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John A. Barnard, MD, is chief of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, president of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s and holds the Ann I. Wolfe Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research Leadership. He is chair of the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine where he is also a professor of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. An accomplished physician-scientist, he has received more than $5 million in personal research funding during his career and authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters.
As president of The Research Institute, Dr. Barnard is responsible for strategic direction, administration, resource allocation and infrastructure design in support of research activities at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The Research Institute is one of the largest pediatric research institutions in the United States and has consistently ranked among the top ten free-standing children’s hospitals based on National Institutes of Health funding. In 2015, The Research Institute received more than $90 million in external awards.
As chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Ohio State, he offers counsel, mentorship and oversight for clinical and academic activities of the more than 450 full-time faculty members. He also oversees the education of more than 300 medical students and pediatric residents and fellows training at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
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 a faculty member at Vanderbilt for 11 years, including 5 years as Director of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology.
He is currently a member of Ohio's Third Frontier Commission and chair of the Ohio Children's Hospital Association Research Collaborative Task Force. He also served as a past president of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Foundation (NASPGHAN).
An advocate for science education and communication, he is a member of the Executive Committee for the Medical Scientist Training Program at Ohio State; is the co-founder of a science communication public forum with COSI (Center of Science and Industry) and the OSU School of Communication; and has authored more than 70 pediatric research columns for The Columbus Dispatch, a role he has held since 2006.View CV »
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