Motao Zhu, MD, MS, PhD  :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Motao Zhu, MD, MS, PhD

Motao  Zhu, MD, MS, PhD

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700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205 [ map ]
PH: (614) 355-6687
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Motao Zhu, MD, MS, PhD, is an associate professor of pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. With doctoral training in epidemiology and medicine, and active research for the past 14 years, Dr. Zhu is well versed in travel behaviors and transportation safety. He has received multiple NIH and CDC grants to conduct research in cell phone use while driving, teen driving; and traffic policy. He has published in a number of high impact journals, including Epidemiology and American Journal of Preventive Medicine, as well as notable journals in the injury filed, such as Injury Prevention and Accident Analysis and Prevention. He is an editorial board member for the journals Injury Prevention and Injury Epidemiology. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Operator Education and Regulation Committee.


  • Male

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Research Interests

Education and Training

Graduate School

  • Peking University
    Date Completed: 05/15/1997

Graduate School

  • State University of New York at Albany
    Date Completed: 05/15/2008


  • Center for Injury Research & Policy

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

  • 06/13/2016


  • Zhu M1, Zhao S2, Long DL3, Curry AE4. Association of Graduated Driver Licensing With Driver, Non-Driver, and Total Fatalities Among Adolescents. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Jul;51(1):63-70. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.02.024. Epub 2016 Apr 5. PubMed ID: 27067034
  • Zhu M1, Zhao S, Long DL. Brief Report: The Association of Graduated Driver Licensing with Nondriver Transport-related Injuries Among Adolescents. Epidemiology. 2016 Sep;27(5):620-3. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000502. PubMed ID: 27153461
  • Zhu M1, Zhao S, Coben JH, Smith GS. Why more male pedestrians die in vehicle-pedestrian collisions than female pedestrians: a decompositional analysis. Inj Prev. 2013 Aug;19(4):227-31. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040594. Epub 2012 Nov 29. PubMed ID: 23197672
  • Rudisill TM1, Zhao S2, Abate MA3, Coben JH4, Zhu M5. Trends in drug use among drivers killed in U.S. traffic crashes, 1999-2010. Accid Anal Prev. 2014 Sep;70:178-87. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2014.04.003. Epub 2014 May 3. PubMed ID: 24793428
  • Rudisill TM1, Zhu M2. The association between states' texting regulations and the prevalence of texting while driving among U.S. high school students. Ann Epidemiol. 2015 Dec;25(12):888-93. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2015.09.004. Epub 2015 Sep 28. PubMed ID: 26688117
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