Maria Chao, DrPH, MPA

Associate In Residence

General Internal Medicine UCSF Health

Maria T. Chao, DrPH, MPA is an associate professor at the University of California San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Chao’s overarching goal is to investigate how complementary and integrative health approaches can advance health equity and improve quality of life among underserved populations living with chronic conditions. Her recent studies aim to: (1) rigorously test integrative approaches to address the under-treatment of pain in diverse patient populations; and (2) apply research to broaden access to evidence-based integrative medicine. Her work has received funding support through the NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and numerous foundations.

2019 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Postdoctoral Studies, 2011 - Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
DrPH, 2004 - Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
MPA, 1999 - Public Administration, Columbia University
  1. Focus on the Breath: Brain Decoding Reveals Internal States of Attention During Meditation.
  2. "It Gave Me Hope" Experiences of Diverse Safety Net Patients in a Group Acupuncture Intervention for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy.
  3. A Randomized Clinical Trial of Group Acupuncture for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Among Diverse Safety Net Patients.
  4. Acupuncture Augmentation of Lidocaine for Provoked, Localized Vulvodynia: A Feasibility and Acceptability Study.
  5. Improving Access to Integrative Oncology Through Group Medical Visits: A Pilot Implementation Project.
  6. Improving Access, Integration, and Sustainability: A Reflective Overview of the Special Issue on Innovation in Group-Delivered Services.
  7. Patient-Reported Outcomes of an Integrative Pain Management Program Implemented in a Primary Care Safety Net Clinic: a Quasi-experimental Study.
  8. Vulnerable Patients' Psychosocial Experiences in a Group-Based, Integrative Pain Management Program.
  9. Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of an Integrative Pain Management Program in a Primary Care Safety-Net Clinic.
  10. Improving Usability of Electronic Health Records for Whole Systems Integrative Medicine Practitioners.
  11. Implementing an Inpatient Acupuncture Service for Pain and Symptom Management: Identifying Opportunities and Challenges.
  12. Integrative Group Medical Visits: A National Scoping Survey of Safety-Net Clinics.
  13. Focus on the breath: Brain decoding reveals internal states of attention during meditation.
  14. Applying New Models of Care to Meet Patient Needs in Integrative Oncology.
  15. Heart healthy integrative nutritional counseling (H2INC): Creating a Chinese medicine + western medicine patient education curriculum for Chinese Americans.
  16. Integrative Medicine and the Imperative for Health Justice.
  17. Addressing Disparities in Integrative and Complementary Therapies.
  18. Development and Feasibility of a Group-Based Therapeutic Yoga Program for Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain.
  19. Use of Complementary Health Approaches Among Diverse Primary Care Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Association with Cardiometabolic Outcomes: From the SF Bay Collaborative Research Network (SF Bay CRN).
  20. Benefits of preparing for childbirth with mindfulness training: a randomized controlled trial with active comparison.
  21. Does CenteringPregnancy Group Prenatal Care Affect the Birth Experience of Underserved Women? A Mixed Methods Analysis.
  22. Adjunctive acupuncture for pain and symptom management in the inpatient setting: protocol for a pilot hybrid effectiveness-implementation study.
  23. Acupuncture point injection treatment of primary dysmenorrhoea: a randomised, double blind, controlled study.
  24. Acupuncture for the Management of Postdural Puncture Headache: A Case Report.
  25. Improving Patient-Centered Care: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Prior Use and Interest in Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches Among Hospitalized Oncology Patients.
  26. Applying the RE-AIM Framework to Evaluate Integrative Medicine Group Visits Among Diverse Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain.
  27. Disclosure of complementary health approaches among low income and racially diverse safety net patients with diabetes.
  28. Prevalence and use of complementary health approaches among women with chronic pelvic pain in a prospective cohort study.
  29. Disclosure of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Diverse Safety Net Patients with Diabetes.
  30. Feasibility and Preliminary Effects of Centering for Chronic Pelvic Pain: Integrative Group Visits for Medically Underserved Women.
  31. Mind in Labor: Effects of Mind/Body Training on Childbirth Appraisals and Pain Medication Use During Labor.
  32. Protocol Development of Group Acupuncture Treatment for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Using Treatment Manualization.
  33. Increase in plasma phylloquinone concentrations following acupoint injection for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea.
  34. An innovative acupuncture treatment for primary dysmenorrhea: a randomized, crossover pilot study.
  35. Patient perspectives on care received at community acupuncture clinics: a qualitative thematic analysis.
  36. Centering as a model for group visits among women with chronic pelvic pain.
  37. P02.44. A pilot crossover trial of acupoint injection for treating primary dysmenorrhea.
  38. P05.37. Assessing patient perspectives on quality of care at community acupuncture clinics.
  39. P05.41. Development and evaluation of group medical visits for medically underserved women with chronic pelvic pain.
  40. Utilization of group-based, community acupuncture clinics: a comparative study with a nationally representative sample of acupuncture users.
  41. Prevention and risk factors of the HBV recurrence after orthotopic liver transplantation: 160 cases follow-up study.
  42. Disclosure of complementary and alternative medicine to conventional medical providers: variation by race/ethnicity and type of CAM.
  43. Health practices and vaginal microbicide acceptability among urban black women.
  44. Medical pluralism among American women: results of a national survey.
  45. Socioeconomic factors and women's use of complementary and alternative medicine in four racial/ethnic groups.
  46. Medical pluralism of Chinese women living in the United States.
  47. Women's reasons for complementary and alternative medicine use: racial/ethnic differences.
  48. Race/ethnicity and women's use of complementary and alternative medicine in the United States: results of a national survey.
  49. Do healthy behaviors decline with greater acculturation? Implications for the Latino mortality paradox.
  50. Acculturation and cancer screening among Latinas: results from the National Health Interview Survey.
  51. Breast and cervical cancer screening among Latinas and non-Latina whites.
  52. Religion, spirituality, and healthcare choices of African-American women: results of a national survey.