James M Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

Current Scholars

Jensine Clark. Jensine' Clark
Michael Daugherty. Michael Daugherty
Joelle Kane Joelle Kane
Philip Knollman, MD. Philip Knollman
Matthew Molloy Matthew Molloy
Jennifer Treasure. Jennifer Treasure
Gisella Valderrama Gisella Valderrama

Quality Scholars Program Develops Healthcare Leaders

The Quality Scholars Program in the Anderson Center is developing researchers and leaders who will transform pediatric health and healthcare delivery. Program goals include developing faculty to create effective healthcare delivery system interventions that can be disseminated into real-world practice settings, directly resulting in improved health outcomes.

Our unique Quality Scholars Program challenges participants to:

  • Design, develop, test, sustain, scale, and evaluate effective interventions in healthcare delivery
  • Undertake research that creates new knowledge and translates evidence of improved approaches in healthcare settings
  • Teach improvement science methodologies and lead organizations engaged in continuous improvement
  • Engage in learning health networks to accelerate innovation and improvement across populations


We seek postdoctoral scholars to participate in the Quality Scholars Program. Eligible candidates include: 

  • Postdoctoral scholars in pediatric healthcare specializing in medicine, surgery, public health, the social sciences, nursing, pharmacy and other allied health areas
  • Faculty and fellows

Program Components

The Quality Scholars Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center includes:

  • Strong methodologic training in health services research and quality-improvement methods (including quality-improvement research methods of study design and analysis, planned experimentation in complex systems, statistical process control, and product and process design
  • Series of mentored research / improvement projects
  • Exposure to a wide range of high-impact areas of study including innovation in nonhealthcare industry settings
  • Leadership training and multidisciplinary team work

The training period will be two to three years. The duration of the training program may be reduced if a candidate already has an MS, MPH, PhD or DrPH in epidemiology or other relevant field.

How can I participate? Applications accepted annually. Applicants should submit a CV, personal statement and three recommendation letters.

For more information, contactSarah Corathers, MD, Program Director

Alumni Scholars

Jessica Aguilar. Jessica Aguilar
quality-scholar-mugshot-Aylward-Brandon Brandon Aylward
quality-scholar-dan-benscoter Dan Benscoter
quality-scholar-mugshot-brady-patrick Patrick Brady
quality-scholar-courtney-brown Courtney Brown
quality-claes-donna Donna Claes
quality-scholar-christopher-dandoy Christopher Dandoy
quality-scholar-mugshot-dritz-michele Michele Dritz
quality-scholar-dana-dykes Dana Dykes
quality-scholar-mugshot-hanke-samuel Samuel Hanke
quality-scholar-catherine-hart Catherine Hart
quality-scholar-mugshot-hooper-david David Hooper
quality-scholar-mugshot-linam-matt Matt Linam
Trisha Marshall, MD. Trisha Marshall
Andrea Maxwell. Andrea Maxwell
quality-scholar-Murtagh Eileen Murtagh Kurowski
Abby Musial. Abigail Musial
Adam Nelson. Adam Nelson
Nathan Pajor. Nathan Pajor
Colleen Pater. Colleen Pater
quality-scholar-mugshot-redle-erin Erin Redle
Eric Robinette. Eric Robinette
quality-scholar-Schmit Jennifer Angeli
quality-scholar-schondelmey Amanda Schondelmeyer
quality-shaw-anita Anita Shah
Tina Sosa. Tina Sosa
quality-scholar-mugshot-stalets-erika Erika Stalets
Mike Tchou Mike Tchou
quality-thienprayoon-rachel Rachel Thienprayoon
quality-scholar-mugshot-tubbs-cooley-heather Heather Tubbs Cooley
Charles Varnell. Charles Varnell
quality-zafar-muhammad Muhammad Ahsan Zafar

(From left) Samuel Hanke, Erika Stalets, Heather Tubbs Cooley, Erin Redle, Marielle Kabbouche, Brandon Aylward, program director Evaline Alessandrini and Anderson Center coordinator April Mack-Williams.

Celebrating graduating Quality Scholars: (from left) Tina Sosa, Trisha Marshall, Sarah Corathers (Program Director), Abigail Musial, and Andrea Maxwell

Program Leadership

Core Program Faculty

Sarah Corathers, MD, program director

Maria Britto, MD, MPH    

Carole Lannon, MD, MPH

Peter Margolis, MD, PhD

Stephen Muething, MD

Michael Seid, PhD 

Advisory Committee

Uma Kotagal, MBBS, MSc, executive leader, population and community health; and senior fellow, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center