Thomas DeWitt, MD
Dr. DeWitt is the Director of the Division of General and Community Pediatrics and the Designated Institutional Official. He is primarily interested in faculty and education development, medical education, innovation linked to research and outcomes, and leadership development.
Andrew F. Beck, MD, MPH
Dr. Beck focuses on disparities in health outcomes with particular attention paid to geographic and neighborhood factors. Currently, he is exploring ways to risk-stratify children admitted to the hospital with asthma through the use of area-based social and environmental measures, and ways to use mapping and epidemiological “hot spotting” to help target interventions. He has also pursued pilot work focusing on building bridges between the hospital and community resources capable of providing our families with assistance. For example, he helped to start the CLEAR (Collaboration to Lessen Environmental Asthma Risks) program, a means of linking children with environmental risks to code enforcement visits. Dr. Beck has also helped to start the KIND (Keeping Infants Nourished and Developing) program, a partnership with the Freestore Foodbank devoted to providing hungry infants with formula.
William Brinkman, MD, MEd
Dr. Brinkman reaches shared decision-making patients/parents and clinicians to promote high value care that is evidence-based and family-centered.
Courtney M. Brown, MD, MSc
Dr. Brown is passionate about creating a system of primary care that equitably and reliably promotes healthy development. Her research has focused on primary care opportunities for mental health promotion during early childhood. In addition, she is actively involved in quality improvement work at Cincinnati Children’s and in the community. She has worked on improving preventive service delivery, improving access to speech and hearing evaluations for children with signs of language delay, and promoting school readiness among children from a low-income neighborhood.
Kristen Copeland, MD
Dr. Copeland is interested in health promotion and obesity prevention in child-care settings – specifically creating healthier eating environments and helping to shape healthy eating habits among preschoolers and their families. She is also interested in physical activity promotion in child care and policies to promote physical activity.
Nick DeBlasio, MD
Dr. DeBlasio’s main areas of interest include providing clinical care to underserved populations, primary care education of both residents and medical students; working on innovative ways to teach and evaluate learning; quality improvement projects within PPCC to optimize flow and patient/provider/staff satisfaction.
Derek Fletcher, MD
Dr. Fletcher's interest is in providing primary care for the medically complex child. This involves coordination of their services over multiple specialties, managing patients during hospital admissions, and generation of a comprehensive Plan of Care. He has a current focus on developing “error free” home Plans of Care generated by Epic, that are required by all home nursing agencies.
Sheela Rath Geraghty, MD, MS, IBCLC
Dr. Geraghty is a general pediatrician and a lactation consultant. She is the medical director of the Cincinnati Children's Center for Breastfeeding Medicine, which consists of four outpatient referral-based clinics, an inpatient consultative service, a milk bank depot, and an information line which receives approximately 1,500 phone calls annually. This past year, Dr. Geraghty opened the 4th location for the Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic at the Green Township location. Dr. Geraghty’s research interests focus on the barriers to successful breastfeeding outcomes, including the prevalent practice of breast milk pumping and the potential impact on the mother-infant dyad.
Camille Graham, MD
Dr. Graham is interested in strengthening the collaboration between Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the providers in the community by creating a regionalized aligned system of care, developing community partnerships to improve population health, eliminating health disparities, improving asthma outcomes in primary care sites, and in helping develop and strengthen pediatric patient-centered medical homes.
David E. Hall, MD
Dr. Hall’s professional interest centers on the care of children with medically complex chronic disease. This includes research on the epidemiology of this population, and exploring ways to improve the quality of care while simultaneously reducing the cost of their care.
Robert S. Kahn, MD, MPH
Dr. Kahn is focused on understanding and ameliorating social and racial disparities in child health. Dr. Kahn has a large NIH funded study of children admitted with asthma to better understand what predicts time to readmission and what causes disadvantaged children to be admitted much sooner. The study examines multiple factors ranging from neighborhood to family to genetics. Dr. Kahn also leads Cincinnati Children’s Population Health initiative that addresses infant mortality, injury, obesity, and asthma in Hamilton County. This effort is in collaboration with multiple Divisions and Departments at the hospital. Finally, he has also developed, and helps guide, several innovative programs to address key causal factors. These include collaborations with the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, the Freestore Foodbank, United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Health Department.
Heidi Kalkwarf, PhD
Dr. Kalkwarf's focuses on bone health of children, adolescents and young adults. Specific themes aim to: 1) characterize bone mineral acquisition during different stages of growth and maturation in order to develop reference data that can be used to identify bone deficits in children with chronic medical conditions; 2) identify the how body composition, physical activity and dietary intake affect bone mineral accrual during growth; 3) investigate whether bone status measurements made in early childhood are stable over time; and 4) investigate whether bone characteristic in childhood predict fracture risk.
Melissa D. Klein, MD, MEd
Dr. Klein is a general pediatrician, medical educator, and researcher. She is the director of the Section of Education in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics and the Associate Program Director of Pediatric Residency. Dr. Klein is the Director of the General Pediatrics Master Educator Fellowship, an innovative fellowship focused on educational scholarship and leadership. Her main research interest is medical education research, and primarily studies the impact of teaching social determinants of child health to pediatric residents.
Kadriye O. Lewis, EdD
Dr. Lewis is actively involved in the Online Master’s Degree in Education and the Online Certificate in Medical Education Programs through her work as the associate director, and as an online educator. She conducts educational research on issues arising in, and related to, online asynchronous learning, especially in the context of the Online Master's Degree program. Dr. Lewis helps faculty and staff within Cincinnati Children's in teaching technology as needed and guiding them to reach the right technology resources.
Mona Mansour, MD
Primary areas of interest for Dr. Mansour include improving health outcomes of children with asthma, especially children from underserved backgrounds, school health, and re-design of care systems to improve outcomes for children. Her asthma work has primarily focused on the use of quality improvement methodology in different care environments to improve health outcomes for children with asthma including primary care practices, school based health centers and within the community health care system.
Daniel McLinden, EdD
Dr. McLinden's work and research interests include crowdsourcing the design of programs through Concept Mapping, illuminating the structure and interpersonal dynamics of networks of people using Social Network Analysis, applying economic analysis and predictive modeling to evaluate investments in human capital, applying the Rasch measurement model to improve the measurement of program outcomes and developing technology enabled learning systems.
Nicholas Newman, DO, MS
Dr. Newman's interests and research center around Pediatric Environmental Health. He is interested in understanding how toxicants in the environment can affect children's health and in developing approaches that can be implemented to prevent or mitigate these effects. His recent research has examined the effect of traffic related air pollution exposure on neurobehavioral problems in children. He collaborated with the Cincinnati Health Department, community groups, federal agencies, and the University of Cincinnati to develop and implement a lead prevention intervention for Lower Price Hill related to a large-scale demolition project.
Christopher Peltier, MD
Dr. Peltier's academic interest is in the area of community-based teaching of pediatric residents and medical students. He also has an interest in faculty education and development.
Judith Ragsdale, MDiv, PhD
Dr. Ragsdale research interests include adult development in the process of Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education; use of spirituality in coping with illness; and developing a way to identify best practices in pediatric chaplaincy.
Sarah Riddle, MD, IBCLC
Dr. Riddle's research focuses in breastfeeding medicine, specifically mothers with low milk supply.
Zeina Samaan, MD
Dr. Samaan is focused on Primary Care Re-design which includes improving preventive service delivery and Ill Care Open Access Initiatives, as well as Quality Improvement which includes improvement of childhood immunization rate, improvement of influenza vaccination rate in high risk pediatric patients, preventing medical errors in primary care setting, lead screening, development screening and Autism initiatives, and improving asthma care for underserved inner city children. She also focuses on the use of Electronic Health Record to deliver quality of care; implemented flu alert using EHR to improve the rate of flu vaccinations.
Gregory Szumlas, MD
Dr. Szumlas' research interest are early childhood literacy and Reach Out and Read literacy, particularly concerning asthma.
Stephen Warrick, MD
Dr. Warrick's research interests include Global Child Health and the education and preparation of residents and students for rotations in international locations. He also has an interest in preventative health care and ill care access at our facilities. Dr. Warrick is currently pursuing a Master’s of Medical Education.
Kimberly Yolton, PhD
Dr. Yolton is a developmental psychologist researching the effects of prenatal and postnatal exposures to environmental toxicants (e.g. tobacco smoke, pesticides, air pollution, and industrial chemicals) on neurobehavioral outcomes during infancy and childhood. She is additionally involved in research on neurobehavioral outcomes of high risk infants. She has expertise in research methodologies for assessing neurobehavior from the newborn period through adulthood.