General and Community Pediatrics

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    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.

    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

    Academic Information

    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.

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    Faculty

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    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.

    513-636-4506
    ray.baker@cchmc.org

    Raymond C. Baker, MD, MEd, FAAP

    Co-Director, Masters in Medical Education Program

    Academic Information

    Emeritus, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4506

    Fax: 513-636-7247

    Email: ray.baker@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Generalist pediatrics; telephone medicine; faculty development; pediatric resident education; medical education research.

    Biography

    Raymond C. Baker, MD, has been a member of the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center since 1979.

    Baker is currently associate director and education section head of the Division of General and Community Pediatrics, where he teaches primary care pediatrics to pediatric and family medicine residents in the outpatient clinics and on the inpatient wards. He also teaches in the faculty development program. In addition, Baker is the project director of the Pediatric Primary Care Training program, a federal grant-funded program within the general pediatrics program.

    Baker is the editor and principal author of two books, Pediatric Primary Care: Well-Child Care and Pediatric Primary Care: Ill-Child Care, published as companion volumes in March, 2001 by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. These books represent the expanded, second edition of his popular book, Handbook of Pediatric Primary Care, which premiered in 1996 and is used widely across the country as a pocket reference in pediatric primary care.

    Baker earned both his undergraduate degree in chemistry and microbiology and his medical degree at The Ohio State University and then trained in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He taught in the Family Medicine program and consulted in pediatrics at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana before joining the faculty of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1979. Baker received a master's degree in education from the University of Cincinnati College of Education in 2001.

    In collaboration with the College of Education at the University of Cincinnati, Baker and his colleagues in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics have developed an online master's degree in education for health care professionals, which has been offered nationally since the fall, 2002. This two-year, part-time distance learning course is tailored to physicians and other health care professionals who seek advanced graduate level training in medical education and educational research.

    Education and Training

    BS: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1967.

    MD: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1971.

    MEd: University of Cincinnati College of Education, 2001.

    Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD., 1971-1972; 1974-1976.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1977.

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    Patrick W. Brady, MD, MSc Attending Physician, 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.

    513-636-0409
    patrick.brady@cchmc.org

    Patrick W. Brady, MD, MSc

    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0409

    Fax: 513-803-9245

    Email: patrick.brady@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Patient safety; quality improvement; hospital medicine

    Biography

    Patrick Brady, MD, MSc, has clinical training in pediatrics and hospital medicine as well as advanced training in epidemiology and biostatistics and in the science of improvement through two 6-month courses at Cincinnati Children’s. He has completed coursework at the graduate level in human factors and through the Systems Engineering in Patient Safety (SEIPS) workshop led by NIH-funded researchers at the University of Wisconsin.

    Their pilot work on a system to proactively identify, mitigate and escalate risk has resulted in measured decreases in patient harm and deterioration. The Academy for Healthcare Improvement recently recognized this work with top prize at its international meeting. Dr. Brady's current focus builds logically on this work, and his research team includes clinical and methodological experts with impressive research portfolios both inside and outside of healthcare.

    In summary, Dr. Brady has the training, experience and collaborators needed to study and improve the care of patients at risk for deterioration, to define highly reliable interventions that deliver the right therapeutics early, and to improve the safety of patients in our increasingly complex healthcare system.

    Education and Training

    MD: Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 2003.

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

    MSc: University of Cincinnati Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

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    Grants

    Bringing Neighborhood Phenotypes and Geomarkers to the Bedside for Children with Asthma. Principle investigator. Procter Scholar Award, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 2013 - 2015. 

    Greater Cincinnati Asthma Risks Study. Co-investigator. 2012 - 2014. 1R01AI88116. 
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    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.


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    William B. Brinkman, MD, MEd, MSc

    Director of Research Section, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

    Methods Expert, Evidence and Measures Team, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    Research Director, Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group

    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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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 collaborates to develop interventions to facilitate shared decision-making across a wide-range of clinical contexts.

    Dr. Brinkman serves as director of the Research Section in the Division of General & Community Pediatrics and the research director for the Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group, a practice-based research network. He also serves as a methods expert for the James M. Anderson Center Evidence & Measures team. In this role, he is building an infrastructure to support shared decision-making throughout Cincinnati Children's.

    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.

    MSc: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.

    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.

    Developing New Technologies to Improve ADHD Medication Continuity. R34, National Institute of Mental Health. Apr 2014–Mar 2017.

    Shared Decision Making to Improve Care and Outcomes for Children with Autism. Co-Principal Investigator. Cincinnati Children’s Place Research Outcomes Award.  Jul 2013 – Jun 2015.

    Testing and Spread of Shared Decision Making Tools across Learning Networks. Co-Principal Investigator. Subproject on Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Cincinnati Children’s Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs). Sep 2013-Aug 2015.

    Partnering with Parents to Support Decision-Making About Hydroxyurea in Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease. Co-Principal Investigator. Subproject on Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Cincinnati Children’s Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs). Sep 2013-Aug 2015.

    Evaluation of an Intervention for Improving Community-Based Pediatric ADHD Care. (PI: Epstein) Co-Investigator. National Institute of Mental Health. Aug 2010-May 2015.

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

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    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.

    513-636-1687
    kristen.copeland@cchmc.org

    Kristen A. Copeland, MD

    Director, NRSA Research Fellowship

    Academic Information

    Associate 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 MD 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.

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    Emanuel O. Doyne, MD Community Physician

    is a community pediatrician who is involved with the teaching of medical students, nurse practitioners and residents in both the outpatient and inpatient setting.

    513-636-8043
    emanuel.doyne@cchmc.org

    Emanuel O. Doyne, MD

    Community Physician

    Academic Information

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Adjunct Professor

    Phone: 513-636-8043

    Email: emanuel.doyne@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric mental health; resident and medical student education; community-based teaching

    Biography

    Dr. Doyne is the former director of the Section of Community and organized teaching experiences for pediatric residents in office settings. He also was the previous director of the Educator Development Program for faculty.

    Education and Training

    BA Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1967.

    MD: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1971. 

    Residency: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1971-1973; 1975-1976. 

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1980.

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

    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.  

    513-636-2526
    sheela.geraghty@cchmc.org

    Sheela Rath Geraghty, MD, MS, IBCLC, FAAP

    Medical Director, Center for Breastfeeding Medicine

    Academic Information

    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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    Craig H. Gosdin, MD, MSHA Medical Director, 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.

    513-636-6223
    craig.gosdin@cchmc.org

    Craig H. Gosdin, MD, MSHA

    Medical Director, Hospital Medicine, Liberty Campus

    Medical Director, Liberty Observation Unit

    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6223

    Fax: 513-803-9245

    Email: craig.gosdin@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Administration; resident education; pediatric hospitalist workforce issues

    Biography

    Dr. Gosdin is a pediatric hospitalist with a diverse training background. His clinical experience includes practice in community and academic settings as well as practice in the office, emergency department and inpatient settings.

    As medical director of the Liberty Hospitalist Service and Liberty Inpatient Unit (LA1W), he is responsible for the development and expansion of Hospital Medicine at the Liberty Campus. He is active in the Hospital Medicine Leadership Group at Cincinnati Children's and helps lead strategic planning and program development for the division. He also serves as the leader of regional programs for the Division of Hospital Medicine. On the national level, Dr. Gosdin has served on the PHM Roundtable Clinical / Workforce Working Group to help develop Guidelines for a Pediatric Hospitalist Dashboard, and has performed on-site consultation for hospitalist programs at other institutions.

    Education and Training

    MD: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1994.

    Internship: University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas, Dallas, TX, 1995.

    Residency: University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas, Dallas, TX, 1996-1997.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1997, 2004.

    MSHA: Virginia Commonwealth University, June, 2009.

    Publications

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    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.

    513-803-8065
    camille.graham@cchmc.org

    Camille C. Graham, MD

    Executive Community Physician Leader, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-8065

    Email: camille.graham@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Health disparities; asthma outcomes in minority populations; influenza vaccination; community engagement

    Biography

    Dr. Graham, MD, started a solo private practice, Mid-City Pediatrics, in 1983. There are now two locations with five pediatricians and one pediatric nurse practitioner dedicated to delivering quality healthcare without regard to income. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serve on its Council of Community Pediatrics. She served as president of the Cincinnati Medical Association for a four year term (1996-1999), and successfully led the effort to reinstate two physicians who had been terminated without cause from an insurance managed care panel. She was president of medical staff at Cincinnati Children’s from 2004-2005, and led the development of performance improvement criteria for the medical staff and an successful improvement project to decrease medical record delinquencies; initiated the process for credentialing advance practice nurses.

    She was a member of Cincinnati Children’s Board of Trustees from 2005-2011. She is a current member of the City of Cincinnati’s Board of Health, where she helped formulate a working group to provide information and access to children affected by the closure of a community health center network.

    Education and Training

    MD:  University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1977.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, 1980.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1982-present.

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    Mary V. Greiner, MD Director, CHECK Foster Care Clinic

    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.

    513-636-9979
    mary.greiner@cchmc.org

    Mary V. Greiner, MD

    Director, CHECK Foster Care Clinic

    Child Abuse Pediatrician, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-9979

    Email: mary.greiner@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Child abuse; foster care health

    Biography

    Mary Greiner, MD, 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.

    Education and Training

    MD: Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, 2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, 2008.

    Fellowship: Child Abuse, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

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

    studies the social and biologic pathways that lead to child health disparities, and develops interventions to interrupt those pathways. He received NIH funding this year 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.

    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

    Academic Information

    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.

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    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.

    513-636-3803
    heidi.kalkwarf@cchmc.org

    Heidi J. Kalkwarf, PhD, RD

    Academic Information

    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.

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    Grants

    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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    Melissa D. Klein, MD, MEd Associate Program Director, Education Section, Division of General 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. 

    513-636-4506
    melissa.klein@cchmc.org

    Melissa D. Klein, MD, MEd

    Associate Program Director, Education Section, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

    Pediatric Residency Director, Education Section, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

    Director, General Pediatrics Master Educator Fellowship

    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4506

    Fax: 513-636-4506

    Email: melissa.klein@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Medical education; health disparities; primary care pediatrics

    Biography

    Melissa Klein, MD, Med, is an associate professor in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She completed her medical training at Albany Medical College and her pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She more recently earned her Masters’ of Education at University of Cincinnati.  Her main interests are medical education, specifically related to teaching residents how to address social determinants of health in pediatric settings. She is involved in education within the institution as one of the Associate Director of the Pediatric Residency Program and the Education Section Director in Division of General and Community Pediatrics. 

    Dr. Klein is also interested in investigating and addressing health disparities.  As part of this role, she serves as the physician champion of education for Child HeLP, the Medical-Legal Partnership serving patients in the pediatric primary care centers. She is also involved a program, collaborating with the FreeStore FoodBank, to reduce food insecurity in infants seeking care in the outpatient primary care center. 

    Education and Training

    MD: Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY, 1995.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1995-1998.

    Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1998-1999.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1999; recertification, 2006.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Affordable Care Act Primary Care Residency Expansion (PCRE) Program. Principal Investigator. Health Resources and Services Administration. Oct 2010 - Oct 2015. #T89HP20766.

    Public Health Service Act, Title VII. Health Resources and Services Administration. Principal Investigator. Oct 2011 - Oct 2016. #D55HP23195.
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    Daniel J. McLinden, EdD Senior Director, Learning and Development 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.

    513-636-8933
    daniel.mclinden@cchmc.org

    Daniel J. McLinden, EdD

    Senior Director, Learning and Development Department

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8933

    Fax: 513-636-1695

    Email: daniel.mclinden@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Design of collaborative learning environments; educational research methods; program evaluation; economic evaluation

    Biography

    Daniel McLinden, EdD, is an executive in the Learning and Development Department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In this role he has had led multiple teams involved in providing program evaluation, distance learning and broadcast technology managing the learning system infrastructure, and the medical library.

    De. McLinden holds a faculty appointment as an assistant professor in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics.  In his faculty role he conducts research, consults with other faculty, teaches in faculty development workshops, advises physicians enrolled in the Master’s degree program in Medical Education and is an associate director for the Pediatric Fellowship in Medical Education.

    Education and Training

    EdD: Educational Psychology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 1988.

    Publications

    Grants

    Pediatric Primary Care Medical Education Fellowship. Associate Director. Health Resources and Services Administration. 2012-2016. 

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    Stephen E. Muething, MD Vice President for Safety, 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.

    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

    Academic Information

    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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    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. 

    513-803-2009
    jennifer.otoole@cchmc.org

    Jennifer K. O'Toole, MD, MEd

    Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics Residency Program

    Medical Director of Education, Hospital Medicine

    Associate Fellowship Director, General Pediatrics Master Educator Fellowship

    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2009

    Email: jennifer.otoole@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Hospital medicine (children and adults); residency education; handoffs/transitions of care; faculty development

    Biography

    Dr. Jennifer O’Toole is a pediatric and adult hospitalist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and UC Health University Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. O’Toole received her undergraduate degree from Xavier University, and then went on to graduate AOA from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Cincinnati. Following, she spent a year as chief resident for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. 

    Since 2008 Dr. O’Toole has served as the associate director of Cincinnati’s Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program. In addition, she is the medical director of education for the Division of Hospital Medicine and the associate fellowship director for the General Pediatrics Master Educator Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s, serving as lead inpatient education mentor. Dr. O’Toole completed a Master’s in Medical Education from the University of Cincinnati in the fall of 2012. Her clinical and research interests include residency education, curriculum development and innovation, handoffs, and inpatient care for adult survivors of congenital and childhood disease. She is the site principal investigator for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the I-PASS Study Group, and serves as co-chair of the Faculty Development Committee and a member of the Education Executive Committee for the study.

    Education and Training

    BS: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 1999.

    MD: University of Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY, 2003.

    Residency: Internal Medicine / Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2007.

    Chief Residency: Department of Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.

    MEd: University of Cincinnati College of Education, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2007; Internal Medicine, 2008.

    Publications

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    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.

    513-636-2758
    chris.peltier@cchmc.org

    Christopher B. Peltier, MD

    Co-Director, Section of Community Pediatrics

    Academic Information

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2758

    Fax: 513-752-3387

    Email: chris.peltier@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    General pediatrics; medical education

    Biography

    Chris Peltier, MD is a pediatrician in full time community private practice. His main area of interest is in medical education. He precepts medical students and residents in his office. He also has an interest in Faculty Educator Development. He has presented numerous faculty development workshops both regionally and nationally. In 2007, he received The Mead Johnson Community Teaching Award.

    Education and Training

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

    Residency: Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, IN., 1995-1998.

    Certification: General Pediatrics, 1998, 2005.
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    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.

    513-636-3231
    kieran.phelan@cchmc.org

    Kieran J. Phelan, MD, MSc

    Academic Information

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

    513-636-4376
    judy.ragsdale@cchmc.org

    Judith R. Ragsdale, MDiv, PhD

    Director, Education & Research, Pastoral Care

    Academic Information

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Field Service Assistant Professor

    Phone: 513-636-4376

    Email: judy.ragsdale@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BA: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

    MDiv: Southern Seminary.

    American Baptist Minister. Certified Supervisor, ACPE.

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    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.

    513-636-8954
    zeina.samaan@cchmc.org

    Zeina Samaan, MD

    Medical Director, Pediatric Primary Care Center and Hopple Street Health Center

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8954

    Fax: 513-636-4274

    Email: zeina.samaan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    General pediatrics

    Education and Training

    MD: Damascus University, School of Medicine. Damascus, Syria, 1985.

    Residency: Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1993.

    Publications

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    Samir S. Shah, MD, MSCE Director, 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 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 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    513-636-6222
    samir.shah@cchmc.org

    Samir S. Shah, MD, MSCE

    Director, Hospital Medicine

    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6222

    Email: samir.shah@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric infectious diseases; pediatric hospital medicine; community-acquired pneumonia; bacterial meningitis; observational study designs; administrative data sources

    Biography

    Samir S. Shah, MD, MSCE, is a pediatric infectious diseases and pediatric hospital medicine physician whose research focuses on improving the efficiency and quality of care of children hospitalized with common, serious infections such as pneumonia and meningitis. Ongoing projects include studying the comparative effectiveness of different antibiotics in the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia and developing novel databases to conduct comparative effectiveness research.

    Dr. Shah is currently the associate chair of the National Pneumonia Guidelines Committee, jointly sponsored by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. He is also an executive council member of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network.

    Dr. Shah is an associate editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He also serves on the editorial boards of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine and Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. In addition, he is editor or co-editor of 7 books in the fields of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases including The Philadelphia Guide: Inpatient Pediatrics (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins), and Pediatric Practice: Infectious Diseases (McGraw-Hill Medical), an infectious diseases textbook written for the pediatric generalist.

    Dr. Shah has received several prestigious research awards, including the Society of Hospital Medicine Excellence in Research Award, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Burtis Burr Breese Award, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Young Investigator Award.

    Education and Training

    BA: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1993.

    MD: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1998.

    Residency: Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2001.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2005; Academic General Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2005.

    MSCE: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2007.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2001, 2008; Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 2005.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Predicting adverse outcomes in childhood pneumonia. Principal Investigator. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Jul 2008 - Dec 2011.

    PHIS+: augmenting the pediatric health information system with clinical data. Site Principal Investigator. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Sep 2010 - Sep 2013. #R01 HS019862
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    Pediatric research in inpatient settings: research prioritization for pediatric hospital medicine. Site Principal Investigator. Child Health Corporation of America. Mar 2010 - Feb 2013.

    Predicting adverse outcomes in children with community-acquired pneumonia. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Feb 2008 - January 2013. #K01 AI73729.

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    Jeffrey M. Simmons, MD Associate Director of Clinical Operations and Quality, 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.

    513-636-6601
    jeffrey.simmons@cchmc.org

    Jeffrey M. Simmons, MD

    Associate Director of Clinical Operations and Quality, Hospital Medicine

    Director, Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Fellowship

    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6601

    Fax: 513-803-9245

    Email: jeffrey.simmons@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Quality improvement of care for underserved children with asthma; improving care delivery and medical education through family-centered care; resident and fellow education in pediatric hospital medicine

    Research Interests

    Predictors of hospital readmission for asthma; interventions to decrease rates of admission and readmission for asthma; measuring the impact of material hardship on health outcomes

    Biography

    Jeffrey M. Simmons, MD, is finishing an NRSA research fellowship and masters degree in clinical epidemiology. He has obtained both internal and external funding to complete his fellowship asthma cohort project, and plans to pursue further external funding. He intends to blend health services and quality improvement methods to study inpatient care delivery and transitions in care. Clinically, Dr. Simmons works on the General Inpatient Service (GIS) as a pediatric hospitalist. He serves as the Associate Director of GIS, focusing on developing the group’s research program and fellowship training program.

    Education and Training

    MD: Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 2000.

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

    Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2003-2004.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2003.

    Publications

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    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.

    513-803-1920
    Heidi.Sucharew@cchmc.org

    Heidi J. Sucharew, PhD

    Academic Information

    Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-1920

    Email: Heidi.Sucharew@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    structural equation modeling, latent profile analysis, and latent variable modeling

    Biography

    Dr. Sucharew's areas of applied research include infant neurobehavioral outcomes, stroke severity, adolescent menstrual symptoms and depression, and glucose control during pregnancy.  Her research has been funded by the NINDS, NIH/NIEHS, and NIMH.  To date, she has authored 12 publications and has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences.  Part of Dr. Sucharew’s dissertation work on Item Response Theory and skin prick testing has been selected to be highlighted as Editor’s Choice in the March 2012 edition of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.  Dr. Sucharew has been very active as a teacher.  She contributes to the Biostatistics and Epidemiology modules of the Pediatrics Fellowship Core curriculum.  She has also developed and is the primary instructor of "Introduction to Biostatistics" online course and has served as an invited lecturer in "Design and Management of Field Studies in Epidemiology" in the graduate program in Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Department of Environmental Health.

    Education and Training

    BA: Statistics, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ, 2000

    MS: Biostatistics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2002

    PhD: Biostatistics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2009

    Publications

    Grants

    Hemorrhagic and Ischemic Stroke Among Blacks and Whites.  Biostatistician. National Institute of Health / National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. July 2009 – June 2014.

    Recanalization Therapies and Markers of Stroke Outcome. Co-Investigator.  National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.  July 2008 – April 2013.

    Medication Continuity in Children Treated for ADHD. Biostatistician.  National Institute of Mental Health. Jan 2010 – Nov 2014.

    Neurobehavioral Effects of Insecticide Exposure in Pregnancy and Early Childhood. Biostatistician. National Institute of Health / National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Sept 2009 – Aug 2012.

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    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.

    513-636-4506
    greg.szumlas@cchmc.org

    Gregory A. Szumlas, MD, FAAP

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4506

    Fax: 513-636-7247

    Email: greg.szumlas@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Curriculum development; patient education; residency training; literacy promotion

    Research Interests

    Primary care clinical research; curriculum development; primary care of asthma

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA, 1991.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

    Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship: Michigan State University, Ann Arbor, MI, 2001.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1995.

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    Brian E. Volck, MD Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

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

    513-636-4430
    brian.volck@cchmc.org

    Brian E. Volck, MD

    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    Academic Information

    N/A

    Adjunct Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4430

    Fax: 513-803-9245

    Email: brian.volck@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Global child health; Native American child health; medical education; cross-cultural medicine; medical ethics; poverty, justice and health

    Biography

    Brian E. Volck, MD, was born in Cincinnati. He worked as a general pediatrician for the Indian Health Service from 1989-1994, at a Federally Qualified Community Health Center from 1994-1996, and with a university-based medicine/pediatrics residency program from 1996-2009. His global health service includes medical work in Honduras and the Navajo Nation.

    His medical education innovations include: founding and teaching a medical student elective on literature and medicine; planning and serving as co-founding faculty in the Initiative in Poverty, Justice and Health, which introduces medical students and primary-care residents to the care of persons in poverty; and assisting in the development of a global child health track within the pediatric residency program.

    He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Native American Child Health, which conducts site visits to hospitals and medical centers providing care to American Indians and Alaska Natives and advocates for the health of Native Children. He is the US Chairperson for the Fifth International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health, scheduled for April, 2013, in Portland, Oregon. He is currently researching and writing a book on inherited diseases and the intersection of culture, health, and history in the Navajo.

    Education and Training

    MD: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1985.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1988.

    Publications

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

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

    513-636-1956
    mike.vossmeyer@cchmc.org

    Michael T. Vossmeyer, MD

    Medical Director, Hospital Medicine, Community Integration

    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-1956

    Fax: 513-803-9245

    Email: mike.vossmeyer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Patient and family centered care

    Biography

    Michael Vossmeyer, MD, has participated in the development of the hospitalist program at Cincinnati Children's. He was instrumental in developing and spreading family-centered rounding at Cincinnati Children's and has made numerous invited presentations on the subject. He was co-designer of the Pediatric Early Warning System and collaborated in its implementation and dissemination. Currently he is working to increase collaboration between community physicians who admit and care for their patients and the hospitalist faculty.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1979.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1982.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1987.

    Publications

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    Christine M. White, MD, MAT Medical Director, Hospital Medicine, Burnet Campus

    is an assistant professor 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.

    513-803-0926
    christine.white@cchmc.org

    Christine M. White, MD, MAT

    Medical Director, Hospital Medicine, Burnet Campus

    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-0926

    Fax: 513-803-9245

    Email: christine.white@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric hospital medicine; quality improvement

    Biography

    Christine White, MD, MAT, is an assistant professor of pediatrics and the medical director for the Hospital Medicine, Burnet Campus, General Pediatric Hospitalist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. White is a graduate of the University of Missouri Columbia School Of Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics and chief residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. White's interests and research focus on quality improvement. She has led hospitalwide efforts to increase medication reconciliation completion. She is currently leading institute-wide improvement projects on improving capacity management and the patient/family experience. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Faculty Teacher of the Year Award.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO, 2004.

    Residency
    : Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2007.

    Certification
    : Pediatrics, 2007.

    Publications

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    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.

    513-636-2815
    kimberly.yolton@cchmc.org

    Kimberly Yolton, PhD

    Academic Information

    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’s current research focuses on the impact of exposure to common environmental toxicants on developmental and behavioral outcomes from infancy through childhood. Her research has demonstrated associations between exposure to tobacco smoke during pregnancy and in childhood and cognitive deficits, behavior problems, and sleep difficulties in infants and children. She has also published findings regarding associations between plastics, and organophosphate pesticides and early infant neurobehavior. Work in progress includes examination of the impact of methyl mercury, air pollution, flame retardants (PBDEs), and perfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFCs) on neurobehavioral outcomes. 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 Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2000-2003.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Bone mineral accretion in young children. Co-Investigator. NICHD. Dec 2013-Nov 2018. R01 HD076321-01.

    Traffic Exposure, Childhood Allergy and Neurobehavioral and Neuroimaging Effects. Co- Investigator. NIEHS. Jul 2012-Mar 2016. R01 ES019890.

    Longitudinal Study of Exposure to PBDEs and PFCs and child neurobehavior. Co-Principal Investigator. NIEHS. Jul 2011-Jun 2015. R01 ES020349. 

    NICHD Cooperative Multi-Center Neonatal Research Network. Co-Investigator and Principal Investigator of Follow-Up Studies. NICHD. Apr 2011-Mar 2016. 2U10 HD027853-16. 

    Translational Studies on the Role of Developmental Pyrethroid Exposure in ADHD. Co-Investigator and Principal Investigator of subcontract. NIEHS. Jul 2010–Jun 2014. 3R01 ES015991-04S1.