Joshua K. Schaffzin , MD, PhD, FAAP

Surgical Hospitalist, Division of Hospital Medicine

Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-0404


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Infection control; surgical site infection prevention; epidemiology; quality improvement; hospital systems


Joshua K. Schaffzin, MD, PhD, completed his training in Medicine, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology as a member of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program, followed by a pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He then was accepted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, serving in Albany, NY at the New York State Department of Health. He stayed on at the NYSDOH for three additional years before coming back to Cincinnati Children’s as a surgical hospitalist.

During his time in Public Health, Dr. Schaffzin received a number of awards and recognitions for work on significant outbreaks, including one of the largest US recreational water outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis, a fungal infection associated with contact lens solution, transmission of hepatitis B and C virus in healthcare, and he lead the Infection Control response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic in all NYS healthcare facilities. He currently serves as SSI co-leader for subject matter in the Ohio Children’s Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety.

Education and Training

PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1999.

MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2002.

Residency: Categorical Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Fellowship: Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Albany, NY, 2005-2007.

Certification: General Pediatrics, 2009.


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Surgical Site Infection Prevention Continuum Development. Principal Investigator. Place Outcomes Research Award. July 2013-June 2015.