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.

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    James M. Anderson
    Advisor to the President

    513-636-1686

    James M. Anderson

    Advisor to the President

    Former President and Chief Executive Officer

    Phone: 513-636-1686

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    Biography

    James M. Anderson retired in 2009 as president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a position he had held since 1996. He was instrumental in shaping the extraordinary growth at the medical center.  Since his retirement, the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence has been named in his honor.

    His appointment as president and CEO followed 20 years of service to the Cincinnati Children’s Board of Trustees, including four years as chairman. Before joining Cincinnati Children’s, he was a partner in the general corporate department at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister and president of US operations at Xomox Corp., a publicly traded manufacturer of specialty process controls. 

    After serving many years as an independent director, he was appointed chairman of the board of the National Stock Exchange Inc. in October 2007. He joined the board of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in May 2007.  In January 2005, Mr. Anderson was appointed chairman of the board of the Cincinnati branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Further, in July 2005, he was appointed to a national advisory commission that helped identify reforms necessary to stabilize and strengthen the Medicaid system. From 2003-2008, he served on the Ohio Third Frontier Advisory Board, which provides strategic planning for investments administered by the Ohio Third Frontier Commission. 

    He holds or has held other director or officer positions for numerous corporations, including Meridian Bioscience Inc., Gateway Investment Trust and the UNIFI Companies. His extensive civic involvement includes serving as a co-chair on the Regional Innovation Task Force, current chairman of CincyTech, service to the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and the College of Mount St. Joseph. In addition to serving on the board of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Mr. Anderson served as its 2006 campaign chair. 

    Mr. Anderson is a graduate of Yale University (1963) and Vanderbilt School of Law (1966). He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. He is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War where he was a member of the 1st Infantry Division.


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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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    Uma R. Kotagal, MBBS, MSc
    Senior Vice President, Quality, Safety and Transformation

    513-636-0178

    uma.kotagal@cchmc.org

    Uma R. Kotagal, MBBS, MSc

    Senior Vice President, Quality, Safety and Transformation

    Executive Director, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0178

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: uma.kotagal@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Outcomes research; outcomes and cost of early discharge of newborn care; cost effectiveness of neonatal intensive care; cost effectiveness of prenatal care

    Biography

    Uma Kotagal is senior vice president for quality, safety and transformation and executive director of the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    As director of the Anderson Center, Dr. Kotagal oversees the development of disease management teams and development and institution of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

    The primary purpose of the Anderson Center is to foster health services research and system transformation with the goal of improving the quality of healthcare delivery, translating knowledge into practice, and building the next generation of improvement leaders.

    Dr. Kotagal was director of the neonatal intensive care units at the University Hospital and at Cincinnati Children’s for several years. While practicing, Dr. Kotagal recognized that care and outcomes improvement were a system property. She completed additional training, receiving her master’s of science in clinical epidemiology and clinical effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health, and refocused her clinical efforts on quality transformation at a systems level. She was also a visiting scholar at the Center for Risk Analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health and a visiting professor at the Tufts New England Medical Center, in the Division of Clinical Decision Making, completing further training in the field of decision and cost effectiveness analyses.

    Dr. Kotagal has published extensively in the field of neonatal outcomes research, including studies on neonatal cost models, and early discharge of newborns. She published the first landmark paper on early discharge programs in the NICU setting.

    Dr. Kotagal was born in Bombay, India, where she received her undergraduate and her MBBS from the University of Bombay. She did a rotating internship at the University of Bombay from 1970-1971 and another rotating internship at Detroit General Hospital from 1971-1972.

    At Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Kotagal completed her pediatric residency from 1972-1974 and went on to do a fellowship in neonatology from 1974-1975. She completed a fellowship in neonatal physiology at the University of Cincinnati from 1975-1977.

    Dr. Kotagal is a senior faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare. She also serves as chair of the quality steering team of the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, as a member of the advisory committee of the Toronto Patient Safety Center, as an associate editor of BMJ Quality and Safety and as a member of the Institute of Medicine.

    Dr. Kotagal is also a member of various local, regional and national committees in the area of child health.

    Education and Training

    MBBS: Grant Medical College, University of Bombay, Bombay, India, 1970. 

    MSc: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1996.

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

    Fellowship: Neonatology, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI; Neonatal Physiology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1975; Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 1977.

    Publications

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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 a professor of pediatrics and the 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.

    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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    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, Division of 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.
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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.