J. Tod Olin
Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
5280 Top Doctors 2017 (1st year)
J. Tod Olin, MD, is a pediatric pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Olin is in the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine.

Special Interests

Clinical & Research Interests

My goal is to help children breathe and exercise comfortably. In both the clinical and research arenas, I am interested in children who cannot or do not exercise (with or without a known breathing problem). I have a unique skill set because I received extensive training in exercise physiology outside of the traditional medical training system. In this sense, my expertise extends well beyond breathing problems. Most doctors, even most breathing doctors, do not receive training in problems related to exercise or exercise testing. Many patients are incorrectly referred to heart doctors to evaluate exercise problems when true heart conditions leading to exercise intolerance are rare in kids. I have a great working relationship locally and nationally with other breathing doctors as well as heart doctors, muscle doctors, endocrine doctors, and other specialists and researchers who share an interest in exercise. This is essential in coordinating the proper care of children and solving challenging problems.


University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio,
University of Colorado, Masters degree in Clinical Sciences
University of Colorado, Pediatrics
University of Colorado, Pediatric Pulmonology

Awards & Recognition

Outstanding student in the Masters Degree in Clinical Sciences Program 2010, University of Colorado.

Board Certification

Pediatric Pulmonary

Professional Memberships

American Thoracic Society
American College of Sports Medicine


J. Tod Olin, Matthew S. Clary, Elizabeth M. Fan, Kristina L. Johnston, Claire M. State, Matthew Strand and Kent L. Christopher (2016). Continuous laryngoscopy quantitates laryngeal behaviour in exercise and recovery

J. Tod Olin, MD, MSCS; Matthew S. Clary, MD; Dan Connors, PhD; Jordan Abbott, MD; Susan Brugman, MD; Yiming Deng, PhD; Xiaoye Chen, MS; Mark Courey, MD (2014). Glottic Configuration in Patients With Exercise-Induced Stridor: A New Paradigm

James Tod Olin, Matthew S. Clary, Emily H. Deardorff, Kristina Johnston, Michael J. Morris, Mofiyinfolu Sokoya, Herman Staudenmayer and Kent L. Christopher (2015). Inducible laryngeal obstruction during exercise: moving beyond vocal cords with new insights

J. Tod Olin, MD, MSCS, Emily H. Deardorff, CCC-SLP, Elizabeth M. Fan, PA-C, Kristina L. Johnston, CCC-SLP, Valerie L. Keever, RRT, Camille M. Moore, PhD, and Bruce G. Bender, PhD (2016). Therapeutic Laryngoscopy During Exercise: A Novel Non-Surgical Therapy for Refractory EILO

Alice E. Hargrove ; M. Blake Hargrove PhD; J. Tod Olin MD, MSCS (2016). Therapeutic Laryngoscopy during Exercise for Treatment of Refractory Exercise-induced Laryngeal Obstruction: A Personal Experience.

Hospital Affiliations

  • Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

Academic Affiliations

Appointment as Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver

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Contact Information

  • Office: 877.225.5654
  • Fax: 303.270.2189
  • Email: exercise@njhealth.org



  • National Jewish Health Main Campus
    1400 Jackson St.
    Denver, CO 80206

Patient Ratings

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National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2017
Dr. Olin is a wonderful and straight forward doctor. The only concern I had was that the first time my child was at NJH in [DATE] there was a doctor who was in charge of my daughter. This doctor summarized every issue and care my child was receiving. In this [MONTH] appointment I was a bit confused because my daughter was supposed to see a [DOCTOR] for other issues she had and Dr. Olin made all decisions and said my child did not need to see [DOCTOR]. This was concerning to me because he is a lung doctor not a [CONDITION] and he did not seem to know the issues my daughter has had with her [CONDITION].

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2017
I only wish we lived closer so we could continue to see Dr. Olin on a regular basis.

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2017
My f/u and immediate after care was unclear. My symptoms of shortness of breath were much worse with cough and persistent wheezing after my testing and for days following and I did not feel that this was addressed.

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2017
Dr. Olin is great with kids. He made the visit fun and discussed treatment plans with me that made sense.

National Jewish Health PatientApril, 2017
*Dr. Olin spent so much time with us. It was like we were the only people there. I appreciated her time.

National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2017
Best doctor we've ever seen. He was there in the room, waiting when we were shown in. He listened to my daughter carefully, explained things carefully, drew pictures, made sure we understood. He is also very friendly and clearly really cares. I really appreciated how much time he spent with us, didn't seem rushed at all.

National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2016
*Dr. Olin was sensitive to establish rapport with a teenager.

National Jewish Health PatientNovember, 2016
As already stated, Dr. Olin spent a great deal of time with us. We never felt rushed or as though he had somewhere else to be. He explained everything very thoroughly, even using a slideshow on his computer to help my daughter understand what he believed was causing some of her issues. He was also very thorough about explaining the next steps, which were followed up by a phone call within a few days by a scheduler. He listened to her concerns about school (she's having difficulty in PE), and offered to write a letter to her teacher, but explained that he felt that he could help her improve her breathing issues before it became necessary. Both my daughter and I (her mother) were EXTREMELY impressed with Dr. Olin and felt very comfortable with the level of care he provided.

National Jewish Health PatientOctober, 2016
Dr. Olin was fantastic and I have already recommended him to others.

National Jewish Health PatientSeptember, 2016
*Dr. Olin was terrific. Visit was shorter than expected but to the point. He rearranged his schedule to conduct a *Larry or *Nataella - greatly appreciated.

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