A photo of Stephen Muething.

Chief Quality Officer

Michael and Suzette Fisher Family Chair for Safety

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

Biography & Affiliation


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


Quality Improvement, General and Community Pediatrics, Hospital Medicine


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

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

Certification: Pediatrics.


A prospective multi-center quality improvement initiative (NINJA) indicates a reduction in nephrotoxic acute kidney injury in hospitalized children. Goldstein, SL; Dahale, D; Kirkendall, ES; Mottes, T; Kaplan, H; Muething, S; Askenazi, DJ; Henderson, T; Dill, L; Somers, MJ G; et al. Kidney International. 2020; 97:580-588.

Assessing the appropriateness of the management of otitis media in Australia: A population-based sample survey. Clay-Williams, R; Stephens, JH; Williams, H; Hallahan, A; Dalton, C; Hibbert, P; Ting, HP; Arnolda, G; Wiles, L; Braithwaite, J; et al. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2020; 56:215-223.

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.

We Will Not Compete on Safety: How Children's Hospitals Have Come Together to Hasten Harm Reduction. Lyren, A; Coffey, M; Shepherd, M; Lashutka, N; Muething, S; Grp, SP S L. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2018; 44:377-388.

Quality of Health Care for Children in Australia, 2012-2013. Braithwaite, J; Hibbert, PD; Jaffe, A; White, L; Cowell, CT; Harris, MF; Runciman, WB; Hallahan, AR; Wheaton, G; Williams, HM; et al. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2018; 319:1113-1124.

Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety Collaborative Impact on Hospital-Acquired Harm. Lyren, A; Brilli, RJ; Zieker, K; Marino, M; Muething, S; Sharek, PJ. Pediatrics. 2017; 140:e20163494-e20163494.

Development of an Electronic Pediatric All-Cause Harm Measurement Tool Using a Modified Delphi Method. Stockwell, DC; Bisarya, H; Classen, DC; Kirkendall, ES; Lachman, PI; Matlow, AG; Tham, E; Hyman, D; Lehman, SM; Searles, E; et al. Journal of Patient Safety. 2016; 12:180-189.

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

Ohio Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety: A Framework for Pediatric Patient Safety Improvement. Lyren, A; Brilli, R; Bird, M; Lashutka, N; Muething, S. Journal for Healthcare Quality. 2016; 38:213-222.

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