Tabitha X. Garwe, Ph.D.

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Associate 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
Research Profile:

Education and Training

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

Appointments and Positions:

  • 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.

Complete List of Publications:

Most Recent 5 Publications:

  • Bonds MM, Hersperger S, Garwe T, Fails R, Johannesen S, Kim C, Adeseye A, Lees J, Havron W. Adequacy and accuracy of nontrauma center computed tomography: What are we missing? J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 Jul; 83(1):30-35. PMID: 28422907.
  • Garwe T, Stewart K, Stoner J, Newgard CD, Scott M, Zhang Y, Cathey T, Sacra J, Albrecht RM. Out-of-hospital and Inter-hospital Under-triage to Designated Tertiary Trauma Centers among Injured Older Adults: A 10-year Statewide Geospatial-Adjusted Analysis. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2017 Jun 29; 1-10. PMID: 28661712.
  • Balla F, Garwe T, Motghare P, Stamile T, Kim J, Mahnken H, Lees J. Evaluating Coding Accuracy in General Surgery Residents' Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Procedural Case Logs. J Surg Educ. 2016 Nov - Dec; 73(6):e59-e63. PMID: 27886974.
  • Owora AH, Carabin H, Reese J, Garwe T. Erratum to "Diagnostic performance of major depression disorder case-finding instruments used among mothers of young children in the United States: A systematic review" [J. Affect. Disord. 201 (2016) 185-193]. J Affect Disord. 2016 Dec; 206:251. PMID: 27541281.
  • Owora AH, Carabin H, Reese J, Garwe T. Summary diagnostic validity of commonly used maternal major depression disorder case finding instruments in the United States: A meta-analysis. J Affect Disord. 2016 Nov 15; 205:335-343. PMID: 27566453.

Research Grants:

Research Interests:

  • 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