Jennifer K. O'Toole, MD, MEd

Program Director, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics Residency Program

Director of Education, Division of Hospital Medicine

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

UC Department of Internal Medicine

Phone 513-803-1582



Adult and pediatric hospital medicine 


Handoffs; medical education; patient and family centered care; care of adults in pediatric hospitals

Dr. Jennifer O’Toole is a pediatric and adult hospitalist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and an associate 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 inpatient care for adults with congenital or complex healthcare needs admitted to pediatric hospitals. 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.

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.

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Guiot A, Kirkendall E, DeBlasio D, Gosdin C, Meier K, Shah S, O’Toole JK. Educational Added Value Unit: Development and Testing of a Measure for Educational Activities. Hospital Pediatrics. 2017 Oct 10.

Khan A, Coffey M, Kitterer K, Baird J, Furtak S, Garcia B, Ashland M, Calaman S, Kuzma N, O’Toole JK, et al. Families as Partners in Hospital Error and Adverse Event Surveillance. JAMA Pediatrics. 2017 Apr 1;171(4):372-381.

O’Toole JK, McLinden D, Sucharew H, Dewitt T, Klein MD. A Pilot Study of the Creation and Implementation of a Teaching Development Assessment Tool. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2015 Dec;7(4):638-42.

O’Toole JK, Friedland A, Gonzaga AM, Hartig JR, Holliday S, Lukela M, Moutsios SA, Kolarik R. The Practice Patterns of Recently Graduated Internal Medicine-Pediatric Hospitalists. Hospital Pediatrics. 2015 June;5(6):309-314.

Starmer A, Spector N, Srivastava R, West D, Rosenbluth G, Allen A, Noble E, Tse L, Dalal A, Keohane C, Lipsitz S, Rothschild J, Wien M, Yoon C, Zigmont K, Wilson K, O’Toole JK, et al. Changes in Medical Errors after Implementation of a Handoff Program. New England Journal of Medicine. 2014 Nov 6;371(19):1803-1812.

Starmer A, O’Toole JK, Rosenbluth G, Calaman S, et al. The I-PASS Resident Handoff Curriculum: An Innovative Multi-site Initiative to Improve Patient Handoffs. Academic Medicine. 2014 June;89(6):876-884.

O’Toole JK, West D, Starmer A, Yu C, et al. Placing Faculty Development “Front and Center” in a Multi-site Educational Initiative: Lessons from the I-PASS Handoff Study. Academic Pediatrics. 2014 May;14(3):221-224.

O’Toole JK, Stevenson AT, Good BP, Guiot AB, Solan LG, Tse LL, Landrigan CP, Sectish TC, Srivastava R, Starmer AJ, Spector ND. Closing the Gap: Medical Students and Handoff Training. Journal of Pediatrics. 2013 May;162(5):887-888.e1.

O’Toole JK, Solan L, Yau C, Weiser J, Simmons J. Pediatric Hospitalist Perceptions of the Impact of Duty Hour Changes on Education and Patient Care. Hospital Pediatrics. 2013 April;3(2):162-166.

Klein M, O’Toole JK, McLinden D, DeWitt T. Training Tomorrow’s Medical Education Leaders: Creating a General Pediatric Master Educator Fellowship. Journal of Pediatrics. 2013 Mar;162(3):440-441.e1.

Bringing I-PASS to the Bedside: A Communication Bundle to Improve Patient Safety and Experience. Site Principal Investigator. Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Jan 2014–Dec 2016.