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Carole Lannon, MD, MPH

  • Senior Faculty Lead, Learning Networks Core, Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Identifiable gaps in health outcomes piqued my research interests. I now work with patients, families, clinicians and researchers to improve care and outcomes for children and families using learning health networks. These networks, used for improvement and research, can accelerate population health outcomes at scale.

Working with my colleagues, we determined that the Learning Health Network model reliably reproduces results at scale. This model has already been effective for networks focusing on chronic conditions, rare diseases, safety and population health.

I joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2006 to research learning health networks, collaborative science, quality improvement, and patient and family partnerships. All the outcomes I’ve achieved have come as a direct result of partnering with others.

Patient and family care has been truly transformative for me. The experience has helped me dramatically improve our learning health network outcomes. Additionally, improvement science has helped me understand the value of standardization, since the reliability of processes and results supports a platform for innovation.

As a result of my work, I have been honored with the 2020 Cincinnati Children’s Advocacy Award. I also serve as the senior quality advisor for the American Board of Pediatrics.


Framework to optimise learning network activities for long-term success. Bates, KE; Madsen, NL; Lyren, A; Krack, P; Anderson, JB; Lannon, CM; Wooton, S. BMJ Quality and Safety. 2022.

Quality Improvement Initiative to Improve Healthcare Providers' Attitudes towards Mothers with Opioid Use Disorder. Ford, S; Clarke, L; Walsh, MC; Kuhnell, P; Macaluso, M; Crowley, M; McClead, R; Wexelblatt, S; Lannon, C; Kaplan, HC. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2021; 6.

Characteristics of Interstage Death After Discharge from Stage I Palliation. Ahmed, H; Anderson, JB; Bates, KE; Natarajan, S; Ghanayem, NS; Lannon, CM; Brown, DW. Pediatric Cardiology. 2021; 42:1372-1378.

A maturity grid assessment tool for learning networks. Lannon, C; Schuler, CL; Seid, M; Provost, LP; Fuller, S; Purcell, D; Forrest, CB; Margolis, PA. Learning Health Systems. 2021; 5.

The future is now for transforming outcomes nationally: the Fontan Outcomes Network. Pickles, D; Lannon, C; Wooton, S; Eversole, M; Rychik, J; Wright, G. Progress in Pediatric Cardiology. 2020; 59.

Development of a validated risk score for interstage death or transplant after stage I palliation for single-ventricle heart disease. Ahmed, H; Anderson, JB; Bates, KE; Fleishman, CE; Natarajan, S; Ghanayem, NS; Sleeper, LA; Lannon, CM; Brown, DW; Imp, NP C Q. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2020; 160:1021-1030.

Orchestrated Testing of Formula Type to Reduce Length of Stay in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Kaplan, HC; Kuhnell, P; Walsh, MC; Crowley, M; McClead, R; Wexelblatt, S; Ford, S; Provost, LP; Lannon, C; Macaluso, M. Pediatrics. 2020; 146.

The Role of Certifying Boards in Improving Health: The Example of the American Board of Pediatrics. Lannon, C; Nichols, DG. The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice / American Board of Family Practice. 2020; 33:S36-S41.

The Parent Role in Advocating for a Deteriorating Child: A Qualitative Study. Brady, PW; Giambra, BK; Sherman, SN; Clohessy, C; Loechtenfeldt, AM; Walsh, KE; Shah, SS; Lannon, C. Hospital pediatrics. 2020; 10:728-742.

The Fontan outcomes network: first steps towards building a lifespan registry for individuals with Fontan circulation in the United States. Alsaied, T; Allen, KY; Anderson, JB; Anixt, JS; Brown, DW; Cetta, F; Cordina, R; D'udekem, Y; Didier, M; Ginde, S; et al. Cardiology in the Young. 2020; 30:1070-1075.

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