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Director, Infection Control & Prevention

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


I was drawn to a career in pediatrics by my own pediatrician. At a young age, I could see how he helped kids, and I was inspired to do the same.

My research interests developed during my medical training. I was fortunate to be accepted into a medical scientist training program (MSTP), where I earned my MD and PhD at the same time. This training offered me a better understanding of the importance of basic and clinical research.

My mentor, Dr. Beverly Connelly, taught me how to be an excellent physician and leader, and encouraged me to pursue a career in infectious disease and infection control.

At Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, I serve as a pediatric infectious disease physician and lead our hospital’s Infection Prevention and Control program. My clinical interests include general infectious diseases and immunocompromised/transplant infectious diseases.

I also have a strong interest in improvement science and healthcare epidemiology. I study healthcare-acquired infection prevention systems and behavioral approaches to infection prevention.

What’s fascinating to me about infection prevention is that it’s all about changing behavior. However valid, a discovery is not helpful if it cannot be communicated to, and implemented by, people. To be part of meaningful change, we need data, but most importantly, we need to understand and influence behavior.

I have experience working in laboratory, clinical epidemiology and data analysis settings. Though many discoveries are made in these settings, it often takes more than a decade to introduce them into practice. Even then, it takes constant vigilance to maintain progress. I wish to be a part of an effort to implement evidence sooner and more effectively.

I'm passionate about my work as a physician, researcher and leader, and inspired by the teams I work with. My interactions clinically and professionally in the healthcare world continue to drive me to seek improvements and find ways to make those improvements stick. I’m eager to find partners who feel the same way.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric infectious diseases; infection control and prevention

Research Interests

Infection control and prevention; epidemiology; human factors and system ergonomics

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Infectious Diseases

Research Divisions

Infectious Diseases

Blog Posts

Measles Outbreak 2019: Your MMR Questions Answered


Measles Outbreak 2019: Your MMR Questions Answered

By Josh Schaffzin, MD6/14/2019

Measles Is Making a Comeback: How to Protect Your Family


Measles Is Making a Comeback: How to Protect Your Family

By Josh Schaffzin, MD6/7/2019

Acute Flaccid Myelitis: Frequently Asked Questions

BlogRare and Complex Conditions

Acute Flaccid Myelitis: Frequently Asked Questions

By Josh Schaffzin, MD11/5/2018

My Locations

My Education

PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1999.

MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2002.

Residency: Categorical Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Fellowship: Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Albany, NY.

Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2009.

My Publications

Rewriting the playbook. Scaggs Huang, F; Schaffzin, JK. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 2020; Publish Ahead of Print.

The impact of public health interventions on critical illness in the pediatric emergency department during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Dean, P; Zhang, Y; Frey, M; Shah, A; Edmunds, K; Boyd, S; Schwartz, H; Frey, T; Stalets, E; Schaffzin, J; et al. 2020; 1:1542-1551.

Maximizing efficiency in a high occupancy setting to utilize ultraviolet disinfection for isolation rooms. Schaffzin, JK; Wilhite, AW; Li, Z; Finney, D; Ankrum, AL; Moore, R. American Journal of Infection Control. 2020; 48:903-909.

Analysis of chlorhexidine gluconate in skin using tape stripping and ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Zhao, X; Schaffzin, JK; Carson, J; Ankrum, A; Dobrzykowski, E; Haslam, DB; Dandoy, CE; Setchell, KD R. Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis. 2020; 183:113111-113111.

Finding the value in personal protective equipment for hospitalized patients during a pandemic and beyond. Steuart, R; Huang, FS; Schaffzin, JK; Thomson, J. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:295-298.

Reduced isolation room turnover time using Lean methodology. Ankrum, AL; Neogi, S; Morckel, MA; Wilhite, AW; Li, Z; Schaffzin, JK. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2019; 40:1151-1156.

Successful Whole Genome Sequencing-guided Treatment of Mycoplasma hominis Ventriculitis in a Preterm Infant. Huang, FA S; Mortensen, J; Skoch, J; Andersen, H; Staat, MA; Schaffzin, JK; Haslam, DB. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2019; 38:749-751.

Reliability of the Verigene system for the identification for Gram-positive Bacteria and detection of antimicrobial resistance markers from children with bacteremia. Beckman, M; Washam, MC; DeBurger, B; Haslam, DB; Courter, JD; Andersen, H; Schaffzin, JK; Tchou, MJ; Ankrum, A; Mortensen, J. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease. 2019; S0732:30474-30477.

Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Infection: Emerging Paradigms in Pathogenesis that Affect Prevention and Treatment. Simon, TD; Schaffzin, JK; Stevenson, CB; Willebrand, K; Parsek, M; Hoffman, LR. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 206:13-19.

Use of a Clinical Care Algorithm to Improve Care for Children With Hematogenous Osteomyelitis. Robinette, ED; Brower, L; Schaffzin, JK; Whitlock, P; Shah, SS; Connelly, B; Team, AH O C A. Pediatrics. 2019; 143:e20180387-e20180387.