Mary A Ott, MD, MA

Mary A Ott, MD, MA

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Phone: (t) 317.274.8812 (f) 317.274.0133
Email: maott@iu.edu
Address: 410 West 10th Street, Suite 1001, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140



Adolescent Medicine; Pediatrics

Areas of Interest

Research/Clinical: (Clinical) Adolescent primary care; adolescent reproductive health and gynecology; chronic illness; obesity and eating disorders; Clinical ethics, consent and confidentiality.  (Research) Adolescent pregnancy and STD prevention; adolescent sexual health; Young men's health; Ethics of research with vulnerable populations; consent and confidentiality; capacity.

Dr. Mary A. Ott MD MA is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and provides both general adolescent medical care and specialty adolescent reproductive health care at Riley Hospital for Children, the HealthNet Pediatric and Adolescent Care Center, and the Eskenazi Health - Pecar Health Center Teen Clinic. Dr. Ott consults on adolescent health policies and programs at IU Health, locally in central Indiana, and nationally. She has a Master's degree in Philosophy and Bioethics. Dr. Ott is the adolescent co-chair for the Indiana chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of executive committee for the national AAP's Section of Bioethics.   She is additionally on national committees for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and on the editorial advisory committee of the journal Perspectives in Sexual and Reproductive Health.  Dr. Ott's research focuses on developmental aspects of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and on the ethics of research with vulnerable populations. She uses mixed methodologies to examine decision-making, communication and behavior around sexual abstinence, contraceptive use, and sexually transmitted infections, evaluate programs in adolescent STI and pregnancy prevention, and examine the ethics of adolescent vulnerability, sensitive topics research, confidentiality, and capacity to consent. 


1990 B.A., Political Science, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
1994 M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
1994-97 Intern and Resident, Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA
1998-2001 Fellow, Adolescent Medicine, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA
2010 M.A., Philosophy, Concentration in Bioethics, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Honors & Awards

1990 New York Herald Thesis Prize, Princeton University
1990 Magna Cum Laude, Princeton University
1990-94 Walter Lewis Croll Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania
1991 Health of the Public Research Grant, University of Pennsylvania
1993 Stolley Travel Award in Clinical Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania
1994 Ciba-Geigy Community Health Award, University of Pennsylvania
1999 Roy Rodriguez AIDS Fellowship Research Award, UCSF
2001 Ambulatory Pediatrics Association Fellows Travel Award
2009 IUPUI Translational Scholar, Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Community Showcase. March 4, 2009
2011 The Red Shoe Patient Care Award
2012-2016 Indiana Top Doctors- Indianapolis Monthly
2013 Special Focus Curriculum Enhancement Grant- Translational Ethics
2013 Overseas Conference Fund Award- International Association for Adolescent Health, Adolescent Ethics- IU
2015 Trustees Teaching Award- IUSM


Provider Clinics 

Pediatric and Adolescent Care Center
Methodist Hospital
Eskenazi Health - Pecar Health Center
Riley Children's Hospital


Phone: (t) 317.274.8812 (f) 317.274.0133
Email: maott@iu.edu
Address: 410 West 10th Street, Suite 1001

Research & Grants

Supporting Teen Parents of Hospitalized Children (STP) Project
IU Health Values Fund
Role: PI
Bioethics Subject Advocacy Program, Indiana Clinical Translational Sciences Institute.  (UL1RR025761-01 NIH)
PI: Shekhar
Role: Bioethics Core Faculty
Indiana Proud and Connected Teens Project. (IN?PACT) (HHS?2012?ACF?ACYF?AK?0284)
PI: Health Care Education and Training, Inc. (HCET)
Role: Evaluation Consultant
Evaluation of an Intervention to Reduce Preventive Misconception in HIV Vaccine Clinical Trials: A Multi-Center Study of the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN U01 HD0400553).
Protocol Chair: GD. Zimet
Total costs $167,048
Role: Protocol Team Member and co-investigator
Urethral Microbiome of Adolescent Males. (NIH-NIDDK/UH2 DK083980-01).
PI: JD Fortenberry
Total costs $818,758
Role: Co-investigator 
Vulnerability in Medical Research.
PI: MA Ott
Clarian Health Values Fund for the Integration of Spiritual and Religious Dimensions in Health Care.
Values, Quality, and Evaluation in Ethics Consultation.
PI: Wocial L.
Clarian Health Values Fund for the Integration of Spiritual and Religious Dimensions in Health Care.
Total costs $50,282

Developmental Epidemiology of STI Among Adolescent Men, 1R56AI090393-01
Total Direct Costs $500,000
Role: PI9/1/2010-8/31/2012

Representative PublicationsView All Publications

Ott MA, Alexander AB, Lally M,  Steever JB, Zimet GD,  and the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (2013). Preventive Misconception and Adolescents’ Knowledge about HIV Vaccine TrialsJournal of Medical Ethics. [online publication 25 Jan 2013]. 
Bell D, Breland D, Ott MA (2013). Adolescent and Young Adult Male Health: A Review, Pediatrics. 132(3):535-46.
Ott MA, Ghani N, McKenzie F, Rosenberger JG, Bell DL  (2012).  Adolescent Boys’ Experiences of First Sex. Culture, Health and Sexuality. Aug;14(7):781-93. 
Ott MA, Harezlak J, Ofner S, Fortenberry JD. (2012). Timing of Incident STI Relative to Sex Partner Change in Young Women. Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  2012 Oct;39(10):747-9. 
Ott MA, Ofner S, Katz BP, Tu W, Fortenberry JD (2010).  Characteristics Associated with Sex after Periods of Abstinence among Sexually Experienced Young Women. Perspect Sex Reprod Health, 42(1):43-48.
Ott MA, Pfeiffer EJ (2009).  “That’s Nasty to Curiosity: Early Adolescent Views of Abstinence and Sex.  Journal of Adolescent Health 44:575-581 
Ott MA, Millstein SG, Ofner S, Halpern-Felsher BL (2006). Greater Expectations: Positive Motivation for Sex Differs by Gender and Sexual Experience, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 38(2):84-9.