Joshua K. Schaffzin , MD, PhD

Associate Director, Infection Control & Prevention

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-8492


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 for 5 years. He then completed a Pediatric Infectious Fellowship in 2017, and was hired as the associate director of Infection Control and Prevention.

Dr. Schaffzin has been recognized for his work on outbreak investigation and mitigation, and as a clinical educator. He founded and co-chaired the AAP Surgical Care Subcommittee for the Section on Hospital Medicine, and currently serves as a co-leader of the Solutions for Patient Safety Surgical Site Infection Prevention group. He is a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, serving on the guidelines committee and pediatric leadership council. His greatest joy comes from interacting with patients, families, and colleagues, finding solutions to clinical and system problems together.

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.

Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2009.

View PubMed Publications

Schaffzin JK, Simon K, Connelly BL, Mangano FT, on behalf of the Pre-Operative Surgical Site Infection Team. Standardizing Pre-Operative Preparation Reduces Surgical Site Infections among Pediatric Neurosurgical Patients. J Neurosurgery: Pediatr. 2016.

Schaffzin JK, Mangeot C, Sucharew H, Beck AF, Sturm PF. Factors Affecting Adherence to a Preoperative Surgical Site Infection Prevention Protocol. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016;37:728-30.

Schaffzin JK, Harte L, Marquette S, Zieker K, Wooton S, Walsh K, Newland JG. Surgical Site Infection Reduction by the Solutions for Patient Safety Hospital Engagement Network. Pediatrics. 2015;136:e1353-60.

Schaffzin JK, Simon TD. Pediatric hospital medicine role in the comanagement of hospitalized surgical patients. Pediatr Clin North Amer. 2014;61:653-661.

Schaffzin JK, Southwick KL, Clement EJ, Konings F, Ganova-Raeva L, Xia G, Khudyakov Y, Johnson GS. Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus Associated with Assisted Monitoring of Blood Glucose at an Assisted Living Facility in New York State. Am J Infect Control. 2012;40:726-31.

Schaffzin JK, Pollock L, Schulte C, Henry K, Dayan G, Blog D, Smith P. Effectiveness of mumps vaccine during a summer camp outbreak. Pediatrics. 2007;120:e862-e868.

Chang DC, Grant GB, O’Donnell K, Wannemuehler K, Noble-Wang J, Rao CY, Jacobson LM, Crowell CS, Sneed R, Lewis FMT, Schaffzin JK, Kainer MA, Genese CA, Alfonso EC, Jones DB, Srinivasan A, Fridkin SK, Park BJ for the Fusarium Keratitis Investigation Team. A multistate outbreak of Fusarium keratitis associated with use of a new contact lens solution. JAMA. 2006;296(8):953-963.