Svetaz Maria

Maria Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“Patient-centered care to me is an intervention in itself, where patients can experience the importance of their voice again, re-activating them, something especially vital when working with diverse communities that tend to have been marginalized and not included in decision making.”

Clinical Expertise

Originally from Argentina, Dr. Svetaz came to the University of Minnesota in 1996 to join the Division of Pediatrics and Adolescent Health LEAH training program for a two-year fellowship. At the same time, she completed a master’s in public health, Maternal, and Child Major. She designed and directed the  Aqui Para Ti/Here for You youth development program since its beginning in 2002, funded by the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative Grant, from MN Department of Health. This program has received multiple National Awards, most importantly the 2014 Millar Award to Innovation in Adolescent Care, by the Society of Adolescent Health (SAHM).  Her research includes working with youth, issues around parenting that youth, educating practitioners to better work with minority youth, on how to use CBPR, and how to achieve Health Equity for the whole community. She is currently the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) Diversity Committee Chair and a national and local in leader in Adolescent Health and Health Equity.

She has published research on learning disabilities and emotional disorders in the Journal of Adolescent Health, and she has made numerous presentations about her work with adolescents.

Medical School

  • Universidad Nacional de Rosario, SANTA FE, ARGENTINA


  • Family Medicine, Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN, USA
  • Internal Medicine, University of Buenos Aires, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA


  • Adolescent Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA


  • Board-certified in family practice and adolescent medicine
  • Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota School of Medicine