Sarah L. Wingerter, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Sarah Wingerter


Dr. Sarah Wingerter is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine, where she has served as Director of Narrative Medicine for the Department of Pediatrics and has designed and led numerous narrative-medicine and narrative-writing initiatives—including reflective writing workshops for faculty and trainees–on the BU medical campus and at other local institutions. She currently is Director of the Boston University Medical Campus Narrative Writing Program for faculty and is Course Director for the Illness Narratives elective for fourth-year medical students.

Prior to joining BUSM in 2017, Dr. Wingerter spent 7 years as a faculty member of Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, where she was an attending physician in the Emergency Department and Travel & Geographic Medicine Clinic.

Dr. Wingerter graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature, and she studied the topic of medicine in literature as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Freiburg, Germany prior to receiving her medical degree from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She completed a pediatric residency in the Boston Combined Residency in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, followed by a combined fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Wingerter has received a Certificate in Narrative Practice from the Center for Narrative Practice in Boston and is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher. Her academic interests include medical education, narrative writing, mind-body teaching and clinician well-being.

Other Positions

  • South Shore Hospital


  • Hahnemann University, MD
  • Princeton University, BA


  • Published on 3/15/2022

    Remein CD, Childs E, Beard J, Demers LB, Benjamin EJ, Wingerter SL. "Getting Started": A Pilot Introductory Narrative Writing Session for Interprofessional Faculty in Academic Health Sciences. Adv Med Educ Pract. 2022; 13:265-274. PMID: 35313635.

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  • Published on 1/26/2020

    Remein CD, Childs E, Pasco JC, Trinquart L, Flynn DB, Wingerter SL, Bhasin RM, Demers LB, Benjamin EJ. Content and outcomes of narrative medicine programmes: a systematic review of the literature through 2019. BMJ Open. 2020 01 26; 10(1):e031568. PMID: 31988222.

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  • Published on 8/1/2016

    Nelson KA, Morrow C, Wingerter SL, Bachur RG, Neuman MI. Impact of Chest Radiography on Antibiotic Treatment for Children With Suspected Pneumonia. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2016 Aug; 32(8):514-9. PMID: 27490725.

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  • Published on 6/1/2012

    Wingerter SL, Bachur RG, Monuteaux MC, Neuman MI. Application of the world health organization criteria to predict radiographic pneumonia in a US-based pediatric emergency department. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2012 Jun; 31(6):561-4. PMID: 22333702.

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  • Published on 1/1/2011

    Wingerter S, Bachur R. Risk factors for contamination of catheterized urine specimens in febrile children. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2011 Jan; 27(1):1-4. PMID: 21178815.

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  • Published on 9/1/2008

    Nigrovic LE, Wingerter SL. Tularemia. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2008 Sep; 22(3):489-504, ix. PMID: 18755386.

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  • Published on 2/1/2006

    Fox LM, Wingerter S, Ahmed A, Arnold A, Chou J, Rhein L, Levy O. Neonatal babesiosis: case report and review of the literature. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2006 Feb; 25(2):169-73. PMID: 16462298.

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  • Published on 8/24/2005

    Ullrich C, Wu A, Armsby C, Rieber S, Wingerter S, Brugnara C, Shapiro D, Bernstein H. Screening healthy infants for iron deficiency using reticulocyte hemoglobin content. JAMA. 2005 Aug 24; 294(8):924-30. PMID: 16118382.

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