James M Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

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    The James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. Learn more about our faculty.

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    Division Head

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

    513-636-0178
    uma.kotagal@cchmc.org

    Uma R. Kotagal, MBBS, MSc

    Senior Vice President, Quality, Safety and Transformation

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

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0178

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: uma.kotagal@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

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

    Biography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Education and Training

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

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

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

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

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

    Publications

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    Faculty

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    Evaline A. Alessandrini, MD, MSCE Director, Quality Scholars Program

    focuses on pediatric health services and outcomes research, with particular emphasis on emergency and ambulatory service use in vulnerable populations. Her broad research agenda is to define outcomes of quality emergency care, develop and refine risk-adjustment tools to compare care quality, and develop interventions to improve the delivery of emergency care to children.

    513-803-2046
    evaline.alessandrini@cchmc.org

    Evaline A. Alessandrini, MD, MSCE

    Director, Quality Scholars Program

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2046

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: evaline.alessandrini@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Evaline Alessandrini, MD, MSCE, is an attending physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is director of the Quality Scholars Program in Health Care Transformation in the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence where she leads training for health care faculty to innovate to improve care and rigorously apply quality improvement methods.

    Dr. Alessandrini’s research defines outcomes of quality emergency care and develops interventions to improve delivery of emergency care to children. She served as the American Academy of Pediatrics representative to the National Quality Forum’s Steering Committee on Hospital-based Emergency Care and currently serves as the NACHRI representative to the National Quality Forum’s Steering Committee on Ambulatory Care.

    Education and Training

    MD: Jefferson Medical College, 1988.

    BS: Marquette University (Biology, Summa Cum Laude), 1984.

    MSCE: Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania, 1999.

    Residency: Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., 1988 -1991.

    Chief Residency: Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., 1991- 1992.

    Fellow: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 1992-1995.

    Publications

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    Grants

    EMSC Network Development Demonstration Project. Co-investigator. Sep 2008 - Sep 2011.

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    Julia S. Anixt, MD Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician conducting clinical research on Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In particular her work focuses on improving the quality of care for ADHD diagnosis and treatment for children in underserved communities and assessing the impact of parent and youth perceptions about ADHD on treatment decisions.

    513-636-4611
    julia.anixt@cchmc.org

    Julia S. Anixt, MD

    Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: julia.anixt@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); autism spectrum disorders (ASD); learning difficulties; developmental and behavioral issues in underserved populations; developmental outcomes in children with congenital heart disease

    Research Interests

    ADHD; use of shared decision making for the treatment of challenging behavior in children with ASD; the diagnosis and management of behavioral and mental health issues in primary care settings; access to care for underserved populations

    Biography

    Julia Anixt, MD, is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician conducting clinical research on attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In particular her work focuses on improving the quality of care for ADHD diagnosis and treatment for children in underserved communities and assessing the impact of parent and youth perceptions about ADHD on treatment decisions. Her research also focuses on implementing shared decision making (SDM) in the clinical setting for families of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) contemplating the use of medication to target challenging behaviors.

    Education and Training

    BS: Haverford College, Haverford, PA, 1996.

    MD: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2001.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Yale New-Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT, 2004.

    Fellowship: Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2006; Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 2008.

    Certification: General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2004; Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2011.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Interventions for children with Attention and Reading Disorders. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Dec 2009-Nov 2014. R01 HD060617.

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

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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, Division of 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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    Adam C. Carle, MA, PhD

    is interested in structural equation modeling, measurement theory, generalized multilevel modeling, complex survey methods, propensity scores, and their application to understanding individual and contextual level influences on children’s health and health disparities, especially among children with special health care needs.

    513-803-1650
    adam.carle@cchmc.org

    Adam C. Carle, MA, PhD

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-1650

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: adam.carle@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Structural equation modeling; measurement theory; generalized multilevel modeling; complex survey methods; propensity scores; understanding individual and contextual level influences on children’s health and health disparities; children with special health care needs

    Biography

    Adam Care, MA, PhD, is a clinically and quantitatively trained investigator who uses advanced statistical methods to study health disparities among adults and children, especially children with special health care needs.

    Dr. Carle uses latent variable models like item response theory, confirmatory factor analysis, structural equation modeling, and multilevel models to examine health disparities across traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups (e.g., US minorities). He seeks to better understand individual and contextual variables in comparative effectiveness research, health disparities, and public policy for children at individual, local, state, and national levels.

    Dr. Carle received his PhD in 2003 from Arizona State University. Following his doctoral degree, Dr. Carle completed a a two-year post-doctoral appointment at the US Census Bureau. He spent three years as an assistant professor of psychology at the University of North Florida before joining Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

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    Education and Training

    PhD: Arizona State University; Quantitative Methods and Clinical Emphases, 2003.

    Post Doctoral Training: US Census Bureau 2003-2005. 

    Publications

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    Nancy M. Daraiseh, PhD

    is an industrial engineer specializing in occupational safety and health. Her research focuses on utilizing human factors and systems principles to examine work-related safety and health outcomes, patient safety and quality of care.

    513-636-7236
    nancy.daraiseh@cchmc.org

    Nancy M. Daraiseh, PhD

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7236

    Fax: 513-636-9765

    Email: nancy.daraiseh@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Occupational health and safety; human factors; patient safety; health outcomes; stress

    Biography

    Nancy Daraiseh, PhD, specializes in occupational safety and health with over 13 years of experience and 20 publications focusing on studying workload and the work environment and their impact on health outcomes in employees in various industries. Dr. Daraiseh has obtained four pilot grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to investigate work-related musculoskeletal symptoms and other health outcomes in nursing personnel. As a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cincinnati, she was awarded a grant to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of engineering laboratories’ safety and best practices at a regional university. She is currently collaborating with the Division of Child Psychiatry to examine interventions to improve both staff and patient safety. Dr. Daraiseh is also studying the effectiveness of patient handling equipment in a pediatric-care population by examining the impact on staff injuries and patient outcomes.

    Dr. Daraiseh is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, The Human Factors & Ergonomics Society and the Society for Health Systems. She is a reviewer for the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Human Factors & Ergonomic Society, Ergonomics and The Institute of Industrial Engineers.

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

    MS: University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering, Cincinnati, OH, 1999.

    Publications

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    Edward F. Donovan, MD Director, Child Policy Research Center

    has research interests that include population health, health disparities and community-academic research partnerships.

    513-636-0182
    edward.donovan@cchmc.org

    Edward F. Donovan, MD

    Director, Child Policy Research Center

    Academic Information

    Emeritus, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0182

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: edward.donovan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Population health; quality improvement research; perinatal epidemiology

    Education and Training

    MD: University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 1967 to 1971.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1971 to 1973.

    Fellowship: Newborn Physiology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1975 to 1977; Respiratory Muscle Physiology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1978 to 1979.

    Certification: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

    Publications

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    Gerry Fairbrother, PhD

    is a health services researcher, whose research areas include measuring quality of care, impact of churning on quality of care, immunization delivery and health information technology.

    513-636-0189
    gerry.fairbrother@cchmc.org

    Gerry Fairbrother, PhD

    Academic Information

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    Adjunct Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0189

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: gerry.fairbrother@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Children’s coverage access; quality of care for vulnerable population; immunization delivery; health information technology (HIT)

    Biography

    Gerry Fairbrother, PhD, is a senior fellow at Academy Health and an adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Fairbrother ‘s research areas include measuring quality of care, impact of churning in Medicaid and CHIP on measurement of quality. She is currently an evaluator for one of the CHIPRA demonstration projects (in Colorado and New Mexico) and as such is examining the impact of an improvement intervention on four core quality measures. She is also currently the evaluator on a Beacon Communities project, examining the impact of the health information technology on performance on selected asthma measures. She is currently on the technical assistance faculty for the National Association of State Health Policy. Dr. Fairbrother has led investigations on gaps and patterns of enrollment in child health insurance, barriers and cost to enroll in these programs, impact of Medicaid managed care on preventive screening for children, and impact of financial incentives on physician behavior.

    Education and Training

    PhD: The Johns Hopkins University, 1971.

    BS: University of Maryland, 1965.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Evaluation of Colorado/New Mexico CHIPRA. Principal Investigator. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 2010 - 2015.
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    David M. Hartley, PhD, MPH

    investigates the factors governing the emergence and transmission of infectious diseases by applying mathematical modeling and computer simulation methods. He is also interested in data analytic and information technology approaches for understanding and improving communications in healthcare settings and improving patient safety.

    513-803-7278
    david.hartley@cchmc.org

    David M. Hartley, PhD, MPH

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-7278

    Email: david.hartley@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Research

    Infectious disease epidemiology; public health surveillance; mathematical and computer modeling

    Biography

    David M. Hartley, PhD, MPH, is associate professor of pediatrics at the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence. His work investigates the factors governing the emergence and transmission of infectious diseases by applying mathematical modeling, computer simulation, and data analytic approaches. Additionally, he is interested in applying information technology and mathematical methods to better understand and improve patient safety and communications in healthcare settings. He obtained his PhD degree in physics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1996 and his MPH degree with an emphasis in epidemiology and biostatistics from the George Washington University in 2006. Dr. Hartley has served on numerous review, advisory, and expert panels, including a White House Blue Ribbon Panel charged with addressing the threat of bioterrorism directed against livestock (2003) and the DHS-NIH Research and Policy for Infectious Disease Dynamics (RAPIDD) working group (2008-2014). He has held faculty positions at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (2003-2007) and the Georgetown University School of Medicine (2007-2014).

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, 1996.

    MPH: George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2006.

    Publications

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    Heather C. Kaplan, MD, MSCE Attending Neonatologist, Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology

    focuses on understanding variations in evidence-based care practices across hospitals and identifying strategies for increasing the implementation of evidence and other innovations into practice. She recently began a line of investigation aimed at building the evidence base for quality improvement so that QI can be used more effectively as a strategy for improving quality and patient outcomes.

    513-803-0478
    heather.kaplan@cchmc.org

    Heather C. Kaplan, MD, MSCE

    Attending Neonatologist, Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-0478

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: heather.kaplan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Heather Kaplan conducts research focusing on understanding variations in evidence-based care practices across hospitals and examining strategies for increasing the implementation of evidence into practice in perinatal care. She uses a systems lens to understand and ultimately change behavior at the individual, group, organizational, and environmental levels of the health care system.

    Biography

    Heather C. Kaplan, MD, MSCE, is passionate about improving the quality and safety of perinatal care and has a solid foundation in epidemiology and research fundamentals. Through her role in the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative, she gained practical experience in the use of quality improvement methods to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes of preterm newborns in Ohio and have formed collaborative relationships with obstetrical and neonatal care providers across the state.

    Additionally she has an understanding care delivery in a complex system requires taking a multidisciplinary, multilevel approach. Her career includes didactic coursework in multidisciplinary theories and methods.

    Education and Training

    BA: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

    MD: Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.

    Residency: Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC.

    Fellowship: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    MSCE: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Publications

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    Carole Lannon, MD, MPH Director, Learning Networks

    focuses on translational research involving multisite clinical networks which use data for research and improvement. She wants to learn how to build and optimize sustainable collaborative networks that enable patients and families, clinicians, researchers, and communities to work together in a compelling process of quality improvement, innovation and discovery that measurably improves care and outcomes for children.

    513-803-2783
    carole.lannon@cchmc.org

    Carole Lannon, MD, MPH

    Director, Learning Networks

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2783

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: carole.lannon@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Quality improvement; pediatrics

    Biography

    Carole M. Lannon, MD, MPH, is a professor of pediatrics and the director of Learning Networks at the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and senior quality advisor to the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Lannon’s work focuses on assisting organizations in the design and implementation of collaborative efforts to measurably improve care and outcomes for children and families by sparking innovation and accelerating the translation of knowledge into practice.

    Dr. Lannon is the improvement lead for the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative and the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Ohio BEACON Child Health Improvement Council. Dr. Lannon is principal investigator of the pediatric Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics, funded by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.

    Dr. Lannon joined Cincinnati Children’s in 2006 to create a new center focused on healthcare quality, after serving on faculty at the University of North Carolina for 15 years.

    Dr. Lannon was a founder of the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality, the initial director of the American Academy of Pediatrics Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management, and medical editor for the American Academy of Pediatrics Education for Quality Improvement in Pediatric Practice. She served on the Credentials Committee of the American Board of Pediatrics and was associate editor for Quality and Safety in Health Care.

    Dr. Lannon is a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. She completed training in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned an MPH in epidemiology.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Minnesota Medical School, 1982.

    Residency: Medicine-Pediatrics, University of North Carolina.

    Fellowship: Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of North Carolina.

    MPH: University of North Carolina, Epidemiology, 1993.

    Certification: Internal Medicine, 1986; Pediatrics, 1988.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Center for Education, Research and Therapeutics: Pursuing Perfection in Pediatric Therapeutics, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Principal Investigator. Sep 2011 - Sep 2016.

    Evaluation of an Intervention for Improving Community-Based Pediatric ADHD Care. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Health. Aug 2010 - July 2015.

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    Peter A. Margolis, MD, PhD Co-Director, Center for Health Care Quality

    studies the application and study of quality improvement methods in a broad range of areas including primary and sub-specialty care and public health settings to improve the health outcomes of children, families and communities. He is interested in the application of advanced experimental methods and the development of large scale networks to spawn health care delivery innovations, conduct comparative effectiveness research, while improving care and outcomes.

    513-803-5015
    peter.margolis@cchmc.org

    Peter A. Margolis, MD, PhD

    Co-Director, Center for Health Care Quality

    Director of Research, James M. Anderson Center

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-5015

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: peter.margolis@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Peter Margolis, MD, PhD, is professor of Pediatrics and director of Research at the James M. Anderson Center for Health System Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His work encompasses the application and study of quality improvement methods in a broad range of areas including primary and sub-specialty care, communities and public health settings to improve the health outcomes of children, families and communities. Dr. Margolis obtained his MD from New York University and his pediatric training at the University of Colorado, where he also served as chief resident in Pediatrics. He subsequently spent three years in the National Health Service Corps in Rochester, NY, and Los Angeles, CA before pursuing a fellowship in clinical epidemiology. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also earned his PhD in Epidemiology. In 1994, Dr. Margolis was named a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholar at UNC where he also served on the faculty between 1991 and 2005. In 2006, Dr. Margolis' joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to create a new center focused on Health Care Quality.

    Dr. Margolis has worked extensively with the certifying Boards and Specialty Societies to assist them in designing programs that will enable physicians to meet new Maintenance of Certification requirements focused on systems thinking and performance in practice. He also devotes considerable time to teaching quality improvement methods. He is principle investigator of an NIH Roadmap transformative research grant on redesigning systems for chronic illness care.

    Education and Training

    MD: New York University School of Medicine, 1980.

    PhD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1990.

    Chief Resident: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1983-1984.

    Resident: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1980-1983.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1985.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics.  Co-Investigator. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. Sep 2007 – Aug 2011.

    Transforming Early Childhood Systems. Co-Investigator. Kellogg Foundation. Apr 2009 – Mar 2012.

    Open Source Science: Transforming Chronic Illness Care. National Institute of Diabetes & Digestion & Kidney Disease.  Principal Investigator. Sep 2009 – Augu 2014.

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    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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    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.

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

    Samir S. Shah, MD, MSCE

    Director, Division of Hospital Medicine

    Attending Physician, Division of 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 served as 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 deputy editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He also serves as associate editor of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and on the editorial board of JAMA Pediatrics. In addition, he is editor or co-editor of 9 books in the fields of pediatrics and infectious diseases including The Philadelphia Guide: Inpatient Pediatrics (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins), and Symptom-Based Diagnosis in Pediatrics (McGraw-Hill Education).

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

    Understanding quality and costs in congenital heart surgery. Co-Investigator. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). April 2014-March 2019.

    Improving post-discharge outcomes by facilitating family-centered transitions from hospital to home. Principal Investigator. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. May 2014-Jan 2017.

    Reduced variability in the management of community-acquired pneumonia. Principal Investigator. Place Outcomes Award. July 2013-June 2015

    Comparative effectiveness of home intravenous vs. oral antibiotic therapy for serious bacterial infections. Site Principal Investigator. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Jan 2013-Jan 2016.

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

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    Jeffrey M. Simmons, MD

    Associate Director of Clinical Operations and Quality, Division of Hospital Medicine

    Director, Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Fellowship

    Associate Safety Officer, James M. Anderson Center for Health Services Excellence

    Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

    Academic Information

    Associate 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 master's 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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    Kathleen E. Walsh, MD, MSc Director of Patient Safety Research, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    is a general pediatrician and health services researcher with experience studying medication safety in children in a variety of settings. She has led several multisite studies describing adverse drug events and medication errors in hospitalized children, children with chronic conditions, and in-home care. Her secondary focus is on health information technology and patient safety.

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    Kathleen E. Walsh, MD, MSc

    Director of Patient Safety Research, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-4588

    Email: kathleen.walsh@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric hospital medicine

    Patient safety; medication use; adverse drug events; quality improvement; chronic disease care; home care

    Biography

    Dr. Walsh is director of patient safety research and associate professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s. She has extensive experience in the qualitative and quantitative measurement of medication errors and adverse drug events among children in the hospital, clinic, and home. She has performed several studies of medication use in the homes of children with chronic conditions. She has developed and evaluated health information technology interventions to support medication use. Dr. Walsh is a general pediatrician with clinical research fellowship training, including a Masters in Epidemiology. 

    With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Walsh developed methods to measure mistakes in home medication use, using home visits. She visited the homes of children with sickle cell disease, cancer, and epilepsy in single site and multisite studies to quantify and describe errors. She also led failure modes and effects analyses with parents of children with cancer to identify failures in home medication use. In collaboration with parents of children with chronic conditions, she has participated in the development, implementation, and testing of information technology interventions to improve home medication use.  Her research has been funded by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    Education and Training

    Undergraduate: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1992.

    MD: Georgetown Medical School, Washington DC, 1998.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Brown Medical School, 2001.

    Chief Residency: Pediatrics, Brown Medical School, 2002.

    Fellowship: General Academic Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, 2005.

    Master of Science: Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, 2005.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Mini-Sentinel Project. Principal Investigator. Food and Drug Administration. May 2012-June 2014.
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    Denise L. White, PhD, MBA Efficiency/Productivity Consultant, Quality and Transformation Analytics, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    performs research in the area of capacity management, scheduling and patient flow.  Her work originated in the area of outpatient operations management and has expanded to include inpatient and peri-op scheduling and flow.

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    Denise L. White, PhD, MBA

    Efficiency/Productivity Consultant, Quality and Transformation Analytics, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7203

    Email: denisel.white@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Denise White, PhD, MBA, is an assistant professor and efficiency/productivity consultant  in quality and transformation analytics in the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. White is a graduate from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Business where she received her PhD in operations management with a focus on healthcare operations. She holds a BS degree in mathematics and computer science and has secured her master’s in business administration (MBA) along with a certification as a project management professional (PMP). Dr. White’s research interests lie in the area of capacity management, hospital flow, and scheduling.  She has participated in efforts to improve resource utilization across the organization and partners with the University of Cincinnati to deliver graduate and undergraduate courses in healthcare operations management.

    Education and Training

    BS: Computer Science and Mathematics, Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH, 1987.

    MBA: Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, 1995.

    Master's Certification: Project Management, George Washington University, Steven's Institute of Technology, Washington, DC, 1997.

    PhD: Business (Operations Management), College of Business, University of Cincinnati, 2010.

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