• Barbara Tobias, MD
  • Professor of Family and Community Medicine; Robert & Myfanwy Smith Endowed Chair of Family Medicine
  • Phone: (513) 558-1413
  • Email: barbara.tobias@uc.edu

    Research/Clinical Interests:

  • Womens health care, art and the humanities in medical education, disparities in health care access, teaching medical students

    Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Arts: Cornell University, 1982
  • Medical Degree: University of Cincinnati, 1987
  • Residency: University of Cincinnati/University Hospital, 1990
  • Board Certification, 1990 - 2014, American Board of Family Practice, Recertified 2004 - 2014
  • State Medical Board of Ohio

Peer Reviewed Publications (in chronological order):

  • Sehgal M, Ellis R, Tobias B (2012). What's Wrong with Mom (Dad)? Chronic Care Evaluation and Management of the Older Adult (and their Caregivers) with Alzheimer's Dementia . Family Medicine Clerkship Best Practices, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine , Published online 2012.
  • Elder N, Ricer R, Tobias B (2006). How respected family physicians manage difficult patient encounters . Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine , 19:533-41.
  • Elder N, Tobias B, Lucero-Criswell A, Goldenhar L (2006). The art of observation: impact of a family medicine and art museum partnership on student education . Family Medicine , 38(6):393-398.
  • Tobias B, Jacobson J (2004). A Pain by Any Other Name - Cross-cultural Challenges to the Patient With Unexplained Pain . The Teaching Physician:Teaching Points-A 2-minute Mini-lecture , 3(2).
  • Tobias B, Ricer RE (1998). Office Counseling of Adolescents about Sexual Issues . Primary Care Clinics of North America , 25(1):49-70.

Published Books:

  • Tobias B, Silverman D, Siebenlaer J (1994). Highways to Health, An Adolescent Resource Guide.

Book Chapter:

  • Tobias B (2004). Gastroenterology Review In Lipsky M, King M, Susman J, Dobo S. (Eds.) , Family Medicine Certification Review. : Blackwell Publishing, Malden, MA.
  • Sandvig M, Tobias B, Zink T (2001). Partner Violence In Montauk SL, Ricer RE, Filak AT (Eds.) , Guide to the Family Medicine Clerkship : Lippincott Williams and Wilkens, Philadelphia PA.

    Research Grants:

  • University of Cincinati Office of Medical Education. "Evaluation of Effective Teaching of Musculoskeletal Exam Skills and Concepts Across the Medical School Curriculum"
  • AHEC Preceptor Development Grant
  • AHEC Preceptor Development Grant
  • AHEC Preceptor Development Grant
  • Health Professions Faculty Curriculum Development Grant. Adolescent Medicine Service Learning
  • Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation. "Spirituality in Family Medicine"
  • Ohio Academy of Family Practice Foundation. Women's Health Project
  • Ohio Department of Health. Lincoln Heights Adolescent Mentoring Program, Project Director
  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Lincoln Heights Adolescent Mentoring Program Project Director
  • . AAMC Urban Universities for HEALTH Learning Collaborative. Dr. Tobias will advise the UC Project Advisory Implementation Committee. University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, Cincinnati, OH - Grant, Co-PI, Active.
  • American Institutes for Research, Health Collaborative of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH. Technical Assistance to Support the Learning and Diffusions Activities at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) - Grant, Principal Investigator, Active.
  • Bethesda, Inc., Health Collaborative of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH. Support to the Health Collaborative for consumer engagement, public reporting and quality improvement - Grant, Project Faculty, Active.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q). - Health Collaborative, Cincinnati OH To enhance quality and healthcare in 16 communities across the country through consumer engagement, quality improvement, performance measurement and public reporting, payment reform and disparities - Grant, Medical Director, Active.
  • DA Reynolds Foundation - . Project: Development and implementation lead of the medical education component to strengthen geriatrics education at the University of Cincinnati - Contract, Project Faculty, Active.
  • CHC-01-01-A0-S0-E0 Corporation for National and Community Service. Adolescent Medicine Elective, PI, Closed.
  • MarciaBrady-01-01-A0-S0-E0 Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation. Spirituality in Medicine, PI, Closed.
  • 00LHEOH02-03-A0-S0-E0 Corporation for National and Community Service. The Midwest Health Professions Service Learning Consortium, PI, Closed.
  • 66307 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship, PI, Closed.
  • AAMC U-HEALTH LEARNING COLLABORATIVE / U24MD006960 National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Urban Universities For Health Learning Collaborative, Collaborator, Active.

Recent Awards/Honors:

  • Robert and Myfanwy Smith Endowed Chair. Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2011
  • Outstanding Family Medicine Student Mentor. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2011
  • Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy, 2009,2010
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2007
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Alumni Recipient. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2007
  • White Coat Ceremony Key Note Speaker. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2006
  • "Best Teacher" Predoctoral Division, Department of Family Medicine - Recognized by 3rd Year Clerkship Students, 2005
  • Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2005
  • White Coat Ceremony Key Note Speaker. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2004
  • Citizen of the Year, City of Wyoming, OH, 2004
  • Leonard R. Tow Award for Humanism in Medicine, Arthur Gold Foundation, 2004
  • Nominated by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine student body for AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award, 2004
  • "Best Doctors in America", 2003,2009
  • Silver Apple Award for Teaching, awarded by the 2000 Graduating Class, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2000
  • Gender Equity Award, Awarded by Medical Students, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1996
  • Outstanding Teacher Award. Upjohn Award, Honorary Society for Teaching Excellence, 1994

Invited Presentations:

  • Tobias B (2012). Influencing the National Debate on Health Care. Richard H Kuhn Honorary Lecture Focus 2012 - Providing Care with Value. St. Vincent's Hospital , Erie, PA. National
  • Tobias B, Yost E (2011). Clinical Leadership in Community Based Reform. Reactor Panel. Advancing Health Care Payment and Delivery Reform through Clinical Leadership. Engleberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings , Brookings Institute, Washington DC. National
  • Tobias B (2011). Medical Home and Primary Care on the Provision of Acute Acre in the US. Advancing the Emergency Care Enterprise Health Care Reform Perspective. Council on Emergency Medical Care. Department of Health and Human Services , Washington, DC. National
  • Tobias B (2009). Evaluation of Effective Teaching of Musculoskeletal Exam Skills and Concepts Across the Medical School Curriculum. STFM Annual Conference , Denver, CO. National
  • Tobias B, Susman J, Passmore C, Baker D, Smith G (2008). Faculty Development Series Workshop I: Teaching and Learning Skills. STFM Annual Conference , Baltimore, MD. National
  • Tobias B (2008). Vaccination Myths and Truths in Adolescents and Adults. Faculty Directed Continuing Education Activity. The Ohio State University College of Nursing , Columbus, OH. Regional
  • Tobias B, Pritts S, Ricer R (2008). Biting the Hand that Feeds You. STFM Predoctoral Conference , Portland, OR. National
  • Tobias B, Pritts S (2007). On-site student formative feedback: Linking academic and community faculty. STFM Annual Conference , Chicago, IL. National
  • Elder NC, Ricer R, Tobias B (2006). How respected family physicians manage difficult patient encounters. American Academy of Family Physicians Annual Scientific Assembly , Washington, DC. National
  • Tobias B, Criswell A, Goldenhar L, Elder N (2006). The art of observation: A partnership between a medical school and an art museum. Ohio Family Medicine Symposium on Research and Education , Columbus, OH. Regional
  • Tobias R, Pritts S, Ricer R (2006). Faculty and Student Awards . STFM Predoctoral Conference , Charleston, NC. National
  • Elder N, Tobias B, Criswell A, Goldenahr LM (2005). The art of observation: A Partnership between a medical school and an art museum. Innovations in Medical Education. AAMC Conference , Washington, DC. National
  • Tobias B (2005). Kids into Health Careers and Geriatrics in the 3rd Year Family Medicine Clerkship. STFM Predoctoral Conference , Albuquerque, NM. National
  • Tobias B, Criswell A (2004). Art Museums and Medical Schools: An Unusual Collaboration? Workshop by Amber Lucero-Criswell, Assistant Curator of Education for Interpretation and Adult Programs. Cincinnati Art Museum , Cincinnati OH. Local
  • Tobias B (2004). Tell Me Your Story. Bridging the gap between 1st Year Medical Students and Geriatrics. STFM Predoctoral Conference , New Orleans, LA. National
  • Tobias B, Crisswell A (2004). The Visual Arts in Medical Education . Paper presentation at 2nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities , Honolulu HI. International
  • Tobias B (2002). The Arts in Medical Education, workshop. STFM Annual Spring Conference , San Francisco, CA. National
  • Tobias B (2002). How to Plan a Successful Retreat. STFM Annual Spring Conference , San Francisco, CA. National
  • Tobias B (2002). The Family in Family Medicine, Alternative Medicine, Biopsychosocial Model: On a Continuum - Where do We Draw the Line in Defining Family Medicine for Students?. STFM Predoctoral Conference , Tampa, FL. National
  • Tobias B (2002). The Arts and Humanities in Predoctoral Medical Education. STFM Predoctoral Conference , Tampa, FL. National
  • Tobias B (2001). Using Collected Questions asked by Adolescents to Teach Adolescent Medicine in Academic Family Medicine and the Community. STFM Predoctoral Conference , Long Beach, CA. National
  • Tobias B (1999). Social Cognition in Medical Education. STFM National Conference , Seattle, WA. National
  • Tobias B (1999). Success in Family Medicine Predoctoral Education: Building Consensus on Criteria and Measurement. STFM Predoctoral Conference , Savannah, GA. National
  • Tobias B (1998). Third Year Clerkshop - Recruitment/Academic Credibility Conflicts. STFM Predoctoral Conference , New Orleans, LA. National
  • Tobias B (1998). Success in Family Medicine Predoc Education - Building Consensus. On Criteria: Measurement of Success. STFM National Conference , Chicago, IL. National
  • Tobias B (1998). Complementary Medicine Across the Family Medicine Curriculum. STFM Predoctoral Conference , New Orleans, LA. National
  • Tobias B (1997). Serving the Underserved. OAFP Student Leadership Conference
  • Tobias B (1995). Refining Goals and Objectives Across the Family Medicine Curriculum. 21st Annual STFM Predoctoral Education Conference , Charleston, SC. National
  • Tobias B (1996). Contraception in the Adolescent Patient. Yearly Presentation 1996 - 2000 to the Bethesda Family Practice Residency Program , Cincinnati, OH. Local
  • Tobias B (1996). Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Bank Pain. Ohio State University College of Nursing , Columbus OH. Regional
  • Tobias B (1995). Abdominal Pain. University of Cincinnati College of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Program , Cincinnati OH. Local
  • Tobias B (1995). Clinical Relevance of Female Patients' Sexual Activity, Functioning and Orirentation. Toward the Year 2000: Improving Women's Health in Ohio. Ohio Department of Health Office of Women's Health Initiatives , Columbus, OH. State
  • Tobias B (1995). URI. University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. Family Nurse Practitioner Program , Cincinnati, OH. Local
  • Tobias B (1994). Faculty Development - Goals & Objectives Workshop. UC Department of Family Medicine , Cincinnat OH. Department
  • Rosenthal M, Shively C, Tobias B (2013). Forum on Patient-Centered Medical Homes: Do They Work?. Senate Office Bldg, Dirksen 106 , Washington, DC . National
  • Tobias B, Moderator (2013). Closing Plenary (panel discussion): Meaningful Use as a Driver for Health Care Transformation: Strategies and Best Practices. 2013 Meaningful Use and Health Care Innovations Conference, Cincinnati OH Regional
  • Tobias B (2013). Local Payment Reform Initiatives: An Update. Greater Cincinnati Health Council Hospital Public Relations Group, Cincinnati, OH Local
  • Tobias B, Jacobson J (2013). Regional Health Care Transformation, Payment Reform and Public Reporting. Department of Otolaryngology Grand Rounds. University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, Cincinnati, OH Regional
  • Tobias B, Panelist (2013). Preparing for Community Payment Reform. Health Reform Summit, San Francisco CA National
  • Tobias B, Steiner B, Tysinger J (2013). Recruiting and Training Students for a Realigned Health Care System. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Medical Education National Conference, San Antonio, TX National
  • Tobias B, Panelist (2012). Cincinnati Primary Care Transformation. Cincy Magazine Health Summit Sharonville Convention Center, Cincinnati OH Local
  • Tobias B, Bolton S (2012). Cincinnati and the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. Ohio Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative Fall Collaborative Conference, Fawcett Center, Columbus OH State
  • Tobias B (2012). All of Health Care Policy is Local: Local and National Health Care Transformation. Board of Directors Annual Retreat, Hospice of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH Local
  • Tobias B (2012). Physicians and Health Care Policy. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Dual Admissions Program, Cincinnati, OH. University
  • Tobias B, Moderator (2012). Patient Engagement Panel. Greater Cincinnati Health Council Solutions in Quality and Safety Conference, Cincinnati OH. Local
  • Tobias B, Hirsh J, McMullen E (2012). Greater Cincinnati Healthcare Transformation: Employer Solutions. Horan Corporation, Cincinnati OH. Local
  • Tobias B, Shonk R (2012). Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. Employers Health Advisory Committee, Cincinnati OH. Regional
  • Hirsh J, Tobias B (2012). Consumer Engagement, Transparency and Public Reporting: The Cincinnati Story. Kentuckiana Health Collaborative - Webinar, Cincinnati, OH. Regional
  • Tobias B (2012). Better Health through Quality Improvement: The Cincinnati AF4Q Story. Health Care Connection. Presentation to the Health Care Connection Board of Directors, Cincinnati, OH. Local
  • Tobias B (2012). Cincinnati Aligning Forces for Quality. Health Innovations in Ohio 2012. Health Policy Institute of Ohio, Lewis Center, Delaware County, OH. State
  • Tobias B (2012). Incorporating the PCMH Model into Practice: The Cincinnati Story. UD/Miami Valley Healthcare Symposium, "Are You Ready for PCMH", Dayton, OH. Regional
  • Tobias B (2012). ACOs: Coming Soon. PNC Health Care Impact Group, Cincinnati, OH. Local
  • Tobias B (2012). All of Health Care Policy is Local. Insurance Underwriters, Cincinnati, OH Local
  • Tobias B (2012). Local Initiatives in Patient Centered Medical Homes. Mercy Health Physicians Primary Care Steering Committee, Cincinnati, OH. Local
  • Tobias B, Moderator (2012). Patient Centered Medical Home Physician Panel. GE Aviation, Cincinnati, OH Local
  • Tobias B, Ebel G (2012). The Impact of the Health Collaborative. Greater Cincinnati Association of Health Care Underwriters, Cincinnati, OH Local
  • Tobias B (2004). Humanism in Medicine; Clinical Dinner Key Note Speaker, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH. University
  • Tobias B (2004). Hunanism in Medicine. White Coat Key Note Speaker, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine White Coat Ceremony, Cincinnati, OH. University
  • Tobias B Various U.C. College of Medicine and Residency Presentations, including:. "PCMH/ACOs" Clinton Memorial Hospital Residency Program; "Intimate Partner Violence" TCH/UH Residency Program; "Public Reporting" TCH/UH Residency Program; "Public Reporting", "High Performance Health Care Systems" and "History of the US Health Care System" Physician and Society 2012 (6 hours); "PCMH/ACOs 2012" and "Regional Health Care Transformation 2013" Business of Medicine Elective College

Poster Presentations:

  • (2013). Integration of a Dementia Curriculum into an Internal Medicine Residency. 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society, Grapevine, TX National
  • (1995). Biomedical Ethics in a Family Medicine Clerkship. STFM Predoctoral Conference, Charleston, SC National

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