(From the November 2012 Issue of MedStat)
Gail E. Besner, MD, has been appointed chief of Pediatric Surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is program director of the Residency in Pediatric Surgery; principal investigator in the Center for Perinatal Research in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s and associate director of the Burn Program. In addition, Dr. Besner has been appointed to the H. William Clatworthy, Jr. Professorship in Pediatric Surgery at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.
During the last 21 years, Dr. Besner has achieved a level of academic excellence that places her among the most acclaimed pediatric surgeons in the world. In the process, she has authored more than 130 original scientific articles, delivered more than 200 national and international presentations; mentored dozens of fellows and has been awarded seven patents. She is a member of every significant surgical organization in her field and has served as visiting professor around the United States and internationally. Dr. Besner has been a tireless advocate for surgical education at Nationwide Children’s and throughout the U.S. Under her leadership of the Pediatric Surgery Residency, the program has been able to attract some of the most sought after applicants in the country. She was voted the Outstanding Teacher of the Year by surgical trainees in June 2012.