Anne-Marie Rick, MD, MPH, PhD

  • Instructor of Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science
  • Director, Newborn Research Support Services, Clinical and Translation Science Institute

Anne-Marie Rick, MD MPH PhD, is an Instructor of Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of Newborn Research Support Services (NuRSERy) at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Dr. Rick received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She completed her pediatric internship, residency and global health fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado and her fellowship in general academic pediatrics and Doctor of Philosophy in clinical and translational science at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Dr. Rick spends clinical time in newborn care at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Primary Care Center and UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital. Her clinical research is focused on infectious diseases related to maternal-infant health with active studies related to newborn sepsis, perinatal transmission of COVID-19 infections, and passive immune protection from maternal immunization during pregnancy, including influenza. As Director of NuRSERy, Dr. Rick works collaboratively with numerous investigators across the Schools of Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh to facilitate and implement clinical research in the newborn setting. In addition to research activities, Dr. Rick is an avid mentor for clinical research for numerous students at different levels of training across the University of Pittsburgh.

Education & Training

  • BS, Biology, University of Notre Dame, 2007
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University, 2013
  • MPH, Biostatistics & Global Health, John Hopkins University, 2013
  • PhD Candidate, Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2017-Present
  • Internship in Pediatrics on Global Health Track, University of Colorado, 2013-2014
  • Residency in Pediatrics on Global Health Track, University of Colorado, 2014-2016
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Global Health, University of Colorado, 2016-2017
  • Fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2017-Present

Selected Publications

Olson D, Rick AM (co-first author), Krager S, Lamb M, Asturias EJ. Acceptance and Willingness-to-Pay for Arbovirus Vaccines: A Cross Sectional Survey in Rural Guatemala. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2018 Nov;37(11):1184-1189. 

Olson D, Krager S, Lamb M, Rick AM, Asturias EJ.  Knowledge of Norovirus and Attitudes towards a Potential Norovirus Vaccine in Rural Guatemala: A Cross-Sectional Survey. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2018 May;98(5):1498-1501. 

Rick AM, Domek G, Cunningham M, Olson D, Lamb M, Jimenez-Zambrano A, Heinrichs G, Berman S, Asturias EJ. High Background Congenital Microcephaly in Rural Guatemala: Implications for Neonatal Congenital Zika Virus Infection Screening. Global Health Science and Practice, 2017 Dec 28;5(4):686-696.  

Rick AM, Aguilar A, Cortes R, Gordillo R, Melgar M, Samayoa-Reyes G., Frank, D., Asturias EJ. Group B Streptococci Colonization in Pregnant Guatemalan Women: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Vaginal Microbiome. Open Forum Infectious Diseases, 2017 Feb;4(1):ofx020. 

Rao S, Messacar K, Torok M, Rick AM, Holzberg J. Montano A, Bagdure D, Curtis DJ, de Masellis G, Dominguez SR. Enterovirus D-68 in Critically Ill Children: a Comparison to Pandemic H1N1 Influenza. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2016 Nov;17(11):1023-1031. 

Stohl HE, Ouzounian J, Rick AM, Hueppchen NA, Bienstock JL. Thyroid disease and gestational diabetes: Is there a connection? Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 2013 July; 26 (11):1139-1142.  

Parker SL, McGirt MJ, Farber SH, Amin AG, Rick AM, Suk I, Bydon A, Sciubba DM, Wolinsky JP, Gokaslan ZL, Witham TF. Accuracy of free hand pedicle screws in the thoracic and lumbar spine: Analysis of 6,816 consecutive screws. Neurosurgery 2011 Jan; 68(1):170-8.  

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Academic and Research Interests

  • Group B Streptococcus prevalence and microbiome in rural Guatemala 
  • Antibiotic use reduction among late pre-term/term neonates 
  • Risk stratification of infants for early onset sepsis 
  • Maternal-fetal immune interaction 
  • Infant protection and immunity conveyed through maternal vaccines in pregnancy 

Research Grants

HRSA NRSA T32HP22240, Evaluation of Approaches to Neonatal Risk Stratification for Early Onset Sepsis using Current National Guidelines, (PI, 80% effort), 2017-2020

5K12HD052892, Protective effect of maternal influenza immunization and breastfeeding against infant influenza disease, (PI, 80% effort), 2020-2022, $250,000