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Jennifer K. O'Toole, MD, MEd, SFHM

  • Program Director, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Residency Program
  • Director of Education, Division of Hospital Medicine
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
  • UC Department of Internal Medicine



Dr. Jennifer O’Toole is a pediatric and adult hospitalist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (UCCOM). She holds a Master's of Education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Cincinnati College of Education. In 2017, she moved into the role of program director of Cincinnati’s Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program, after having served as associate program director for nine years. In addition, she serves as program director of the IMSTAR Medical Education Fellowship within the Department of Internal Medicine at UCCOM and director of education for the Division of Hospital Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She is a graduate of the Academic Pediatric Association’s (APA) Educational Scholars Program and served as member representative on the executive committee of the national Medicine-Pediatric Program Directors Association from 2013-2015. From 2015-2018 she served as co-chair of the APA’s Hospital Medicine Special Interest Group and co-chair of the planning committee for the 2018 Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference. In 2017 Dr. O’Toole was named a member of the inaugural Pediatric Hospital Medicine Sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. O'Toole has received the Society of Hospital Medicine's (SHM) Award for Teaching Excellence (2018), the inaugural Med-Peds Program Director's Brendan P. Kelly Award (2017), and the Cincinnati Children's Faculty Education Achievement Award (2013)

Her clinical and research interests include resident education, curriculum development and innovation, handoff communication, patient/family centered care, and achieving gender equity for women in medicine. Since 2010 she has held the role of site principal investigator at Cincinnati Children's for the I-PASS Study Group. As part of this study group she has had the opportunity to collaborate with researchers and educators from across the country on the initial I-PASS Handoff Study, the AHRQ-funded Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) I-PASS Mentored Implementation Program, the Patient and Family Centered I-PASS Study. Since 2018 she has also served as Chair of the ADVANCE PHM steering committee, and organization committed to achieving gender equity for women in pediatric hospital medicine.

BS: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 1999.

MD: University of Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY, 2003.

Residency: Internal Medicine / Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2007.

Chief Residency: Department of Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.

MEd: University of Cincinnati College of Education, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2007; Internal Medicine, 2008.


Adult and pediatric hospital medicine 

Services and Specialties

Hospital Medicine


Handoffs; medical education; patient and family centered care; gender equity efforts in medicine

Research Areas

Hospital Medicine


Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on pediatric faculty: a report from nine academic institutions. O’Connor, TM; Guaman, MC; Randell, KA; Keenan, HT; Snowden, J; Mack, JW; Camp, EA; Perez, O; Chang, ML; Myers, AL; Yost, HJ; Murray, KO; Shekerdemian, L; Chumpitazi, CE. Pediatric Research. 2024; 95:775-784.

Child Health Needs and the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Workforce: 2020-2040. Harrison, WN; Mittal, VS; O’Toole, JK; Quinonez, RA; Mink, R; Leyenaar, JA K. Pediatrics. 2024; 153:e2023063678M.

Implementing a Family-Centered Rounds Intervention Using Novel Mentor-Trios. Khan, A; Patel, SJ; Anderson, M; Baird, JD; Johnson, TM; Liss, I; Graham, DA; Calaman, S; Fegley, AE; Goldstein, J; Starmer, AJ; West, DC; Spector, ND; Landrigan, CP. Pediatrics. 2024; 153:e2023062666.

It's time to rethink time (management). Kinnear, B; O'Toole, J. Canadian Medical Education Journal. 2023; 14:131-132.

Utilizing co-production to improve patient-centeredness and engagement in healthcare delivery: Lessons from the Patient and Family-Centered I-PASS studies. O'Toole, JK; Calaman, S; Anderson, M; Baird, J; Fegley, A; Goldstein, J; Johnson, T; Khan, A; Patel, SJ; Rosenbluth, G; Sectish, TC; West, DC; Landrigan, CP; Spector, ND. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2023; 18:848-852.

Strategies to Counteract Impact of Harmful Bias in Selection of Medical Residents. Edje, L; Casillas, C; O'Toole, JK. Academic Medicine. 2023; 98:S75-S85.

Implementation of the I-PASS handoff program in diverse clinical environments: A multicenter prospective effectiveness implementation study. Starmer, AJ; Spector, ND; O'Toole, JK; Bismilla, Z; Calaman, S; Campos, ML; Coffey, M; Destino, LA; Everhart, JL; Goldstein, J; Nyenpan, C; Goldstein, J; Owolabi, M; Khan, NN S. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2023; 18:5-14.

Intervention, individual, and contextual determinants to high adherence to structured family-centered rounds: a national multi-site mixed methods study. Knighton, AJ; Bass, EJ; McLaurin, EJ; Anderson, M; Baird, JD; Cray, S; Destino, L; Khan, A; Liss, I; Markle, P; Srivastava, R; Landrigan, CP; Spector, ND; Patel, SJ. Implementation Science Communications. 2022; 3:74.

Family, nurse, and physician beliefs on family-centered rounds: A 21-site study. Patel, SJ; Khan, A; Bass, EJ; Graham, D; Baird, J; Anderson, M; Calaman, S; Cray, S; Destino, L; Fegley, A; Vara, T; Landrigan, CP; Spector, ND; Knighton, AJ. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2022; 17:945-955.

Patient and Family-Centered I-PASS SCORE Program: Resident and Advanced Care Provider Training Materials. Lewis, KD; Destino, L; Everhart, J; Subramony, A; Dreyer, B; Allair, B; Anderson, M; Baird, J; Bismilla, Z; Good, B; Yin, HS; Yu, CE; Calaman, S; O'Toole, JK. MedEdPORTAL. 2022; 18:11267.

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