects as Co-Investigator

  • U54GM104938 (NIH/NIGMS): Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources (OSTCR)”
    The overall OSCTR mission is to serve as a catalyst for clinical research which improves health for underserved and underrepresented populations living in rural areas, to improve patient outcomes of these individuals, and to provide these resources to launch new independent IDeA investigator careers. The OSCTR will provide coordination and assistance to investigators in every aspect of clinical and translational research.
    Role: Faculty Clinical Epidemiologist