2009 Big Shot of the Year - Dr. James Todd

  • Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine and
  • Biometrics
  • Co-Section Head, Epidemiology and Community Pediatrics
  • Vice Chair, Advocacy
  • Jules Amer Chair in Community Pediatrics
  • Director, Epidemiology, Clinical Outcomes and Clinical Microbiology,
    The Children's Hospital

Dr. James Todd’s has dedicated his career to protecting Colorado’s children from disease. In addition his leadership in pediatric medicine, Dr. Todd publishes the annual The State of Health of Colorado’s Children: Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Colorado’s Children with Carl Armon, MSPH. This report outlines Colorado’s progress meeting national vaccination goals and monitors trends in vaccine safety and efficacy. Dr. Todd is a leading advocate for providing children and their families access to life-saving vaccines, and has worked with Colorado’s legislators to create state-wide policies supporting those efforts.

Throughout his career, Dr. Todd has been recognized 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 The Children's Hospital Medical Board. Dr. Todd was named the "Jules Amer Chair in Community Pediatrics," an endowment promoting cost-effective, population-based health outcomes for children in optimal community practice settings.

Dr. Todd joined The Children's Hospital as Director of Clinical Microbiology in 1973. In 1985 he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine as Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology. Since 1991 he has served as Director of Epidemiology for The Children's Hospital and Section Head of Epidemiology for the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Todd is board certified in Pediatrics and subspecialty certified in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. 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.