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Andreea Creanga, MD, PhD '09, implements and evaluates quality improvement initiatives in perinatal health, domestically and internationally.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E8646

Research Interests

maternal health; perinatal health; maternal mortality and severe morbidity measurement; vital statistics; quality improvement; patient safety; program evaluation

Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy

My work focuses on implementing and evaluating reproductive and perinatal quality and safety interventions, domestically and internationally, with a key interest in measurement innovations. Since 2019, I have been leading the Maryland Maternal Health Innovation program (MDMOM, and coordinating innovative work in the areas of maternal health data collection, quality improvement and health equity in the 32 birthing hospitals in the state of Maryland. I also serve as Principal Investigator on an NIH grant to coordinate data innovation across 10 Maternal Health Centers of Excellence as part of NIH’s IMPROVE Initiative. Before joining Johns Hopkins in 2016, I spent 6 years working on maternal mortality and severe morbidity surveillance and research at the CDC. I had the opportunity to lead the national Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System and, for this work, I received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the US Government, Executive Office of the President in 2013. I serve as member of the Maryland Maternal Mortality Review Committee, World Health Organization’s Maternal Mortality Estimation Technical Working Group, and United Nations’ Stillbirth Estimation Group; and as co-editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Reproductive Health. 

Honors & Awards

Excellence in Public Health Practice Award with MDMOM team awarded by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2022)

CDC Honor Award for Excellence in Emergency Response as part of the 2015 Ebola Maternal Health Team (2015)

Delta Omega Honor Society (2015)

Scholarship & Science Award awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health (2014)

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers awarded by the United States Government, Executive Office of the President (2013)

Award for Effective Public Health Practice as part of the 2009 H1N1 Maternal Health Team awarded by the Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (2010)

CDC Honor Award for Excellence in Emergency Response as part of the 2009 H1N1 Maternal Health Team (2010)

Paul A. and Esther C. Harper Award in Population and Family Health Sciences (2009)

Endowed Scholarship in the Health of Mothers and Children (2008)

The Carl Swan Shultz Endowment Fund Award (2008)

The Edward J. Dehne Award in Population Dynamics (2007)

The Josephine Kohn and Family Fund Award (2006)

Fellowship for Doctoral Studies awarded by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2005-2009)

University Fellowship for High Grade Point Average awarded by the Romanian Government (1996-2002)

Select Publications
  • Creanga AA, Dohlsten MA, Stierman EK*, Moran AC, Mary M*, Katwan E, Maliqi B. Maternal health policy environment and the relationship with service utilization in low- and middle-income countries. J Glob Health. 2023 May 10;13:04025. doi: 10.7189/jogh.13.04025.

  • Bower KM, Kramer MB, Warren N, Ahmed S, Callaghan-Koru J, Stierman E, Wilson MC, Lawson S, Creanga AA. Development of an Instrument to Measure Awareness and Mitigation of Bias in Maternal Health Care. Am J Obstet Gynecol MFM. 2023 Jan 19:100872. doi: 10.1016/j.ajogmf.2023.100872. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36682457.

  • Wolfson C, Qian J, Chin P, Downey C, Mattingly KJ, Jones-Beatty K, Olaku J, Qureshi S, Rhule J, Silldorff D, Atlas R, Banfield A, Johnson CT, Neale D, Sheffield JS, Silverman D, McLaughlin K, Koru G, Creanga AA. Findings From Severe Maternal Morbidity Surveillance and Review in Maryland. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Nov 1;5(11):e2244077. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.44077. PMID: 36445707; PMCID: PMC9709651.

  • Creanga AA, Catalano PM, Bateman BT. Obesity in pregnancy. NEJM. 2022; 387:248-59.

  • Stierman EK, Zimmerman LA, Shiferaw S, Seme A, Ahmed S, Creanga AA. Understanding variation in person-centered maternity care: Results from a household survey of postpartum women in 6 regions of Ethiopia. AJOG Glob Rep. 2022 Dec 5;3(1):100140. doi: 10.1016/j.xagr.2022.100140. PMID: 36594001; PMCID: PMC9803839.

NIH Maternal Health Data Coordination and Innovation Hub
Maryland Maternal Health Innovation Program -- MDMOM
Safety Program in Perinatal Care II Demonstration Project
PMA Ethiopia