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 80 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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Hibbert PD, Hallahan, AR, Muething SE, Lachman P, Hooer TD, Wiles LK, Jaffe A, White L, Wheaton GR, Runciman WB, Dalton S, Williams HM, Braithwaite J. CareTrack Kids-part 3. Adverse events in children’s healthcare in Australia: study protocol for a retrospective medical record review. BMJ Open. 2015 Apr 8;5(4):e007750.

Brady PW, Zix J, Brilli R, Wheeler DS, Griffith K, Giaccone MJ, Dressman K, Kotagal U, Muething S, Tegtmeyer K. Developing and evaluating the success of a family activated medical emergency team: a quality improvement report. BMJ Qual Saf. 2015 Mar 24;(3):203-11.

Stockwell DC, Bisarya H, Classen DC, Kirkendall ES, Lachman PI, Matlow AG, Tham E, Hyman D, Lehman SM, Searles E, Muething SE, Sharek PJ. Development of an Electronic Pediatric All-Cause Harm Measurement Tool Using a Modified Delphi Method. J Patient Saf. 2014 Aug 26.

Swensen SJ, Duncan JR, Gibson R, Muething SE, LeBuhn R, Rexford J, Wagner C, Smith SR, DeMers B, Morin RL, Santa J, Homer CJ. An Appeal for Safe and Appropriate Imaging of Children. Journal Patient Safety. 2014 Sept;10(3):121-4.

Brady PW, Wheeler DS, Muething SE, Kotagal UR. Situation Awareness: A New Mode for Predicting and Preventing Patient Deterioration. Hospital Pediatrics. 2014 May;4(3):143-6.

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.

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 Injury. Pediatrics. 2013 Sep;132(3):e756-67.

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.

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