Mary Ann Abrams, MD :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Mary Ann Abrams, MD MPH

Mary Ann Abrams, MD MPH

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Physician Team

Primary Care Centers
Physician Team

Contact Information

Ambulatory Pediatrics
700 Children's Dr
Columbus, OH 43205 [ map ]
PH: (614) 722-4950
FX: (614) 722-4966

Location Information for Patients

Hilltop Primary Care Center


Mary Ann Abrams, MD, MPH, is a member of the Section of Ambulatory Pediatrics, GME Quality Improvement Medical Director, Vice-Chair, GMEC, and MOC Portfolio Manager at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Clinical Assistant Professor and Longitudinal Group substitute facilitator at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She oversees trainee engagement in quality improvement, provides care in the Nationwide Children’s Primary Care Obesity Network, and works in health equity and health literacy. She is a member of the Ohio State University College of Medicine Admissions Committee.

Prior to joining Nationwide Children's Hospital, Dr. Abrams led Iowa Health System’s (now UnityPoint Health) health literacy quality initiative and development of Health Literacy Iowa, a statewide center for health literacy. She has focused on implementing and sustaining health literacy-related interventions in real-world clinical settings, including development of a reader-friendly consent for surgery/procedures, and various health literacy tools, trainings, and on-line resources. She co-chaired the American Academy of Pediatrics Health Literacy Project Advisory Committee, served on the American College of Physicians Foundation Health Literacy Programs Committee, and was a Pfizer Visiting Professor in Health Literacy. She is co-editor and contributing author to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Plain Language Pediatrics guidebook, and has published and presented on implementing health literacy-based interventions, pediatric health literacy, and partnering with patients and adult learners.

Dr. Abrams served as Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Community Pediatrics, Iowa AAP CATCH Facilitator, and Reach Out and Read Iowa Medical Director and Coalition Leader. Her interests and work continue to focus on the clinical/public health interface and addressing social determinants of health.


  • Female

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Education and Training

Medical School

  • Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
    Date Completed: 06/30/1982


  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
    Date Completed: 06/30/1985


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Date Completed: 06/30/1991


  • Pediatrics


  • Ambulatory Pediatrics


  • Pediatrics
  • Public Health General Preventive Medicine

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

  • 09/26/2014
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000