In order to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the specialty of Med-Peds, the MPPDA would like to spotlight individuals throughout the year who have played a part in the development of the MPPDA and have contributed to the rich history of Med-Peds in the past 50 years.  This month, we would like to spotlight Dr. Mary Ciccarelli.


Mary R. Ciccarelli, M.D.

Associate Chair of Pediatric Education

Professor of Clinical Medicine-Pediatrics Director, Center for Youth and Adults with Conditions of Childhood

I joined the Indiana University faculty in 1991 after community practice in D.C. and Wisconsin.  The three distinct aspects in my IU career have been primary care for vulnerable populations, medical education and academic-community partnerships.

Working for over two decades at a county community health center, we are sometimes proud of and often struggle in our ongoing work to improve community-oriented primary care.

The Michigan State University Primary Care fellowship program helped launch me into medical education.  From 1993 to 2006, I served as the program director for the IU Medicine Pediatric residency through a period of significant growth.  I was the fifth president of MPPDA as we did the legwork to get our field recognized, successfully in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.  I continued as an executive committee advisor from 2004 to 2014.   I so appreciate MPPDA as my academic home, introducing me to colleagues across the country who “get” who I am and what I do.

After the PD role, I moved to associate PD, focusing on our continuity clinic curriculum.  For a decade, I have been the Associate Chair for Pediatric Education, mentoring our team in its education missions.  In 2007, we started a statewide transition program, called the Center for Youth and Adults with Conditions of Childhood.  CYACC has really expanded my world view and skills, working within a transdisciplinary team and collaborating with community, government and amazing families.  Med-peds has the advantage of understanding both pediatric and adult healthcare systems to instigate effective transitions and transfers of care.

In 2015, I was promoted to Professor of Clinical Medicine-Pediatrics, although that dossier was one of my least favorite tasks.  I am the mother of four fabulous adult children, all very right-brained. I relish my career and life at home, travelling to see my wandering children (in Egypt, Greece, Peru, Argentina, etc.), or with my church to our partner parish in Haiti.  I love reading, gardening (limited at present by wicked bee and poison ivy allergies) and cooking.