Kathleen E. Walsh, MD, MSc

Director of Patient Safety Research, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-803-4588


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Pediatric hospital medicine

Patient safety; medication use; adverse drug events; quality improvement; chronic disease care; home care


Dr. Walsh is director of patient safety research and associate professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s. She has extensive experience in the qualitative and quantitative measurement of medication errors and adverse drug events among children in the hospital, clinic, and home. She has performed several studies of medication use in the homes of children with chronic conditions. She has developed and evaluated health information technology interventions to support medication use. Dr. Walsh is a general pediatrician with clinical research fellowship training, including a Masters in Epidemiology. 

With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Walsh developed methods to measure mistakes in home medication use, using home visits. She visited the homes of children with sickle cell disease, cancer, and epilepsy in single site and multisite studies to quantify and describe errors. She also led failure modes and effects analyses with parents of children with cancer to identify failures in home medication use. In collaboration with parents of children with chronic conditions, she has participated in the development, implementation, and testing of information technology interventions to improve home medication use.  Her research has been funded by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Education and Training

Undergraduate: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1992.

MD: Georgetown Medical School, Washington DC, 1998.

Residency: Pediatrics, Brown Medical School, 2001.

Chief Residency: Pediatrics, Brown Medical School, 2002.

Fellowship: General Academic Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, 2005.

Master of Science: Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, 2005.


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Mini-Sentinel Project. Principal Investigator. Food and Drug Administration. May 2012-June 2014.