Joshua K. Schaffzin , MD, PhD, FAAP

Surgical Hospitalist, Division of Hospital Medicine

Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-0404


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.

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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Parker M, Schaffzin JK, Lo Vecchio A, Yau C, Vondehaar K, Guiot A, Brinkman W, White CM, Simmons JM, Gerhardt WE, Kotagal UR, Conway PH. Rapid Adoption of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG for Acute Gastroenteritis. Pediatrics. 2013.

Person CP, Nadeau JA, Schaffzin JK, Pollock L, Wallace BJ, McNutt LA, Blog D. Influenza immunization coverage of residents and employees of long term care facilities in New York State, 2000-2010. Am J Infect Control. 2013.

Beck AF, Klein MD, Schaffzin JK, Tallent V, Gillam M, Kahn RS. Identifying and treating a substandard housing cluster using a medical-legal partnership. Pediatrics. 2012;130:831-8.

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, Coronado F, Dumas NB, Root TR, Halse TR, Schoonmaker-Bopp DJ, Lurie MM, Nicholas D, Gerzonich B, Johnson GS, Wallace BJ, Musser KA. Public Health Approach to Detection of Non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli: Summary of Two Outbreaks and Laboratory Procedures. Epidemiolol Infect. 2011 May;5:1-7.

Sodha SV, Lynch M, Wannemuehler K, Leeper M, Malavet M, Schaffzin J, Chen T, Langer A, Glenshaw M, Hoefer D, Dumas N, Lind L, Iwamoto M, Ayers T, Biggerstaff M, Olson C, Sheth A, Braden C. Multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections associated with a national fast-food chain, 2006: a study incorporating epidemiological and food source traceback results. Epidemiolol Infect. 2010 Apr;30:1-8.

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.

Schaffzin JK, Stringer JR. Expression of the Pneumocystis carinii major surface glycoprotein epitope is correlated with linkage of the cognate gene to the upstream conserved sequence locus. Microbiology. 2004;15(Pt3):677-686.

Schaffzin JK, Kahn R, Koumans EH, Markowitz LE. Evaluation of syphilis reactor grids: Optimizing impact. Sex Transm Dis. 2003;30(9):700-706.