• Research Faculty

  • 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 Lilliam Ambroggio.
    A photo of Armand Antommaria.

    Armand H. Matheny Antommaria, MD, PhD, FAAP Director, Ethics Center

    is a bioethicist who conducts normative and empirical research on topics related to his clinical and administrative responsibilities including donation after circulatory death and ventilator triage. He is also a hospitalist who has conducted research on medical student and resident education.


    A photo of Katherine Auger.

    Katherine A. Auger, MD, MSc Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

    is a pediatric hospitalist health services researcher. Her research focus involves understanding and preventing pediatric inpatient utilization, particularly identifying children who are at high risk of readmission.


    A photo of Andrew Beck.

    Andrew F. Beck, MD, MPH Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

    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 socioeconomic 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. 


    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 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 Neera Goyal.

    Neera K. Goyal, MD, MSc Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

    studies the role of hospital and community-based interventions to improve outcomes among preterm and other high risk newborns. Approaches to preterm birth prevention through social determinants of health is also an ongoing interest.


    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 Amy Guiot.

    Amy Beth Guiot, MD Associate Director, Medical Student Education, Division of Hospital Medicine


    A photo of Karen Jerardi.

    Karen E. Jerardi, MD, MEd Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

    is a pediatric hospitalist with two primary research interests. She focuses on medical education research and the development of quality measures for the management of children hospitalized with common infections such as urinary tract infection and pneumonia.


    A photo of Eric Kirkendall.

    Eric S. Kirkendall, MD, MBI, FAAP Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Information Services

    performs research in patient safety, quality improvement, and resource utilization. He is particularly interested in the design and development of novel software and applications to address complex healthcare system challenges, employing techniques such as real-time data acquisition, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, human factors, and user-centered design.


    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 Mia Mallory.

    Mia Mallory, MD Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine


    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 Grant Mussman.

    Grant M. Mussman, MD, MHSA Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine


    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 Michelle Parker.

    Michelle Parker, MD Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine


    A photo of Sarah Riddle.

    Sarah W. Riddle, MD, IBCLC, FAAP Director, Center for Breastfeeding Medicine


    A photo of Joshua Scaffzin.

    Joshua K. Schaffzin, MD, PhD, FAAP Surgical Hospitalist, Division of Hospital Medicine

    is a surgical hospitalist with research and quality improvement programs in surgical site infection prevention, hospital systems, and wound healing. He is co-leading the building and implementation of a comprehensive SSI prevention bundle in orthopaedic surgery, and is developing pilot programs examining the system and human factors involved in would healing among neurosurgical patients.


    A photo of Christine Schuler.

    Christine L. Schuler, MD, MPH Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

    is a pediatrician with an interest in vaccine-preventable diseases. Her research to date has focused primarily on parents’ attitudes toward HPV vaccine for adolescent children.


    A photo of Erin Shaughnessy.

    Erin E. Shaughnessy, MD Associate Division Director, Clinical Operations


    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 Stephen A. Spooner

    S. Andrew Spooner, MD, MS, FAAP Chief Medical Information Officer, Biomedical Informatics

    is actively involved in patient-centered research. He is interested in clinical decision support in the pediatric electronic health record.


    A photo of Angela Statile.

    Angela M. Statile, MD, MEd Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

    is a hospitalist with primary research interests in medical education and quality improvement. She leads a hospital medicine resident conference series, as well as a monthly medical student presentation skills workshop. She is also involved in several quality improvement initiatives, including a hospital-wide project to improve timely patient discharges in acute and complex care patients.


    A photo of Ndidi Unaka.

    Ndidi I. Unaka, MD Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program


    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.