Maria Britto, MD, MPH, is a pediatrician, professor of pediatrics, founding director of the Center for Innovation in Chronic Disease Care, and research faculty mentoring lead for the Anderson Center within the UC Department of Pediatrics. She holds an MPH in epidemiology and a graduate certificate in medical informatics. She served as the assistant vice president of Chronic Care Systems from 2007 to 2012.

Her research focuses on health care needs and preferences of adolescents with chronic conditions and on interventions to improve health outcomes. She is the director of the Center for Innovation in Chronic Disease Care, which seeks to accelerate improvement in outcomes for children and adolescents with chronic conditions by developing and evaluating new methods of care delivery and by applying innovative approaches to quality improvement in chronic diseases. She has served as a mentor for numerous NIH career development awards, as well as numerous other students, residents and junior faculty.

MD: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1987.

MPH: Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1995.

Residency: Medicine/Pediatrics, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC, 1987-1991.

Chief Resident: Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC, 1991-1992.

Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1993-1995.

Graduate Certificate: Biomedical Informatics, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, 2008.

Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine, 1991; Recertified 2001; American Board of Pediatrics, 1992; Recertified 1999, 2007; American Board of Pediatrics, Certification in Adolescent Medicine, 1997; Recertified 2007 and 2011.

Licensure: Ohio, July 1995.


Chronic illness in adolescents; chronic disease care of adolescents; health care quality

Services and Specialties

Adolescent Medicine


Chronic illness in adolescents; health care quality; quality of life; health care preferences of adolescents with chronic illness

Research Areas

Quality Improvement

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Improved recognition of lung function decline as signal of cystic fibrosis pulmonary exacerbation: a Cystic Fibrosis Learning Network Innovation Laboratory quality improvement initiative. List, R; Solomon, G; Bichl, S; Horton, BJ; Shen, S; Corcoran, B; Sadeghi, H; Britto, MT; Ren, C; Albon, D. BMJ Open Quality. 2023; 12:e002466.

Measurement of Ambulatory Medication Errors in Children: A Scoping Review. Rickey, L; Auger, K; Britto, MT; Rodgers, I; Field, S; Odom, A; Lehr, M; Cronin, A; Walsh, KE. Pediatrics. 2023; 152:e2023061281.

Patient Preferences in Diagnostic Imaging: A Scoping Review. Baird, TA; Wright, DR; Britto, MT; Lipstein, EA; Trout, AT; Hayatghaibi, SE. The Patient: Patient Centered Outcomes Research. 2023; 16:579-591.

Establishing a Cystic Fibrosis Learning Network: Interventions to promote collaboration and data-driven improvement at scale. Ong, T; Albon, D; Amin, RS; Bailey, J; Bandla, S; Britto, MT; Flath, J; Gamel, B; Powers, M; Sabadosa, KA; et al. Learning Health Systems. 2023; 7:e10354.

The Cystic Fibrosis Learning Network: A mixed methods evaluation of program goals, attributes, and impact. Van Citters, AD; Buus-Frank, ME; King, JR; Seid, M; Holthoff, MM; Amin, RS; Britto, MT; Nelson, EC; Marshall, BC; Sabadosa, KA. Learning Health Systems. 2023; 7:e10356.

Transforming the nutrition care model for infants with cystic fibrosis: A qualitative study of clinicians' perspectives. Ong, T; Bell, S; Britto, MT; Gamel, B; McNamara, S; Ramsey, B; Barton, KS. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2023; 58:1380-1390.

Improving the Quality of Written Discharge Instructions: A Multisite Collaborative Project. Desai, AD; Tolpadi, A; Parast, L; Esporas, M; Britto, MT; Gidengil, C; Wilson, K; Bardach, NS; Basco, WT; Brittan, MS; et al. Pediatrics. 2023; 151:e2022059452.

Caregiver Quality of Life During Pediatric Influenza-Like Illness: A Cross-Sectional Study During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Overmann, KM; Porter, SC; Zhang, Y; Britto, MT. Journal of Patient Experience. 2023; 10:23743735231188840.

Collaborative to Increase Lethal Means Counseling for Caregivers of Youth With Suicidality. Leyenaar, JA K; Tolpadi, A; Parast, L; Esporas, M; Britto, MT; Gidengil, C; Wilson, KM; Bardach, NS; Basco, WT; Brittan, MS; et al. Pediatrics. 2022; 150:e2021055271.

Optimizing Shared Decision Making about Hydroxyurea in Young Children with Sickle Cell Anemia. Hildenbrand, AK; King, AA; Mara, CA; Johnson, Y; Shook, LM; Whitacre, C; Britto, MT; Quinn, CT; Brinkman, W; Hackworth, R; et al. Blood. 2022; 140:10857-10859.

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