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

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

Klein MD, Alcamo AM, Beck AF, O’Toole JK, McLinden D, Henize A, Kahn RS. Can a Video Curriculum on the Social Determinants of Health Affect Residents’ Practice and Families’ Perceptions of CareAcad Pediatr. 2014 Mar-Apr;14(2):159-66.

Klein MD, Schumacher DJ, Sandel M. Assessing and Managing the Social Determinants of Health: Defining an Entrustable Professional Activity to Assess Residents’ Ability to Meet Societal Needs. Acad Pediatr. 2014 Jan-Feb:4(1):10-3.

Klein M, O’Toole JK, McLinden D, DeWitt TG. Training Tomorrow’s Medical Education Leaders: Creating a General Pediatric Master Educator Fellowship. J Pediatr. 2013 Mar;162(3):440-441.

Klein M, Niebuhr V, D’Alessandro D. Innovative online faculty development utilizing the power of social media. Acad Pediatr. 2013 Nov-Dec;13(6):564-9.

O’Toole JK, Solan LG, Burkhardt MC, Klein MD. Watch and Learn: An Innovative Video Trigger Curriculum to Increase Resident Screening for Social Determinants of Health. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013 Apr;52(4):344-50.

Klein MD, Beck AF, Henize AW, Parrish DS, Fink EE, Kahn RS. Doctors and Lawyers Collaborating to HeLP Children - Outcomes from a Successful Partnership between Professions. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 Aug;24(3):1063-73.

O’Toole JK, Burkhardt MC, Solan LG, Vaughn L, Klein MD. Resident Confidence Addressing Social History: Is It Influenced By Availability of Social-Legal Resources? Clin Pediatr (Phil). 2012 Jul;51(7):625-31.

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 Nov;130(5):831-8.

Demartini TL, Beck AF, Klein MD, Kahn RS. Access to Digital Technology Among Families Coming to Urban Pediatric Primary Care Clinics. Pediatrics. 2013 Jul;132(1):e142-8.

Burkhardt MC, Beck AF, Conway PH, Kahn RS, Klein MD. Enhancing Accurate Identification of Food Insecurity Using Quality Improvement Techniques. Pediatrics. 2012 Feb;129(2):e504-10.