Medical Professional Publications

Recognition & Appointments

(From the August 2013 Issue of MedStat)

David A. Axelson, MD, has been appointed chief of Psychiatry and medical director of Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s. He will also serve as chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Axelson comes to Nationwide Children’s from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), where he served as associate professor of Psychiatry and medical director of the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Services outpatient program. Dr. Axelson is recognized nationally and internationally for his work in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, pediatric bipolar disorder, diagnostic biomarkers for pediatric mood disorders and pediatric psychopharmacology. He has published more than 125 peer-reviewed articles and was the Principal Investigator on a multisite National Institute of Mental Health funded treatment study of bipolar youth. Dr. Axelson earned his bachelor’s degree in religious studies at Brown University and his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He completed a combined General – Child and Adolescent Psychiatry residency and a NIMH Clinical Research Fellowship in Child Psychiatry, both at WPIC, where he was also Joaquim Puig-Antich Scholar in Child Psychiatric Research. Read the news release.

Gail E. Besner, MDGail E. Besner, MD, has been appointed to the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Dr. Besner is chief of Pediatric Surgery at Nationwide Children’s and the H. William Clatworthy, Jr. Professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is also director of the Pediatric Surgery Training Program, principal investigator in the Center for Perinatal Research in The Research Institute and associate burn director at Nationwide Children’s. 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. In addition, council members advise the NIH Director concerning pertinent programs and provide recommendations to stimulate additional work in promising fields of basic and biomedical science. The members of this group include some of the most influential individuals in American science and medicine. Read the news release.

J. Philip Saul, MDJ. Philip Saul, MD, has been appointed chief of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and also chair of the Department of Pediatrics and associate dean for Pediatrics and Transitional Health at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Saul will also serve as chief executive officer of the Pediatric Academic Association (PAA) at Nationwide Children’s. In these roles, Dr. Saul will oversee the clinical, teaching and academic activities of more than 400 pediatric specialists who hold joint appointments at Nationwide Children’s and Ohio State’s College of Medicine. He will also oversee all medical student teaching activities taking place at Nationwide Children’s through the University and the College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Saul will begin his new role in November and is currently at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he is professor of Pediatrics and Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology, director of the Children’s Heart Program of South Carolina and senior associate dean for Children’s Health Outreach. He earned his bachelor’s degree and medical degree from Duke University in Durham, NC, and then completed residency in pediatrics, as well as clinical and research fellowships in Pediatric Cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital. Read the news release.

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