Thought Leader, Care Redesign

Uma R. Kotagal, MD

Senior Vice President for Safety, Quality and Transformation
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center


Dr. Uma Raman Kotagal, a neonatologist and health services researcher by training, is the Senior Vice President for Safety, Quality and Transformation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she is responsible for executing the strategic plan related to quality, transformation, and improving outcomes.  Dr. Kotagal is also Executive Director of the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence and Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Kotagal has been a pioneer in translation of industrial sciences to health care delivery systems with the goal of dramatically changing medical and quality of life outcomes, patient and family experience, and value.  Dr. Kotagal directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pursuing Perfection initiative at CCHMC, the success of which led the organization to both embed a focus on quality improvement into its long-term strategic plan and launch the Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence. As Executive Director of the Anderson Center, Dr. Kotagal’s primary efforts are directed toward decreasing the time it takes for new knowledge to be put into practice, and to teaching the next generation of experts who can spread quality improvement and health systems transformation worldwide. She has driven improvement in population health in the Cincinnati region, working with the community to address infant mortality, asthma, injury prevention and obesity.  She has also worked internationally as Faculty Advisor for IHI’s initiatives in Malawi and other developing countries. As a result of Dr. Kotagal’s endeavors, Cincinnati Children’s has received several prestigious national and international awards for their efforts to transform health care delivery.

Dr. Kotagal is President of the Academy for Healthcare Improvement and also serves as Chair of the Quality Steering Team of the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association.  She also serves as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Toronto Patient Safety Center, as a faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and as a member of the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Kotagal holds a MS in Epidemiology from Harvard University-School of Public Health, and an MA and a Bachelors of Medicine, Surgery from Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India.

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