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Texas Medical Center

Cancer and Hematology
Phone: 832-824-2057


1102 Bates Ave. Ste. 1570
Houston, TX 77023

Leila C. Sahni, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health PhD Doctor of Philosophy, Epidemiology 2018
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health Masters Master of Public Health, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences 2009
University of Houston Bachelors Bachelor of Science, Chemistry 2005

Research Statement

Leila Sahni is an epidemiologist with research interests in pediatric infectious diseases, public health surveillance, vaccine effectiveness, and vaccine hesitancy. Much of her work has focused on the epidemiology of respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses in young children, the role of these viruses in pediatric emergency department use and hospitalization, and the post-licensure assessments of rotavirus and influenza vaccine effectiveness.

Her research interests have recently expanded to include parental vaccine hesitancy and concerns about vaccine safety, and she is an active collaborator on studies assessing the prevalence of vaccine hesitancy among parents of children in the Greater Houston area and nationally among parents of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Professional Interests
Infectious disease epidemiology
Public health surveillance
Vaccine effectiveness

Selected Publications



* Texas Children's Hospital physicians' licenses and credentials are reviewed prior to practicing at any of our facilities. Sections titled From the Doctor, Professional Organizations and Publications were provided by the physician's office and were not verified by Texas Children's Hospital.