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Center for Perinatal Research
Pediatric Surgery Residency
Associate Program Director
Service Line Chief
Gail E. Besner, MD, is a member of the Center for Perinatal Research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She holds the H. William Clatworthy Jr Professorship in Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and is the Co-Director of the Burn Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is the Program Director of the Residency in Pediatric Surgery. Her clinical interests include neonatal surgery, necrotizing enterocolitis, and pediatric burn care. Her research interests involve a growth factor known as heparin-binding EGF-like growth factor, HB-EGF, a growth factor that Dr. Besner identified in the early 1990s. Dr. Besner’s research is funded by three grants from the National Institutes of Health. In addition, Dr. Besner works with a biotechnology company to produce HB-EGF for clinical use, with Phase I and II clinical trials of the use of HB-EGF in the prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis anticipated in the near future. Dr. Besner is a 4-year term as a full-time member of the Surgery, Anesthesia member of the American College of Surgeons Executive Committee of the Surgical Research Committee, and recently completed a and Trauma Study Section of the National Institutes of Health.View CV »
Dr. Besner appointed to National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council
Gail E. Besner, MD has been appointed to the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. This council of 17 of America’s most distinguished and accomplished scientists advises Secretary Sebelius, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and other key government leaders on grant applications to support biomedical research and research training activities.