Mara Nitu, MD

Mara Nitu, MD

Section Chief & Professor Clinical Pediatrics

Email: mnitu@iu.edu




Pediatric Critical Care

Areas of Interest

Investigating various approaches to oxygenation failure in the stem cell transplant population, exploring cost effectiveness of care in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Dr. Nitu is passionate about quality improvement initiatives (QI), working towards the creation of effective models of clinical care delivery throughout her career. She has a proven track record in taking care delivery models from concept to implementation. She was instrumental in the creation and build-out of the pediatric transport system in the state of Indiana, she was the impetus behind introducing Intensivist based co-management of all pediatric critical care paitients, as well as the driving force behind the development of standardized medical protocols.

In addition, Dr. Nitu is actively engaged in promoting the ethical delivery of pediatric critical care. She is determined to improve the process. Her efforts in this area involve supporting PICU healthcare providers in addressing value-laden issues, preparing health care professionals to prospectively plan for ethically challenging clinical situations by creating a climate of collaboration and decreasing moral distress for healthcare providers in the PICU.


1993 MD, Carol Davila Medical University
1994 Internship, Grigore Alexandrescu University Children’s Hospital
1997 DC, Palmer College of Chiropractic

Residency, State University of New York at Stony Brook University Hospital

2001 Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, Children’s Hospital

Honors & Awards

2/2015 Alpha Omega Alpha - Honor Medical Society
11/2011 Best Doctors in America 2011-2012
6/2011 Red Shoes Award
2/2011 Red Shoes Award
2/2010 Top Pediatrician in Indianapolis, Indiana
11/2009   Best Doctors in America 2009-2010
 8/2009 Biltmore Who’s Who Honored Lifetime Member 
 5/2009 America’s Top Pediatricians 
 5/2008 Indiana Healthcare Leadership Academy Certificate of Recognition 
 12/2008 Red Shoes Award 
 1/2008 Red Shoes Award 
 10/2006 Red Shoes Award 
 3/2005 Red Shoes Award 



Research & Grants

Title: Implementation of a pediatric intensive care unit interprofessional healthcare resource utilization curriculum and its effect on healthcare costs, culture and patient outcomes (VFE-328)
Agency: Indiana University Health Values Grant
Role: Senior Principal Investigator

Title: Project ROSE: Reach Out, Soothe and Embrace
Agency: Indiana University Health Values Grant
Role: Senior Principal Investigator

Title: PALF, Pediatric Acute Liver Failure in North America
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Title: ABC Age of Blood Transfusion
Role: Site Co-Principal Investigator

Title: Transfusion-Related Immunomodulation and Coagulation in Kids
Role: Site Co-Principal Investigator

Title: SIRCH in Stem Cell Transplant Patients: PALISI Multicenter study
Role: Senior Principal Investigator

Title: QI Assessment of the Procedural Sedation Program: Assess Effectiveness, Complications, Patient Satisfaction and Financial Implications of Various Sedation Protocols
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Representative PublicationsView All Publications

Patel V, Ahmed S, Nitu M, Rigby MR: Vasovagal Syncope and Severe Bradycardia following Intranasal Dexmedetomidine for Pediatric Procedural Sedation. Paediatr Anaesth 2014 Apr;24(4):446-8. DOI: 10.111/pan.12368.Epub 2014 Feb 26.

*Benneyworth B, Rigby M, Heskett M, Carroll A, Nitu M: Using APR DRG to identify cost-management targets. October 29, 2014, Pediat and Therapeut 4:217 doi:10.4172/2161-0665.1000217

*† Sheikh Sohail Ahmed, Tamara Unland, James Slaven, Mara Nitu. “High Dose Dexmedetomidine: Effective as a sole agent sedation for children undergoing MRI.” International Journal of Pediatrics, vol. 2015, Article ID 397372, 2015. Doi:10.1155/2015/397372.

*† Andrew Beardsley, Mark Rigby, Terri Bogue, Mara Nitu, Brian Benneyworth: “The incidence of ventilator-associated infections in children determined using broncoalveolar lavage.” Global Pediatric Health, 2015;2:1-4.

*†Sheikh Sohail Ahmed, James Slaven, Shawn Hicks, Mara Nitu: “Deep Sedation for Pediatric Dental Procedures: Is this a safe and effective option?” Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry, Vol 40 No 3, No 4.