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Tabitha X. Garwe

Associate Professor

Tabitha Garwe, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone: (405) 271-2229, x12342

Office: Hudson College of Public Health

801 NE 13th St, Room 305

Post Office Box 26901

Oklahoma City, OK 73104



Dr. Garwe is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and has been a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) since 2010. She also holds a dual appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery (OUHSC). Prior to joining OUHSC, she was the lead epidemiologist and State Trauma Registrar for the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Emergency Systems Division for 9 years. She has over 20 years of experience in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical epidemiological studies, with a particular focus in trauma, surgery, and critical care research. She is the Director of Surgical Outcomes in the Department of Surgery, as well as an Associate Director for the Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources (OSTCR), Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Unit. Her independent research work is patient-oriented with a particular focus on geriatric trauma triage and outcomes. Dr. Garwe has over 40 publications in the area of trauma and surgical outcomes, both as an independent researcher and as a collaborator. In terms of teaching, Dr. Garwe has taught 6 different courses across multiple semesters since joining the department; her current primary rotation of classes includes Principles of Epidemiology, Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods, and Methods in Clinical Epidemiology (MCE). She developed the MCE course, an advanced methodologic course with computing. The course covers innovative application of methods (e.g., propensity score and instrumental variables modeling) and other topics (e.g., clinical decision analysis and risk score development in clinical research).



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



  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Hudson College of Public Health, OUHSC, 2010–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


  • BSE 5113 Principles of Epidemiology
  • BSE 5193 Intermediate Epidemiology
  • BSE 6193 Clinical Epidemiology
  • BSE 6960 Directed Readings
  • BSE 6980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation


Research Interests:

  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Critical care
  • Trauma and acute care surgery
  • Health services
  • Quantitative epidemiological methods


Link to Dr. Garwe's current publications

Select publications:

  1. Chen, Wei-Jen; Davis, Erin; Stoner, Julie; Robledo, Candace; Goodman, Jean; Garwe, Tabitha; Janitz, Amanda; Xu, Chao; Hwang, Jooyeon; Peck, Jennifer. Urinary total arsenic and arsenic methylation capacity in pregnancy and gestational diabetes mellitus: A case-control study. Chemosphere. 2021;271:129828. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.129828
  2. Bonds, Morgan; Garwe, Tabitha; Rozich, Noah; Oluborode, Babawale; Sarwar, Zoona; Postier, Russell; Morris, Katherine. Risk Factors Associated With Readmission After Pancreatectomy: A Single-Institution Retrospective Cohort Study. Am Surg. 2021;3134820988824. doi:10.1177/0003134820988824
  3. Gonzalez, Robert; Robbins, Justin; Garwe, Tabitha; Stewart, Kenneth; Sarwar, Zoona; Cross, Alisa; Celii, Amanda; Albrecht, Roxie. Effect of Post-splenectomy Booster Vaccine Program on Vaccination Compliance in Trauma Patients. Am Surg. 2021;87(5):796-804. doi:10.1177/0003134820956274
  4. McGrew, Kaitlin; Garwe, Tabitha; Jafarzadeh, S.; Drevets, Doug; Zhao, Daniel; Williams, Mary; Carabin, Hélène. Misclassification Error-Adjusted Prevalence of Injection Drug Use Among Infective Endocarditis Hospitalizations in the United States: A Serial Cross-Sectional Analysis of the 2007-2016 National Inpatient Sample. Am J Epidemiol. 2021;190(4):588-599. doi:10.1093/aje/kwaa207
  5. Perez, Maria; Garwe, Tabitha; Stewart, Kenneth; Sarwar, Zoona; Morris, Katherine. Obesity Is an Independent Risk Factor for Mortality in Otherwise Healthy Patients After Hepatectomy. J Surg Res. 2020;255:50-57. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2020.05.024.