J. 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, 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 brings extensive experience to this key leadership role for our two organizations. Beyond his exemplary clinical and research career, Dr. Saul possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge of business strategy that will be an asset in this role,” states Steve Allen, MD, CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “He understands the vital importance of our teaching and academic relationship with The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He has the proven experience to enhance the strong foundation already in place.”
Saul will begin his new role in November of this year. He is currently at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, where he is professor of Pediatrics and Regenerative Medicine & Cell Biology, director of the Children’s Heart Program of South Carolina, and senior associate dean for Children’s Health Outreach.
“Dr. Saul’s leadership and distinguished pediatric expertise will strengthen our education excellence and the alliance between The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital,” said Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM, dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for Health Sciences. “He impressed our search committee with his ability to grow junior faculty and collaboratively bring physicians together to build programs.”
He earned his B.S. and M.D. from Duke University in Durham, N.C., and then completed residency in pediatrics, as well as clinical and research fellowships in Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital, Boston.
Dr. Saul’s research interests include control system analysis of the heart and circulation, management of syncope and arrhythmias, innovative techniques for interventional cardiac electrophysiology, and translational research for pediatric and congenital heart disease. He performed the first radiofrequency catheter ablation for WPW syndrome in a child in 1990, and the first catheter cryoablation procedure in a child in the U.S. in 2003. He has continued to pioneer new techniques for the minimally invasive treatment of arrhythmias in children and adults with congenital heart disease. In recent years, his interests have included preventative cardiology to address the epidemic of childhood obesity, and sudden unexpected death in the young.
He has published more than 260 articles, chapters and books, and holds eight patents. Dr. Saul has lectured extensively throughout the world, directed and organized numerous conferences, and mentored a wide variety of research and cardiac electrophysiology trainees.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards, honors and grants, including more than 14 million dollars in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), foundations and industry. Currently, he is the MUSC Principal Investigator for one of the nine clinical centers in the prestigious National Institutes of Health, Pediatric Heart Research Network (PHN).
J. 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.