J. Tod Olin
Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
5280 Top Doctors 2018 (2nd 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

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National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2018
Dr Olin is an amazing doctor! He spent an hour talking to us at our appointment and help my son in understanding his diagnosis and next steps.

National Jewish Health PatientJuly, 2018
Dr. Tod Olin was very condescending and slightly rude during our visit. He chided my young daughter [PHI]. I hope we never encounter another doctor such as this from National Jewish.

National Jewish Health PatientJuly, 2018
Dr. Olin exceed our expectations on this visit! you can tell he truly cares about his patients and the work that he does!

National Jewish Health PatientJuly, 2018
I have always gotten great answers and felt that Dr Olin had my daughters best interest at heart! He has made a whole new life for my daughter and within 4 years of being at National Jewish my daughter has went from not being able to breath walking down a hallway or singing to she is released to do ANYTHING!!! She still has [a chronic condition], but it is totally managed!!!! I thank God each day to finally see her become her own person without [her condition] dictating what she does!

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2018
Dr. Olin is personable and professional, and he speaks both to parent/s and to the child/patient. I think he's a gem!

National Jewish Health PatientApril, 2018
Appreciated that this provider went beyond the "easy" answer. He considered possible contributing factors and ordered tests as appropriate. This type of care shows the quality of providers at National Jewish. Thank you.

National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2018
*Dr. Olin is the BEST.

National Jewish Health PatientAugust, 2017
it's rare to get a care giver who realizes that my child is a very medically challenged young lady. he seems to take all her conditions into consideration when dealing with us I appreciate that very much

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.

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