Kathleen E. Walsh, MD, MSc

Director of Patient Safety Research, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-4588

Email kathleen.walsh@cchmc.org


Pediatric hospital medicine


Patient safety; medication use; adverse drug events; quality improvement; chronic disease care; home care

Dr. Walsh is director of patient safety research and associate professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s within the UC College of Medicine. She has extensive experience in the qualitative and quantitative measurement of medication errors and adverse drug events among children in the hospital, clinic, and home. She has performed several studies of medication use in the homes of children with chronic conditions. She has developed and evaluated health information technology interventions to support medication use. Dr. Walsh is a general pediatrician with clinical research fellowship training, including a master's degree in epidemiology. 

With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Walsh developed methods to measure mistakes in home medication use, using home visits. She visited the homes of children with sickle cell disease, cancer, and epilepsy in single site and multisite studies to quantify and describe errors. She also led failure modes and effects analyses with parents of children with cancer to identify failures in home medication use. In collaboration with parents of children with chronic conditions, she has participated in the development, implementation, and testing of information technology interventions to improve home medication use.  Her research has been funded by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Undergraduate: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1992.

MD: Georgetown Medical School, Washington DC, 1998.

Residency: Pediatrics, Brown Medical School, 2001.

Chief Residency: Pediatrics, Brown Medical School, 2002.

Fellowship: General Academic Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, 2005.

Master of Science: Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, 2005.

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Walsh KE, Cutrona SL, Foy S, Baker MA, Forrow S, Shoaibi A, Pawloski PA, Conroy M, Fine AM, Nigrovic LE, Selvam N, Selvan MS, Cooper WO, Andrade S. Validation of Anaphylaxis in the Food and Drug Administration’s Mini-Sentinel. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2013 Nov;22(11):1205-13.

Walsh KE,  Roblin DW, Weingart SN, Houlahan SN, Degar B, Billett A, Keuker C, Biggins C, Li J, Wasilewski K, Mazor KM. Medication errors in the home: A multisite study of children with cancer. Pediatrics. 2013;131:e1405-e1413.

Bradley CK, Fischer MA, Walsh KE. Trends in Medical Error Education: Are We Failing Our Residents? Academic Pediatrics. 2012;13:59-64.

Walsh KE, Mazor KM, Roblin D, Biggins C, Wagner JL, Houlahan K, Li J, Keuker C, Wasilewski-Masker K, Donovan J, Kanaan A, Weingart SN. A Multisite Parent-Centered Risk Assessment to Reduce Pediatric Oral Chemotherapy Errors. Journal of Oncology Practice. 2013;9(1):e1-e7.

Walsh KE, Mazor KM, Stille CJ, Torres I, Wagner JL, Moretti J, Chysna K, Stine CD, Usmani GN, Gurwitz JH. Medication Errors in the Homes of Children with Chronic Conditions. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2011;6:581-6. 

Mazor KM, Goff SL, Dodd K, Venton S, Walsh KE. Parents Perceptions of Medication Errors. Journal of Patient Safety. 2010;6:102-107.

Walsh KE, Dodd KS, Seetharaman K, Roblin DW, Herrinton LJ, Von Worley A, Usmani GN, Baer D, Gurwitz JH. Medication Errors among Adults and Children with Cancer in the Outpatient Setting. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2009. 27: 891-6.

Walsh KE, Stille CJ, Mazor KM, Gurwitz JH. Using home visits to understand medication errors in children. In: Henriksen K., Battles JB, Keyes MA, Grady ML, eds.  Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches. Vol. 4: Technology and Medication Safety. AHRQ Pub. No. 08-0034-4. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2008.

Sard BE, Walsh KE, Doros G, Hannon M, Moschetti W, Bauchner H. A Retrospective Evaluation of a Computerized Physician Order Entry Adaptation to Prevent Prescribing Errors in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Pediatrics. 2008. 122 (4): 782-7.

Walsh KE, Landrigan CP, Adams WG, Vinci RJ, Chessare JB, Cooper MR, Hebert PH, Schainker EG, Bauchner H. Medication Errors Caused by Computer Order Entry. Pediatrics. 2008; 121(3): e4.