Stephen E. Muething, MD

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

Vice President for Safety

Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-2068

Fax 513-803-9245


Serious safety events reduction; high reliability organization theory; evidence-based care; family centered rounds; decreasing delays in discharge; clinical microsystems

Dr. Stephen Muething is 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 recently awarded the Michael and Suzette Fisher Family Chair for Safety at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He now focuses on the strategic goals of Cincinnati Children’s 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 and now serves as strategic advisor. This network, of more than 100 children’s hospitals, is collaborating to eliminate serious harm for all pediatric patients across the United States and Canada. 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.

Dr. Muething started as a solo practitioner and spent the first decade of his clinical career building a pediatric practice and inpatient unit in rural Indiana. He then focused on inpatient systems at Cincinnati Children’s as the first leader of the Hospital Medicine program and was at the forefront of multiple transformations in care delivery including family-centered rounds, systematic adoption of evidence-based practice and inpatient microsystems.

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

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

Certification: Pediatrics.

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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 Trigtger Tool To Detect Harm in Pediatric Inpatient Settings. Pediatrics. 2015 June; 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 April 9. Epub ahead of print.

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 April 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 March, 24(3):203-11.

Patrick W Brady, Julie Zix, Richard Brilli, Derek S Wheeler, Kristie Griffith, Mary Jo Giaccone, Kathy Dressman, Uma Kotagal, Stephen Muething, Ken Tegtmeyer. Developing And Evaluating The Success Of A Family Activated Medical Emergency Team: A Quality Improvement Report. BMJ Qual Saf. 2014 Dec 16.

Stockwell DC, Bisarya H, Classen DC, Kirkendall ES, Lachman PI, Matlow AG, Tham E, Hyman D, Lehman SM, Searles E, Muething SE, Sharek PJ. Development of an Electronic Pediatric All-Cause Harm Measurement Tool Using a Modified Delphi Method. J Patient Saf. 2014 Aug 26. Epub ahead of print.

Stephen J. Swensen, James R. Duncan, Rosemary Gibson, Stephen E. Muething, Rebecca LeBuhn, Jean Rexford, Carol Wagner, Stephen R. Smith, Becky DeMers, Richard Morin, John Santa, Charles J. Homer. An Appeal for Safe and Appropriate Imaging of Children. Journal Patient Safety. 2014 Sept; 10(3): 121-4.

Brady PW, Wheeler DS, Muething SE, Kotagal UR. Situation Awareness: A New Mode for Predicting and Preventing Patient Deterioration. Hospital Pediatrics. 2014 May; 4(3): 143-6.

Stockwell, David C.; Kirkendall, Eric; Muething, Stephen E.; Kloppenborg, Elizabeth; Vinodrao, Hima; Jacobs, Brian R. Automated Adverse Event Detection Collaborative: Electronic Adverse Event Identification, Classification, and Corrective Actions Across Academic Pediatric Institutions. J Patient Saf. 2013 Dec; (4):203-10.

Stuart L. Goldstein, Eric Kirkendall, Hovi Nguyen, Joshua K. Schaffzin, John Bucuvalas, Tracey Bracke, Michael Seid, Marshall Ashby, Natalie Foertmeyer, Lori Brunner, Anne Lesko, Cynthia Barclay, Carole Lannon and Stephen Muething. Electronic Health Record Identification of Nephrotoxin Exposure and Associated Acute Kidney Injury. Pediatrics. 2013 August.