Peter A. Margolis, MD, PhD

Co-Director, Center for Health Care Quality

Director of Research, James M. Anderson Center

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-5015

Fax 513-636-0171


Peter Margolis, MD, PhD, is professor of Pediatrics and director of Research at the James M. Anderson Center for Health System Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His work encompasses the application and study of quality improvement methods in a broad range of areas including primary and sub-specialty care, communities and public health settings to improve the health outcomes of children, families and communities. Dr. Margolis obtained his MD from New York University and his pediatric training at the University of Colorado, where he also served as chief resident in Pediatrics. He subsequently spent three years in the National Health Service Corps in Rochester, NY, and Los Angeles, CA before pursuing a fellowship in clinical epidemiology. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also earned his PhD in Epidemiology. In 1994, Dr. Margolis was named a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholar at UNC where he also served on the faculty between 1991 and 2005. In 2006, Dr. Margolis' joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to create a new center focused on Health Care Quality.

Dr. Margolis has worked extensively with the certifying Boards and Specialty Societies to assist them in designing programs that will enable physicians to meet new Maintenance of Certification requirements focused on systems thinking and performance in practice. He also devotes considerable time to teaching quality improvement methods. He is principle investigator of an NIH Roadmap transformative research grant on redesigning systems for chronic illness care.

MD: New York University School of Medicine, 1980.

PhD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1990.

Chief Resident: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1983-1984.

Resident: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1980-1983.

Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1985.

Crandall W, Kappelman MD, Colletti RB, Leibowitz I, Grunow JE, Ali S, Baron HI, Berman JH, Boyle B, Cohen S, del Rosario F, Denson LA, Duffy L, Integlia MJ, Kim SC, Milov D, Patel AS, Schoen BT, Walkiewicz D, Margolis P. ImproveCareNow: The development of a pediatric inflammatory bowel disease improvement network. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2011 Jan;17(1):450-7.

Kappelman MD, Crandall WV, Colletti RB, Goudie A, Leibowitz IH, Duffy L, Milov DE, Kim SC, Schoen BT, Patel AS, Grunow J, Larry E, Fairbrother G, Margolis P; on behalf of the ImproveCareNow Collaborative for Pediatric IBD. Short pediatric Crohn's disease activity index for quality improvement and observational research. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2011 Jan;17(1):112-7.

Kaplan HC, Brady PW, Dritz MC, Hooper DK, Linam WM, Froehle CM, Margolis P. The influence of context on quality improvement success in health care: a systematic review of the literature. Milbank Q. 2010 Dec;88(4):500-59.

Margolis PA, DeWalt DA, Simon JE, Horowitz S, Scoville R, Kahn N, Perelman R, Bagley B, Miles P. Designing a large-scale multilevel improvement initiative: the improving performance in practice program. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2010 Summer;30(3):187-96.

Kaplan HC, Tabangin ME, McClendon D, Meinzen-Derr J, Margolis PA, Donovan EF. Understanding variation in vitamin A supplementation among NICUs. Pediatrics. 2010 Aug;126(2):e367-73.

Miller MR, Griswold M, Harris JM 2nd, Yenokyan G, Huskins WC, Moss M, Rice TB, Ridling D, Campbell D, Margolis P, Muething S, Brilli RJ. Decreasing PICU catheter-associated bloodstream infections: NACHRI's quality transformation efforts. Pediatrics. 2010 Feb;125(2):206-13.

Margolis P, Halfon N. Innovation networks: a strategy to transform primary health care. JAMA. 2009 Oct 7;302(13):1461-2.

Colletti RB, Baldassano RN, Milov DE, Margolis PA, Bousvaros A, Crandall WV, Crissinger KD, D'Amico MA, Day AS, Denson LA, Dubinsky M, Ebach DR, Hoffenberg EJ, Kader HA, Keljo DJ, Leibowitz IH, Mamula P, Pfefferkorn MD, Qureshi MA. Pediatric IBD Network for Research and Improvement. Variation in care in pediatric Crohn disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2009 Sep;49(3):297-303.

Margolis P, Provost LP, Schoettker PJ, Britto MT. Quality improvement, clinical research, and quality improvement research--opportunities for integration. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2009 Aug;56(4):831-41.

Linam WM, Margolis PA, Staat MA, Britto MT, Hornung R, Cassedy A, Connelly BL. Risk factors associated with surgical site infection after pediatric posterior spinal fusion procedure. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2009 Feb;30(2):109-16.