A photo of Peter Margolis.

Co-Director, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

Biography & Affiliation


Peter Margolis, MD, PhD, is the co-director of the James M. Anderson Center for Health System Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His work encompasses the application and study of systems improvement methods across 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. Over the last 20 years, he and his research team have developed innovative approaches that engage patients, their families, clinicians, scientists and communities in developing network-based learning health systems that simultaneously improve care, spawn innovation and accelerate research. This work has repeatedly demonstrated significant impact on the process and outcomes of care. 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 was co-PI of an NIH Transformative Research Grant focused on developing learning health systems for children with chronic illness by harnessing the inherent motivation and expertise of all stakeholders involved. Dr. Margolis has extensive experience in large scale comparative effectiveness research, the creation of large scale interoperable data systems, managing large project teams and engaging individuals from diverse backgrounds to co-produce improved care and research. He is currently PI and Co-PI of two PCORnet networks (ImproveCareNow, PEDSnet). He also serves as chair of the PCORnet Council which is aimed at transforming research infrastructure in the US. Recently, the ImproveCareNow Network which he leads was awarded the Drucker Prize, the largest non-profit management and innovation award in the US.

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 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. Dr. Margolis was also a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholar at UNC.

Additional Languages

Italian, Spanish

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Quality Improvement

Science Blog

Learning Networks Multiply the Speed and Reach of Innovation

Quality and Safety

Learning Networks Multiply the Speed and Reach of Innovation

Peter A. Margolis, MD, PhD, Michael Seid, PhD6/27/2019

Co-Production: A Vital Concept for Quality Health Service

Quality and Safety

Co-Production: A Vital Concept for Quality Health Service

Peter A. Margolis, MD, PhD, Michael Seid, PhD6/27/2019


MD: New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1980.

PhD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 1990.

Chief Resident: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, 1983-1984.

Resident: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, 1980-1983.

Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1985.


Organizing for collaboration: An actor-oriented architecture in ImproveCareNow. Seid, M; Hartley, DM; Dellal, G; Myers, S; Margolis, PA. Learning Health Systems. 2020; 4.

Implementing a Novel Quality Improvement-Based Approach to Data Quality Monitoring and Enhancement in a Multipurpose Clinical Registry. Pratt, J; Jeffers, D; King, EC; Kappelman, MD; Collins, J; Margolis, P; Baron, H; Bass, JA; Bassett, MD; Beasley, GL; et al. eGEMs. 2019; 7.

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.

Early Antibiotic Exposure and Weight Outcomes in Young Children. Block, JP; Bailey, LC; Gillman, MW; Lunsford, D; Daley, MF; Eneli, I; Finkelstein, J; Heerman, W; Horgan, CE; Hsia, DS; et al. Pediatrics. 2018; 142:e20180290-e20180290.

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.

Accuracy of the medication list in the electronic health record-implications for care, research, and improvement. Walsh, KE; Marsolo, KA; Davis, C; Todd, T; Martineau, B; Arbaugh, C; Verly, F; Samson, C; Margolis, P. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2018; 25:909-912.

"A Guide to Gutsy Living ": Patient-Driven Development of a Pediatric Ostomy Toolkit. David, JG; Jofriet, A; Seid, M; Margolis, PA; Learning, IP I B D. Pediatrics. 2018; 141:e20172789-e20172789.

Co-Designing a Collaborative Chronic Care Network (C3N) for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Development of Methods. Seid, M; Dellal, G; Peterson, LE; Provost, L; Gloor, PA; Fore, DL; Margolis, PA. JMIR Human Factors. 2018; 5:e8-e8.

Quality Items Required for Running a Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre: An ECCO Paper. Turner, D; Carle, A; Steiner, SJ; Margolis, PA; Colletti, RB; Russell, RK; Levine, A; Kolho, K; Ruemmele, FM; Network, I. Journal of Crohn's and Colitis. 2017; 11:981-987.

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:e0182008-e0182008.