Distinguished Service: John Barnard, MD

John Barnard, MD

John Barnard, MD, President of the Abigail Wexner Research Institute, Chief of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of Nationwide Children’s Hospital

After more than 20 years of distinguished service at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Abigail Wexner Research Institute, John Barnard, MD, has announced that he will be retiring in March 2022.

Dr. Barnard’s scope of responsibilities impacts nearly every aspect of our mission. He currently serves Nationwide Children’s as president of the Abigail Wexner Research Institute, chief of Pediatrics, and physician-in-chief. He holds the distinguished Ann I. Wolfe Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research. Dr. Barnard also serves as chair of the Department of Pediatrics for The Ohio State University’s College of Medicine.

During the last two decades, Dr. Barnard’s impact on Nationwide Children’s and the field of pediatrics has been transformational.

His leadership of the Abigail Wexner Research Institute has solidly placed Nationwide Children’s among the pre-eminent pediatric research centers in the country. During his tenure, our National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding has quadrupled and we have more than tripled the dedicated child health research space on our campus.

With his vision for growing multidisciplinary research programs, we established multiple research Centers of Emphasis, launched the Steve and Cindy Rasmussen Institute for Genomic Medicine in AWRI, built our first Good Manufacturing Practices facility and established our highly successful Office of Technology Commercialization.

Dr. Barnard has been a magnet for attracting the best and brightest talent to both our clinical and research faculty, recruiting 29 of the current research institute center directors and division chiefs to the Department of Pediatrics. Beyond these vital leaders, Dr. Barnard’s recruiting talents have added more than 150 research intensive scientists and more than 250 pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists to our faculty. His passion for teaching and training are evident in our residency and fellowship programs where he has championed diversity and education efforts to help shape the next generation of pediatric physicians and scientists. The impact of his recruiting efforts will be felt for decades to come.

A distinguished, NIH-funded physician-scientist, Dr. Barnard is a nationally recognized pediatric gastroenterologist who has authored multiple peer- reviewed publications and more than 100 pediatric science editorials as an invited columnist for The Columbus Dispatch. He has served as president of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and was recognized with their prestigious Shwachman Award, the highest national recognition for pediatric gastroenterologists.