Sharon Lee Groh-Wargo, PhD

Sharon Lee Groh-Wargo, PhD, Rd, LDProfessor of Pediatrics and Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center

Research Interests: Neonatal nutrition, custom fortification of maternal breast milk, body composition, Vitamin D


2014-2016 Abbott Nutrition – $67,745: Comparison of two human milk fortifiers in preterm infants (Principle Investigator)

2012-2016 Wheezing in Black Infants Born Preterm: Impact of Vitamin D Supplementation Strategy (D-Wheeze) NIH-RO1-L109293-01A1; MetroHealth Site PI, 10% salary support, for Anna Marie Hibbs, MD, PI at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio 

Selected Recent Publications:

1. Ledingham L, Tatsuoka C, Minich N, Ross KR, Kerns LA, Wagner CL, Fuloria M, Groh-Wargo S, Zimmerman T, Hibbs AM. Burden of prematurity-associated recurrent wheezing: caregiver missed work in the D-Wheeze trial. J Perinatol. 2021 Jan;41(1):69-76. doi: 10.1038/s41372-020-0729-7. Epub 2020 Jul 21. PMID: 32694857; PMCID: PMC7855497.

2. Alja'nini Z, McNelis KM, Viswanathan S, Goddard GR, Merlino-Barr S, Collin M, Groh-Wargo S. Infant body composition assessment in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) using air displacement plethysmography: Strategies for implementation into clinical workflow. Clin Nutr ESPEN. 2021 Jun;43:212-222. doi: 10.1016/j.clnesp.2021.04.014. Epub 2021 Apr 24. PMID: 34024517.

3. Landau D, Stout J, Presley LH, O'Tierney-Ginn P, Groh-Wargo S, Catalano PM. Reliability of routine anthropometric measurements to estimate body composition in term infants. Pediatr Res. 2021 May;89(7):1751-1755. doi: 10.1038/s41390-020-01136-4. Epub 2020 Sep 12. PMID: 32919389.

4. Pandey R, Kanike N, Ibrahim M, Swarup N, Super DM, Groh-Wargo S, Kumar D. Lactose-free infant formula does not change outcomes of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS): a randomized clinical trial. J Perinatol. 2021 Mar;41(3):598-605. doi: 10.1038/s41372-020-00797-7. Epub 2020 Aug 31. PMID: 32868858.

5. Osman A, Ibrahim M, Saunders J, Merheb R, Moscorelli M, Caretto V, Groh-Wargo S. Effects of Implementation of Infant-Driven Oral Feeding Guideline on Preterm Infants' Abilities to Achieve Oral Feeding Milestones, in a Tertiary Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Nutr Clin Pract. 2021 Mar 2. doi: 10.1002/ncp.10635. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33651895.

6. Fenton TR, Cormack B, Goldberg D, Nasser R, Alshaikh B, Eliasziw M, Hay WW, Hoyos A, Anderson DM, Bloomfield F, Griffin I, Embleton N, Rochow N, Taylor S, Senterre T, Schanler RJ, Elmrayed S, Groh-Wargo S, Adamkin D, Shah PS. “Extrauterine growth restriction” & “postnatal growth failure” are misnomers for preterm infants. Journal of Perinatology 2020; 40:704-714. (open access: