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Associate Division Director, Career Development and Education, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

Co-Director, Office of Pediatric Clinical Fellowships

Medical Director, Online Masters of Education Program

Director, Primary Care Pathway of Pediatrics Residency Program

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.

Clinical Interests

Primary care; social determinants of health

Research Interests

Medical education; screening for unmet social needs

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

General and Community Pediatrics, Hospital Medicine, Primary Care

Research Divisions

General and Community Pediatrics, Hospital Medicine

Blog Posts

KIND Program

BlogFitness and Nutrition

KIND Program: Starting With Better Questions

By Melissa Klein, MD, MEd7/22/2014

My Locations

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

Scholarly Evaluation of Curricula and Educational Programs: Using a Systematic Approach to Produce Publishable Scholarship. Li, ST T; Klein, MD; Balmer, DF; Gusic, ME. Academic Pediatrics. 2020; 20:1083-1093.

Racial Justice and Academic Pediatrics: A Call for Editorial Action and Our Plan to Move Forward. Raphael, JL; Bloom, SR; Chung, PJ; Guevara, JP; Jacobson, RM; Kind, T; Klein, M; Li, ST T; McCormick, MC; Pitt, MB; et al. Academic Pediatrics. 2020; 20:1041-1043.

Medical-Legal-Psychology Partnerships – Innovation in Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Pediatric Primary Care. Lawton, R; Whitehead, M; Henize, A; Fink, E; Salamon, M; Kahn, R; Beck, AF; Klein, M. Academic Pediatrics. 2020; 20:902-904.

Novel Educational Responses to COVID-19: What is Here to Stay?. Pitt, MB; Li, ST T; Klein, M. Academic Pediatrics. 2020; 20:733-734.

The Future of Onboarding: Implementation of Immersive Virtual Reality for Nursing Clinical Assessment Training. Zackoff, MW; Lin, L; Israel, K; Ely, K; Raab, D; Saupe, J; Klein, M; Sitterding, M. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development. 2020; 36:235-240.

Clearing the Air: The Importance of Adolescent History Taking in a Modern Medical Age. Ranavaya, A; Warren, P; Reyes, N; Gilene, S; Klein, M. Clinical Pediatrics. 2020; 59:736-739.

Impact of an Immersive Virtual Reality Curriculum on Medical Students' Clinical Assessment of Infants with Respiratory Distress. Zackoff, MW; Real, FJ; Sahay, RD; Fei, L; Guiot, A; Lehmann, C; Tegtmeyer, K; Klein, M. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2020; 21:477-485.

Development of a Pediatric Education Research Unit. Klein, M; Real, FJ; Kachelmeyer, A; del Rey, JG; DeWitt, T; Hostetter, M; Schumacher, DJ. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; 220:4-6.e1.

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.