Research Overview

Mari M. Nakamura, MD, MPH, is a pediatric infectious diseases physician and health services and health policy researcher.  Her work focuses on pediatric healthcare quality, including measurement of hospital quality, the effects of health policy on pediatric care, and the use of health information technology to improve care. 

As a member of the Boston Children’s Hospital Center of Excellence for Pediatric Quality Measurement, Dr. Nakamura developed pediatric readmission quality measures for national use by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  She is also conducting studies on electronic health record adoption by U.S. children’s hospitals.

About Mari Nakamura, MD, MPH

Dr. Nakamura received her MD from Washington University School of Medicine in 1999.  She completed pediatric residency training at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in 2002 and pediatric infectious diseases fellowship training at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford in 2006.  She came to Boston Children’s Hospital in 2006 to join the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program and became a faculty member in 2009.  She received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2008. 

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  • Vaccine Health Services Research
  • Health Information Technology

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  1. Fernandes P, Milliren C, Mahoney-West HM, Schwartz L, Lachenauer CS, Nakamura MM. Safety of Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy in Children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2018 Feb; 37(2):157-163. View abstract
  2. Feng JY, Toomey SL, Zaslavsky AM, Nakamura MM, Schuster MA. Readmission After Pediatric Mental Health Admissions. Pediatrics. 2017 Dec; 140(6). View abstract
  3. Nakamura MM, Zaslavsky AM, Toomey SL, Petty CR, Bryant MC, Geanacopoulos AT, Jha AK, Schuster MA. Pediatric Readmissions After Hospitalizations for Lower Respiratory Infections. Pediatrics. 2017 Aug; 140(2). View abstract
  4. Khan A, Nakamura MM, Zaslavsky AM, Jang J, Berry JG, Feng JY, Schuster MA. Same-Hospital Readmission Rates as a Measure of Pediatric Quality of Care. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Oct; 169(10):905-12. View abstract
  5. Teufel RJ, Yu FB, Nakamura MM, Harper MB, Menachemi N. Factors associated with meaningful use incentives in children's hospitals. Pediatrics. 2015 Jun; 135(6):e1409-16. View abstract
  6. Nakamura MM, Harper MB, Castro AV, Yu FB, Jha AK. Impact of the meaningful use incentive program on electronic health record adoption by US children's hospitals. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Mar; 22(2):390-8. View abstract
  7. Nakamura MM, Toomey SL, Zaslavsky AM, Berry JG, Lorch SA, Jha AK, Bryant MC, Geanacopoulos AT, Loren SS, Pain D, Schuster MA. Measuring pediatric hospital readmission rates to drive quality improvement. Acad Pediatr. 2014 Sep-Oct; 14(5 Suppl):S39-46. View abstract
  8. Gidengil C, Mangione-Smith R, Bailey LC, Cawthon ML, McGlynn EA, Nakamura MM, Schiff J, Schuster MA, Schneider EC. Using Medicaid and CHIP claims data to support pediatric quality measurement: lessons from 3 centers of excellence in measure development. Acad Pediatr. 2014 Sep-Oct; 14(5 Suppl):S76-81. View abstract
  9. Zenlea IS, Billett A, Hazen M, Herrick DB, Nakamura MM, Jenkins KJ, Woolf AD, Kesselheim JC. Trainee and program director perceptions of quality improvement and patient safety education: preparing for the next accreditation system. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 Nov; 53(13):1248-54. View abstract
  10. Nakamura MM, Harper MB, Jha AK. Change in adoption of electronic health records by US children's hospitals. Pediatrics. 2013 May; 131(5):e1563-75. View abstract
  11. Berry JG, Toomey SL, Zaslavsky AM, Jha AK, Nakamura MM, Klein DJ, Feng JY, Shulman S, Chiang VW, Chiang VK, Kaplan W, Hall M, Schuster MA. Pediatric readmission prevalence and variability across hospitals. JAMA. 2013 Jan 23; 309(4):372-80. View abstract
  12. Nakamura MM, Tasslimi A, Lieu TA, Levine O, Knoll MD, Russell LB, Sinha A. Cost effectiveness of child pneumococcal conjugate vaccination in middle-income countries. Int Health. 2011 Dec; 3(4):270-81. View abstract
  13. Tasslimi A, Nakamura MM, Levine O, Knoll MD, Russell LB, Sinha A. Cost effectiveness of child pneumococcal conjugate vaccination in GAVI-eligible countries. Int Health. 2011 Dec; 3(4):259-69. View abstract
  14. Nakamura MM, Ferris TG, DesRoches CM, Jha AK. Electronic health record adoption by children's hospitals in the United States. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Dec; 164(12):1145-51. View abstract
  15. Nakamura MM, McAdam AJ, Sandora TJ, Moreira KR, Lee GM. Higher prevalence of pharyngeal than nasal Staphylococcus aureus carriage in pediatric intensive care units. J Clin Microbiol. 2010 Aug; 48(8):2957-9. View abstract
  16. Nakamura MM, Lee GM. Influenza vaccination in adolescents with high-risk conditions. Pediatrics. 2008 Nov; 122(5):920-8. View abstract
  17. Nakamura M, McAdam A, Sandora T, Lee G. Pharyngeal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus in pediatric intensive care units. Poster presentation at the Children's Hospital Boston Infectious Diseases Division Research Retreat,. 2008. View abstract
  18. Nakamura MM, Simons WW, Samuels R, Daniel J, Mandl KD. Service-oriented architecture for pediatric immunization decision support. Poster presentation at the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Meeting,. 2007. View abstract
  19. Nakamura MM, Simons WW, Samuels R, Daniel J, Mandl KD. Service-oriented architecture for pediatric immunization decision support. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007 Oct 11; 1056. View abstract
  20. Nakamura MM, Lee GM. Influenza vaccination in adolescents with high-risk conditions. Poster presentation at the Infectious Diseases Society of America Annual Meeting,. 2007. View abstract
  21. Nakamura MM, Lee GM. Influenza vaccination in adolescents with high-risk conditions. Podium presentation at the Annual NRSA Research Trainees Conference,. 2007. View abstract
  22. Nakamura MM, Liew SY, Cummings CA, Brinig MM, Dieterich C, Relman DA. Growth phase- and nutrient limitation-associated transcript abundance regulation in Bordetella pertussis. Infect Immun. 2006 Oct; 74(10):5537-48. View abstract
  23. Carninci P, Waki K, Shiraki T, Konno H, Shibata K, Itoh M, Aizawa K, Arakawa T, Ishii Y, Sasaki D, Bono H, Kondo S, Sugahara Y, Saito R, Osato N, Fukuda S, Sato K, Watahiki A, Hirozane-Kishikawa T, Nakamura M, Shibata Y, Yasunishi A, Kikuchi N, Yoshiki A, Kusakabe M, Gustincich S, Beisel K, Pavan W, Aidinis V, Nakagawara A, Held WA, Iwata H, Kono T, Nakauchi H, Lyons P, Wells C, Hume DA, Fagiolini M, Hensch TK, Brinkmeier M, Camper S, Hirota J, Mombaerts P, Muramatsu M, Okazaki Y, Kawai J, Hayashizaki Y. Targeting a complex transcriptome: the construction of the mouse full-length cDNA encyclopedia. Genome Res. 2003 Jun; 13(6B):1273-89. View abstract
  24. Nakamura MM, Rohling KL, Shashaty M, Lu H, Tang YW, Edwards KM. Prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriage in the community pediatric population. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2002 Oct; 21(10):917-22. View abstract