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Director, Center for Innovation in Chronic Disease Care

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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My Biography & Research


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.

Clinical Interests

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

Research Interests

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

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Adolescent Medicine

Research Divisions

Quality Improvement

My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

Quality Improvement for Rapid Development and Scale-Up of COVID-19-Related Screening Processes. Shears, EA; Henkel, PG; Mayhaus, D; Bedinghaus, C; Hawkins, DA; Aull, A; Sparks, KM; Britto, MT. Pediatrics. 2021; 147.

Quality of Care for Youth Hospitalized for Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm. Connell, SK; Burkhart, Q; Tolpadi, A; Parast, L; Gidengil, CA; Yung, S; Basco, WT; Williams, D; Britto, MT; Brittan, M; et al. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2021.

Engaging Caregivers and Providers of Children With Sickle Cell Anemia in Shared Decision Making for Hydroxyurea: Protocol for a Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial. Hood, AM; Strong, H; Nwankwo, C; Johnson, Y; Peugh, J; Mara, CA; Shook, LM; Brinkman, WB; Real, FJ; Klein, MD; et al. JMIR Research Protocols. 2021; 10.

Mobile health use predicts self-efficacy and self-management in adolescents with sickle cell disease. Hood, AM; Nwankwo, C; Walton, A; McTate, E; Joffe, N; Quinn, CT; Britto, MT; Peugh, J; Mara, CA; Crosby, LE. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2021.

Weight status and health behaviors of adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease: The emerging risk for obesity. Strong, H; Harry, O; Westcott, E; Kidwell, KM; Couch, SC; Peairs, A; Britto, MT; Crosby, LE. Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. 2021; 38:265-271.

Facilitators and Barriers to Implementing Standardized Outcome Measurement for Children With Cleft Lip and Palate. Weidler, EM; Britto, MT; Sitzman, TJ. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. 2021; 58:7-18.

Improving self-management in adolescents with sickle cell disease. Crosby, LE; Hood, A; Kidwell, K; Nwankwo, C; Peugh, J; Strong, H; Quinn, C; Britto, MT. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2020; 67.

Cardiorespiratory and Pulse Oximetry Monitoring in Hospitalized Children: A Delphi Process. Schondelmeyer, AC; Dewan, ML; Brady, PW; Timmons, KM; Cable, R; Britto, MT; Bonafide, CP. Pediatrics. 2020; 146.

Feasibility of Surgeon-Delivered Audit and Feedback Incorporating Peer Surgical Coaching to Reduce Fistula Incidence following Cleft Palate Repair: A Pilot Trial. Sitzman, TJ; Tse, RW; Allori, AC; Fisher, DM; Samson, TD; Beals, SP; Matic, DB; Marcus, JR; Grossoehme, DH; Britto, MT. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2020; 146:144-153.

Marked Variation Exists Among Surgeons and Hospitals in the Use of Secondary Cleft Lip Surgery. Sitzman, TJ; Carle, AC; Lundberg, JN; Heaton, PC; Helmrath, MA; Trotman, C; Britto, MT. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. 2020; 57:198-207.