Clinical Assistant Professor
22 South Greene Street, NSW84
Education and Training
2007 M.D., University of Crete, School of Medicine
Post Graduate Education and Training
2009 - 2010 Internship, Pediatrics, Penn state Hershey Children’s hospital
2010 - 2012 Residency, Pediatrics, Penn state Hershey Children’s hospital
2012 - 2015 Fellowship, Pediatric Endocrinology, University of California, San Diego
2012 - 2015 Advanced Certificate in Clinical Research, Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI CREST), UCSD
2008 ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certification
2012 American Board Certification - Pediatrics
2015 American Board Certification – Pediatric Endocrinology
Dr. Nikita received her Medical Degree at University of Crete in Greece. She subsequently moved to the United States and worked at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) looking into the genetic defects of patients with endocrine disorders and endocrine neoplasia syndromes. She completed her Pediatric internship and residency at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital in 2012 and her Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego in 2015. During her residency she was involved in research for the development of a new measure for eating beliefs, behaviors and burden in Diabetic Adolescents. During her fellowship at UCSD her main research focus was in pediatric thyroid cancer. She studied the rate of common mutations implicated in non-medullary thyroid cancer within the pediatric population in the San Diego area, aiming to investigate any potential genotype-phenotype correlations. She also participated in a pilot study regarding genetic markers in adolescents with PCOS.
She joined the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at University of Maryland in 2015.
Pediatric thyroid cancer, Diabetes, General endocrinology (short stature, disorders of puberty, thyroid disorders), Disorders of bone metabolism, Disorders of sex development, Transgender health
Nikita ME, Jiang W, Cheng S-M, Hantash FM, McPhaul MJ, Newbury RO, Phillips SA, Reitz RE, Waldman FM, Newfield RS 2016 Mutational Analysis in Pediatric Thyroid Cancer and Correlations with Age, Ethnicity, and Clinical Presentation. Thyroid 26:227-234.
Horvath A, Faucz F, Finkielstain GP, Nikita ME, Rothenbuhler A, Almeida M, Mericq V, Stratakis CA. Haplotype analysis of the promoter region of phosphodiesterase type 8B (PDE8B) in correlation with inactivating PDE8B mutation and the serum thyroid-stimulating hormone levels. Thyroid 2010; 20:363-367
Horvath A, Korde L, Greene MH, Libe R, Osorio P, Faucz FR, Raffin-Sanson ML, Tsang KM, Drori-Herishanu L, Patronas Y, Remmers EF,Nikita ME, Moran J, Greene J, Nesterova M, Merino M, Bertherat J, Stratakis CA. Functional phosphodiesterase 11A mutations may modify the risk of familial and bilateral testicular germ cell tumors. Cancer research 2009; 69:5301-5306
Maria Eleni Nikita, Carla Demeterco, Michael E Gottschalk ,Thyrotoxicosis-induced prolonged QTc in a female adolescent with history of Graves Disease, Abstract P2-620, The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting and Expo, San Francisco, June 13-18, 2013.
Maria Eleni Nikita, Wen Jiang, Robert O Newbury, Susan A Phillips, Richard E Reitz, Frederic M Waldman, Feras M Hantash, Ron S Newfield, Genotype-phenotype analysis in 40 pediatric thyroid cancer cases, Abstract P2-551, 16th International Congress of Endocrinology/The Endocrine Society's 96th Annual Meeting and Expo, Chicago, June 21-24, 2014.
Maria Eleni Nikita, Wen Jiang, Robert O Newbury, Susan A Phillips, Richard E Reitz, Frederic M Waldman, Feras M Hantash, Ron S Newfield, Genetic variability in 43 Pediatric Thyroid Cancer cases and correlation with their clinical presentation up to 6 months post-diagnosis, 84th Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association (ATA), Coronado California, October 18-23, 201
Maria Eleni Nikita, Carla Demeterco, A Case of Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism and Gouty Arthritis Associated with a Novel Mutation in GNAS1 Gene The Endocrine Socieyt's 97th Annual Meeting and Expo, San Diego, March 5-8, 2015
Maria Eleni Nikita, Marilyn C Jones, Kenneth L Jones, Novel truncating CHD7 mutation causes CHARGE and Kallmann syndromes 2015 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, April 25-28, 2015