A photo of Michael Seid.

Director, Health Outcomes and Quality Care Research, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

Member, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Biography & Affiliation


I use applied behavioral and social sciences to answer the question “What does it take for the healthcare system to work well for children with chronic health conditions?"

I view the healthcare system as a human system. The major goal of my research is to design, test and implement ways to enhance collaboration among all types of people (patients and families, clinicians, researchers and others) throughout the healthcare system. My colleagues and I have done this by increasing the number of people with the will and ability to self-organize, making it easier for them to create and share resources, and assisting them in forming teams to work on shared goals.

In our lab, we have created and replicated collaborative learning health systems or Learning Networks. These networks have improved outcomes for pediatric patients with a range of different medical conditions.

A major challenge is that there are more than 7,000 rare diseases and fewer than 20 Learning Networks. My research aims to make launching and growing Learning Networks easier and more effective so that everyone can be part of improving the healthcare system as a whole.

Other research interests stem from applied research in medical settings and human systems. I feel very satisfied to apply my interests in human systems, research training, and experience in applied research in healthcare settings to solve problems that matter. All of the discoveries that I participated in have been collaborative endeavors.

I’ve worked with other faculty at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center along with pediatric patients and parents to reconceptualize and redesign a prototype Collaborative Chronic Care Network. We have replicated this model in various Learning Networks and have created a computational model of Learning Networks to inform the search for mechanisms of action and best strategies for scaling Learning Networks.

I have more than 20 years’ experience in my field and first joined the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2006. I received the Cincinnati Children’s Team Science Award for Learning Networks, served as a member of the Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research (HCQER) Study Section at the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, and on the Review Board of the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management.

My research has been published in journals such as Statistics in Medicine, Learning Health Systems and Pediatric Quality and Safety.

Research Interests

Health care quality and outcomes

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Pulmonary Medicine

Blog Posts


PhD: Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1995.


Networked health care: Rethinking value creation in learning health care systems. Fjeldstad, OD; Johnson, JK; Margolis, PA; Seid, M; Hoeglund, P; Batalden, PB. Learning Health Systems. 2020; 4.

Dynamic predictive probabilities to monitor rapid cystic fibrosis disease progression. Szczesniak, RD; Su, W; Brokamp, C; Keogh, RH; Pestian, JP; Seid, M; Diggle, PJ; Clancy, JP. Statistics in Medicine. 2020; 39:740-756.

Timing matters: Real-world effectiveness of early combination of biologic and conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs for treating newly diagnosed polyarticular course juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Huang, B; Qiu, T; Chen, C; Zhang, Y; Seid, M; Lovell, D; Brunner, HI; Morgan, EM; PCATS, . RMD Open. 2020; 6:e001091-e001091.

Comparative Effectiveness Research using Electronic Health Records Data: Ensure Data Quality. Huang, B; Qiu, T; Chen, C; Neace, A; Zhang, Y; Yue, XM; Zahner, J; Adams, M; Seid, M; Lovell, D; et al. Sage. 2020.

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

Patient-Centered Goal Setting in Developmental Therapy: Discordance between Documented Goals and Caregiver-Perceived Goals. Angeli, JM; Harpster, K; Huijs, L; Seid, M; Sheehan, A; Schwab, SM. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2019; 4:e199-e199.

Assessment of a Precision Medicine Analysis of a Behavioral Counseling Strategy to Improve Adherence to Diabetes Self-management Among Youth: A Post Hoc Analysis of the FLEX Trial. Kahkoska, AR; Lawson, MT; Crandell, J; Driscoll, KA; Kichler, JC; Seid, M; Maahs, DM; Kosorok, MR; Mayer-Davis, EJ. JAMA Network Open. 2019; 2:e195137-e195137.

Dysglycemia among youth with type 1 diabetes and suboptimal glycemic control in the Flexible Lifestyle Empowering Change trial. Kahkoska, AR; Crandell, J; Driscoll, KA; Kichler, JC; Seid, M; Mayer-Davis, EJ; Maahs, DM. Pediatric Diabetes. 2019; 20:180-188.

The learning exchange, a community knowledge commons for learning networks: Qualitative evaluation to test acceptability, feasibility, and utility. McLinden, D; Myers, S; Seid, M; Busch, M; Davis, D; Murphy, J. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2019; 3:e9858-e9858.

Two-step recruitment process optimizes retention in FLEX clinical trial. Standiford, DA; Morwessel, N; Bishop, FK; Thomas, JM; Smith, E; Crandell, J; Driscoll, KA; Hunter, CM; Kichler, JC; Maahs, DM; et al. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. 2018; 12:68-75.