Sahera Dirajlal-Fargo, DO

Assistant Professor

  • Division: Infectious Diseases / Rheumatology


Overview: Sahera Dirajlal-Fargo, MS, DO is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University in the division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Rheumatology. Her scope of research focuses on cardiometabolic complications of HIV in pediatrics and their associations with inflammation both locally and in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Educational Background
• Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Disease, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, 2013
• Residency: Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, 2009
• Doctor of Osteopathy: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME, 2006
• Masters in Neuroscience: Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, WI, 2002
• B.S (Biology) Carroll College, Waukesha, WI, 1999

Research Interests
• Pediatric HIV complications
• Cardiovascular disease in HIV
• Inflammation and immune activation
• Prevention of maternal to child transmission

Research Grants
• “Cardiovascular Disease and Inflammation in Ugandan Children with HIV” NICHD K23HD088295-01A1 2016-2021
• Department of Pediatrics translational science pilot grant, 2015
• Infectious Disease and Immunology Institute pilot grant, 2015
• Campbell Foundation Grant, 2015

Select Recent Publications:
-Dirajlal-Fargo S, Sattar A, Kulkarni M, Bowman E, Funderburg N, McComsey GA. HIV-positive youth who are perinatally infected have impaired endothelial function. AIDS 2017 Sep 10;31(14). (hyperlink on article’s name:
- Dirajlal-Fargo, S & Webel, AR., Kinley B, Labbato D, Jiang Y, Debanne S, McComsey, G. The Effect of Physical Activity on Cardiometabolic Health and Inflammation in HIV. (2016) Antiviral Therapy 21(3) 237-45 PMID: 26455521
-Dirajlal-Fargo S, Musiime V, Cook A, Mirembe G, Kenny J, Jiang Y, Debanne S, Klein N, McComsey GA. Insulin Resistance and Markers of Inflammation in HIV-Infected Ugandan Children in the CHAPAS-3 Trial. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2017 Aug; 36(8):761-767. PMID: 28067719 (hyperlink: