Charles H. Spencer, MD :: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Charles H. Spencer, MD

Charles H. Spencer, MD Best Doctors 2011-2012

Contact Information

700 Children's Dr
Columbus, OH 43205 [ map ]
PH: (614) 722-5525
FX: (614) 722-3194

Location Information for Patients

Main Campus


Charles H Spencer, MD, is Section Chief of Rheumatology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Director of Pediatric Rheumatology in the Department of Pediatrics, and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is founding editor and current co-editor of Pediatric Rheumatology, an open access journal on Bio Med Central and currently the only pediatric rheumatology journal. He is the recipient of the American College of Rheumatology Clinician Scholar Educator Award, for establishing a dynamic education website in rheumatology. He is a volunteer for the American Academy of Pediatrics, serving as Chairperson of the Section Forum, representing 18,000 pediatric subspecialists, and is on the planning committee for the AAP Annual Membership Forum. He is an advocate for pediatric rheumatology education, pediatric subspecialty work force needs, and the needs of chronically ill children. He is also active in development of pediatric rheumatology in other countries such as India and Jordan.


  • Male

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Education and Training

Medical School

  • Lousiana State University School of Medicine
    Date Completed: 06/30/1973


  • University of Southern California County Hospital
    Date Completed: 06/30/1977


  • Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
    Date Completed: 06/30/1979


  • National Institutes of Health
    Date Completed: 06/30/1989


  • Pediatrics


  • Rheumatology


  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Pediatrics

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

  • 10/08/2007


  • Malleson PN, Mackinnon Murray J., Sailer-Hoeck Michaela, Spencer Charles H. 2010. Review for the Generalist: the antinuclear antibody test in children - when to use it and what to do with a positive titer.  PROJ. Vol. 8, no. 27. (August).
  • Cimaz R, Coppa GV, Kone-Paut I, Link B, Pastores G, Elorduy MR, Spencer CH, Thorne C, Wulffraat N, Manger B. 2009. Joint contractures in the absence of inflammation may indicate mucopolysaccharidosis.  Pediatric Rheumatology. Vol. 7, no. January: e268.
  • Spencer C. Why should pediatric rheumatology be recognized as a separate subspecialty; an open letter to medical council and government agencies. Pediatric Rheumatology 5(21), 2007.

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