Mary Ann McBurnie, PhD

Biography

Mary Ann McBurnie, PhD, directs multi-center studies and clinical trials through the CHR Data Coordinating Center (DCC). She has over 20 years’ experience overseeing the design, implementation and coordination of CHR-led DCCs.  She currently leads the DCCs for a pragmatic palliative care clinical trial and an observational study based on electronic data sources to measure the incidence and predictors of opioid overdose and death.  She recently served as DCC principal investigator and Steering Committee Chair for the multi-site Community Health Applied Research Network (CHARN) and led the DCC for CONCERT, the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Outcomes-based Network for Clinical Effectiveness and Research Translation.

Dr. McBurnie 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) study 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 EHR-based data infrastructure, enabling the pooling and analyses of multi-site EMR 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.

Selected Publications