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James K. Todd, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology


Professor of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health
Section Head, Epidemiology (Pediatrics)
Vice Chair, Advocacy (Pediatrics)
Jules Amer Chair in Community Pediatrics
Director, Epidemiology, Clinical Outcomes and Clinical Microbiology, Children's Hospital Colorado

   Phone: 720-777-1234 (TBD)
   E-mail: (TBD)

Section of Epidemiology, Department of Pediatrics
Section of Community Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics
Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics
Children's Outcomes Research Program
Children's Hospital Colorado

Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases

James K. Todd, MD, completed his medical degree in 1969 and pediatric residency training in 1971, both at the University of Michigan. At the University of Colorado School of Medicine, he completed pediatric infectious diseases fellowship training in 1973 and a sabbatical in microbiology from the Department of Microbiology/ Immunology in 1974. Dr. Todd joined Children's Hospital Colorado as Director of Clinical Microbiology in 1973. In 1985 he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine as Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology. Since 1991 he has served as Director of Epidemiology for Children's Colorado and Section Head of Epidemiology for the Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Todd's major scientific interests include the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of bacterial diseases, with emphasis on streptococci and staphylocci; bacterial toxin-mediated syndromes; and outcomes research. He has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts.

Dr. Todd has been recognized, throughout his career with numerous awards, including the Career Teaching Scholar Award from the Department of Pediatrics, the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research from the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, and the Outstanding Service Award from Children's Hospital Colorado Medical Board.

In 2006, Dr. Todd published a new book, On Track to Quality, a fictional work exploring the meaning of quality in its many forms, including services, products and quality of life. The book has been called by Richard Lamm, former governor of Colorado, "a metaphorical journey in search of 'quality' that is both wise and entertaining."

  • 5280 Magazine’s Top Doctors in Denver, 2005-present
  • Champion in Health Care Award, Denver Business Journal, 2010
  • Quality and Safety Pillar Award, Children's Hospital Colorado, 2010
  • Big Shot of the Year, Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition, 2009
  • Distinguished Physician Award, Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, 2008
  • Citation, Colorado 2008 Healthcare Reform Commission, 2008
  • Denver’s Top 150 Citizens, 2008
  • Author, On Track to Quality, 2006
  • Jules Amer Chair in Community Pediatrics, 2003-2006
  • James Strain Community Service Award, Colorado Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2004

Publications in PubMed

  • Kahn MG, Todd J. Comparative quality measures: putting evidence above expediency. Pediatrics. 2008 Jul;122(1):182-3. [PMID: 18596002]
  • O’Leary S, Dowell E, Todd J. Annual update on vaccine-preventable diseases in Colorado children. Contagious Comments [Internet]. Denver (CO): The Children’s Hospital; 2008 Jul. Available from:
  • Nyquist AC, Todd JK. The epidemiology, microbiology, and antimicrobial management of head and neck infections in children - a different perspective. Adv Pediatr. 2008;55:327-8. [PMID: 19048736]
  • Rao S, Todd J. Group A streptococcal pharyngitis. Contagious Comments [Internet]. Denver (CO): The Children’s Hospital; 2007 Aug. Available from:
  • Todd J, Armon C, Griggs A, Poole S, Berman S. Increased rates of morbidity, mortality, and charges for hospitalized children with public or no health insurance as compared with children with private insurance in Colorado and the United States. Pediatrics. 2006 Aug;118(2):577-85. [PMID: 16882810]
  • Choudhuri JA, Ogden LG, Ruttenber AJ, Thomas DS, Todd JK, Simoes EA. Effect of altitude on hospitalizations for respiratory syncytial virus infection. Pediatrics. 2006 Feb;117(2):349-56. [PMID: 16452353]
  • Berman S, Armon C, Todd J. Impact of a decline in Colorado Medicaid managed care enrollment on access and quality of preventive primary care services. Pediatrics. 2005 Dec;116(6):1474-9. [PMID: 16322173]
  • Todd JK. Staphylococcal infections. Pediatr Rev. 2005 Dec;26(12):444-50. [PMID: 16327025]
  • Voit SB, Todd JK, Nelson B, Nyquist AC. Electronic surveillance system for monitoring surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis. Pediatrics. 2005 Dec;116(6):1317-22. [PMID: 16322153]
  • Efird MM, Dyk L, Todd JK. Antimicrobial utilization in the neonatal intensive care unit. Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting; May 14-17; 2005. Washington, DC. 2005;57:637.
  • Todd JK, Armon C, Berman S. Significantly greater rates of admission, morbidity, mortality, and charges for hospitalized children in Colorado with Medicaid/SCHIP or no insurance as compared to children with private insurance. Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting; May 14-17; 2005. Washington, DC. 2005;57:933.
  • Anderson MS, Todd JK, Glode MP. Delayed diagnosis of Kawasaki syndrome: an analysis of the problem. Pediatrics. 2005 Apr;115(4):e428-33. [PMID: 15805345]
  • Parker S, Todd J, Schwartz B, Pickering L. Thimerosal-containing vaccines and autistic spectrum disorder: a critical review of published original data. Pediatrics. 2005 Jan;115(1):200. [PMID: 15630018]
  • Anderson MS, Armon C, Todd JK. Predictive accuracy of national immunization survey on hospitalized varicella disease rates and resultant herd immunity. Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting; May 14-17; 2005. Washington, DC. 2005;57:860.