(From the May 2013 Issue of MedStat)
Steven Ciciora, MD, third-year fellow, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's, was honored by the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio with its “Commitment to Excellence Award.” Dr. Ciciora was nominated by a patient's parent, and received the award during the organization’s annual conference on March 21. Dr. Ciciora will complete his fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology this year and join the Nationwide Children’s GI faculty.
Gail E. Herman, MD, PhD, FACMG, has been appointed the new president of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG). Dr. Herman is a member of the Section of Molecular and Human Genetics at Nationwide Children's and the Center for Molecular and Human Genetics in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's. She is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics with a secondary appointment in the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Brian Kaspar, PhD, was named the first recipient of the Grant Morrow, III, MD, Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research at Nationwide Children’s. This endowed chair is supported by Arthur E. Shepard and Dorothy D. Shepard, who chose to fund the chair to honor the tireless service and long commitment of Grant Morrow, III, MD, to research at Nationwide Children’s. Dr. Kaspar, is a principal investigator in the Center for Gene Therapy at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s and an associate professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Neuroscience at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is a recognized national expert in the discovery of new therapies for spinal muscular atrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Peter Olaitan, MD, has been named Nationwide Children's Greif International Scholar. Dr. Olaitan is a plastic surgeon and faculty member at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Obgomoso, Nigeria. He will receive fellowship-level training in pediatric plastic surgery at Nationwide Children's and participate in ongoing teaching and research within the Department of Pediatric Plastic Surgery. When the program concludes, Dr. Olaitan will return to Nigeria to teach pediatric plastic surgery techniques to his colleagues throughout the country. This program is made possible by the generous endowment established by Greif, Inc., a world leader in industrial packing products, to improve the health of children throughout the world.
Jonathan D. Thackeray, MD, has authored a commentary on intimate partner violence and its effect on children for Contemporary Pediatrics. Dr. Thackeray is Clinical Director of The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.