Maria A. Cassera M.D. is a Resident Physician in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, where she is part of the Physician Scientist Program. She earned her medical degree from Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Medicine, where she was a William and Janice Lee Scholar. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry at Oregon State University with a concentration in Biotechnology, and studied Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at Portland State University with a concentration in material science.
Current research interests include clinical informatics, quality improvement in healthcare, simulation in medical education, nanoengineering in medicine, medical device innovation, human factors and ergonomics engineering, and development of minimally invasive approaches to common medical procedures. She has received research grant funds from The Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research (NOSCAR), The European Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (EURO-NOTES), Providence Health & Services Foundation, The Providence Research Opportunity Fund, The Inter-Hospital Physicians Association, The Legacy Research Advisory Committee, The Foundation for Surgical Innovation and Education (FSIE), The Oregon Health & Science University Education Fund, and the Portland Mackenzie Society.
She is an active member of the American College of Physicians, The American Medical Association, The Oregon Medical Association, The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and The Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland.