Stephen E. Muething, MD

Vice President for Safety, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-2068

Fax 513-803-9245


Serious safety events reduction; high reliability organization theory; evidence-based care; family centered rounds; decreasing delays in discharge; clinical microsystems

Dr. Muething is vice president for safety at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a lead faculty in the Anderson Center for Healthcare Transformation, and an associate professor of pediatrics. He leads the strategic goal of eliminating all serious harm for patients and employees. His improvement work and research focuses on high reliability culture, situation awareness and managing by prediction.

Dr Muething is also the clinical director of the Children’s Hospital Solution for Patient Safety. This network of more than 75 children’s hospitals, is collaborating to eliminate serious harm for all pediatric patients across the United States. He serves on multiple national pediatric safety groups and is a frequent consultant for regional, national and international safety initiatives. He spent the first decade of his clinical career building a pediatric practice and inpatient unit in rural Indiana. He then focused on inpatient systems at Cincinnati Children’s as a leader of the Hospital Medicine program and was at the forefront of multiple transformations in care delivery including family-centered rounds, systematic adoption of evidence-based practice and inpatient microsystems. Dr Muething continues his clinical work serving as a safety officer of the day at Cincinnati Children’s.

MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1984.

Residency: Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 1984-1987.

Certification: Pediatrics.

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Stockwell DC, Kirkendall E, Muething SE, Kloppenborg E, Vinodrao H, Jacobs BR.  Automated Adverse Event Detection Collaborative: Electronic Adverse Event Identification, Classification, and Corrective Actions Across Academic Pediatric Institutions. J Patient Saf. 2013 Dec;9(4):203-10.

Goldenhar LM, Brady PW, Sutcliffe KM, Muething SE. Huddling For High Reliability And Situation Awareness. BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Nov;22(11)899-906.

Goldstein SL, Kirkendall E, Nguyen H, Schaffzin JK, Bucuvalas J, Bracke T, Seid M, Ashby M, Foertmeyer N, Brunner L, Lesko A, Barclay C, Lannon C, Muething S. Electronic Health Record Identification of Nephrotoxin Exposure and Associated Acute Kidney InjuryPediatrics. 2013 Sep;132(3):e756-67.

Niedner MF, Muething SE, Sutcliffe KM. The High-Reliability Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2013 June;60(3):563-80.

Billett AL, Colletti RB, Mandel KE, Miller M, Muething SE, Sharek PJ, Lannon CM. Exemplar Pediatric Collaborative Improvement Networks: Achieving Results. Pediatrics. 2013 Jun; 131 Suppl 4:S196-203.

Kaminski GM, Britto MT, Schoettker PJ, Farber SL, Muething S, Kotagal UR. Republished: Developing Capable  Quality Improvement Leaders. Postgrad Med J. 2013 Feb;89(1048): 78-86.

Kaminski GM, Britto MT, Schoettker PJ, Farber SL, Muething S, Kotagal UR. Republished: Developing Capable Quality Improvement Leaders. Postgrad Med J. 2013 Feb;89(1048):78-86.

Brady PW, Muething S, Kotagal U, Ashby M, Gallagher R, Hall D, Goodfriend M, White C, Bracke TM, Decastro V, Geiser M, Simon J, Tucker KM, Olivea J, Conway PH, Wheeler DS.  Improving Situation Awareness To Reduce Unrecognized Clinical Deterioration And Serious Safety Events. Pediatrics. 2013 Jan;131(1):e298-308.

Kirkendall ES, Kloppenborg E, Papp J, White D, Frese C, Hacker D, Schoettker PJ, Muething S, Kotagal U. Measuring Adverse Events and Levels of Harm in Pediatric Inpatients with the Global Trigger Tool. Pediatrics. 2012 Nov;130(5):e1206-14.

Kaminski GM, Britto MT, Schoettker PJ, Farber SL, Muething S, Kotagal UR. Developing Capable Quality Improvement Leaders. BMJ Qual Saf. 2012 Nov;21(11):903-11.