• Research Faculty

  • A photo of Thomas DeWitt.

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

    focuses on graduate medical education integration and the effectiveness of community-based research and education. He also has an interest in the integration of a division-wide multifactor asthma improvement project, and is studying its impact on patient outcomes and interactions within a division.


    A photo of Raymond Baker.

    Raymond C. Baker, MD, MEd, FAAP Co-Director, Masters in Medical Education Program

    focuses on resident education in primary care, educator development and distance education.


    A photo of Patrick Brady.

    Patrick W. Brady, MD, MSc Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

    is a clinical researcher and improvement scientist who works to design and evaluate a highly reliable system to identify, predict, and intervene on hospitalized patients at risk of clinical deterioration. He uses situation awareness and other high-reliability strategies to design complex interventions to improve the safety of care. He also participates in and leads projects to more broadly improve the quality of care of hospitalized children and their families.


    A photo of William Brinkman.

    William B. Brinkman, MD, MEd, MSc Director of Research Section, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

    researches shared decision-making between patients/parents and clinicians to promote high value care that is evidence-based and family-centered. He collaborates to develop interventions to facilitate shared decision making across a wide range of clinical contexts and is building an infrastructure to support shared decision making throughout Cincinnati Children's.

    A photo of Courtney Brown.

    Courtney M. Brown, MD, MSc General Pediatrics Research Committee, Co-chair

    focuses on improving systems of care for low-income children with or at-risk for mental illness. She has studied barriers to early treatment access and communication between pediatricians and parents about child mental health. In addition, she is involved in local and statewide initiatives to promote healthy development in primary care, with a particular focus on bridging between healthcare and community organizations.


    A photo of Kristen Copeland.

    Kristen A. Copeland, MD Director, NRSA Research Fellowship

    studies how the child care center environment—including its facilities, teachers, policies and practices—can promote children’s physical activity, gross motor development and healthy eating habits. Dr. Copeland also directs the three-year general pediatric fellowship program, which aims to prepare independent researchers to focus on prevalent health problems affecting underserved children and adolescents.


    A photo of Sheela Rath Geraghty.

    Sheela Rath Geraghty, MD, MS, IBCLC, FAAP Medical Director, Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic

    conducts clinical research studies on the challenges women face related to successful breastfeeding. Dr. Geraghty’s current research focuses on the influence of breast milk expression on maternal and child outcomes.  


    A photo of Craig Gosdin.

    Craig H. Gosdin, MD, MSHA Medical Director, Division of Hospital Medicine, Liberty Campus

    has research interests that include hospitalist workforce issues, identification of best practices and financial sustainability of hospitalist programs, and cost effectiveness.


    A photo of Camille Graham.

    Camille C. Graham, MD Executive Community Physician Leader, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

    is a general pediatrician who is conducting research in disparities in influenza vaccination among minority children; the use of novel ways to reduce emergency room use and hospitalization among high-risk African-American children with asthma. She is conducting community-based participatory research to study health care access, medical home use, and ED utilization in the Latino youth community of greater Cincinnati.


    A photo of Mary Greiner.

    Mary V. Greiner, MD, MS Medical Director, CHECK Foster Care Center

    is a child abuse pediatrician who is doing clinical research in child abuse and foster care health. She is studying abusive head trauma, with specific interest in the role of diagnostic radiology to determine risk factors for subdural hemorrhages, as well as looking at outcomes of children with head injury. Research in the disparities of foster care health as well as the impact of interventions, such as specialized care and focused screenings, is a second clinical focus.


    A photo of Robert S. Kahn.

    Robert S. Kahn, MD, MPH Associate Chair of Community Health, UC Department of Pediatrics

    studies the social and biologic pathways that lead to child health disparities, and develops interventions to interrupt those pathways. He received NIH funding to launch a large-scale study of disparities in children's admissions for asthma. A partnership he co-founded that embeds legal aid advocates in pediatric primary care to address the social determinants of child health was featured in The New York Times.


    A photo of Heidi J. Kalkwarf.

    Heidi J. Kalkwarf, PhD, RD

    is a nutritional epidemiologist whose research focuses on characterization of the normal patterns of bone mineral acquisition in infants, children and adolescents. She aims to identify the short- and long-term consequences of low bone density during growth, identify children who are at risk for fracture and identify interventions to reduce this risk.


    A photo of Roohi Kharofa.
    A photo of Melissa Klein.

    Melissa D. Klein, MD, MEd Director, Residency Primary Care and Community Pediatrics

    is a general pediatrician with an interest in medical education research. Her main research focuses on the effects of education on pediatric residents’ knowledge of and attitudes towards the social determinants of health. Her most recent projects investigate newly created and innovative teaching techniques and measurement tools to evaluate resident practice change towards screening for social needs in the primary care centers. 


    A photo of Daniel McLinden.

    Daniel J. McLinden, EdD Senior Director, Education and Learning Department

    is an educational psychologist; his research focuses on structured conceptualization of interventions through multivariate concept mapping, social network analysis to evaluate intervention effects, economic analysis to evaluate investments in human capital development, measurement of sentiments through Rasch models, and the design of learning networks based on open innovation and collaboration principles.


    A photo of Stephen Muething.

    Stephen E. Muething, MD Co-Director, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    is a leader in quality improvement and transformation at Cincinnati Children's. He led improvement work in evidence-based care and patient flow, and was a leader of the team that launched Family-Centered Rounds. He has a special interest in design for reliability and high reliability organization, and plays a key role in several national improvement efforts supplying expertise in improvement science.


    A photo of Jennifer O'Toole.

    Jennifer K. O'Toole, MD, MEd Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics Residency Program

    is a pediatric and internal medicine hospitalist and associate residency program director who has research interests in handoffs in care, educational innovation for bedside teaching, teaching residents to care for underserved populations, and faculty development in medical education. She is the site PI for the I-PASS Handoff Study where she leads faculty development efforts and is a member of the education executive committee. 


    A photo of Christopher Peltier.

    Christopher B. Peltier, MD Co-Director, Section of Community Pediatrics

    is a community pediatrician whose academic interest focuses on community-based teaching of pediatric residents and medical students. He also has an interest in faculty educator development.


    A photo of Kieran Phelan.

    Kieran J. Phelan, MD, MSc

    is a general pediatrician and epidemiologist with a focus in injury epidemiology and control and evidence-based practice. He also has extensive experience in clinical practice guidelines and development. His federally-funded research is focused on preventing the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in younger US children: unintentional injury in the home environment.


    A photo of Judith Ragsdale.

    Judith R. Ragsdale, MDiv, PhD Director, Education & Research, Pastoral Care


    A photo of Zeina Samaan.

    Zeina Samaan, MD Medical Director, Pediatric Primary Care Center and Hopple Street Health Center

    is a primary care pediatrician whose research interests include primary care quality improvement which include improvement of childhood immunization rate, improvement of influenza vaccination rate in high risk pediatric patients, preventing medical errors in primary care setting, development screening and autism initiatives. 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.


    A photo of Samir Shah.

    Samir S. Shah, MD, MSCE Director, Division of Hospital Medicine

    focuses on improving the efficiency and quality of care of children hospitalized with common, serious infections such as pneumonia and meningitis. Ongoing projects include studies of comparative effectiveness of different antibiotics for childhood pneumonia and developing novel databases to conduct comparative effectiveness research. He receives research support from the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.


    A photo of Jeffrey Simmons.

    Jeffrey M. Simmons, MD, MSc Associate Director of Quality, Division of Hospital Medicine

    is a pediatric hospitalist who uses classical clinical research methods and quality improvement science to accelerate the integration of research findings into the general inpatient wards. He focuses on better understanding socioeconomic disparities among children hospitalized for asthma and on redesigning the clinical care system to better address those disparities. He also directs the fellowship in pediatric hospital medicine.


    A photo of Heidi Sucharew.

    Heidi J. Sucharew, PhD

    is a biostatistician with research interests in structural equation modeling, latent profile analysis, and latent variable modeling. Her recent areas of application include infant neurobehavior, stroke severity, adolescent menstrual symptoms and depression, and glucose control during pregnancy.


    A photo of Gregory Szumlas.

    Gregory A. Szumlas, MD, FAAP

    is a primary care pediatrician who focuses on quality improvement in chronic disease management, particularly asthma. He also focuses on literacy, including early literacy promotion and health literacy.


    A photo of Brian Volck.

    Brian E. Volck, MD Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

    is a pediatric hospitalist who focuses on medical education and cross-cultural medicine.


    A photo of Michael Vossmeyer.

    Michael T. Vossmeyer, MD Medical Director, Division of Hospital Medicine, Community Integration

    is a hospitalist who is interested in family-centered care, situation awareness and clinical quality improvement.


    A photo of Christine White.

    Christine M. White, MD, MAT Associate Chief of Staff

    is an associate professor for the UC Department of Pediatrics. Dr. White's interests and research focus on quality improvement. She has led efforts to increase medication reconciliation completion. She is currently leading institute-wide improvement projects on improving capacity management and the patient/family experience.


    A photo of Kim Yolton.

    Kimberly Yolton, PhD

    is a developmental psychologist researching the effects of prenatal and postnatal exposures to environmental toxicants (i.e. tobacco smoke, pesticides, and industrial chemicals) on neurobehavioral outcomes during infancy and childhood. She is also involved in research on neurobehavioral outcomes of high risk infants.

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