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Dr. Jonathan Thackeray Appointed Leadership Roles Supporting Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Dr. Thackeray accepts medical leadership positions; child and family advocacy


Columbus, OH - 1/30/2012

Jonathan Thackeray, MD, has been named medical director of The Center for Family Safety and Healing and chief of the Division of Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Thackeray has served as a physician at The Center for Family Safety and Healing, formerly known as the Center for Child and Family Advocacy, at Nationwide Children’s since 2005. Prior to his recent appointment, Dr. Thackeray was the clinical director of the Child Assessment Center in The Center for Family Safety and Healing, which provides responsive and timely medical assessment and treatment along with interviews of children and family members for those who may have experienced child abuse. In 2011, he was named Interim Medical Director of The Center for Family Safety and Healing.

In his role as Medical Director of The Center for Family Safety and Healing, Dr. Thackeray will continue to integrate the work of the Center and the work of Nationwide Children’s while providing clinical leadership and ensuring high-quality, evidence-based and family-centered care for the clinical services offered at the Center. He will focus on strengthening the collaboration between the Center and community partners to ultimately strengthen the community response to family violence. Dr. Thackeray will also contribute to the training missions of the multidisciplinary specialty areas working in the field of family violence.  

As Chief of the Division of Child and Family Advocacy, Dr. Thackeray will lead and manage a team of physicians within The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics dedicated to clinical care, education, training and research in the field of child abuse, neglect and family violence while ensuring quality and safety of clinical care provided to patients and their families. He will also help develop a research agenda for faculty incorporating multiple medical disciplines including Obstetrics/Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Pediatrics.

During his tenure, Dr. Thackeray, also assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, has published numerous studies on child abuse, neglect and family violence. He has also received thousands of dollars in grant funding and has presented on child and family violence on a local and national level. His professional interests include intimate partner violence and resident education.

Dr. Thackeray graduated with his medical degree from Medical College of Ohio. He went on to complete his residency at Indiana University and a fellowship in child abuse pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on Child Abuse and Neglect and serves as editor of the section's newsletter. He recently completed a two-year term as president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and is a Member of the Ray E. Helfer Society and a member of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association. He is Co-Editor of Chadwick’s Child Maltreatment, one of the premier textbooks in the field of child maltreatment. He is board certified in general pediatrics, internal medicine and child abuse pediatrics

The Center for Family Safety and Healing represents an unparalleled opportunity to make a powerful statement that ending child abuse and family violence is a community-wide priority. Through a combination of public and private resources, the Center is the first facility in the country to fully integrate child abuse and domestic violence services offering a continuum of services and expertise for victims from prevention through long-term therapy and support.

The Division of Child and Family Advocacy is housed at The Center for Family Safety and Healing, which offers clinical social services, law enforcement, behavioral health services, child protective services, domestic violence advocates and home visitation programs. These services provide a coordinated and comprehensive approach to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all aspects of family violence.

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Dr. Thackeray resides in Upper Arlington (43220).

Dr. Jonathan Thackeray, medical director of The Center for Family Safety and Healing and chief of the Division of Child and Family Advocacy

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