Maria T. Britto, MD, MPH

Director, Center for Innovation in Chronic Disease Care

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-8587

Fax 513-636-0727



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


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

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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.

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Britto MT, Byczkowski TL, Hesse EA, Munafo JK, Vockell AL, Yi MS. Overestimation of impairment-related asthma control by adolescents. J Pediatr. 2011 Jun;158(6):1028-1030.e1

Byczkowski TL, Munafo JK, Britto MT. Variation in use of Internet-based patient portals by parents of children with chronic disease. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 May;165(5):405-11.

Britto MT, Tivorsak TL, Slap GB. Adolescents' needs for health care privacy. Pediatrics. 2010 Dec;126(6):e1469-76. 

Britto MT, Jimison HB, Munafo JK, Wissman J, Rogers ML, Hersh W. Usability testing finds problems for novice users of pediatric portals. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2009 Sep-Oct;16(5):660-9. 

Sawyer SM, Drew S, Yeo MS, Britto MT. Adolescents with chronic conditions: challenges living, challenges treating. Lancet 2007; 369(9571):1481-89.

Britto MT, Anderson JM, Kent WM, Mandel KE, Muething SM, Kaminski GM, Schoettker PJ, Pandzik G, Carter LA, Kotagal UR. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center: Transforming care for children and families. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2006 Oct;32(10):541-548.

Britto MT, DeVellis RF, Hornung RW, DeFriese GH, Atherton HD, Slap GB. Health care preferences and priorities of adolescents with chronic conditions. Pediatrics, 2004 114(5):1272-80.

Yi MS, Tsevat J, Wilmott RW, Kotagal UR, Britto MT. The impact of treatment of pulmonary exacerbations on the health-related quality of life of patients with cystic fibrosis: foes hospitalization make a difference. J Pediatr, 2004; 144(6):711-718.

Britto MT, Kotagal UR, Hornung RW, Atherton HD, Tsevat J, Wilmott RW. Impact of recent pulmonary exacerbations on quality of life in cystic fibrosis. Chest. 2002;121:64-72.

Britto MT, Garrett JM, Dugliss MAJ, Daeschner HR, Johnson CA, Leigh MW, Majure JM, Schultz WH, Konrad TR. Risky behavior in teens with cystic fibrosis or sickle cell disease: A multi-center study. Pediatrics. 1998;101:250-256.