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Director, Education Section, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

Director, General Pediatrics Master Educator Fellowship

Director, Primary Care and Community Pediatrics Pathway of the Pediatric Residency

Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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My Biography & Research


Melissa Klein, MD, Med, is an associate professor in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed her medical training at Albany Medical College and her pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She more recently earned her Master of Education at the University of Cincinnati. Her main interests are medical education, specifically related to teaching residents how to address social determinants of health in pediatric settings. She is involved in education within the institution as one of the associate directors of the Pediatric Residency Training Program and the education section director in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics. 

Dr. Klein is also interested in investigating and addressing health disparities. As part of this role, she serves as the physician champion of education for Child HeLP, the Medical-Legal Partnership serving patients in the pediatric primary care centers. She is also involved a program, collaborating with the FreeStore FoodBank, to reduce food insecurity in infants seeking care in the outpatient primary care center.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


General and Community Pediatrics, Hospital Medicine, Primary Care, General and Community Pediatrics, Hospital Medicine

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My Education

MD: Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY, 1995.

Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1995-1998.

Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1998-1999.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1999; recertification, 2006.

My Publications

A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of a Novel Food Pantry in a Pediatric Primary Care Center. Hickey, E; Phan, M; Beck, AF; Burkhardt, MC; Klein, MD. Clinical Pediatrics. 2020; 59:278-284.

Adolescent Depression Curriculum Impact on Pediatric Residents' Knowledge and Confidence to Diagnose and Manage Depression. Colburn, MD; Harris, E; Lehmann, C; Widdice, LE; Klein, MD. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020; 66:240-246.

Dose Matters: A Smartphone Application to Improve Asthma Control Among Patients at an Urban Pediatric Primary Care Clinic. Real, FJ; Beck, AF; DeBlasio, D; Zackoff, M; Henize, A; Xu, Y; Davis, D; Cruse, B; Klein, MD. Games for Health Journal. 2019; 8:357-365.

Online Simulated Cases Assess Retention of Virtual Neighborhood Tour Curriculum. Lazow, MA; DeBlasio, D; Ollberding, NJ; Real, FJ; Klein, MD. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2019; 23:1159-1166.

Medical Student Perspectives on the Use of Immersive Virtual Reality for Clinical Assessment Training. Zackoff, MW; Real, FJ; Cruse, B; Davis, D; Klein, M. Academic Pediatrics. 2019; 19:849-851.

A content analysis of HPV vaccine online continuing medical education purpose statements and learning objectives. Rosen, BL; Bishop, JM; Anderson, R; Rea, FJ; Klei, MD; Kreps, GL. Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics. 2019; 15:1508-1518.

Objective Assessment of Resident Teaching Competency Through a Longitudinal, Clinically Integrated, Resident-as-Teacher Curriculum. Zackoff, MW; Real, FJ; DeBlasio, D; Spaulding, JR; Sobolewski, B; Unaka, N; Jerardi, K; Klein, M. Academic Pediatrics. 2019; 19:698-702.

Implementation, Evaluation, and Improvement of Pediatrics Residents-as-Teachers Elective Through Iterative Feedback. Tang Girdwood, S; Treasure, J; Zackoff, M; Klein, M. Medical Science Educator. 2019; 29:375-378.

Expanding the pediatric oncology medical home: Successful utilization of a medical-legal partnership at a pediatric oncology referral center. Rubinstein, J; Pressey, J; Klein, M. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2019; 66:e27610-e27610.

Ready Player: the use of virtual reality in paediatric asthma education. Real, FJ; Zackoff, M; Beck, AF; Klein, MD. Medical Education. 2019; 53:519-520.