• Research Faculty

    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.

  • A photo of Peter Margolis.

    Peter A. Margolis, MD, PhD Director of Research and Co-Director, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    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.


    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 Evaline Alessandrini.

    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.


    A photo of Julia Anixt.

    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.


    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 Adam Carle.

    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.


    A photo of Nancy Daraiseh.

    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.


    A photo of Edward Donovan.

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

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


    A photo of Gerry Fairbrother.

    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.


    A photo of David Hartley.

    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.


    A photo of Heather C. Kaplan.

    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.


    A photo of Uma Kotagal.

    Uma R. Kotagal, MBBS, MSc Executive Leader, Population and Community Health


    A photo of Carole Lannon.

    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.


    A photo of Kieran Phelan.

    Kieran J. Phelan, MD, MSc

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


    A photo of Samir Shah.

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

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


    A photo of Jeffrey Simmons.

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

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


    A photo of Kathleen Walsh.

    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.



    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.