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John A. Barnard, MD, is president of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and holds the Ann I. Wolfe Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research Leadership. He is a professor of Pediatrics and vice chair for Research at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He also is a practicing gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
An accomplished physician-scientist, he has received more than $5 million in research funding during his career and has authored more than 80 scholarly works. He is principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health T32 training grants for pediatricians and is a co-principal investigator for the Clinical and Translational Science Award at The Ohio State University.
As president of The Research Institute, Dr. Barnard is responsible for strategic direction, overall administration, recruiting, allocation of resources and design of infrastructure in support of all research activities at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The Research Institute is one of the fastest growing pediatric research institutions in the United States and is currently ranked 6th nationally among the top ten free-standing children’s hospitals based on National Institutes of Health funding. In 2013, The Research Institute received more than $80 million in external funding.
Dr. Barnard received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi and was an intern and resident at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he also completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. He was director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Division at Vanderbilt prior to relocating to Columbus in 2000.
He has been named among the Best Doctors in America for the past decade and has served as president of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and is currently the NASPGHAN Foundation president. In 2007 he was named the Executive of the Year by TechColumbus, a public-private partnership whose mission is to accelerate the advancement of Central Ohio’s innovation economy.