Peter A. Margolis, MD, PhD

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

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-5015

Fax 513-636-0171


Peter Margolis, MD, PhD, is professor of pediatrics and director of research at the James M. Anderson Center for Health System Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His work encompasses the application and study of quality improvement methods in 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. In 2006 Dr. Margolis' joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to create a new center focused on Health Care Quality. 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 is principal investigator of an National Institutes of Health Roadmap transformative research grant on redesigning systems for chronic illness care and several AHRQ and PCORI grants aimed at developing learning health systems. Margolis was recently chosen to chair the PCORnet Steering Committee-a $100 million initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Its goal is to improve the nation’s capacity and efficiency in conducting comparative effectiveness research – research that helps determine what works best for patients with specific conditions. Dr. Margolis is also principal investigator of the ImproveCareNow Network and co-principal investigator of PEDSnet.

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.

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Forrest CB, Crandall WV, Bailey LC, Zhang P, Joffe MM, Colletti RB, Adler J, Baron HI, Berman J, del Rosario F, Grossman AB, Hoffenberg EJ, Israel EJ, Kim SC, Lightdale JR, Margolis PA, Marsolo K, Mehta DI, Milov DE, Patel AS, Tung J, Kappelman MD. Effectiveness of anti-TNFα for Crohn disease: research in a pediatric learning health system. Pediatrics.  2014 Jul;134(1):37-44.

Forrest CB, Margolis PA, Bailey LC, Marsolo K, Del Beccaro MA, Finkelstein JA, Milov DE, Vieland VJ, Wolf BA, Yu FB, Kahn MG. PEDSnet: a National Pediatric Learning Health System. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Jul-Aug;21(4):602-6.

Forrest, CB, Margolis, PA, Seid, M, Colletti, RB. PEDSnet: how a prototype pediatric learning health system is being expanded into a national network. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Jul;33(7):1171-7.

Seid M, Margolis PA, Opipari-Arrigan L. Collaborative Chronic Care Networks (C3Ns) to transform chronic illness care. Pediatrics. 2013 Jun;131 Suppl 4:S219-23.

Fore D, Goldenhar LM, Margolis PA. Using goal-directed design to create a novel system for improving chronic illness care. JMIR Res Protoc. 2013 Oct 29;2(2):e43.

Kaplan HC, Adler J, Saeed SA, Eslick I, Margolis PA. A Personalized Learning System for Improving Patient-Physician Collaboration. Harvard Business Review, HBR Blog Network. 2013 Oct.

Kaplan HC, Froehle CM, Cassedy A, Provost LP, Margolis PA. An exploratory analysis of the model for understanding success in Quality. Health Care Manage Rev. 2013 Oct-Dec;38(4):325-38.

Margolis, PA, Peterson LE, Seid M. Collaborative Chronic Care Networks (C3Ns) to Transform Chronic Illness Care. Pediatrics. 2013 Jun;131:(4):eS219-23.

Zuckerman B, Margolis PA, Mate KS. Heath Services Innovation: the time is now. JAMA. 2013 Mar 20;309(11):1113-4.

Crandall WV, Margolis PA, Kappelman MD, King EC, Pratt JM, Boyle BM, Duffy LF, Grunow JE, Kim SC, Leibowitz I, Schoen BT, Colletti RB; for the ImproveCareNow Collaborative. Improved Outcomes in a Quality Improvement Collaborative for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Pediatrics. 2012 Apr;129(4):e1030-41.