A photo of Stephen Muething.

Chief Quality Officer

Michael and Suzette Fisher Family Chair for Safety

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My Biography & Research


Dr. Stephen Muething is the chief quality officer and the co-director of the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and professor of pediatrics at The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Muething was awarded the Michael and Suzette Fisher Family Chair for Safety at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He now focuses on the strategic goals of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to improve all aspects of care including safety, outcomes, experience and affordability. His improvement work and research focuses on high reliability culture, situation awareness, managing by prediction and lean leadership.

Dr. Muething was one of the founders of the Children’s Hospital Solution for Patient Safety (SPS) and now serves as the strategic advisor. This network of more than 125 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada is collaborating to eliminate serious for both patients and staff. He serves on multiple national pediatric safety groups and is a frequent consultant for regional, national and international safety and quality initiatives. He has lectured in more than a dozen countries.

Clinical Interests

Improved coordination of care in the primary care office; hospitalist care; electronic medical record; immunization registry; health care improvement; family education via the media

Research Interests

Serious harm reduction; high reliability organization theory; organizational culture and leadership; evidence-based care; learning health systems

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


James M Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, General and Community Pediatrics, Interventional Radiology, Hospital Medicine

My Education

MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1984.

Residency: Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 1984-1987.

Certification: Pediatrics.

My Publications

Braithwaite J, Hibbert PD, Jaffe A, White L, Cowell CT, Harris MF, Runciman WB, Hallahan AR, Wheaton G, Williams HM, Murphy E, Molloy CJ, Wiles LK, Ramanathan S, Arnold G, Hsuen PT, Hooper TD, Szabo N, Wakefield JG, Hughes CF, Schmiede A, Dalton C, Dalton S, Holt J, Donaldson L, Kelley E, Lilford R, Lachman P, Muething S. Quality of health care for children in Australia, 2012-2013. JAMA. 2018;319(11):1113-1124.

Britto MT, Fuller SC, Kaplan HC, Lannon C, Margolis PA, Muething SE, Schoettker PJ, Seid M. Using a network organizational architecture to support the development of Learning Healthcare Systems. BMJ Qual Saf. 05 Feb 2018.

Lyren A, Brilli RJ, Zieber K, Marino M, Muething S, Sharek PJ. Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety Collaborative Impact on Hospital-Acquired Harm. Pediatrics. 2017;140(3).

Hibbert PD, Molloy CJ, Hooper TD, Wiles LK, Runciman WB, Lachman P, Muething SE, Braithwaite J. The application of the Global Trigger Tool: a systematic review. Int J Qual Health Care. 2016;28(6):640-649.

Goldstein SL, Mottes T, Simpson K, Barclay C, Muething S, Haslam DB, Kirkendall ES. A sustained quality improvement program reduces nephrotoxic medication-associated acute kidney injury. Kidney International. 2016;90(1):212-221.

Johnson DP, Lind C, Parker SE, Beuschel C, VanVliet S, Nichols J, Rauch CA, Lee B, Muething SE. Toward High-Value Care: A Quality Improvement Initiative to Reduce Unnecessary Repeat Complete Blood Counts and Basic Metabolic Panels on a Pediatric Hospitalist Service. Hosp Pediatr. 2016;6(1):1-8.

Stockwell DC, Bisarya H, Classen DC, Kirkendall ES, Landrigan CP, Lemon V, Tham E, Hyman D, Lehman SM, Searles E, Hall M, Muething SE, Schuster MA, Sharek PJ. A Trigger Tool To Detect Harm in Pediatric Inpatient Settings. Pediatrics. 2015;135(6) 1036-42.

Lyren A, Brilli R, Bird M, Lashutka N, Muething S. Ohio Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety; A Framework for Pediatric Patient Safety Improvement. J Healthc Qual. 2015.

Hibbert PD, Hallahan, AR, Muething SE, Lachman P, Hooer TD, Wiles LK, Jaffe A, White L, Wheaton GR, Runciman WB, Dalton S, Williams HM, Braithwaite J. CareTrack Kids-part 3. Adverse events in children’s healthcare in Australia: study protocol for a retrospective medical record review. BMJ Open. 2015;8:5(4):e007750.

Brady PW, Zix J, Brilli R, Wheeler DS, Griffith K, Giaccone MJ, Dressman K, Kotagal U, Muething S, Tegtmeyer K. Developing and evaluating the success of a family activated medical emergency team: a quality improvement report. BMJ Qual Saf. 2015;24(3):203-11.