Maria Mariano


Contact info

Richmond Hospital
7000 Westminster Highway
Richmond, V6X 1A2

Research and Interests




Dr. Maria Mariano is a consultation liaison psychiatrist.  She works at the interface of psychiatry and other medical and surgical subspecialties.  Her current work involves providing psychiatric consultations to family physicians in the community, as well as the medical and surgical physicians at Richmond Hospital. She has a special interest in presurgical psychiatric consultations and serves as a consultant for the Richmond Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program.  Her other interests include healthcare quality improvement and teaching.  She is currently involved in a multihospital research investigating Cognitive Impairment, Depression, and Anxiety for patients with COPD exacerbations.  She has provided lectures to medical students, graduate students, residents, and other medical and surgical specialists.  She serves as a physician examiner for the Medical Council of Canada and for the University of British Columbia.    She has also presented at provincial and international conferences. 


Selected Publications


Leo, R.J., Mariano, MT. Chapter in: Psychological Distress and Psychiatric Comorbidities in Palliative Care, in Essentials of Palliative Care Medicine, Vadivelu N., Hines R., & Urman R. (editors), Springer Science – Business Media, LLC, 2011


Bourgeois J, Mariano MT, Wilkins J et. Al. Physician-Assisted Death Psychiatric Assessment: A Standardized Protocol to Conform to the California End of Life Option Act. Psychosomatics 2018 (recently accepted, in press).

Mariano MT, Brooks V, DiGiacomo M. PSYCH: a Mnemonic to help Psychiatric Residents Decrease Patient Handoff Communication Error. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety Volume 42 (7) 316-20, 2016

Mariano MT, Matthew N, Del Regno P, Pristach C. Improving Resident Performance on the PRITE:  Is There a Role for Peer Assisted Learning? Academic Psychiatry Volume 37(5) 342-44, 2013

Mariano MT, Grace J, Trigoboff E, DiStefano D, Olympia J, Watson T. Individuals with Threatening or Violent Criminal Behavior: Civil Commitment or Release After Incarceration? Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience Volume 8(6) 29-34, 2011