A photo of Kathleen Walsh.

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

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Biography & Affiliation


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.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric hospital medicine

Research Interests

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

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Quality Improvement


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.


Smart pumps improve medication safety but increase alert burden in neonatal care. Melton, KR; Timmons, K; Walsh, KE; Meinzen-Derr, JK; Kirkendall, E. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 2019; 19.

Quality and Safety of Pediatric Inpatient Care in Community Hospitals: A Scoping Review. Leary, JC; Walsh, KE; Morin, RA; Schainker, EG; Leyenaar, JA K. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2019; 14:694-703.

Intracerebral Hemorrhage Induces Inflammatory Gene Expression in Peripheral Blood: Global Transcriptional Profiling in Intracerebral Hemorrhage Patients. Walsh, KB; Zhang, X; Zhu, X; Wohleb, E; Woo, D; Lu, L; Adeoye, O. DNA and Cell Biology. 2019; 38:660-669.

Factors associated with adolescent and caregiver reported problems in using asthma medications. Sleath, B; Carpenter, DM; Walsh, KE; Davis, SA; Watson, CH; Lee, C; Loughlin, CE; Garcia, N; Reuland, DS; Tudor, G. Journal of Asthma (Informa). 2019; 56:451-457.

Priorities for Pediatric Patient Safety Research. Hoffman, JM; Keeling, NJ; Forrest, CB; Tubbs-Cooley, HL; Moore, E; Oehler, E; Wilson, S; Schainker, E; Walsh, KE. Pediatrics. 2019; 143:e20180496-e20180496.

Autonomic dysfunction: Diagnosis and management. Rafanelli, M; Walsh, K; Hamdan, MH; Buyan-Dent, L. Handbook of Clinical Neurology. : Elsevier; Elsevier; 2019.

Patient and Family Partnership for Safer Health Care. Rees, P; Wimberg, J; Walsh, KE. Pediatrics. 2018; 142:e20172847-e20172847.

Secure provider-to-provider communication with electronic health record messaging: An educational outreach study. Walsh, KE; Secor, JL; Matsumura, JS; Gretchen Schwarze, M; Potter, BE; Newcomer, P; Kim, MK; Bartels, CM. Journal for Healthcare Quality. 2018; 40:283-291.

Accuracy of the medication list in the electronic health record-implications for care, research, and improvement. Walsh, KE; Marsolo, KA; Davis, C; Todd, T; Martineau, B; Arbaugh, C; Verly, F; Samson, C; Margolis, P. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2018; 25:909-912.

P-wave amplitude and PR changes in patients with inappropriate sinus tachycardia: Findings supportive of a central mechanism. Field, ME; Donateo, P; Bottoni, N; Iori, M; Brignole, M; Kipp, RT; Kopp, DE; Leal, MA; Eckhardt, LL; Wright, JM; et al. Journal of the American Heart Association : Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease. 2018; 7.