A photo of Uma Kotagal.

Executive Leader, Population and Community Health

Senior Fellow, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

Biography & Affiliation


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

Research Divisions

Quality Improvement

Blog Posts

Kotagal Honored with City Proclamation at Retirement

Quality and Safety

Kotagal Honored with City Proclamation at Retirement

Uma R. Kotagal, MBBS, MSc7/2/2021

How to Cool Neighborhood Hospitalization Hotspots

Community Health

How to Cool Neighborhood Hospitalization Hotspots

Uma R. Kotagal, MBBS, MSc, Andrew F. Beck, MD, MPH ...9/4/2019

Kotagal Receives Procter Medallion

Quality and Safety

Kotagal Receives Procter Medallion

Uma R. Kotagal, MBBS, MSc7/1/2019


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.


Center variation in long-term outcomes for socioeconomically deprived children. Wadhwani, SI; Huang, CY; Gottlieb, L; Beck, AF; Bucuvalas, J; Kotagal, U; Lyles, C; Lai, JC. American Journal of Transplantation. 2021.

Neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation is associated with worse patient and graft survival following pediatric liver transplantation. Wadhwani, SI; Beck, AF; Bucuvalas, J; Gottlieb, L; Kotagal, U; Lai, JC. American Journal of Transplantation. 2020; 20:1597-1605.

Cooling The Hot Spots Where Child Hospitalization Rates Are High: A Neighborhood Approach To Population Health. Beck, AF; Anderson, KL; Rich, K; Taylor, SC; Iyer, SB; Kotagal, UR; Kahn, RS. Health Affairs. 2019; 38:1433-1441.

Using a network organisational architecture to support the development of Learning Healthcare Systems. Britto, MT; Fuller, SC; Kaplan, HC; Kotagal, U; Lannon, C; Margolis, PA; Muething, SE; Schoettker, PJ; Seid, M. BMJ Quality and Safety. 2018; 27:937-946.

Development of a Child Health Learning Network to Improve Population Health Outcomes; Presented in Honor of Dr Robert Haggerty. Kahn, RS; Iyer, SB; Kotagal, UR. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2017; 17:607-613.

Coughing, sneezing, and aching online: Twitter and the volume of influenza-like illness in a pediatric hospital. Hartley, DM; Giannini, CM; Wilson, S; Frieder, O; Margolis, PA; Kotagal, UR; White, DL; Connelly, BL; Wheeler, DS; Tadesse, DG; et al. PLoS ONE. 2017; 12.

Significant and Sustained Reduction in Chemotherapy Errors Through Improvement Science. Weiss, BD; Scott, M; Demmel, K; Kotagal, UR; Perentesis, JP; Walsh, KE. (2017) 13:e329-e336.

Applying the Chronic Care Model to Improve Care and Outcomes at a Pediatric Medical Center. Lail, J; Schoettker, PJ; White, DL; Mehta, B; Kotagal, UR. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2017; 43:101-112.

Rapid cycle development of a multifactorial intervention achieved sustained reductions in central line-associated bloodstream infections in haematology oncology units at a children's hospital: a time series analysis. Dandoy, CE; Hausfeld, J; Flesch, L; Hawkins, D; Demmel, K; Best, D; Osterkamp, E; Bracke, T; Nagarajan, R; Jodele, S; et al. BMJ Quality and Safety. 2016; 25:633-643.