James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

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    The James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children's promotes, facilitates and supports a wide range of initiatives to improve the delivery of pediatric healthcare.

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    Executive Director

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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

    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.

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    Faculty

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

    513-803-2046

    evaline.alessandrini@cchmc.org

    Evaline A. Alessandrini, MD, MSCE

    Director, Quality Scholars Program

    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.

    Jeffrey B. Anderson, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3865

    Fax: 513-636-3952

    Email: jeffrey.anderson@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Pediatric electrophysiology; Syncope; Quality improvement and outcomes

    Research Interests

    Syncope, nutrition and growth in congenital heart disease, large database analysis, quality improvement

    Biography

    Jeffrey B. Anderson MD, MPH, is an assistant professor of pediatrics with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and holds a joint appointment with the Heart Institute and the James M. Anderson Center for Clinical Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Anderson obtained both his medical degree and his Masters in Public Health from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed an internship in internal medicine and pediatrics at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital followed by a pediatrics residency at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. Following a year serving as pediatric chief resident in Chapel Hill, he completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship and advanced training in electrophysiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Anderson’s research interests include nutrition in congenital heart disease, syncope in the pediatric population and application of quality improvement methodology to improve outcomes in congenital heart disease. Dr. Anderson has spent the last several years working with infants with congenital heart disease with nutritional failure to better understand the etiology of their growth problems and to design interventions to improve their growth.

    Following cardiology fellowship, Dr. Anderson helped establish the Syncope Clinic in the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and he continues to direct the work in this clinic.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

    Residency: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

    Publications

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

    513-636-4611

    julia.anixt@cchmc.org

    Julia S. Anixt, MD

    Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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

    513-636-0409

    patrick.brady@cchmc.org

    Patrick W. Brady, MD, MSc

    Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

    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.

    Publications

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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

    bill.brinkman@cchmc.org

    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

    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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    Maria T. Britto, MD, MPH
    Interim Division Director, Adolescent and Transition Medicine

    513-636-8587

    maria.britto@cchmc.org

    Maria T. Britto, MD, MPH

    Interim Division Director, Adolescent and Transition Medicine

    Director, Center for Innovation in Chronic Disease Care

    Assistant Vice President, Chronic Care Systems

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8587

    Fax: 513-636-0727

    Email: maria.britto@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Chronic illness in adolescents; chronic disease care of adolescents; health care quality

    Research Interests

    Chronic illness in adolescents; health care quality; quality of life; health care preferences of adolescents with chronic illness

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    Biography

    Maria Britto, MD, MPH, is a pediatrician, professor of pediatrics, founding director of the Center for Innovation in Chronic Disease Care, and research faculty mentoring lead for the Anderson Center. She holds an MPH in epidemiology and a graduate certificate in medical informatics. She served as the assistant vice president of Chronic Care Systems from 2007 to 2012.

    Her research focuses on health care needs and preferences of adolescents with chronic conditions and on interventions to improve health outcomes. She is the director of the Center for Innovation in Chronic Disease Care, which seeks to accelerate improvement in outcomes for children and adolescents with chronic conditions by developing and evaluating new methods of care delivery and by applying innovative approaches to quality improvement in chronic diseases. She has served as a mentor for numerous NIH career development awards, as well as numerous other students, residents and junior faculty.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1987.

    MPH: Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1995.

    Residency: Medicine/Pediatrics, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC, 1987-1991.

    Chief Resident: Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC, 1991-1992.

    Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1993-1995.

    Graduate Certificate: Biomedical Informatics, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, 2008.

    Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine, 1991; Recertified 2001; American Board of Pediatrics, 1992; Recertified 1999, 2007; American Board of Pediatrics, Certification in Adolescent Medicine, 1997; Recertified 2007 and 2011.

    Licensure: Ohio, July 1995.

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    Grants

    Open Source Science: Transforming Chronic Care. Co-Investigator. Oct 2009 – Sep 2014.

    Center of Excellence on Quality of Care Measures for Children with Complex Needs. Site Primary Investigator. Mar 2011 – Feb 2015.

    Improving Sickle Cell Transitions of Care through Health Information Technology, Phase 1. Site Primary Investigator. Aug 2012 – May 2014.


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    Adam C. Carle, MA, PhD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-1650

    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. 

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    Nancy M. Daraiseh, PhD

    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.

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

    513-636-0182

    edward.donovan@cchmc.org

    Edward F. Donovan, MD

    Director, Child Policy Research Center

    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

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    Linda M. Dynan, PhD

    Adjunct Research Associate Professor

    Phone: 513-803-1743

    Email: linda.dynan@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    PhD: Economics, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1994.

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    Linda M. Goldenhar, PhD

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-9271

    Email: linda.goldenhar@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Qualitative research methods; health survey research methods; intervention evaluation

    Biography

    Linda M. Goldenhar, PhD, joined the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence as a research professor and science lead for the Collaborative Chronic Care Network (C3N) grant. Prior to joining Cincinnati Children's, she spent over seven years as assistant dean of Medical Education, director of the Office of Evaluation and Research in Medical Education, and professor of family medicine at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. As assistant dean, she was responsible for developing methods and tools for conducting comprehensive curricular evaluation (e.g., developing measurable goals and objectives and parallel competency-based student and clerkship evaluations), teaching an evidence based medicine course to medical students and a mixed methods course to residents and fellows studying for their Master of Science in clinical research. She also conducted medical education and other types of research projects with faculty members a Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati. 

    Dr. Goldenhar received her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has been accepted or invited to give nearly 100 national and international conference presentations. She is the past president of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education. Additionally, she was a member of a National Academy of Sciences committee, and has been an editorial board member for a number of scientific journals. Dr. Goldenhar regularly reviews for Medical Education, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Health Education Research and Work and Stress.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1991.

    Post-doctoral fellowship: Institute of Gerontology, Ann Arbor, MI, 1991-1992.

    Publications

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    Samuel P. Hanke, MD
    Quality Scholar in Healthcare Transformation, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    513-803-4574

    samuel.hanke@cchmc.org

    Samuel P. Hanke, MD

    Quality Scholar in Healthcare Transformation, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-4574

    Email: samuel.hanke@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Inpatient and general cardiology

    Quality improvement, hospital care transitions, readmission

    Biography

    Dr. Hanke is an assistant professor in clinical pediatrics in the Heart Institute and a quality scholar in healthcare transformation with the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Hanke received his medical degree from the University of Louisville and completed his pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s. He later served as pediatric chief resident before completing a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Cincinnati Children's.

    His clinical areas of interest are as cardiac hospitalist and general outpatient cardiologist. Currently his research is in hospital care transitions evaluating their potential impact on hospital readmissions in patients with congenital heart disease. Additionally, he is focused on the prevention of sleep related deaths in infancy and highly active in safe sleep education and advocacy.

    Education and Training

    BS: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 2002.

    MD: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2006.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2009.

    Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2010.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2010-2013.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2009.


    David M. Hartley, PhD, MPH

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-7278

    Email: david.hartley@cchmc.org

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    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.

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    David K. Hooper, MD, MS
    Pediatric Nephrologist, Division of Nephrology

    513-636-4531

    david.hooper@cchmc.org

    David K. Hooper, MD, MS

    Pediatric Nephrologist, Division of Nephrology

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4531

    Fax: 513-636-7407

    Email: david.hooper@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Nephrology; kidney transplantation; quality improvement

    Biography

    Jointly appointed in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension and the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Dr. Hooper's aim is to improve clinical outcomes for pediatric kidney transplant recipients through research in personalized care and the design of reliable healthcare systems.

    Dr. Hooper's research training includes a master's degree in clinical and translational research from the University of Cincinnati, in addition to advanced training in quality improvement methodology through the Quality Scholars in Healthcare Transformation program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Hooper's career focus is to combine clinical outcomes research with quality improvement to reliably prevent cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of long-term death and disability in pediatric transplant recipients.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2003.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2006.

    Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2007.

    MS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2010.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati Ohio, 2010; Quality Scholar in Healthcare Transformation, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2011.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2006.

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    Grants

    A Reliable System for Blood Pressure Control. Principal Investigator. Place Outcomes Research Award. James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Jul 2012-Jun 2014.

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    Srikant B. Iyer, MD, MPH
    Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine

    513-636-4421

    srikant.iyer@cchmc.org

    Srikant B. Iyer, MD, MPH

    Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4421

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: srikant.iyer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Acute pain management; emergent care of children with congenital heart disease; acute management of sepsis/septic shock

    Research

    Process and systems improvement; patient flow/capacity management; acute pain management in ED settings; healthcare delivery system redesign

    Biography

    Srikant Iyer, MD, MPH, completed his residency in categorical pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2000 and 2005, respectively. He also completed his Masters degree in 2005 from the Harvard School of Public Health.

    Dr. Iyer’s initial research efforts were directed toward improving efficiency of care, specifically via the use of point-of-care testing. These efforts were funded by an industry-sponsored grant from Quidel, Inc., as well as a Cincinnati Children's T32 Award from 2004-2006.

    His interests broadened to include both improvements in timeliness and efficiency, specifically toward improving acute pain management in acute care settings. These efforts were funded by a Place Outcomes Award and an award from the Mayday Fund from 2008-2010.

    Dr. Iyer’s current work has broadened further to involve improvements in timeliness of care for patients seeking care in open access systems. His most recent effort has been directed toward designing an emergency department fast track care stream to improve the timeliness of care delivery in this system. To aid him in these efforts, he has received formal training in QI methods, LEAN, statistical process control, queuing theory, and improvement science from Cincinnati Children's and the Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI).

    Dr. Iyer has also served as the improvement advisor for the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative since 2006.

    In December 2012, Dr. Iyer was offered a one year appointment in the CMS Innovation Advisors Program (IAP). His appointment is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) on behalf of the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

    MPH: Harvard School of Public Health

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

    Fellowship: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

    Publications

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

    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

    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.

    Publications

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

    513-803-0478

    heather.kaplan@cchmc.org

    Heather C. Kaplan, MD, MSCE

    Attending Neonatologist, Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology

    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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    Jennifer L. Lail, MD
    Assistant Vice President, Chronic Care Systems, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    513-803-3786

    jennifer.lail@cchmc.org

    Jennifer L. Lail, MD

    Assistant Vice President, Chronic Care Systems, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-3786

    Email: jennifer.lail@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Children with chronic and complex disease; quality improvement in health systems for chronic care

    Biography

    Dr. Jennifer Lail joined the Anderson Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in September 2012 as assistant vice president for chronic care systems. For thirty-one years prior, she practiced clinical pediatrics at Chapel Hill Pediatrics and Adolescents, P.A. with a particular interest in the health care delivery for children with special health care needs (CSHCN). She served as affiliate faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at both Duke and the University of North Carolina. With a three-year grant from NC Title V, her practice served as a demonstration project for Medical Home Quality Improvements for Children with Special Health Care Needs.  Implementation of practice strategies that improve care for children and youth with chronic conditions has been her particular interest, including development of clinical registries, care coordination programs, family engagement, pre-visit care planning, improved communications with subspecialists and transition planning for CSHCN. Dr. Lail led her practice in Level 3 NCQA certification and re-certification at two office sites.  She is a member of the AAP Partnership for Policy Implementation and served as the quality improvement expert for the AAP Newborn Screening Policy Statement Authoring Committee for their clinical report published in Pediatrics in January 2008.   She is a member of the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities, the AAP Quality Improvement Innovation Network, and the AAP Specialist-Medical Home Leadership Team.  Currently, she serves on the AAP’s Project Advisory Committees for the Medical Home and the Medical Home Chapter Champions Program on Asthma and cares for patients in Complex Care at Cincinnati Children’s.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of KY College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, 1978.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC, 1980-1981.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Shands Teaching Hospital, Gainesville, FL, 1978-80.

    Certification: Pediatrics,1982.

    Publications


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    Carole Lannon, MD, MPH
    Director, Learning Networks

    513-803-2783

    carole.lannon@cchmc.org

    Carole Lannon, MD, MPH

    Director, Learning Networks

    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 professor of Pediatrics, 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.

    Communities Putting Prevention to Work. Principal Investigator. Centers for Disease Control, Hamilton County Health Department. Jul 2010 - Feb 2012.

    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

    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

    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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    Monica Mitchell, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336

    monica.mitchell@cchmc.org

    Monica Mitchell, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: monica.mitchell@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Health disparities; sickle cell disease; obesity; community-based research; school-based mental health; qualitative research methods; using technology in psychological interventions and program evaluation; public policy

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    Biography

    Monica Mitchell, PhD, received her doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 1998, and completed her residency and post-doctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1998 and 2001 respectively. During her post-doctoral fellowship, she completed a supplement grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to examine family variables related to nutritional intake and mealtime behavior problems.

    In 2001, Dr. Mitchell received a K01 grant to examine nutritional status and depression in children with sickle cell disease. This study was part of a five-year K01 career development grant she received from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that involves assessing growth, development and behavioral functioning in children with sickle cell disease.

    Dr. Mitchell has published more than 20 articles, including in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Headache, Diabetes Care and Pediatrics. Dr. Mitchell has also served on the Journal of Pediatric Psychology's Editorial Board since 2005, and is past Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54 of the American Psychological Association). Most recently, she was appointed to a three year term to the Committee on Youth, Children and Families for APA.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, 1999.

    Pre-Doctoral Internship: Pediatric/Child Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 1998.

    Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Division of Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2001.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Engaging Urban and Rural Appalachian Communities in Clinical Research. Site Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2009 - Sep 2011.

    Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center. Project Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2008 - Mar 2012.

    Clinical Translational Science Award. Co-Director. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2009 - Mar 2014.

    Esi M. Morgan DeWitt, MD, MSCE

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4676

    Email: esi.morgan-dewitt@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Childhood rheumatic diseases; juvenile idiopathic arthritis; juvenile dermatomyositis; sarcoidosis

    Research Interests

    Patient reported outcomes measure development; quality Improvement; health services research; economic evaluations; comparative effectiveness

    Biography

    Esi Morgan DeWitt, MD, MSCE, is a pediatric rheumatologist and researcher. Clinical care spans the childhood rheumatic diseases, with focus on juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and juvenile dermatomyositis.

    Her research training and experience includes epidemiology and health services research, in addition to specialization in quality improvement methods and application to improve health care delivery. Dr. Morgan DeWitt leads a research project to develop new measures to assess pain in children and youth, as well as to validate measures of health related quality of life in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis or chronic pain as part of a national network of investigators.

    Dr. Morgan DeWitt is a leader in a multi-center quality improvement network to improve the outcome of care in children with JIA, the Pediatric-Rheumatology Care and Outcomes Improvement Network. Additionally, she has served on expert panels in development of JIA treatment recommendations and measures of quality of care in treatment of JIA.

    Education and Training

    MD: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1999.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2002.

    Fellowship: Rheumatology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2005.

    MSCE: University of Pennsylvania, Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Philadelphia, PA, 2005.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2002; Pediatric Rheumatology, 2006.

    Publications

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    Stephen E. Muething, MD
    Vice President for Safety, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    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, Division of Hospital Medicine

    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.

    Kieran J. Phelan, MD, MSc

    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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    Frederick C. Ryckman, MD
    Professor of Surgery / Transplantation

    513-636-4371

    frederick.ryckman@cchmc.org

    Frederick C. Ryckman, MD

    Professor of Surgery / Transplantation

    Sr. Vice President, Medical Operations

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: frederick.ryckman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Transplantation; liver; kidney transplantation; small intestine; biliary disease; Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO); minimally invasive surgery; chest wall abnormalities

    Biography

    Frederick C. Ryckman, MD, is clinical director of the Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery Division.

    Dr. Ryckman is also vice president of System Capacity & Perioperative Operations.

    Dr. Ryckman is also a pediatric surgeon at the Cincinnati Fetal Center.

    Education and Training

    BS: Lyman Briggs College of Science and Mathematics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1969 to 1973.

    MD: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, 1977.

    Residency: University of Florida Medical Center, Gainesville, FL, 1977 to 1982.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1982 to 1984.

    Certification: National Board of Medical Examiners, 1977; American Board of Surgery, 1983; recertification, 1993; Certificate of Special Competence in Pediatric Surgery, 1986; recertification, 1993.

    Publications

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    Michael Seid, PhD
    Director, Health Outcomes and Quality Care Research, Pulmonary Medicine and James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    513-803-0083

    michael.seid@cchmc.org

    Michael Seid, PhD

    Director, Health Outcomes and Quality Care Research, Pulmonary Medicine and James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-0083

    Email: michael.seid@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Health care quality / outcomes

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    Biography

    Michael Seid, PhD, is director of Health Outcomes and Quality of Care Research in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine and a core faculty in the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Seid applies behavioral and social science to the question ‘What does it take to make sure the right treatment gets to the right child in the right way at the right time, every time?’

    Dr. Seid has worked at the Center for Child Health Outcomes at Children's Hospital, San Diego and was a behavioral / research scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has been principal and co-principal investigator of several large multidisciplinary research studies, collaborates with investigators at Cincinnati Children's and beyond, and publishes widely in such journals as Medical Care, HSR: Health Services Research, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Pediatrics, American Journal of Medical Quality, the Journal of Ambulatory Pediatrics, and Milbank Quarterly.

    Dr. Seid has served as the chair of Children's Hospital San Diego's Institutional Review Board, as a member of the Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research (HCQER) Study Section at the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, and on several national and local expert panels. He is on the Review Board of the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management and an ad hoc reviewer for Health Services Research, Pediatrics and the Journal of Ambulatory Pediatrics.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1995.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Open Source Science: Transforming Chronic Illness Care. Co-Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. 2009 - 2014. #1R01DK085719-01. 

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

    513-636-6601

    jeffrey.simmons@cchmc.org

    Jeffery 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

    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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    Heather L. Tubbs Cooley, PhD, RN
    Nurse Scientist, Center for Professional Excellence

    513-803-5403

    heather.tubbs_cooley@cchmc.org

    Heather L. Tubbs Cooley, PhD, RN

    Nurse Scientist, Center for Professional Excellence

    Assistant Professor, UC College of Nursing

    Phone: 513-803-5403

    Email: heather.tubbs_cooley@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Outcomes research; health services research; improvement / implementation science; nursing workforce research

    Biography

    Dr. Heather Tubbs Cooley, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor and nurse scientist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and an assistant professor of clinical nursing at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. Her research focuses on relationships between the delivery of inpatient care and patient, nurse and systems outcomes. She was the recipient of a T32 training fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and received a Dissertation Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2010 for her doctoral research examining the impact of nurses’ working conditions on length of stay and readmission for hospitalized children. In 2011, she received the New Investigator Award from the AcademyHealth Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues.

    Dr. Tubbs Cooley is a member of several professional organizations and research networks including AcademyHealth, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, the Midwest Nursing Research Society, the Academy for Healthcare Improvement, and the Pediatric International Patient Safety and Quality Community.

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2010.

    MS: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2006.

    BS: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2003.

    Fellowship: Quality Scholars Program in Health Systems Transformation, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2011-present.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Missed Nursing Care and Infant Outcomes in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Principle Investigator. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Research Scholar in Patient Services Award. Jul 2012 - Jun 2014.

    Patterned Experience for Preterm Infants. Collaborator (data quality and extraction). NIH/NINR. Mar 2011 - Feb 2015. 1R01 NR012307.


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

    513-803-4588

    kathleen.walsh@cchmc.org

    Kathleen E. Walsh, MD, MSc

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

    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

    513-636-7203

    denisel.white@cchmc.org

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    Denise L. White, PhD, MBA

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

    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.

    Publications