A photo of Uma Kotagal.

Executive Leader, Population and Community Health

Senior Fellow, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My Biography & Research


Uma Kotagal is executive leader, population and community health; and senior fellow, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

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 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.

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Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


James M Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, Interventional Radiology

My Education

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.

My Publications

Ryckman FC, Yelton PA, Anneken AM, Kiessling PE, Schoettker PJ, Kotagal UR. Redesigning intensive care unit flow using variability management to improve access and safety. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2009 Nov;35(11):535-43.

Mandel KE, Muething SE, Schoettker PJ, Kotagal UR. Transforming safety and effectiveness in pediatric hospital care locally and nationally. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2009 Aug;56(4):905-18.

Ryckman FC, Schoettker PJ, Hays KR, Connelly BL, Blacklidge RL, Bedinghaus CA, Sorter ML, Friend LC, Kotagal UR. Reducing surgical site infections at a pediatric academic medical center. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2009 Apr;35(4):192-8.

Yi MS, Britto MT, Sherman SN, Moyer MS, Cotton S, Kotagal UR, Canfield D, Putnam FW, Carlton-Ford S, Tsevat J. Health values in adolescents with or without inflammatory bowel disease. J Pediatr. 2009 Apr;154(4):527-34.

Britto MT, Byczkowski TL, Anneken AM, Hausfeld J, Schoettker PJ, Farrell MK, Kotagal UR. Improving access to pediatric subspecialty care: initial failures and lessons learned. Qual Manag Health Care. 2008 Oct-Dec;17(4):320-9.

Sparling KW, Ryckman FC, Schoettker PJ, Byczkowski TL, Helpling A, Mandel K, Panchanathan A, Kotagal UR. Financial impact of failing to prevent surgical site infections. Qual Manag Health Care. 2007 Jul-Sep;16(3):219-25.

Mandel KE, Kotagal UR. Pay for performance alone cannot drive quality. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007 Jul;161(7):650-5.

Blacklidge M, Kotagal UR, Lazaron L, Schoettker PJ, Kennedy MR, Stultz M, Muething S. Challenges to performance-based assessment for community physicians. J Healthc Qual. 2005 Sep-Oct;27(5):20-7.

Gerhardt WE, Schoettker PJ, Donovan EF, Kotagal UR, Muething SE. Putting evidence-based clinical practice guidelines into practice: an academic pediatric center's experience. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2007 Apr;33(4):226-35.

Muething SE, Kotagal UR, Schoettker PJ, Gonzalez del Rey J, DeWitt TG. Family-centered bedside rounds: a new approach to patient care and teaching. Pediatrics. 2007 Apr;119(4):829-32.