Christine A. March, MD, MS

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Christine March, MD, MS, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and attending physician in the Division of Endocrinology at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. March graduated from the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate degree with a major in Health & Societies, focusing on bioethics. She received her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, graduating at the top of her class, before coming to Pittsburgh for her pediatrics training. She completed her pediatrics residency, chief residency, and fellowship training at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. During her fellowship, she received a master’s degree in clinical research from the Institute for Clinical Research Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

March engages in health services research focusing on the care and outcomes of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Her academic interests include community-engaged research, school-based diabetes care, and the impact of over-nutrition in type 1 diabetes. Her primary work focuses on optimizing school-based management of type 1 diabetes in the context of emerging diabetes technologies, including insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors, and sensor-augmented insulin pumps. Her long-term interests include the design and testing of community-based interventions to enhance chronic care management for children and adolescents with diabetes.

Currently, March sees patients in pediatric diabetes, diabetes transition, and general endocrinology clinics. Further, she cares for children admitted to the inpatient pediatric endocrinology service at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and will consult on infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes, 2019-Present
  • American Diabetes Association, 2018-Present
  • Pediatric Endocrine Society, 2017-Present
  • Endocrine Society, 2016-Present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011-Present

Education & Training

  • BA, Health and Societies, magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • MD, University of Cincinnati, 2013
  • Residency in Pediatrics, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2013-2016
  • Chief Resident, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2016-2017
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2017-2020
  • MS, Clinical Research, University of Pittsburgh, 2020

Selected Publications

March CA, Nanni M, Kazmerski TM, Siminerio LM, Miller E, Libman IM. Modern Diabetes Devices in the School Setting: Perspectives from School Nurses. Pediatr Diabetes. 2020 Aug;21(5):832-840. Doi: 10.1111/pedi.13015. PubMed PMID: 32249474. 

March CA, Leikam L, Siminerio LM, Miller E, Libman IL. Cyber school is a marker of youth with high risk diabetes. J Pediatr. 2021;230:167-73. Doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.10.042. PubMed PMID:33127366

March CA, Flint A, DeArment D, Gilliland A, Kelly K, Rizzitano E, Chrisman A, Muzumdar RH, Libman IM. Pediatric diabetes care during the COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons learned in scaling up telemedicine services. Endocrinol Diabetes Metab.2020;4(1):e00202. Doi: 10.1002/edm2.202. PubMed PMID: 33349799

March CA, Becker DJ, Libman IM. Nutrition and obesity in the pathogenesis of youth-onset type 1 diabetes and its complications. Front Endocrinol. 2021;12:622901. Doi: 10.3389/fendo.2021.622901. 

March CA, Kazmerski TMK, Moon C, Libman I, Miller E. Evaluating the impact of stakeholder engagement in a school-based type 1 diabetes study. Diabetes Spectrum. 2021. In press.

March CA, Oyetoro R, Adams J, Rodriguez H, Albanese-O’Neil A. School Nurse Perspectives on Do-It-Yourself Automated Pancreas Systems in the School Setting. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2021. In Press.

Saleh M, Kim JY, March CA, Gebara N, Arslanian S. Youth prediabetes and type 2 diabetes: Risk factors and prevalence of dysglycemia. Pediatr Obesity. 2021. 

March CA, Siminerio LM, Muzumdar R, Libman I. Implications of the School Day on Health Behaviors for Children with Type 1 Diabetes: A Survey of Parent Perspectives during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Sci Diabetes Self Manag Care. 2021.

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Academic and Research Interests

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Community
  • School
  • Diabetes devices

Research Grants

Implementing school-partnered collaborative care for children with type 1 diabetes: Are we ready?, (PI), Cochrane Weber Endowment Award, 2022-2023. 

Multidisciplinary Pediatric Diabetes Care, (PI), CTSI Exploring Existing Data Resources Pilot Award, 2022-2023

Collaborative Diabetes Care: A multidisciplinary school-centered model (NCATS 1KL2TR001856, PI:Rubio), University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Scholar Institute Clinical and Translational Science Scholars Program, 2021-2023.

Examining Factors Associated with Glycemic Control in School for Children with Type 1 Diabetes: A Pilot Study (PI), ISPAD Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Fellowship, 2021-2022..

Back to School: Preparing School Nurses for Modern diabetes Care (PI), UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh - Children's Scholar Award, 2020-2022.