14928-Nitu, Mara

Mara E. Nitu, MD, DC, MBA

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Email mnitu@iu.edu
1130 W Michigan Street
FH 320

Indianapolis, IN 46202
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As Chief Medical Officer, Mara Nitu oversees clinical hospital operations and helps create an exceptional practice environment to ensure optimal outcomes for patients. Dr. Nitu is passionate about clinical effectiveness initiatives, working towards the creation of effective models of clinical care delivery throughout her career.

Nitu joined the Department of Pediatrics at Riley Children’s Health in 2001 and during her tenure, established herself as a leader in academic medicine. She has served in several leadership roles since joining the Riley team, including Pediatric Lifeline Medical Director, PICU Medical Director and Division Chief of the Division of Pediatric Care. More recently she has served as Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and ACMO for Operations for Riley Children’s Health. In these roles, she engaged in the clinical operations, statewide expansion, mentoring, and professional development efforts of the department. Since 2018 she also led the Clinical Effectiveness work for Riley Hospital for Children and has been successful in engaging the medical director team to conduct various projects aimed to eliminate waste and increase value.

She is a graduate of Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. She completed her residency at State University of New York at Stony Brook, followed by her fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. She is currently a professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine.

Titles & Appointments

  • Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
  • Chief Medical Officer, Riley Children's Health
  • Education
    2018 MBA Indiana University
    2001 FEL Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship, University of Cincinnati
    2000 RES Pediatric Residency, State University of New York at Stony Brook
    1997 DC Palmer College
    1993 MD Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Research

    Driving cost effectiveness improvements along the patient care continuum from critical care to health maintenance in the home environment. Investigating various approaches to oxygenation failure in the stem cell transplant population.

  • Professional Organizations
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    American Association for Physician Leadership
    Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators
    Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatrics
  • Awards
    Org: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
    Desc: Alpha Omega Alpha
    Scope: National
    Date: 2015-01-01
    Org: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Desc: Trustee Teaching Award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2008-01-01
    Org: Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
    Desc: Morris Green Teaching Award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2006-01-01

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