A photo of Carole Lannon.

Senior Faculty Lead, Learning Networks Core, Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Biography & Affiliation


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.

Research Interests


Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Quality Improvement

Blog Posts

How Medical Boards Can Drive Quality Improvement

Quality and Safety

How Medical Boards Can Drive Quality Improvement

Carole Lannon, MD, MPH9/14/2020

Addressing the Emotional Toll of Pediatric Chronic Conditions

Mind Brain Behavior

Addressing the Emotional Toll of Pediatric Chronic Conditions

Carole Lannon, MD, MPH, Thomas F. Boat, MD1/9/2020


MD: University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities, MN, 1982.

Residency: Medicine-Pediatrics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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

MPH: University of North Carolina, Epidemiology, Chapel Hill, NC, 1993.

Certification: Internal Medicine, 1986; Pediatrics, 1988.


Improving behavior challenges and quality of life in the autism learning health network. Anixt, JS; Murray, DS; Coury, DL; Kuhlthau, KA; Eskra, D; Seide, J; Kelly, A; Hess, A; Lipkin, PH; Law, JK; et al. Pediatrics. 2020; 145:S20-S29.

A roadmap to emotional health for children and families with chronic pediatric conditions. Pickles, DM; Lihn, SL; Boat, TF; Lannon, C. Pediatrics. 2020; 145:e20191324-e20191324.

Quality Improvement in Congenital Cardiac Disease. Anderson, J; Verghese, G; Lihn, S; Tweddell, JS; Bates, KE; Rebolledo, M; Lannon, C. In: Wernovsky G; Anderson RH; Krishna K; Mussato KA; Redington A; Tweddell JS; Tretter J, Ed. Anderson's Pediatric Cardiology. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019.

Transforming an Autism Pediatric Research Network into a Learning Health System: Lessons Learned. Murray, DS; S Anixt, J; Coury, DL; Kuhlthau, KA; Seide, J; Kelly, A; Fedele, A; Eskra, D; Lannon, C. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2019; 4:e152-e152.

Cardiac Networks United: an integrated paediatric and congenital cardiovascular research and improvement network. Gaies, M; Anderson, J; Kipps, A; Lorts, A; Madsen, N; Marino, B; Costello, JM; Brown, D; Jacobs, JP; Kasnic, D; et al. Cardiology in the Young. 2019; 29:111-118.

Power of a Learning Network in Congenital Heart Disease. Anderson, JB; Brown, DW; Lihn, S; Mangeot, C; Bates, KE; Van Bergen, AH; Rudd, NA; Hanke, S; Tweddell, J; Lannon, C; et al. World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Hearth Surgery. 2019; 10:66-71.

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.

Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative Improves Care of Neonatal Narcotic Abstinence Syndrome. Walsh, MC; Crowley, M; Wexelblatt, S; Ford, S; Kuhnell, P; Kaplan, HC; McClead, R; Macaluso, M; Lannon, C; Collabora, OP Q. Pediatrics. 2018; 141:e20170900-e20170900.

Statewide Quality Improvement Initiative to Reduce Early Elective Deliveries and Improve Birth Registry Accuracy. Kaplan, HC; King, E; White, BE; Ford, SE; Fuller, S; Krew, MA; Marcotte, MP; Iams, JD; Bailit, JL; Bouchard, JM; et al. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2018; 131:688-695.

Using a State Birth Registry as a Quality Improvement Tool. Lannon, C; Kaplan, HC; Friar, K; Fuller, S; Ford, S; White, B; Besl, J; Paulson, J; Marcotte, M; Krew, M; et al. American Journal of Perinatology: neonatal and maternal-fetal medicine. 2017; 34:958-965.