General Pediatrics Research

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    The General and Community Pediatrics Research Fellowship program is home to physicians with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus.

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    Fellowship Director

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    Kristen A. Copeland, MD
    Director, NRSA Research Fellowship

    513-636-1687

    kristen.copeland@cchmc.org

    Kristen A. Copeland, MD

    Director, NRSA Research Fellowship

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-1687

    Fax: 513-636-4402

    Email: kristen.copeland@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Health of children in child care; child care illness exclusions; physical activity and obesity prevention in child care settings

    Biography

    Kristen A. Copeland, MD, is a general pediatrician and a child health researcher. Her research interests are in early education settings—how the child care environment affects children’s health. In the past she has focused on child care illness policies and the temporary exclusion of children from child care settings due to illness. She studied how exclusion decisions are influenced by personal beliefs and whether they comply with national guidelines. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed literature and covered extensively by the press, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Parents Magazine.

    More recently, Dr. Copeland has become interested in the opportunities child care settings offer for disease prevention and health promotion, in particular for preventing childhood obesity. Her research, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will identify the key aspects of the child care center environment—such as physical activity policies, amount and design of playground facilities, menu content, and staff attitudes and behavior that effectively promote children’s physical activity and a balanced dietary intake. The goal of her research is to produce new knowledge than can inform the development of evidence-based policies and practices for child care centers that promote active play, improve children’s diets and foster the development of lifelong healthy habits.

    Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Copeland attained her bachelor’s degree in Houston, Texas at Rice University, double majoring in French and the Social Studies of Science, Technology, and Medicine. She earned her M.D. from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She completed a pediatrics residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2002 and pursued further training in public health and health services research as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. She returned to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2004 as a faculty member in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, 1999.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2002.

    Fellowship: Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2004.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2002.

    Publications

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    Grants

    The influence of child care center environment on children’s physical activity. Principal Investigator. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Jul 2008 - Apr 2013. #K23 HL088053-01.  
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    Associate Fellowship Director

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    William B. Brinkman, MD, MEd
    Physician Lead, James M. Anderson Center Rapid Evidence Adoption to improve Child Health (REACH) team

    513-636-2576

    bill.brinkman@cchmc.org

    William B. Brinkman, MD, MEd

    Physician Lead, James M. Anderson Center Rapid Evidence Adoption to improve Child Health (REACH) team

    Associate Director, NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Health

    Research Director, Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group

    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2576

    Email: bill.brinkman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Shared decision making; knowledge translation; family centered care; quality improvement; implementation science; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); asthma; family/self-management of chronic conditions

    Biography

    Dr. Brinkman researches shared decision-making between patients/parents and clinicians to promote high value care that is evidence-based and family-centered. He led a team to develop a shared decision-making intervention for ADHD treatment. Parents became better informed and more involved in decisions without increasing visit length. He is currently collaborating on grant-funded research to facilitate shared decision making in the care of families facing decisions about Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination and those facing decisions about treatment for juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

    Dr. Brinkman serves as the physician lead for the James M. Anderson Center Rapid Evidence Adoption to improve Child Health (REACH) team. In this role, he is building an infrastructure to support shared decision-making throughout Cincinnati Children's. He also serves as associate director of the NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Health, and the research director for the Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group, a practice-based research network.

    Education and Training

    MD: St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 1999.

    Residency: Pediatrics, The Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2002.

    Chief Residency: Pediatrics, The Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, 2003.

    Fellowship: NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship, General & Community Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.

    MEd: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2002.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Medication Continuity in Children Treated for ADHD. Principal Investigator. Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, National Institute of Mental Health. Jan 2010 - Nov 2014.

    Pursuing Perfection in Pediatric Therapeutics. Co-investigator  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Oct 2011 - Sept 2016

    Evaluation of an Intervention for Improving Community-Based Pediatric ADHD Care. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Mental Health. Aug 2010 - Jul 2015.

    National Research Service Award for Primary Medical Care (T32). Associate Program Director. Health Resources and Services Administration. Jul 1998 - Jun 2016.

    Collaborative Ohio Inquiry Networks (COIN) Research Center. Co-investigator. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Sept 2012 - Aug 2017.

    Director of Research, Adolescent Medicine

    Director of Adolescent Medicine

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    Frank M. Biro, MD
    Director of Research, Adolescent and Transition Medicine

    513-636-8602

    frank.biro@cchmc.org

    Frank M. Biro, MD

    Director of Research, Adolescent and Transition Medicine

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8602

    Fax: 513-636-1129

    Email: frank.biro@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Complex medical problems of adolescence; growth; puberty

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    Education and Training

    MD: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1979.

    Certification: Internal Medicine, September 1983; Pediatrics, November 1986; Adolescent Medicine, February 1995.

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    Prof. of Peds; Director, Quality Scholars

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    Evaline A. Alessandrini, MD, MSCE
    Director, Quality Scholars Program

    513-803-2046

    evaline.alessandrini@cchmc.org

    Evaline A. Alessandrini, MD, MSCE

    Director, Quality Scholars Program

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2046

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: evaline.alessandrini@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Evaline Alessandrini, MD, MSCE, is an attending physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is director of the Quality Scholars Program in Health Care Transformation in the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence where she leads training for health care faculty to innovate to improve care and rigorously apply quality improvement methods.

    Dr. Alessandrini’s research defines outcomes of quality emergency care and develops interventions to improve delivery of emergency care to children. She served as the American Academy of Pediatrics representative to the National Quality Forum’s Steering Committee on Hospital-based Emergency Care and currently serves as the NACHRI representative to the National Quality Forum’s Steering Committee on Ambulatory Care.

    Education and Training

    MD: Jefferson Medical College, 1988.

    BS: Marquette University (Biology, Summa Cum Laude), 1984.

    MSCE: Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania, 1999.

    Residency: Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., 1988 -1991.

    Chief Residency: Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., 1991- 1992.

    Fellow: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 1992-1995.

    Publications

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    Grants

    EMSC Network Development Demonstration Project. Co-investigator. Sep 2008 - Sep 2011.

    Director, General and Community Peds

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    Thomas G. DeWitt, MD, FAAP
    Director, Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Weihl Professor of Pediatrics

    513-636-5932

    tom.dewitt@cchmc.org

    Thomas G. DeWitt, MD, FAAP

    Director, Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Weihl Professor of Pediatrics

    Medical Director, Every Child Succeeds

    Associate Chair for Education

    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-5932

    Fax: 513-803-9245

    Email: tom.dewitt@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Generalist pediatrics; community-based education and research; faculty development; medical education research

    Biography

    Thomas G. DeWitt, MD, FAAP, is the Carl Weihl professor of pediatrics, director of the Division of General and Community Pediatrics, and associate chair for education in the Department of Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has served as president of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, chair of the steering committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) network and Committee on Pediatric Education, as well as on the National Academies of Science Board on Children, Youth, and Families. He currently sits on the United States Preventative Services Task Force and the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics. He is nationally and internationally known for his publications and presentations in the areas of faculty development and community-based education and research.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1976.

    Residency: Yale, New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CN.

    Chief Resident: Yale, New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CN.

    Fellowship: General Academic Pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CN.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1982.

    Publications

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    Faculty

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    Maria T. Britto, MD, MPH
    Interim Division Director, Adolescent and Transition Medicine

    513-636-8587

    maria.britto@cchmc.org

    Maria T. Britto, MD, MPH

    Interim Division Director, Adolescent and Transition Medicine

    Director, Center for Innovation in Chronic Disease Care

    Assistant Vice President, Chronic Care Systems

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8587

    Fax: 513-636-0727

    Email: maria.britto@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Chronic illness in adolescents; chronic disease care of adolescents; health care quality

    Research Interests

    Chronic illness in adolescents; health care quality; quality of life; health care preferences of adolescents with chronic illness

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    Biography

    Maria Britto, MD, MPH, is a pediatrician, professor of pediatrics, founding director of the Center for Innovation in Chronic Disease Care, and research faculty mentoring lead for the Anderson Center. She holds an MPH in epidemiology and a graduate certificate in medical informatics. She served as the assistant vice president of Chronic Care Systems from 2007 to 2012.

    Her research focuses on health care needs and preferences of adolescents with chronic conditions and on interventions to improve health outcomes. She is the director of the Center for Innovation in Chronic Disease Care, which seeks to accelerate improvement in outcomes for children and adolescents with chronic conditions by developing and evaluating new methods of care delivery and by applying innovative approaches to quality improvement in chronic diseases. She has served as a mentor for numerous NIH career development awards, as well as numerous other students, residents and junior faculty.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1987.

    MPH: Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1995.

    Residency: Medicine/Pediatrics, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC, 1987-1991.

    Chief Resident: Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC, 1991-1992.

    Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1993-1995.

    Graduate Certificate: Biomedical Informatics, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, 2008.

    Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine, 1991; Recertified 2001; American Board of Pediatrics, 1992; Recertified 1999, 2007; American Board of Pediatrics, Certification in Adolescent Medicine, 1997; Recertified 2007 and 2011.

    Licensure: Ohio, July 1995.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Open Source Science: Transforming Chronic Care. Co-Investigator. Oct 2009 – Sep 2014.

    Center of Excellence on Quality of Care Measures for Children with Complex Needs. Site Primary Investigator. Mar 2011 – Feb 2015.

    Improving Sickle Cell Transitions of Care through Health Information Technology, Phase 1. Site Primary Investigator. Aug 2012 – May 2014.

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    Dennis D. Drotar, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336

    dennis.drotar@cchmc.org

    Dennis D. Drotar, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Director, Center for Adherence and Self-Management

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-803-0415

    Email: dennis.drotar@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Assessment of treatment adherence and Interventions to improve self-management and treatment adherence in pediatric chronic illness.

    Research Interests

    Identifying best methods to help families follow prescribed treatment (adherence) and to manage their treatment at home (self-management); understanding the factors that influence psychological outcomes of children and teens with chronic physical illness, including diabetes, asthma and cancer

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    Biography

    Dennis Drotar, PhD, is a professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology and director of the Center for Adherence Promotion and Self-Management.

    A nationally recognized leader and teacher, Dr. Drotar is a past president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) and Society of Developmental Pediatrics (SDBP) and is currently editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology (JPP). Among his many professional honors, Dr. Drotar has received the Distinguished Service Award, and the Martin P. Levin Mentorship Award from the SPP.

    Dr. Drotar’s research focuses on understanding the factors, including innovative that influence psychological outcomes of children and teens with chronic physical illness, including cystic fibrosis, diabetes, asthma, and cancer. He is currently the principle investigator of several NIH-funded studies and is the author of more than 200 publications, including several books, such as Psychological Interventions in Childhood Chronic Illness (2006).

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1970.

    MA: University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1968.

    BA: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1966

    Publications

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    Grants

    Explaining racial disparities in child asthma morbidity. Co-investigator. National Institutes of Health. May 2010 - Apr 2014. #R01 AI088116-01A1.

    Medical adherence in children who had a liver transplant. Co-investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2009 - Jun 2014. #R01 DK080740-0iA2.

    Jeffrey N. Epstein, PhD.

    Jeffrey N. Epstein, PhD
    Director, Center for ADHD, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-8296

    jeff.epstein@cchmc.org

    Jeff N. Epstein, PhD

    Director, Center for ADHD, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8296

    Fax: 513-636-0755

    Email: jeff.epstein@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

    Biography

    Jeff Epstein, PhD, is a professor of pediatrics in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed a clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina.

    Dr. Epstein is a licensed psychologist whose research and clinical work focus on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and other psychological disorders originating in childhood.

    He is a co-investigator on the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA). Dr. Epstein has published numerous empirical papers on a variety of ADHD-related topics. Much of his empirical research has concentrated on the neuropsychology of ADHD, and the promotion of evidence-based ADHD care among community pediatricians.

    Education and Training

    PhD: State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1994.

    Internship: Medical University of South Carolina, 1994.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Development of a Multi-faceted Cognitive Training Program for Children with ADHD. Principal Investigator. Apr 2009 - Mar 2013. #1R21/R33MH084842.

    Medication Continuity in Children Treated for ADHD. Primary Mentor. Jan 2010 - Dec 2014. #K23 MH083027.

    Reading ICARD: Interventions for Children with Attention and Reading Disorders. Co-investigator. Dec 2009 - Nov 2014. #R01 HD060617.

    Effects of Adolescent Sleep Restriction on Neural and Neurobehavioral Functioning. Co-investigator. Jul 2009 - Jun 2014. #R01HL092149.

    Evaluation of an Intervention for Improving Community-Based Pediatric ADHD Care. Principal Investigator. Jul 2010 – Jun 2015. #R01 MH083665-01. 

    Examining the Biological Basis of ADHD. Principal Investigator. Jul 2010 - Jun 2015. #K24 MH064478-06A2.

    2/2 Multisite Study of School Based Treatment Approaches for ADHD Adolescents. Co-investigator. Jul 2009 - Jun 2014. #1R01MH082865-01.

    Medication Response in Children with Predominantly Inattentive Type ADHD. Primary Mentor. Jun 2009 - Mar 2014. #K23MH083881.
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    Sheela Rath Geraghty, MD, MS, IBCLC, FAAP
    Medical Director, Center for Breastfeeding Medicine

    513-636-2526

    sheela.geraghty@cchmc.org

    Sheela Rath Geraghty, MD, MS, IBCLC, FAAP

    Medical Director, Center for Breastfeeding Medicine

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2526

    Fax: 513-636-4402

    Email: sheela.geraghty@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Research

    Breastfeeding, breast milk pumping, human milk banking, multiple births

    Biography

    Sheela R. Geraghty, MD, is a general pediatrician and lactation consultant. Dr. Geraghty is the medical director for the Cincinnati Children’s Center for Breastfeeding Medicine. Dr. Geraghty’s research and clinical practice focuses on barriers to successful breastfeeding.

    Education and Training

    BS: Biology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 1991.

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1995.

    Residency: Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI, 1995-1998.

    Chief Residency: Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI, 1998-1999.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2000-2003.

    MS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2006, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 2011.

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    Jessica A. Kahn, MD, MPH
    Assistant Chair, Academic Affairs and Faculty Development

    513-803-4539

    mallory.depalma@cchmc.org

    Jessica A. Kahn, MD, MPH

    Assistant Chair, Academic Affairs and Faculty Development

    Director, Office for Faculty Development

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-4539

    Email: mallory.depalma@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Reproductive health; pediatric and adolescent gynecology; eating disorders; cancer prevention behaviors in adolescents; sexually transmitted infections

    Research

    Interdisciplinary clinical and epidemiologic studies related to prevention of cervical cancer and other diseases caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), in the United States and globally

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    Biography

    Jessica A Kahn, MD, MPH, is a professor of pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent and Transition Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Kahn also serves as the director of the Office for Faculty Development at Cincinnati Children’s.

    Dr. Kahn sees patients at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, both at the main hospital site and at Cincinnati Children's Liberty. Her clinical interests include young women's health, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, and eating disorders. Her research interests include human papillomavirus (HPV) and Pap tests in adolescent girls, HPV vaccines, and cancer prevention behaviors in adolescents.

    Dr. Kahn received her undergraduate degree in architecture from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey in 1986. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts in 1992 and her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts in 1999. She was chief resident in pediatrics and a fellow in adolescent medicine at the Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as a clinical fellow and instructor at Harvard Medical School.

    Dr. Kahn's awards include the Huffman-Capraro Young Investigator Award from the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology and the New Investigator Award from the Society for Adolescent Medicine. She has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, and foundations such as the American Cancer Society. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, and is a contributing author for several medical textbooks. She serves on national and international committees and advisory groups focusing on vaccines and other adolescent health issues.

    Education and Training

    BArch: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1986.

    MD: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1992. 

    MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1999. 

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1995; Chief Resident, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1996. 

    Fellowship: Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1999. 

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1995; American Board of Pediatrics, subspecialist in Adolescent Medicine, 1999.

    Publications

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    Robert S. Kahn, MD, MPH
    Associate Director, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

    513-636-4369

    robert.kahn@cchmc.org

    Robert S. Kahn, MD, MPH

    Associate Director, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

    Physician Lead, Community and Population Health, James M. Anderson Center for Health System Excellence

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4369

    Fax: 513-636-7247

    Email: robert.kahn@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Parental health as a mediator of poverty's effects on children; social and economic disparities in children's health; interaction of genes and environment in common childhood diseases

    Biography

    Robert S. Kahn, MD, MPH, is a general pediatrician and child health researcher. Dr. Kahn's main interest lies at  the intersection of poverty and child health, trying to understand what leads to worse health among poor children, and where me might intervene most effectively. He focuses on the most common pediatric conditions such as asthma and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). His work includes both NIH-funded research, but also a focus on building practical collaborations with the most effective community agencies.

    Dr. Kahn attended Princeton University and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. At Children's Hospital in Boston, he completed his residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in primary care research. At the same time, he obtained a Masters in Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health

    Dr. Kahn came to Cincinnati Children's in 1999 as an assistant professor of pediatrics. Currently, he is a professor and associate director of the Division of General and Community Pediatrics. He now helps to direct the Community Health initiative in the Strategic Plan, and he is co-director of the Cincinnati Child-Health Law Partnership.

    Education and Training

    BA: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1986.

    MD: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, 1992. 

    Residency: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1995. 

    Fellowship: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1997.

    MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1997.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1995, 2002.

    Publications

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    Heidi J. Kalkwarf, PhD, RD

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3803

    Fax: 513-636-4402

    Email: heidi.kalkwarf@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Calcium and bone metabolism; establishing nutrient requirements; calcium metabolism during lactation; bone mineral acquisition in children

    Biography

    Heidi Kalkwarf, PhD, RD, is a nutritional epidemiologist whose research interest is in the development of dietary recommendations to optimize health, particularly bone health.

    She has conducted research, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), focusing on dietary calcium requirements of lactating women and the changes in bone density and in calcium metabolism that occur during lactation and after weaning. Dr. Kalkwarf's research has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and was used by the Institute of Medicine to establish the new dietary calcium intake recommendations for lactating women.

    Dr. Kalkwarf also is investigating the normal patterns of bone growth and development in children and adolescents. The goals of this work are to identify the short term and long term consequences of low bone density in childhood, identify children who are at risk for osteoporosis later in life and to identify interventions to reduce this risk.

    Dr. Kalkwarf came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center as a postdoctoral fellow in 1990 and joined the faculty in 1993. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Cornell University; Ithaca, NY, 1991. 

    Postdoctoral Fellowship: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1990-1993. 

    MNS: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1983. 

    BS: Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1980. 

    Certification: Registered Dietitian, 1983.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Impact of peripubertal exposure to xenohormones on fat distribution and cytokines. Co-investigator. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2010 - Mar 2012. #R21 ES017315-01A1.

    Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences and Training Grant. Co-investigator. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2009 - Mar 2013. #UL1 RR026314-01.

    Co-investigator. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2009 - Mar 2013. #UL1 RR026314-01.

    Continued studies of environment impact on puberty. Co-investigator. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2001 - Apr 2015. #U01 ES019453-0.

    Genome Wide Association Study of Bone Mineral Accretion during Childhood.  Co-investigator (Principal investigator of sub-contract).National Institutes of Health. Fen 2010 - Jan 2015. #R01 HD058886-01A2.

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    Carole Lannon, MD, MPH
    Director, Learning Networks

    513-803-2783

    carole.lannon@cchmc.org

    Carole Lannon, MD, MPH

    Director, Learning Networks

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2783

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: carole.lannon@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Quality improvement; pediatrics

    Biography

    Carole M. Lannon, MD, MPH, is professor of Pediatrics, director of Learning Networks, at the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Senior Quality Advisor to the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Lannon’s work focuses on assisting organizations in the design and implementation of collaborative efforts to measurably improve care and outcomes for children and families by sparking innovation and accelerating the translation of knowledge into practice.

    Dr. Lannon is the Improvement Lead for the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative and the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Ohio BEACON Child Health Improvement Council. Dr. Lannon is principal investigator of the pediatric Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics, funded by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.

    Dr. Lannon joined Cincinnati Children’s in 2006 to create a new center focused on healthcare quality, after serving on faculty at the University of North Carolina for 15 years.

    Dr. Lannon was a founder of the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality, the initial director of the American Academy of Pediatrics Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management, and medical editor for the American Academy of Pediatrics Education for Quality Improvement in Pediatric Practice. She served on the Credentials Committee of the American Board of Pediatrics and was associate editor for Quality and Safety in Health Care.

    Dr. Lannon is a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. She completed training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned an MPH in Epidemiology.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Minnesota Medical School, 1982.

    Residency: Medicine-Pediatrics, University of North Carolina.

    Fellowship: Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of North Carolina.

    MPH: University of North Carolina, Epidemiology 1993/

    Certification: Internal Medicine, 1986; Pediatrics, 1988.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Center for Education, Research and Therapeutics: Pursuing Perfection in Pediatric Therapeutics, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Principal Investigator. Sep 2011 - Sep 2016.

    Communities Putting Prevention to Work. Principal Investigator. Centers for Disease Control, Hamilton County Health Department. Jul 2010 - Feb 2012.

    Evaluation of an Intervention for Improving Community-Based Pediatric ADHD Care. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Health. Aug 2010 - July 2015.


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    Peter A. Margolis, MD, PhD
    Co-Director, Center for Health Care Quality

    513-803-5015

    peter.margolis@cchmc.org

    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

    Email: peter.margolis@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics.  Co-Investigator. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. Sep 2007 – Aug 2011.

    Transforming Early Childhood Systems. Co-Investigator. Kellogg Foundation. Apr 2009 – Mar 2012.

    Open Source Science: Transforming Chronic Illness Care. National Institute of Diabetes & Digestion & Kidney Disease.  Principal Investigator. Sep 2009 – Augu 2014.

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    Monica Mitchell, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336

    monica.mitchell@cchmc.org

    Monica Mitchell, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: monica.mitchell@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Health disparities; sickle cell disease; obesity; community-based research; school-based mental health; qualitative research methods; using technology in psychological interventions and program evaluation; public policy

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    Biography

    Monica Mitchell, PhD, received her doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 1998, and completed her residency and post-doctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1998 and 2001 respectively. During her post-doctoral fellowship, she completed a supplement grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to examine family variables related to nutritional intake and mealtime behavior problems.

    In 2001, Dr. Mitchell received a K01 grant to examine nutritional status and depression in children with sickle cell disease. This study was part of a five-year K01 career development grant she received from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that involves assessing growth, development and behavioral functioning in children with sickle cell disease.

    Dr. Mitchell has published more than 20 articles, including in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Headache, Diabetes Care and Pediatrics. Dr. Mitchell has also served on the Journal of Pediatric Psychology's Editorial Board since 2005, and is past Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54 of the American Psychological Association). Most recently, she was appointed to a three year term to the Committee on Youth, Children and Families for APA.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, 1999.

    Pre-Doctoral Internship: Pediatric/Child Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 1998.

    Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Division of Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2001.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Engaging Urban and Rural Appalachian Communities in Clinical Research. Site Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2009 - Sep 2011.

    Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center. Project Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2008 - Mar 2012.

    Clinical Translational Science Award. Co-Director. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2009 - Mar 2014.


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    Ardythe L. Morrow, PhD
    Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Human Milk & Lactation

    513-636-7584

    ardythe.morrow@cchmc.org

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    Ardythe L. Morrow, PhD

    Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Human Milk & Lactation

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7584

    Email: ardythe.morrow@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Human milk; child health and nutrition

    Biography

    Dr. Morrow received her MSc in nutrition from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica (1980) and PhD in epidemiology from the University of Texas at Houston (1991). Since 1987 she has worked with colleagues in Mexico, Boston, and Houston on an NIH-funded program project on human milk immune protection against infectious disease.

    She is currently Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, where she founded and directs the Center for Epidemiology and Biostatistics that has 35 faculty and staff and a multi-disciplinary Human Milk Research Program that includes clinical and basic science investigators in eight divisions.

    She has published extensively on breastfeeding promotion and human milk protection against infectious diseases. Her primary focus is on protection by human milk glycans and protection against infectious disease, but she has expanded her research to understanding the relationship between breastfeeding and chronic diseases. She has been an ad hoc reviewer for NIH on breastfeeding research and a technical advisor for international breastfeeding policy and programs for Gates Foundation, UNICEF, and WHO, is on the editorial board of the Journal of Human Lactation and the journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She is an elected member of the American Pediatric Society. She has over 100 publications, and is the primary author of the WHO monograph, Community-based Strategies for Breastfeeding Promotion and Support in Developing Countries (2004).

    She has served as Chair of the Milk Club of the (American) Society for Pediatric Research for the past 4 years. In 1997, she received a Young Investigator award from ISRHML for her randomized trial of breastfeeding support (Lancet, 1999). She was co-organizer of the 2002 ISRHML international meeting in Mexico and is co-editor of the book Protecting Infants through Human Milk: Advancing the Scientific Evidence.

    Education and Training

    BA: Rice University, Houston, Texas.

    MSc: University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.

    PhD: The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas 1991.

    Publications

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    Stephen E. Muething, MD
    Vice President for Safety, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    513-636-2068

    stephen.muething@cchmc.org

    Stephen E. Muething, MD

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

    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2068

    Fax: 513-803-9245

    Email: stephen.muething@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

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

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

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

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

    Certification:  Pediatrics.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Ohio Children’s Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety Eliminating Serious Harm. Principal Investigator. Cardinal Health Foundation/Ohio Children’s Hospital’s Association. Jan 2011 – Dec 2013.

    Kieran J. Phelan, MD, MSc

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3231

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: kieran.phelan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    General pediatrics; community-based preventative medicine; public health trials

    Biography

    Kieran Phelan, MD, MSc, is a board certified general pediatrician, an experienced injury epidemiologist and residential injury control researcher. He has been active in the fields of injury epidemiology and residential injury control for over 8 years.

    His experience and success in this field includes multiple grants and publications, as well as the New Investigator Award from the National Center for Injury Prevention, control at the CDC, and an RO1-funded project. He has also has experience with the Cincinnati Home Injury Prevention (CHIP) and literacy promotion program and the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD), which focuses on preventing injury and promoting literacy in a population of low-income mothers and their infants who were enrolled in a regional home visitation program. Lastly, he has experience with Every Child Succeeds (ECS), which tries to reduce residential injury and promote literacy in children from birth through 36 months of age.

    Education and Training

    BS: The University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IL, 1986.

    MD: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, 1991.

    Residency: Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Medical School, 1994.

    MSc: Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Environmental Health, 2001.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2008; Pediatric Advanced Life Support, 2009.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Injury Prevention in a Home Visitation. Principal Investigator. NICHD. Sep 2010 - Jul 2015. R01HD066115.
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    Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP
    Director, Office for Clinical and Translational Research

    513-636-4336

    scott.powers@cchmc.org

    Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP

    Director, Office for Clinical and Translational Research

    Co-Director, Headache Center

    Director, Center for Child Behavior and Nutrition Research and Training

    Director, Behavioral Science Core, Clinical Translational Research Center

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7544

    Email: scott.powers@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical trials; migraine/headache; pediatric pain; dietary adherence/nutrition and behavior; cystic fibrosis

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    Education and Training

    AB: Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN, 1985.

    MS: Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, 1987.

    PhD: The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1991.

    Residency: Clinical Psychology, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, Brown University School of Medicine / Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI.

    Certification: Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 1992. American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), 2003.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Amitriptyline and Topiramate in the Prevention of Childhood Migraine. Principal Investigator, National Institute of Health and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.  Dec  2011 - Dec 2016. #1U01NS076788-01.

    Adolescent Migraine and Hormones. Co-Investigator, National Headache Foundation (Subcontract from University of Cincinnati).  2012-2014

    NeuroNEXT: Neurological Trials Network. Co-Investigator, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Clinical Site (NIH/NINDS). 2012-2017

    Cincinnati Translational Therapeutics Development Network Center. Co-Investigator. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Jan 2009 - Jan 2014. 

    Longitudinal Determination of Outcomes of Adolescents with Fibromyalgia.
    Co-Investigator. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders.  Aug 2009 - Aug 2014. #R01 AR054842-A2.

    Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Co-Director of Behavioral Science Core, National Center for Research Resources. Apr 2009 - Mar 2014. #UL1 RR026314. 

    Research Training in Child Behavior and Nutrition. Principal Investigator /Program Director. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.  Jul 2008 - Jul 2013. #T32 DK 063929-06.

    Motor cortex dysfunction in migraine. Co-Investigator, National Institute of Health and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Dec 2010 – Dec 2012 No cost extension 2013) #R21NS072817-01.                                    

    Web-based delivery of effective treatment for growth in CF.  Co-Investigator, CCHMC Place Outcomes Research Award.  Jul 2011 – Jul 2013.


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    Michael Seid, PhD
    Director, Health Outcomes and Quality Care Research, Pulmonary Medicine and James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    513-803-0083

    michael.seid@cchmc.org

    Michael Seid, PhD

    Director, Health Outcomes and Quality Care Research, Pulmonary Medicine and James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-0083

    Email: michael.seid@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Health care quality / outcomes

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    Biography

    Michael Seid, PhD, is director of Health Outcomes and Quality of Care Research in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine and a core faculty in the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Seid applies behavioral and social science to the question ‘What does it take to make sure the right treatment gets to the right child in the right way at the right time, every time?’

    Dr. Seid has worked at the Center for Child Health Outcomes at Children's Hospital, San Diego and was a behavioral / research scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has been principal and co-principal investigator of several large multidisciplinary research studies, collaborates with investigators at Cincinnati Children's and beyond, and publishes widely in such journals as Medical Care, HSR: Health Services Research, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Pediatrics, American Journal of Medical Quality, the Journal of Ambulatory Pediatrics, and Milbank Quarterly.

    Dr. Seid has served as the chair of Children's Hospital San Diego's Institutional Review Board, as a member of the Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research (HCQER) Study Section at the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, and on several national and local expert panels. He is on the Review Board of the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management and an ad hoc reviewer for Health Services Research, Pediatrics and the Journal of Ambulatory Pediatrics.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1995.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Open Source Science: Transforming Chronic Illness Care. Co-Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. 2009 - 2014. #1R01DK085719-01. 
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    Lori J. Stark, PhD, ABPP
    Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336

    Lori J. Stark, PhD, ABPP

    Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-3677

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    Biography

    Lori Stark, PhD, joined Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1998 as the director of Psychology.

    Dr. Stark is an authority on parenting of young children. She has applied this expertise to the area of health psychology by working with parents and children to improve their adherence to medical regimes, improving coping with chronic conditions or acute stressors, and providing biobehavioral interventions to conditions such as chronic pain.

    Dr. Stark's work is unique in that it utilizes behavioral and environmental interventions to enhance healthcare outcome in pediatrics. Dr. Stark's expertise is on improving nutritional outcome in children with chronic conditions such as cystic fibrosis.

    Dr. Stark has received continuous funding from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Institute of Health to develop and evaluate behavioral interventions and improving nutritional outcome in children with cystic fibrosis.

    Dr. Stark came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center from Brown University School of Medicine where she was director of Pediatric Psychology at Rhode Island Hospital and associate professor of Psychiatry in Human Behavior at Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Stark earned her undergraduate degree at Boston University and her graduate degree at West Virginia University.

    Dr. Stark is on the Executive Committee of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, a division within the American Psychological Association. She has written many professional publications in the field of pediatric psychology and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

    Education and Training

    PhD: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1985.

    Internship: Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, 1984-1985.

    Certification: Clinical Psychology, 1985.


    Kimberly Yolton, PhD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2815

    Email: kimberly.yolton@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Infant and child development and behavior
    Environmental exposures

    Biography

    Kimberly Yolton, PhD, was formerly the director of a follow-up clinic serving high-risk infants and young children. She has extensive experience with infants and children who were prenatally exposed to substances of abuse, were born prematurely or at low birth weight, or who come from disadvantaged home environments. She was involved in the initial development of the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS), a neurobehavioral assessment tool used with healthy and high-risk newborns. She is certified to train others in the proper administration, scoring, and interpretation of the NNNS and has used the tool for clinical, research, and teaching purposes locally, nationally, and internationally. She is currently using the NNNS to study subtle differences in the neurobehavior of newborns who have been prenatally exposed to environmental toxicants such as tobacco smoke, plastics (phthalates and bisphenol A), insecticides, and mercury.

    Dr. Yolton has completed research showing associations between exposure to second hand smoke and cognitive deficits, behavior problems, and sleep difficulties in children. She has also demonstrated associations between prenatal tobacco smoke and plastics and early infant neurobehavior. She is continuing her study of the effects of tobacco smoke and industrial chemicals like plastics and insecticides on infant and child development and behavior. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI).

    Dr. Yolton came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center as a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric environmental health in 2000 and joined the faculty in 2003. She earned her master's degree in family and child development from Virginia Tech, and her doctoral degree in child development and developmental psychology from The Ohio State University.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Family Relations & Human Development, Developmental Psychology, The Ohio State University, 1992.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Environmental Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, 2000-2003.

    Publications

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    Grants

    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Cooperative Multi-Center Neonatal Research Network. Principal Investigator of Follow-Up Studies. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2006 - Mar 2016.

    Longitudinal Study of Exposure to PBDEs and PFCs and Child Neurobehavior. Co-Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Aug 2011 - Apr 2016.