Mary Ann McBurnie, PhD


Mary Ann McBurnie, PhD, oversees the design, implementation and coordination for multi-center epidemiologic studies and clinical trials. She currently serves as principal investigator and as Steering Committee Chair for a multi-center study to establish the infrastructure for comparative effectiveness research in community health centers, the Community Health Applied Research Network (CHARN). She also led the Data Coordinating Center for CONCERT, the COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Outcomes-based Network for Clinical Effectiveness and Research Translation.

She has served on several national and international studies that relate to heart and lung disease, including the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS), the Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Trial, the Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD) and the COPD Foundation-led COPD Patient Powered Research Network (COPD-PRN). In addition, she has led or contributed to projects focusing on the development, assessment, and utilization of electronic health record (EHR)-based data infrastructure, enabling the pooling and analyses of multi-site EHR data. Two projects developed centralized data warehouses (CHARN and CONCERT) and another (CER-HUB) built a centralized website where researchers can construct software applications to process their electronic medical records, including text and coded data, to create standardized, multi-site datasets for comparative effectiveness research. Her research interests include health disparities and measuring and improving quality of care.

Dr. McBurnie received her PhD in biostatistics from the University of Washington. She served in that department at the Cardiovascular Health Study Coordinating Center and the Clinical Trial Center before joining the Center for Health Research in 2005.

Recent Publications

  • Hazlehurst BL, Kurtz SE, Masica A, Stevens VJ, McBurnie MA, Puro JE, Vijayadeva V, Au DH, Brannon ED, Sittig DF. CER Hub: An informatics platform for conducting comparative effectiveness research using multi-institutional, heterogeneous, electronic clinical data. International journal of medical informatics. 2015; 84(10):763-73. PMID: 26138036
  • Stevens VJ, Solberg LI, Bailey S, Kurtz SE, McBurnie MA, Priest EL, Puro JE, Williams R, Fortmann SP, Hazlehurst BL. Assessing trends in tobacco cessation in diverse patient populations. Nicotine Tob Res 2015 Apr 28. [Epub 2015 Apr 28]
  • Walker KL, Kirillova O, Gillespie SE, Hsiao D, Pishchalenko V, et al. Using the CER Hub to ensure data quality in a multi-institution smoking cessation study. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA. 2014; 21(6):1129-35. PMID: 24993545 PMCID: PMC4215049
  • Prieto-Centurion V, Rolle AJ, Au DH, Carson SS, Henderson AG, et al. Multicenter study comparing case definitions used to identify patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine. 2014; 190(9):989-95. PMID: 25192554 PMCID: PMC4299587
  • Lin F, Pickard AS, Krishnan JA, Joo MJ, Au DH, Carson SS, Gillespie S, Henderson AG, Lindenauer PK, McBurnie MA, Mularski RA, Naureckas ET, Vollmer WM, Lee TA on behalf of the CONCERT Consortium. Measuring health-related quality of life in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: properties of the EQ-5D-5L and PROMIS-43 Short Form. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2014 Jun 16;14(1):78. PMCID: PMC4072614