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Joan F. Atkin, MD, is a geneticist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine. Dr. Atkin received her medical degree from John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, and went on to an internship and residency in pediatrics at Kapiolani-Children’s Medical Center in Honolulu. She completed a fellowship in genetics at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Medical Genetics in clinical genetics and clinical cytogenetics. She serves on the Diversity Council at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the OSU Medical School Admissions Committee. Major research interests include craniofacial genetics, human teratogens and X-linked mental retardation.