NCH Blog Author

Aaron Barber, AT, ATC, PES

Sports Medicine

Aaron Barber, AT, ATC, PES received his degree in athletic training from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 2013. After which, he earned his certification to be an athletic trainer from the national board and his license to practice in Ohio. During his undergraduate, his clinical experiences included working with the softball, football, and women's soccer team. He joined the Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine team in July of 2013 and is currently the assistant athletic trainer and head strength and conditioning coach at Bexley High School. Being a former collegiate athlete, he enjoys working with the high school athletes and helping them improve their performance and reduce their risk of injury. He loves seeing individuals grow both as students and athletes, which fuels his passion for athletic training. He enjoys being a part of the Sports Medicine team and the Bexley community.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Adam Ostendorf, MD

Neurology

Adam Ostendorf, MD, is an attending pediatric neurologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital and assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Neurology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed medical school at The University of Iowa, followed by pediatric neurology residency and clinical neurophysiology/pediatric epilepsy fellowship with emphasis in critical care neurology at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis. He is board certified in neurology with special qualification in child neurology and board eligible in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy. He is a member of the critical care neurology and surgical epilepsy teams at Nationwide Children's Hospital. His clinical interests include critical care neurology, continuous EEG, and drug resistant epilepsy with a focus on epilepsy surgery.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Adriane Baylis, PhD, CCC-SLP

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Adriane Baylis, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a speech scientist, craniofacial speech pathologist and director of the Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program. She is also an assistant professor of clinical plastic surgery, speech and hearing science, and pediatrics at The Ohio State University. Her clinical interests include perceptual and instrumental assessment of velopharyngeal dysfunction in children with cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies. Her research focuses on measurement of speech outcomes in children with cleft palate and the multifactorial nature of speech disorders and velopharyngeal dysfunction in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Alaina White, AT, ATC

Sports Medicine

Alaina White, AT, ATC, is an athletic trainer at Nationwide Children's Hospital and an assistant athletic trainer, working with Football and Softball, at Ohio Dominican University. Prior to Nationwide Children's Hospital, Alaina worked as an athletic trainer in Lexington, KY for 10 years at Transylvania University and Lexington Clinic. She received her Masters degree from Eastern Kentucky University and her Bachelors degree from Ohio University.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Alecia Jayne, AuD

Audiology

Dr. Alecia Jayne received her AuD through the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium in 2007 and joined the Nationwide Children's Hospital audiology team in 2008. Her interests include diagnostics, hearing aids, and cochlear implants. Dr. Jayne enjoys working with children and their families to provide the best care for a bright future.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Alessandra Gasior, DO

Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR)

Dr. Gasior is the medical director of Colorectal Transitional Care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and she is a surgeon with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery to help ensure that patients with colorectal conditions have a smooth transition of care once they reach adulthood. She has performed over 350 complex pediatric colorectal cases including minimally invasive and robotic surgeries. Her experience with adult patients is vast, including over 500 adult colorectal cases.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Alexis Klenke, RD, LD

Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition

Alexis Klenke is a registered and licensed dietitian with the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Alexis is certified in pediatric weight management through the American Dietetic Association.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Alice Bass, CPNP-PC

Advanced Illness Management

Alice Bass, APRN, is a pediatric nurse practitioner with the advanced illness management team at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Alice received her BA from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and her MSN from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. She holds a sub-specialty in pediatric palliative care and is board certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care through PNCB. Prior to joining Nationwide Children's, Alice was a pediatric hematology and oncology nurse.

Alison Pegg

Marketing and Public Relations

Alison Pegg is a digital account manager on the interactive marketing team at Nationwide Children's Hospital, where she creates digital strategy for the Nationwide Children's Foundation and US News ranked service lines.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Allison Strouse, MS, AT, ATC

Sports Medicine

Allison Strouse, MS, AT, ATC is a licensed and certified athletic trainer with Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports Medicine and an assistant athletic trainer at Ohio Dominican University. She graduated with a BS in athletic training at Aquinas College in 2010, and completed her master's degree in exercise science at the University of Toledo in 2012, Allison was hired as a post-graduate intern at the University of Michigan, working primarily with the men's and women's cross-country and track & field teams. From there she worked as an assistant athletic trainer at Alma College in Alma, Michigan before joining the Sports Medicine Team at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Over the course of her career, Allison has had the privilege of working with Olympic athletes, and has spent time volunteering with the sports medicine program at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith, RN, BSN, CPN

22q Center

Amanda Smith, RN, BSN, CPN is clinical leader and team coordinator for the Cleft Lip and Palate Center, the Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders and the 22q Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She graduated from the Hocking College School of Nursing and received her BSN from Ohio University. Amanda has been a member of the Cleft Lip and Palate Center team since 2012 and currently serves on the Membership Committee of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. She is dedicated to educating families and advocating for children with facial differences.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Amanda Sonk

Clinical Therapies

Mandy Sonk, LMT, graduated from Capital University in 1999 with a degree in psychology and criminology. She became a licensed massage therapist in 2006. Prior to working at NCH, Mandy worked for the State of Ohio for 12 years and most recently at OSU’s Center for Integrative Medicine as a LMT. Since 2012 Mandy has worked as an inpatient massage therapist on the rehab floor. Her primary interests are with traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries and is certified in pediatric massage. Besides feeling blessed to be a part of the NCH team, she has a 6 year old daughter (Loren) and a 3 year old son (Collin) along with a terrific husband. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, going to concerts, movies and sporting events.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Amanda Whitaker, MD

Orthopedics

Amanda T. Whitaker, MD, is a faculty member of the department of orthopaedic surgery and director of the Gait Lab. She is native to central Ohio. She received her medical degree with special qualifications in biomedical research from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. After completing her residency at the University of California San Francisco, she completed her pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. Her clinical interests include pediatric neuromuscular conditions, limb deformity, metabolic bone diseases and skeletal dysplasias, scoliosis, and trauma. Dr. Whitaker is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Orthopaedic Research Society, Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, America Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society.

NCH Blog Author

Amber Patterson, MD

Allergy and Immunology

Amber M. Patterson, MD works in the Section of Allergy and Immunology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As a wife and mother of three, she is passionate about harnessing efficiency to create time. Her current projects to make allergy care more efficient include: researching intralymphatic immunotherapy (a new form of allergy shots), innovating allergy/immunology education, and inventing better ways to test and treat for allergies. Dr. Patterson wants to teach her patients how to feel better quicker and stay healthy longer. The Pattersons enjoy being outdoors (playing, biking, swimming, gardening), reading, and rooting for the Buckeyes. OH-!

Amy Coleman, LISW

Behavioral Health

Amy Coleman, LISW-S, has many years of experience working with children and families in community and private mental health settings. Amy’s clinical background has focused primarily on working with youth with depression and anxiety disorders. Currently, Amy is a member of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Suicide Prevention and Research.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Amy Dunn, MD

Hematology, Oncology and BMT

Amy Dunn, MD, received her medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio and completed her pediatric and pediatric hematology/oncology training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital/Ohio State University where she is the Director of Pediatric Hematology and directs the Hemophilia Treatment Center. She is a member of various professional associations including the American Society of Hematology, World Federation of Hemophilia, The International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis, the International Pediatric Hemophilia Network, the International Prophylaxis Study Group and the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Research Society (HTRS). Dr Dunn has served as a reviewer for hematologic journals including the Journal of Pediatric Blood and Cancer, the Journal of Thrombosis and Hemostasis, Blood and Haemophilia. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and textbook chapters. In addition, she has given many presentations at national and international medical conferences and has received awards that include US News and World Report Top Doctors and the Atlanta Business Chronicle Healthcare Hero for Healthcare Innovation.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Amy E. Valasek, MD, MSc

Sports Medicine

Amy Elizabeth Valasek, MD, MSc is a physician for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine and an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is fellowship trained and board certified in sports medicine. Dr. Valasek attended medical school at The University of Maryland. She completed her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Department of Pediatrics and sports fellowship at University of Maryland Family Medicine Department in Baltimore, MD. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Sports Medicine, and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. She is active in the community and serves as team physician at Bishop Ready High School in Columbus, Ohio.

NCH Blog Author

Amy Fanning, PT, DPT

Outpatient Therapy

Amy Fanning, PT, DPT, PCS is a physical therapist at Nationwide Children's Hospital working at main campus in outpatient therapy She received her undergraduate degree from Miami University and her doctorate in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. She began working at NCH in February, 2013. She is a Columbus native (Go Bucks!), and she enjoys going to sporting events and loves being active and outdoors in her spare time.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Amy Leber, PhD

Clinical Pathology

As the Director of Clinical Microbiology and Immunoserology, Dr. Amy Leber provides in technical oversight in all areas of clinical microbiology and immunochemistry; including bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, parasitology, virology, serology, and molecular infectious disease testing. She also oversees autoimmune, allergy testing, and select immunology assays. She provides consultation for physicians/clients in all areas of Infectious Disease laboratory testing. Dr. Leber has multiple teaching responsibilities for various medical personnel including direction of Infectious Disease Fellowship rotation in the laboratory. She is responsible for the management of quality and technical processes of the laboratories, and to direct research and development for new methodologies.Dr. Amy Leber is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Microbiology and certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists as a Specialist in Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics.In addition to her many published manuscripts, she sits on multiple Editorial Boards with various roles, including Editor in Chief of Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook.Dr. Leber’s clinical research interests include development of molecular infectious disease testing and sexual transmitted disease detection in adolescents and children.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Amy LeRoy, CCLS

Radiology

Amy LeRoy, CCLS is a certified child life specialist in the Radiology department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Amy completed her child life internship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She has served as a member of the Family Centered Care team at Nationwide Children’s, to advance family centered initiatives within the hospital. Amy has also engaged as a member on the executive board of the Great Lakes Association of Child Life Professionals, and is an active Child Life Council member. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University’s Child Life program in 2009.

Amy Randall-McSorley

Amy Randall-McSorley, MMC, EdD Candidate

Marketing and Public Relations

Amy Randall-McSorley is a Marketing Senior Specialist, Physician Referral, at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As a freelance writer, one of her assignments since 2010 has been the weekly commuter column for the Circleville Herald. She has also written for other publications, authored three published books, and teaches writing workshops. Amy earned a bachelor of arts degree in organizational communications with a minor in psychology from Capital University and a masters of sciences degree in marketing and communications from Franklin University. She is currently working on her dissertation for a doctoral degree in adult education from Walden University.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Anastasia Fischer, MD, FACSM

Sports Medicine

Anastasia Fischer, MD, FACSM, is a member of the Division of Sports Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Fischer attended medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine before completing a family practice residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a primary care sports medicine fellowship at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She is fellowship trained and board certified in sports medicine, and is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine, where she has been appointed fellow. She is active in the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, where she sits on the board of directors, and the Female Athlete Triad Coalition. She has a special interest in research and advocacy regarding the adolescent female athlete. Dr. Fischer is a volunteer physician with the Greater Ohio Bicycle Adventure and the Tour de Grandview and also serves as team physician at Groveport Madison High School in the central Ohio area.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Andrea M. Boerger, MEd, CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathology

Andrea Boerger, MEd, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital working at Main Campus in the Outpatient Speech Therapy Department. She received her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. She started working at Nationwide Children's Hospital in April 2013. She was quoted by the Columbus Dispatch on July 27, 2014 story on childhood stuttering.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Andrea Brun, CPNP-PC

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Andrea Orban, CPNP-PC is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She holds a BSN from The Ohio State University and a MSN from the University of Cincinnati, and has previous experience in primary care and neurosurgery. Ms. Orban sees patients in the Cleft Lip and Plate Center and Center for craniofacial disorders, the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Clinic, General Plastic Surgery, as well as the Hand, Microsurgery, and Brachial Plexus Program.

Andrew Axelson

Rice University

Drew is a sophomore at Rice University in Houston, Texas currently studying Political Science and Sport Management. As an avid social media user, he has experienced firsthand what it’s like growing up and being a teenager in a world dominated by Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. In addition to this, Drew also has a passion for writing. He was Co-editor in Chief of the newspaper at his alma mater Bexley High School, and is on the staff of the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication at Rice.

Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH

Centers for Disease Control

Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH, is a medical officer for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As one of the traveling trainers in the Education, Information and Partnership Branch, Dr. Kroger has given multiple presentations on topics ranging from immunization updates to pandemic influenza preparedness.Most notably, Dr. Kroger is the author of the newest edition of the CDC’s General Recommendations on Immunization; and he is also involved with some of the new distance learning activities of the branch, including the Current Issues in Immunization Series that is delivered through NetConferencing.Dr. Kroger trained in pediatrics for two years at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland before transferring to Emory University where he specialized in public health and preventive medicine. He received joint Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from Yale Medical School and Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health with a concentration in international health.

NCH Blog Author

Andrew Schwaderer

Nephrology

Dr. Schwaderer is a pediatric nephrologist (kidney doctor) who studies how the kidneys protect us from infection. He enjoys hiking with his family and stand-up paddle-boarding.

Angela Abenaim

Angela Abenaim

Ohio Better Birth Outcomes

Angela Abenaim is the teen pregnancy prevention program coordinator working in infant wellness initiatives in the Community Wellness department. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology from The Ohio State University and a Master’s of Communication and Marketing from Franklin University. She works to promote good health behaviors to create best future outcomes for adolescents in the community. She is a wife and mom to two small kids and loves watching musical theater and the Buckeyes.

Angela Billingslea, LISW-S

Family AIDS Clinic and Educational Services Program (FACES)

Angela Billingslea, LISW-S is a medical social worker in the Family AIDS Clinic and Education Services (FACES) Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In this setting she is active with educating patients and their families about living healthy and quality lives with HIV/AIDS. In addition, Angela is involved with the programs Outreach Team providing HIV counseling and testing services in the clinic as well as in the community. Her dream is to see HIV/AIDS eradicated in her lifetime.

Annie Drapeau

Annie Drapeau, MD

Neurosurgery

Annie I. Drapeau, MD, is a pediatric neurosurgeon in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Drapeau completed her fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in pediatric neurosurgery before joining as a faculty member in 2018. She completed her residency in neurosurgery at the University of Manitoba and the University of Sherbrooke with one year as chief resident. Dr. Drapeau received her Doctor of Medicine and Masters of Science in pharmacology from the University of Sherbrooke. She also received a diploma in specialized studies for clinician investigator.

NCH Blog Author

Annie Temple, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC

Speech and Language Pathology

Annie Temple, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC is a speech pathologist and certified lactation counselor who works with children and their families through Nationwide Children’s Hospital homecare and Neonatology/BPD Developmental Follow-Up Clinic. Her specialty areas include early communication and feeding, including support for infants and toddlers feeding via breast, bottle, and other means, as well as developing foundational speech and language skills. She strives to optimize children’s interaction with the people and world around them through communicating in a variety of ways, and support positive, safe eating experiences.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Anthony Audino, MD

Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program

Dr. Anthony Audino is a pediatric oncologist and a member of the Adolescent and Young Adult Program at Nationwide Children’s. His clinical and research interests include adolescent and young adult oncology, specifically solid tumors such as sarcoma and lymphoma. He has also piloted a year-long program, with grant support, for an adolescent and young adult outreach education program. Dr. Audino received his medical degree from the University of Toledo Medical Center. He completed his residency at Akron Children’s Hospital and received his fellowship training from Nationwide Children’s.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Anup D. Patel, MD

Neurology

Anup Patel, MD, works as an attending physician in the Epilepsy Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He has a focus on medical management of complicated epilepsy. He is the father of a five year old boy and six month old daughter. In his free time, he loves listening to music and watching sports. Follow Dr. Patel on Twitter @PedsEpilepsyDoc where he shares helpful epilepsy information and helps spread awareness!

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Ashley M. Davidson, AT, ATC, MS

Sports Medicine

Ashley Davidson, MS, AT, ATC, joined Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports Medicine as a certified and licensed athletic trainer in 2016. Prior to joining Nationwide Children's Hospital, Ashley served as an athletic trainer at Walk the Line to SCI Recovery in Southfield, MI, where she designed recovery and rehabilitative programs for individuals suffering from spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. She was also a Mentor Trainer, sharing responsibility for training new employees specific handling skills required for sessions, as well as documentation skills for billing purposes. Before joining Walk the Line to SCI Recovery, Ashley worked as a graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan University where she worked closely with the Volleyball and Women's Crew teams, and assisted with Football treatments and rehabilitation. She was also an approved clinical instructor for the undergraduate athletic training students at EMU. Prior to Eastern Michigan University, Ashley worked as an intern at the United States Naval Academy where she worked closely with the Football and Men's and Women's Lacrosse teams. Ashley earned a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Ashland University in 2007 and a master's degree in sports management and administration from Eastern Michigan University in 2010.

Ashley Eckstein

Ashley Eckstein

Actress and Author

Ashley Eckstein is an actress, author and entrepreneur. Most known as the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, Ashley is also the Founder of Her Universe - the groundbreaking fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand. Ashley has been widely recognized and honored as a business woman and Fangirl trendsetter by TIME Magazine, The New York Times, FORTUNE and various other media and news outlets. She has also hosted and starred in several TV specials, live shows, events and videos.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Ashley Minnick, MSAH, AT, ATC

Sports Medicine

Ashley E. Minnick, MSAH, AT, ATC, received her bachelor's of science in education (major: athletic training) from Wright State University. She is licensed by the state of Ohio and certified by the Board of Certification as an athletic trainer. She is an active member of the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association, Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association, and National Athletic Trainers Association. Before joining the Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports Medicine Program, Ashley worked as an athletic trainer at Denison University covering football, women's basketball, women's lacrosse, and men's and women's tennis. Prior to her time with the Big Red, she was an athletic trainer at Ashland University and worked with varsity and junior varsity football, men's and women's swimming and diving, and men's and women's indoor/outdoor track and field. Ashley has also had the opportunity to volunteer with the touring company of Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring The Rockettes. Currently, Ashley is an athletic trainer at New Albany High School. She is interested in athletic training education and has been a guest speaker at colleges and universities in Ohio. Ashley is involved in our Pediatric Sports Medicine Athletic Training Internship Program.

Ashley Overall, FNP

Infectious Diseases

Ashley Overall, FNP is a certified nurse practitioner in Infectious Diseases at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and works with Dr. Pablo Sanchez in the Neonatal Infectious Disease Clinic. She has various experience in adult and pediatric nursing, public health and health education.

Ashley Parker MSW, LISW-S

Transplant Social Worker

Ashley is the clinical social worker for the section of Nephrology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She earned her bachelor and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University. Ashley is a member of the Society of Transplant Social Workers.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Ashley Tuisku, CTRS

Therapeutic Recreation

Ashley Tuisku, CRRS, obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. She started with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2011 as a contingent therapeutic recreation specialist covering variety of units and diagnosis. In 2013, she started a new full time position on the Youth Crisis Stabilization Unit along with covering chronic gastrointestinal diagnosis and post-operative acute care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Ashley also has work experience at Ohio State University Harding Hospital in behavioral health and four years in skilled nursing setting.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Asuncion Mejias, MD, PhD

Center for Vaccines and Immunity

Asuncion Mejias, MD, PhD, is a pediatric infectious diseases specialist in the Center for Vaccines and Immunity in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is also assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She has been studying the pathogenesis of respiratory viral infections, including RSV, for the past 13 years.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Aurelia Wood, MD

Endocrinology

Aurelia Wood, MD, FAAP is a physician in the Section of Endocrinology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Wood attended medical school at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, OH. She completed pediatric residency at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, KY where she was also selected to serve as chief resident. A Westerville native, Dr. Wood returned to Columbus and joined the faculty at Nationwide Children’s Hospital after completing her fellowship in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. She has special interests in quality improvement, improving medical literacy, and educating and supporting adolescents with type 1 diabetes toward independence and optimal self-care management.

Becky Corbitt

Becky Corbitt, RN

Fetal Medicine Clinic

Becky Corbitt, RN, MSN, CNL is the program coordinator of the Fetal Medicine Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Becky works collaboratively with the physicians who lead and conduct the program. She works directly with parents and the referring physicians to coordinate the care of the baby. She is a 1997 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science degree. Becky received her MSN at Otterbein College in 2010. Her passion for prenatal and neonatal nursing compliments her experience. Becky is dedicated to helping families whose babies have been diagnosed prenatally with a birth defect prepare for the baby’s delivery and subsequent treatment.

Benjamin Fields

Benjamin Fields, PhD, MEd

Behavioral Health

Ben Fields, PhD, MEd, is a clinical psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. His primary clinical interests include assessment and treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disorders, as well as parent behavior management training for disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Fields is active in delivery of Incredible Years parent groups and ADHD Academy seminars. A former teacher, he has also collaborated with local school districts to increase understanding and effective support of students with ADHD.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Benjamin Kopp, MD

Pulmonary Medicine

Benjamin Kopp, MD is an assistant professor in the Section of Pediatric Pulmonology and a principal investigator in the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is avid cystic fibrosis researcher focused on novel therapies for infection. He has also started the pulmonary/sickle cell clinic to provide an integrated medical home for patients with sickle cell lung disease. He is a proud father of 2 children who keep him and his wonderful wife on their toes! Dr. Kopp is a buckeye for life, and loves to talk sports superstitions. Follow Dr. Ben on Twitter @KidsLungDoc for the latest pulmonary research updates and tips on how to manage chronic lung disease.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Bernadette Burke, AT, ATC, MS

Sports Medicine

Bernadette Burke, MS, AT, ATC, is a board-certified and Ohio licensed athletic trainer with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her outreach responsibility is with Watkins Memorial High School. She comes to Nationwide Children’s from NovaCare Rehabilitation, where she provided outreach services to Roosevelt University’s varsity sports. Previously as a NovaCare employee, she worked as an intern assistant athletic trainer at Loyola University Chicago with women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s track and field. In 2015, she received her Master of Science degree in Exercise Science from George Washington University while serving as the graduate assistant athletic trainer for George Washington University’s men’s soccer team. She received her bachelor of science in athletic training from Xavier University in 2013.

Beth Martin, RN

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Beth Martin RNC, MSN, graduated from Otterbein College with a bachelor's of science in nursing and completed her master's of science in nursing in 2010. She has worked at Nationwide Children’s in the NICU since 1996. In 2004, a multidisciplinary group developed the small baby guidelines. The guidelines outline the care of < 27 week preemies from the time of admission to discharge. She has presented the small baby data and outcomes all over the United States. Their outcomes have improved; decreased length of stay, mortality and morbidity rates, and ventilator days. She is also a mom of two beautiful boys, ages 6 1/2 and 3, who keep her very busy! She love spending time with family, camping, swimming and watching kids movies!

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Beth Villanueva, OTD, OTR/L

Physical Therapy - Sports and Orthopedic

Beth Villanueva, OTD, OTR/L received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the Ohio State University if 2009. She then graduated from The University of Toledo in 2012 with an Occupational Therapy Doctorate. She has been an outpatient occupational therapist at Nationwide Children's Hospital since then. She works with children with a variety of diagnoses and abilities to improve fine motor skills and overall independence. She has experience in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She has special interests in hand therapy, splinting, and burn rehabilitation. Beth enjoys serving on interdisciplinary care teams in Burn Clinic and Brachial Plexus Clinic.

NCH Blog Author

Bill Kulju, MS, AT

Sports Medicine

Bill Kulju, MS, AT received both his bachelor's and master’s degree from The Ohio State University. He has an extensive background with high school athletics, serving for 33 years as the head athletic trainer at Westerville South High School.Bill also has 5 years of experience serving with the United States Olympic Committee. In 1990 he spent time at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs covering Men’s soccer and Ice Hockey. He then traveled with the Men’s Field Hockey to Los Angeles for the Olympic Festival. In 1993 he served as the athletic trainer for the USA Track and Field teams at the World University Games. In 1995 Bill was assigned to the Men’s field Hockey team and traveled to Argentina for the Pan Am Games. Bill has also been very involved in the workings of the Ohio Athletic Trainers' Association serving on the executive committee from 1998 to 2007 in various elected position.Bill is married to Anne and has 2 grown daughters, Ashley is a physical therapist and Abbie is a nurse. He enjoys bike riding and Muskie fishing in his spare time.

Blake Skinner

Cap4Kids

Blake Skinner is an intern with CAP4Kids where he focuses on social media strategy and sharing community resources. He is also a student at Capital University entering his last semester where he studies marketing.

NCH Blog Author

Brad Childers, RRT, BS

Transport

Brad Childers, RRT, BS, is a respiratory therapist with the Nationwide Children’s Transport team. “I have the greatest job. Knowing I’m making a difference in a child’s life is incredibly rewarding.”

Brandi Cogdill, RN, BSN, CFRN, EMT-P

Emergency Services

Brandi Cogdill, RN, BSN, CFRN, EMT-P has a bachelor's of science in nursing from Ohio University. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in health administration. She has been a nurse in the emergency department and offsite urgent cares at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for 15 years. She is currently the clinical leader at Dublin Urgent Care and will be proudly transitioning to the new Marysville Urgent Care. She is also a certified flight nurse and a paramedic. Aside from her love for pediatric nursing, she is the mother of two wonderful children. She believes that Mindi, 11 and Matt, 9 have made her a better nurse. She is grateful to her husband Mike for encouraging her to be her best and pushing her to fulfill her dreams.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Brendan Boyle, MD, MPH

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Brendan M. Boyle, MD, is the quality improvement director in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital and an assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. His clinical activities span all of general pediatric gastroenterology, with a research focus on patients with inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. His research interests also include the development of reliable and consistent care delivery systems to improve the quality of patient care.

NCH Blog Author

Brian K. Kaspar, PhD

Center for Gene Therapy

Brian K. Kaspar, PhD is a former principal investigator in the Center for Gene Therapy at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and associate professor in the department of pediatrics and department of neuroscience at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. In 2013, Dr. Kaspar was named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Brian Kellogg

Brian Kellogg, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Brian Kellogg, MD, is a pediatric plastic surgeon who specializes in cleft lip and palate and craniofacial surgery.  Dr. Kellogg completed his plastic surgery residency training at the University of South Florida, and his pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  He is an active participant in the Cleft Lip and Palate-Craniofacial Center and in the Hemangioma and Vascular Anomalies Clinic.  Dr. Kellogg’s research interests include speech outcomes after cleft palate repair, surgical management of velopharyngeal dysfunction in children with 22q deletion syndrome, and airway management in patients with Pierre Robin sequence.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Brigid Pargeon, MS, MT-BC

Hospice and Home-Based Palliative Care

Brigid Pargeon, MS, MT-BC, graduated from Ohio University in 2001, with a degree in Interpersonal Communication. She became a licensed massage therapist in 2006, and joined Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2011. Brigid has worked on many inpatient units, and is currently serving the CTICU. She also became the massage therapist on the Hospice and Home-Based Palliative team in January, 2017, and loves both positions. Brigid is a certified pediatric massage therapist, certified infant massage instructor, neuromuscular therapist, and always seeking new classes and opportunities to better her skills. Brigid enjoys spending time with her husband, Brandon, and their one-year-old, Finnegan.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Brittney Hardin, MOT, OTR/L

Physical Therapy - Sports and Orthopedic

Brittney Hardin, MOT, OTR/L, received her degree in occupational therapy from The Ohio State University in 2013. Previous to this, she received her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Capital University in 2010. Brittney’s focus area here at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is outpatient hand therapy, treating and making custom splints for patients with a variety of conditions ranging from burns and congenital differences to sports related upper extremity injuries. She loves seeing her patients master functional skills independently despite conditions or differences they have, and she also loves seeing her student athletes return to their favorite sport after injury.

Brooke Sims, LPC, ATR-P

Crisis Services

Brooke Sims, LPC, ATR-P, received her undergraduate degree in art therapy and psychology from Capital University. She later went on to receive her master’s degree from Ursuline College in art therapy and clinical counseling. She earned her credentials as a licensed professional counselor from the Ohio CSWMFT board and certificate as a registered art therapist. Brooke has been employed with Nationwide Children’s Hospital for close to two years with experience working on T5A inpatient psychiatric unit and is currently a crisis clinician on C5A the youth crisis stabilization unit. Brooke is also a registered yoga instructor for children and adults and enjoys incorporating various holistic interventions in her current clinical practice. She adores volunteerism and travels abroad multiple times a year to build connections, provide art therapy and yoga services to children and families in underprivileged countries around the world.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Cagri Toruner, MD

Rheumatology

Cagri Yidirim Toruner, MD, is an attending physician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Division of Rheumatology and an assistant professor in  pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Toruner attended medical school at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. She completed her residency at New Jersey Medical School and Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. She completed her fellowship training in Columbia University, New York. She is board certified in both general pediatrics and rheumatology. She is a member of and actively involved in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Rheumatology (ACR), Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) and Pediatric Rheumatology Care and Outcomes Improvement Network (PR-COIN). She has a special interest in childhood onset lupus and auto-inflammatory diseases as well as quality improvement and patient/family engagement efforts in children with rheumatic diseases.

Caleb Mosley

Caleb Mosley

Sports Medicine

Caleb is a sports performance specialist for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Performance at Watkins Memorial High School. Caleb graduated from Capital University with a bachelor's in exercise science after attending Columbus State Community College, where he received an associate's of applied science in athletic performance. Prior to his time with Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine department, Caleb worked as an assistant strength coach at Olentangy Liberty High School and a strength intern at Upper Arlington High School.

NCH Blog Author

Callista Dammann

Marketing and Public Relations

Callista Dammann is the social community manager at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She has the unique opportunity of navigating the hospital as both a staff member and a parent after delivering her twin girls, Cami and Madi, at just 25 weeks gestation. Her daughter Madi is a guardian angel for sister Cami, and baby brothers Maddox and Cayson. They live in Dublin, Ohio with her husband, Ryan and their puppy, Lexie.

Cami Winkelspecht, PhD

Behavioral Health

Cami Winkelspecht, PhD is a psychologist and clinical educator for Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to her role as a clinical educator, she coordinates the Incredible Years parent programming initiatives within behavioral health, is the associate track director of the child clinical internship training track for their APA approved psychology internship program, and serves as a cognitive-behavioral therapy consultant for the agency. She received her BS in psychology and child development from Vanderbilt University and her MS and PhD from Auburn University.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Canice Crerand, PhD

Center for Biobehavioral Health

Canice E. Crerand, PhD, is a principal investigator in the Center for Biobehavioral Health at Nationwide Children's Hospital and and an assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University. As a clinical psychologist, she works with team members and patients in the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, providing psychological assessment and treatment of patients with cleft lip and palate, craniofacial conditions and other congenital and acquired body conditions that result in appearance differences.  Prior to joining Nationwide Children's, Dr. Crerand served as a psychologist in Division of Plastic Surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and as an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Crerand received her bachelor's degree in psychology from The Ohio State University, her master's degree in clinical psychology from MCP-Hahnemann University, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Drexel University. She also completed an American Psychological Association (APA) Accredited Pre-doctoral Internship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. She is a member of the APA, APA Division 54 – Society of Pediatric Psychology, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Association and a founding member of the APA Division 54 Craniofacial Special Interest Group.

Cara Inglis, PsyD

Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Carl H. Backes, MD

Center for Perinatal Research

Carl H. Backes, Jr, MD, is a member of the Center for Perinatal Research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and attending neonatologist and attending cardiologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital. His clinical interests include the care of premature infants born with congenital heart disease. His research interests involve improving outcomes among premature infants with cardiovascular or hemodynamic perturbations. Dr. Backes has been a journal reviewer for Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology as well as Congenital Heart Disease since 2012. He is also a member of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honors Society and the American Heart Association (AHA).

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, is chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital where he holds the Robert F. and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology and professor of clinical pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Di Lorenzo has been among the first clinical investigators to assess the diagnostic value of antroduodenal and colonic manometry and to use the electronic barostat to assess visceral sensitivity in children. He co-authored the only three books on pediatric gastrointestinal motility, and has published more than 220 peer-reviewed original articles and 80 chapters, invited reviews and editorials. He has been awarded the Master Award in Gastroenterology for Basic or Clinical research in Gastroenterology by the AGAI, the Golden Stethoscope Award by Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Award for Senior Investigator in Pediatrics by the IFFGD. He is currently the Past-President of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Carol Baumhardt, LMT

Massage Therapy

Carol M. Baumhardt, LMT has been a massage therapist since 2007. She holds licenses in both Ohio and Wisconsin and she specializes in chronic pain from repetitive use injuries. Carol seeks out continuous education opportunities to support her work and to help achieve the best outcomes for the clients in her care. She likes to take time to educate her clients on the regions being treated, which makes her treatments an interactive event. Before joining Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Carol was an instructor in the massage arena in addition to sustaining her own private practice.

Cassandra McNabb, RN-BSN

Pediatric Surgery Clinic

Cassandra McNabb graduated with her BSN from Mount Carmel College of Nursing. She has been employed by Nationwide Children’s Hospital since 2009. She has been a staff RN in the Pediatric Surgery Clinic for 2 years, working in both surgery and burn clinics. She also has experience in emergency nursing, trauma, pulmonary and critical care. She is a proud aunt to James and Harper.

NCH Blog Author

Catherine Sinclair, MD

Primary Care Pediatrics

Catherine Sinclair, MD, is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics in the department of Hospital Pediatrics, meaning she cares for children who must spend one or more nights in the hospital for a variety of reasons. She is involved in teaching medical students at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, both in general pediatrics and in the ethics and principles of doctoring. She has a passion for Global health and has practiced medicine on three different continents. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, jogging, and traveling for non-medical purposes.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Catherine Trimble, NP

Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Catrina Litzenburg, PhD

Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Catrina Litzenburg, PhD, is a licensed psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at The Ohio State University. Dr. Litzenburg specializes in integrated behavioral health care and sleep. She obtained her PhD from the University of Kansas.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Charae Keys, MSW, LISW-S

Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR)

Charae Keys, MSW, LISW-S is a clinical social worker for the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction.  Charae received her bachelor's of science in human and consumer sciences from Ohio University in 2009 where she majored in family studies.  Charae received her master's of social work from The Ohio State University in 2011. Charae received her certificate in human leadership management services in 2016 from The Ohio State University. Charae contributes biopsychosocial perspective to the team at the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction. Charae’s role includes case management, care coordination, facilitation of support groups and collaboration with other professionals on the team at the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction to provide best outcomes to patients and their families. 

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Charles Elmaraghy, MD

Otolaryngology

Charles A. Elmaraghy, MD, is Chief of the Department of Otolaryngology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an active faculty member in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is board certified and received his fellowship training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., in pediatric otolaryngology. His career highlights include being summa cum laude at The Ohio State University, achieving the highest USMLE Step 1 score in the nation in 1998, valedictorian at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 2000 and achieving the highest score in the nation in 2004 on the annual otolaryngology in-service examination. His career interests include sinus surgery, airway problems, head and neck masses and general pediatric otolaryngology. His responsibilities include training residents, medical students and other health professionals. Currently, he is an integral part of the medical student otolaryngology curriculum at The Ohio State University College of Medicine for the ambulatory clerkship and is in charge of otolaryngology resident education at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He has authored national publications and is academically active at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Cheryl G. Baxter, CPNP

Urology

Cheryl G. Baxter, CPNP, is a member of the Section of Pediatric Urology at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She completed her master’s degree in nursing and advance practice at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Her previous experience includes pediatric primary care, neonatal nurse practitioner, ICU staff and chief flight nurse. Cheryl joined the Urology division in 2007. She is a full-time pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in pediatric urology problems such as urinary tract infections, overactive bladder, and other disorders of the bladder and bowel. She has lectured at a local and national level on pediatric urology topics and is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Cheryl Gariepy, MD

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Cheryl E. Gariepy, MD, is an associate professor of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is the associate director for research of the Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship at Nationwide Children's. Her areas of clinical interest include genetic gastrointestinal disease and disorders of the liver and pancreas. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan and her medical degree from Stanford University. She completed clinical training in general pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/Children's Medical Center of Dallas. She also completed a three-year fellowship in molecular genetics with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, a councilor for the Growth, Development & Child Health section of the American Gastroenterological Institute Council, an investigator in the International Study Group of Pediatric Pancreatitis: In Search of a Cure (INSPPIRE) and a member of the steering committee of the Hirschsprung Disease Research Collaborative. She has published numerous research articles, presented at international meetings and authored several book chapters. Dr. Gariepy is named among the Best Doctors in America.

Chris Smith, RN

Lactation Team

Chris Smith has been a pediatric nurse for over 30 years, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for 15 years and a founding member of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Lactation Team. As part of the team, she works with the mothers of hospitalized infants to provide life-saving human milk for their fragile infants. She also sees mothers and infants as outpatients who are having breastfeeding difficulties. Chris is the mother of two adult sons, both of who were exclusively breastfed. When not at work, Chris is an avid quilter.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Christine Mansfield, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC

Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Christine Mansfield, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, completed her doctorate of physical therapy at Duke University. After graduating she completed an orthopedic residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and certified athletic trainer.

NCH Blog Author

Christine Prusa

Outpatient Pharmacy

Christine Prusa is the current Community Care Pharmacy Resident at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She spends time developing patient care programs out of the two outpatient pharmacies on Children’s Main Campus. She also participates on health care teams in Primary Care Yellow, Neurology Main Campus and South High Primary Care Ambulatory Clinics. In January Christine will be facilitating a workshop at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy for the first year student pharmacists’ drug information course. She enjoys cheering on the buckeyes, walking her dogs, and spending time with her husband, Brian.

Christopher A Iobst

Christopher Iobst, MD

Orthopedics

Christopher Iobst, MD, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon specializing in the fields of limb lengthening and reconstruction. He has presented his clinical and research work at national and international medical meetings and has been awarded the St. Giles Young Investigator Award by the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America. Dr. Iobst is an invited speaker at national conferences on external fixation and limb deformity and has written numerous articles and book chapters; he’s also an editor for the textbook Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Surgery Case Atlas.Dr. Iobst earned his bachelor’s degree at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and his medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and then a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery program at Boston Children’s Hospital.Dr. Iobst is active on the board of the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society, a professional association dedicated to research and clinical excellence in limb lengthening, limb reconstruction, extremity deformity correction and complex fracture treatment. He is also a member of the Pediatric Surgeons of North America organization. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Claire Kopko PT, DPT, OCS, NASM-PES

Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Catherine Claire Kopko, PT, DPT graduated from Denison University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in neuroscience. During this time, she was a three-time all-conference softball player and an NSCA All-American in strength and conditioning. She obtained her DPT from Chatham University in 2012 and completed an orthopedic residency through Movement for Life and University of Southern California in 2014. She became an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2015. Outside of physical therapy, Claire enjoys competitive weightlifting and powerlifting.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Cody Hostutler, PhD

Pediatric Psychology

Cody Hostutler, PhD, is a licensed pediatric primary care psychologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital and assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University. He obtained his PhD at Lehigh University, completed residency at Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, and fellowship at Geisinger Health System. His research interests include identifying and reducing health disparities, training medical residents in behavioral health topics, and evaluating the effects of integrating behavioral health into primary care.

Connor McDanel

Connor McDanel, MSW, LSW

Social Work

Connor J. McDanel, MSW, LSW, is a clinical social worker with the CCPR. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree at The Ohio State University. Connor contributes biopsychosocial perspective to the CCPR team. His role includes case management, care coordination, facilitation of support groups, and collaboration with other professionals on the team to provide best outcomes for patients and families.

NCH Blog Author

Corey Rood, MD

Child Abuse Pediatrics

Corey J. Rood, MD, is a fellow physician in his second year of fellowship training with Nationwide Children's Hospital’s Child Advocacy Department. He provides direct patient care in the outpatient Child Advocacy Center and Fostering Connections Clinic, and provides inpatient consultation with the Child Assessment Team (CAT). His professional interests in the subspecialty of child maltreatment include domestic and international child trafficking, domestic minor sex trafficking, child exploitation, and media-related sexting and online victimization among children and adolescents. He is also working to promote early childhood literacy in the primary care setting in collaboration with the Reach Out & Read program.

Courtney Porter, RN, MS

Primary Care Pediatrics

Courtney Porter is a registered nurse who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in nursing, both from The Ohio State University. She has had the pleasure of working in the Emergency Department, Pediatric Surgery Clinic, and Off-Site Urgent Care network in her 10 years at Nationwide Children’s. Courtney has a wonderful husband, two lively kids, two cats, and a dog—so there’s never a dull moment around her house!

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Curt Daniels, MD

Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Curt J. Daniels, MD, is Director of the Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is Associate Professor of Clinical Cardiology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Daniels received his medical degree from The Ohio State University. He completed his residency and received fellowship training from Children’s Hospital in Columbus. He is certified in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Cardiology, and is therefore uniquely qualified to diagnose, treat and provide long-term care for the growing number of adolescents and adults who are diagnosed with congenital heart disease.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Cynthia Holland-Hall, MD, MPH

Adolescent Health

Cynthia M. Holland-Hall, MD, MPH, is a member of the Section of Adolescent Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is the Medical Director of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Adolescent Clinic. She is board certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Dr. Holland-Hall is an active member of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, the Society for Adolescent Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted infections, reproductive health and eating disorders. She has co-authored two texts on adolescent medicine and authored several review articles.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Dana Lenobel, FNP

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Dana Lenobel, FNP, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She is a member of the Section of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dana received her Master’s Degree at the University of Cincinnati and she attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate studies where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She previously worked at the Cleveland Clinic as a nurse practitioner in their Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her clinical interests include gynecological care for patients with special needs and developmental delays, menstrual disorders (dysmenorrhea, heavy menstrual bleeding, irregular menses, PMDD), endometriosis, pelvic pain, polycystic ovarian syndrome, vulvovaginitis, and contraception management.

Dana Noffsinger, CPNP-AC

Pediatric Surgery

Dana L. Noffsinger is a nurse practitioner with the Section of Pediatric Surgery at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He completed his master’s degree in nursing and advance practice at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and has been a nurse practitioner with the Pediatric Surgery Service since 2002. He is a pediatric nurse practitioner with a passion for pediatric trauma and burn care and has lectured on local and national levels on various pediatric trauma topics. He is also active in the Pediatric Trauma Society and Society of Trauma Nurses.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Dane Snyder, MD

Primary Care Pediatrics

Dane A. Snyder, MD, is the section chief in the Division of Primary Care Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. In addition to his administrative duties, he provides direct patient care at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Hilltop Primary Care Center. He also precepts pediatric residents in their primary care continuity clinic at the Hilltop center. Dr. Snyder’s clinical interests include asthma, quality improvement, and teaching medical students and residents. Dr. Snyder completed the Residency Training Program in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in June 2008.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Daniel Coury, MD

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Daniel L. Coury, MD, is Chief of the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Psychiatry at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Coury received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences, followed by an internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences. He was a fellow in ambulatory pediatrics at Brown University. Activities over the past two decades include federally funded projects in the areas of drug exposed infants, training in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, pediatric residency curriculum guidelines, pediatric psychopharmacology, training professionals in dual diagnosis and the establishment of a web site for developmental and behavioral pediatrics. He also is active in conducting pediatric psychopharmacology clinical trials. Dr. Coury’s research interests include developmental and behavioral pediatrics, medical education, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism. In addition to his duties as Section Chief, he is the Administrative Medical Director for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Behavioral Health Services and is Medical Director of The Autism Treatment Network of Autism Speaks.

Daniel Herz, MD

Urology

Daniel B. Herz, MD, is a member of the Section of Pediatric Urology and director of Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Herz has an extensive background in complex urological procedures and unique expertise with robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery. Before joining Nationwide Children’s, he served as director of Pediatric Urology at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, and Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical School. Certified by the American Board of Urology in both urology and pediatric urology, Dr. Herz has published extensively in the field of pediatric urology. He received his medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn (Downstate Medical Center) and completed his urological residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He completed a two-year clinical and research fellowship in pediatric urology at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. Dr. Herz is trained in all aspects of pediatric urological surgery; however, his expertise and main interest is in robot-assisted laparoscopic urological surgery. His research interests include robotic surgery simulation and outcomes/evidence-based urological surgery.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

David Axelson, MD

Behavioral Health

David Axelson, MD 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 in leading journals including the Archives of General Psychiatry and the American Journal of Psychiatry. He was the Principal Investigator on a multisite National Institute of Mental Health funded treatment study of bipolar youth. He is also a co-Principal Investigator for two federally funded studies examining the phenomenology of pediatric bipolar disorder and the longitudinal course of offspring of bipolar parents, and a co-Investigator for four additional studies, including intervention studies aimed at preventing bipolar disorder in at-risk youths, improving medication adherence, and preventing suicide for adolescents with bipolar disorder. 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.

NCH Medical Professional

David Stukus, MD

Allergy and Immunology

Dr. David Stukus is an associate professor of pediatrics in the Section of Allergy and Immunology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Dave, as his patients call him, is passionate about increasing awareness for allergies and asthma. His personal life is filled with fun and chaos as he is married to a Pediatric Emergency Room physician and they have 2 energetic children. His rare free time is spent following his beloved Pittsburgh and Ohio State sports teams. Follow Dr. Dave on Twitter @AllergyKidsDoc for great allergy/asthma tips!

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Dean Lee, MD, PhD

Hematology and Oncology

Dean A. Lee, MD, PhD, is the Director of the Cellular Therapy and Cancer Immunotherapy Program at Nationwide Children’s and the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Lee earned his BA in Natural Sciences from Fresno Pacific College and his MD and PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Loma Linda University. He completed his Pediatric Residency training at Loma Linda and his fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine. He is the recipient of numerous research grants from CPRIT, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, CURE, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, ASH, Alex’s Lemonade Stand and more to support his work in immunotherapy and cellular therapy, with special emphasis on NK cells. He has several ongoing and soon-to-be launched NK-based cellular therapy trials under FDA Investigational New Drug applications, and others in the pipeline for cancer and infectious diseases. His research has earned in patents and commercial licenses in the field of cellular therapy. Dr. Lee’s clinical interests include bone marrow transplantation and graft engineering for myeloid malignancies. His research interests include NK cell biology and immunotherapy.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Debbie Terry, NP

Epilepsy Center

Debbie Terry, RN, MSN, CNP is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Pediatric Neurology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her clinical and research interests are in pediatric epilepsy with a focus on parent/family education, ketogenic diet and psychogenic non epileptic seizures. Debbie has traveled to Nicaragua on mission trips to provide education to parents of children with epilepsy.

Deena Chisolm

Deena Chisolm, PhD

Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice

Dr. Chisolm is a Principal Investigator in the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. She is a Health Services Epidemiologist whose research is focused on measuring and improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of pediatric health care. Much of her current research is focused on the role of health care technology in improving pediatric health care quality. She is also interested in research investigating the factors associated with use of e-health services by at-risk youth. In addition, Dr. Chisolm serves as a resource to Nationwide Children’s Hospital clinical researchers on issues including: the use of clinical and administrative data in research, cost-effectiveness analysis, and quality indicator development.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Deipanjan Nandi, MD MSc

Heart Transplant and Heart Failure Program

Deipanjan "Deip" Nandi, MD, is a cardiologist with the Heart Transplant & Heart Failure Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, he went on to receive an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Harvard University, and his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He also obtained a Master’s of Science in Health Policy as a US-UK Fulbright Scholar from the London School of Economics. Dr. Nandi completed his internship and residency at CS Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan. He then moved to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he completed his general cardiology fellowship as well as an advanced fellowship in Heart Transplant & Heart Failure. His clinical interests include pediatric heart failure, cardiomyopathies, transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. His research interests include comparative-effectiveness research focusing on the management of pediatric heart disease, as well as outcomes research in pediatric heart transplantation.

NCH Blog Author

Denis King, MD

Pediatric Surgery

Denis R. King, MD, is the Co-Medical Director of the Nutrition Support Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine (OSUCM). He also serves on the surgical teams for Intestinal Support Services and the Trauma Program. Dr. King’s clinical interests include surgical nutrition and solid tumors. He has received many teaching awards during his time at OSUMC, including the Department of Surgery’s Denis King MD Outstanding Teacher Award, named in his honor.

Denise Ell

Molecular Genetics Laboratory

Denise Ell is a Molecular Specialist in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her main responsibilities currently include coordinating, preparing and distributing pediatric and adult cancer samples banked at NCH to investigators for research. Denise is a mom of four children, Gage (19), Max (18), Megan (8) and Hailey (6). Hailey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on September 24, 2011 and is a patient of Dr. Olshefski. Denise lives in Blacklick with her husband, Jim.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Dennis McTigue, DDS

Dentistry

Dennis McTigue, DDS, is Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He leads the dental traumatology team at Nationwide Children's Hospital. His research interests focus on managing orofacial injuries in children and in guidance of children's behavior in the dental setting. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the International Association for Dental Traumatology.

NCH Blog Author

Diane Lang

Marketing and PR, Senior Manager

Diane Lang is the Senior Manager, Social Media for Nationwide Children's Hospital where she leads social media marketing, manages Nationwide Children's consumer-focused blog and directs a complete workforce social media curriculum for a staff of more than 13,000. She also has personal knowledge of pediatric healthcare as her son is an experienced patient.

Donna Teach: Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Donna Teach

Marketing and PR, Chief Marketing Officer

Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

NCH Blog Author

Doug Wolf

Community Engagement

Douglas Wolf is Manager of Community Engagement at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In this role Doug serves as the primary liaison between Nationwide Children’s, neighborhood residents and community partners to implement services and cultivate partnerships to improve population health as part of the Healthy Families, Healthy Neighborhoods initiative. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and Sports Management with a concentration in Wellness, a Master of Science from the University of Connecticut in Allied Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion and a Master of Business Administration from Tiffin University with a concentration in Healthcare Administration.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Douglas McLaughlin, MD

Primary Care

Douglas J. McLaughlin, MD, is a clinical associate professor of pediatrics in the Section of Primary Care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is the lead physician at Nationwide Children’s Near East primary care and is working on improving the accuracy of antibiotic allergies documented in the medical record.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Drew Duerson, MD

Sports Medicine

Drew Duerson, MD, is a member of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine team. Dr. Duerson is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and is board certified in pediatrics and sports medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. He completed his residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in sports medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He received his Bachelor of the Arts degree in biology from Bellarmine University where he was an Academic All-American in golf. He received his medical degree from The University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Duerson is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of its Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. He is also an active member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and its sports ultrasound committee. He serves as team physician for Canal Winchester High School. His special interests include sports ultrasound and golf medicine.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Edward Oberle, MD, RhMSUS

Rheumatology

Ed Oberle, MD, RhMSUS is a pediatric rheumatologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is board certified in rheumatology. Dr. Oberle attended medical school at The Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency and fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Oberle specializes in caring for children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) with a unique focus on researching the use of ultrasound in the treatment of JIA. He is involved with multiple national committees focusing on ultrasound in rheumatology through the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) and Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologist (USSONAR).

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Elise Berlan, MD

Adolescent Medicine

Dr. Berlan is a physician in the Section of Adolescent Medicine at Nationwide Childcare’s Hospital and associate professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is a researcher, educator, clinician and advocate for young women’s reproductive health. As founder and director of the BC4Teens/Young Women’s Contraception Program at Nationwide Children’s, she leads the hospital’s diverse efforts in teen pregnancy prevention. Dr. Berlan is also an active participant in local efforts in public health to reduce infant mortality.Dr. Berlan is a physician in the Section of Adolescent Medicine at Nationwide Childcare’s Hospital and associate professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is a researcher, educator, clinician and advocate for young women’s reproductive health. As founder and director of the BC4Teens/Young Women’s Contraception Program at Nationwide Children’s, she leads the hospital’s diverse efforts in teen pregnancy prevention. Dr. Berlan is also an active participant in local efforts in public health to reduce infant mortality.

NCH Blog Author

Elizabeth A. Cannon, LPCC

Behavioral Health

Elizabeth is a clinical mental health counselor with years of experience working with children and families in the school and community setting. Her interests include eliminating mental health stigma, social justice, and family-centered care. She also has experience working in adolescent suicide research in the Center for Innovation and Pediatric Practice at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Currently, she is a Suicide Prevention Specialist in the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research as well as an outpatient clinician for teens with anxiety and mood disorders at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Elizabeth Cipollone, LPCC-S

Behavioral Health

Elizabeth Cipollone, LPCC-S, has been a part of the Big Lots Behavioral Health team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital since 2012 . Elizabeth began her time at NCH as a therapist in the Multisystemic Therapy (MST) Program and is currently the MST Clinical Lead Supervisor. In addition to her role as clinical lead supervisor, she serves as a cognitive behavioral therapy consultant and trainer for the agency. Prior to Elizabeth’s time at NCH, she provided individual and family therapy services as part of a day treatment program at a local community mental health agency

Elizabeth Zmuda, DO

Emergency Medicine

Elizabeth Zmuda, DO, completed her residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2008. She currently works in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care at Nationwide Children’s. She has a special interest in school health and nutrition and participates in advocacy in this area through the AAP where she co-chairs the Home and School Health Committee and is a co-medical director for the PMP program. She is also the mother of four young children, Ryan, Emily, Jonathan, and Katherine. Dr. Zmuda loves her job because she feels that her experiences with her children make her a better pediatrician, and her experiences at work make her a better mom.

Ellyn Hamm, MM, MT-BC

Music Therapy

Ellyn Hamm, MM, MT-BC is a NICU music therapist and published researcher in the Department of Neonatology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She received her Master of Music in Music Therapy from Florida State University and Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from The University of Alabama.She has extensive training in NICU Music Therapy techniques and interventions over the past 5 years, most recently working at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt as a music therapist and researcher in the Division of Neonatology. She is a leading expert in the clinical use of the PAL® (Pacifier Activated Lullaby) with mother’s voice, focusing on infants with severe white matter injury, and has trained over 100 nurses, therapists, and researchers in the use of this device across the United States.Ellyn is also a productive and collaborative researcher, with several published research studies and ongoing projects in music therapy programs in Florida, Alabama, and Kentucky. Her research studies focus on the neurodevelopment of preterm infants and how the use of music- and language-based rehabilitative interventions can best aid in their development. In addition to her clinical and research work Ellyn has also served as an adjunct professor in Music Therapy at Belmont University.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Emily Decker, MD

Primary Care Pediatrics

Dr. Emily Decker is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Urgent Care and Primary Care Clinics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She has a strong interest in child advocacy, and serves as the medical director for CAP4Kids Columbus, a website that connects families with resources and opportunities in Columbus. Her energetic toddler twin girls keep her busy in her personal life, and her interests include traveling throughout Africa and Asia. She is an avid U.S. soccer fan as well and has been to the last four World Cups. Follow Dr. Emily on Twitter @CAP4Kids for local resources and opportunities for kids.

Emily Getschman

Behavioral Health

Emily Getschman is an independent social worker and supervisor for the Middle/High School School Based Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She has been with Children’s for over six years and has held roles as a community based clinician, inpatient therapist and school-based clinician. She currently supervises a team of clinicians who provide mental health treatment to students in Bexley and Columbus City Schools.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Eric Butter, PhD

Pediatric Psychology

Eric M. Butter, PhD, serves as Chief of the Division of Psychology in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Chief of the Section of Psychology at Nationwide Children’s and Director of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Child Development Center. Dr. Butter is a founding faculty member of Nationwide Children’s Child Development Center: an interdisciplinary program offering multiple medical subspecialties including psychology; social work; marriage and family therapy; speech and language therapy; and genetics counseling.He obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Child Clinical and Community Psychology. His graduate school studies included a broad child clinical background with training in coping and adjustment, prevention, and childhood aggression. In 1999, Dr. Butter completed a pre-doctoral internship in Pediatric Psychology and a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology and Developmental Disabilities in Columbus before moving into clinical research activities in neurodevelopmental disabilities and autism in collaboration with The Ohio State University Nisonger Center. His research has focused on the bio-medical correlates and potential etiologies of autism spectrum disorders and ADHD as well as psychological and medical treatment of these disorders. He is currently the PI for several medical network grants and federally funded research studies focusing on pediatrics.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Eric Leighton, AT, ATC

Sports Medicine

Eric Leighton is the lead athletic trainer for Functional Rehab at Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports Medicine. He is also the lead of the Performing Arts Medicine section within Sports Medicine. Eric has treating patients for over 20 years with a focus on performing arts athletes and dancers.

Eric Sribnick

Eric Sribnick, MD, PhD

Center for Pediatric Trauma Research

Eric A. Sribnick, MD, PhD, is a pediatric neurosurgeon at Nationwide Children’s and principal investigator in the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research. He is also assistant professor of neurological surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Sribnick has published more than 40 research publications, book chapters, reviews and case studies. His research and clinical interests focus on surgical and medical interventions for traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Sribnick has been recognized by his peers and mentors through many awards and honors, including the American Society for Neurochemistry Young Investigator Award (2004) and the George Tindell Resident Research Award (2012, 2013) from Emory University, where he completed his neurosurgery residency.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Ericca L Lovegrove, RD

Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition

Ericca Lovegrove is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with the Center For Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She spends time on Main Campus, in Community Pediatric Offices, and teaching a weight management class for children and their families. She values working on a multi-disciplinary team to educate families on the importance of good nutrition and living healthy lifestyles. She is also a Certified Lactation Specialist (CLS). In her spare time, she enjoys coaching her daughter’s soccer team, the outdoors, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Erin Johnson, M.Ed., C.S.C.S.

Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition

Erin Johnson is the Fitness and Nutrition Education Coordinator in the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, and she aims improve the health and well-being of families and help children reach their full potential. She has Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Nutrition Science minor from Indiana University, a Master of Education in Sport & Exercise Education from The Ohio State University, and she is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength & Conditioning Association. She is a fitness and nutrition educator, an athlete (albeit not a natural or excellent one), a mom of two active, perpetually-hungry boys, and an enthusiastic foodie/eater, which has molded her professional life into one of passion for teaching, physical activity, food and nutrition, and health and social justice for all children.

Erin Tebben

Behavioral Health

Erin Tebben is a licensed professional clinical counselor and early childhood mental health consultant.  She has worked with children and their families for more than ten years in a variety of settings including child welfare, mental health and prevention programs. Erin feels passionately about the power of parenting and works to ensure that parents have the skills and resources they need to feel confident and competent as they do this most important job.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Gail Bagwell, DNP, APRN, CNS

Neonatology

Gail A. Bagwell, DNP, APRN, CNS is a member of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Division of Neonatology team. She completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at West Virginia Wesleyan College, her master's in nursing at the University of Cincinnati and her doctor of nursing practice at Chatham University. Gail joined Nationwide Children's in 1993 as the Clinical Nurse Specialist in the NICU. In 2000, she became the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Perinatal Outreach where she works with the healthcare providers caring for neonates in Nationwide Children's large referral area of Central, Southeast, Northwest and Northeast Ohio. In this role, she provides education to healthcare providers on the well-newborn as well as care of the sick and premature newborn, and serves as a resource on neonatal and quality improvement initiatives. Gail's interests are neonatal abstinence syndrome, breastfeeding, safe sleep and parent transition. Gail is a member of NANN, AWHONN and Sigma Theta Tau. Gail is a regional trainer for NRP, a lead S.T.A.B.L.E. instructor and a published author having written chapters in all five editions of the Kenner and Lott "Comprehensive Neonatal Care" textbook.

Gail Swisher

Gail Swisher, AT

Sports Medicine

Gail Swisher, AT, is a certified athletic trainer with Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine and serves as the Athletic Trainer at Bexley High School. Prior to joining NCH, she was a Senior Athletic Trainer at a large hospital in Savannah, Georgia where she primarily provided outreach Athletic Training services to a local high school. Gail is a CPR Instructor with the American Heart Association and also has Athletic Training experience in Division I intercollegiate athletics. Her professional interests include pediatric athletic injuries, concussions in young athletes, and epidemiology of athletic injuries. Gail originally hails from suburban Philadelphia and also spent eight years in the Southeast before coming to Columbus. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with friends and playing with her dog Lilly.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Garey Noritz, MD

Complex Care

Garey Noritz, MD is an Internist and Pediatrician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is section and division chief of the Complex Health Care Service, which provides a medical home to children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities. He is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University, and the Director of the Comprehensive Cerebral Palsy Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.Dr. Noritz is a graduate of Brown University School of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and of the American College of Physicians. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is active at the national level in advocating for the care of children and adults with disabilities. He is on the Executive Committee of the Council on Children with Disabilities of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is past Chair of the Lifespan Committee of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. In 2013, he was awarded “Physician of the Year” by Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Noritz’s research interests include bone health in patients with disabilities, transition of children with disabilities to adult models of care, palliative medicine, and the respiratory care of patients with neuromuscular diseases.Dr. Noritz was the lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2013 clinical report, “Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation”, which advises Pediatricians to institute screening for motor problems in early childhood

Dr Gary Smith CIRP

Gary A. Smith, MD, DrPH

Center for Injury Research and Policy

Dr. Gary Smith is a Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at The Ohio State University. He is founder and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Smith is board certified in the specialties of pediatrics and general preventive medicine and public health, and in the subspecialty of pediatric emergency medicine. In addition to his clinical training, he holds MPH and DrPH degrees from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Smith has been an active researcher in the field of injury for more than 25 years.He is immediate past chairperson of the national Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention (COIVPP) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), having served on the Committee for 10 years. He also served as chairperson of the COIVPP of the Ohio Chapter of the AAP for 10 years and chairperson of the Ohio Commission on the Prevention of Injury during its existence from 2001-2003. From 2003-2006, he was a member of the Initial Review Group (research study section) for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.He has published more than 100 injury-related articles in peer-reviewed journals, was on the editorial board of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine for six years and is currently on the editorial board of Pediatrics. Among other awards, he was honored by the Ohio AAP as the Ohio Pediatrician of the Year in 2003, and by national Section on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention of the AAP with the Fellow Achievement Award in 2006. He was named as the first recipient of the Dimon R. McFerson Endowed Chair in Injury Research in 2007. His research focuses on injuries to children and adolescents, including motor vehicle-related injuries, consumer product-related injuries and home safety.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Geri Hewitt, MD

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Geri D. Hewitt, MD, is chief of the Section of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of clinical obstetrics in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Hewitt’s primary interests are caring for the gynecologic and reproductive health needs for young girls as well as adolescents. Dr. Hewitt is an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Hewitt is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a co-editor for the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology’s Tips for Clinicians section.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Gina Hounam, PhD

Audiology

Gina Hounam is a member of the audiology department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She moved to Columbus in 2011 to begin her journey at Nationwide Children’s – but her heart was in Columbus long before that as she is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Gina received a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Science in 1998 at OSU and then went to the University of Cincinnati for her M.A. and PhD in Audiology. Her professional interests include relationship-centered care, community outreach, newborn hearing screenings and hearing aids. Gina’s personal interests focus mainly on her boys’ club, including her husband of 9 years and her two little boys ages 3 and 17 months. As an avid dog lover, Gina also enjoys time with the only other girl in the home, their Golden Retriever Sydney Bella.

Gina McDowell

Gina McDowell

Behavioral Health

Gina McDowell is a licensed professional clinical counselor with Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  Gina currently serves as a clinical educator, assessing training needs and developing educational opportunities for Behavioral Health therapy staff to promote ongoing use of current, evidence-based practice. Gina has been trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Multi-Family Psychoeducational Psychotherapy and The Incredible Years parent-training program.

Grace Paul

Grace Paul, MD

Pulmonary Medicine

Grace R. Paul, MD, is a member of the Section of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is trained and board-certified in pediatric pulmonology. Her clinical interests include severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, neuromuscular diseases and chronic lung diseases. She is skilled in interpreting pulmonary function tests and also in performing bronchoscopies to evaluate upper and lower airway pathologies.

Gregory Pearson

Gregory D. Pearson, MD

Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders

Gregory D. Pearson, MD is a member of the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial team, helps staff the Vascular Malformations Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Pearson sees patients in the Plastic Surgery Clinic located in the Outpatient Care Center at Nationwide Children’s. Along with members of the section of Neurosurgery, he now performs reconstruction of complex craniofacial anomalies at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Heather Battles, MD

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Heather Battles starts her days as a mom of four and ends them as an urgent care physician for Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Westerville Close To Home clinic. She has a wonderful husband, four young children and a Boston Terrier. On rare days when she has extra time, she likes to attend yoga classes.

Heather Clark

Marketing and Public Relations

Heather Clark is an intern for the Consumer Marketing Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Heather is in her senior year at The Ohio State University, where she studies strategic communications and business. She is involved with PRactice, a student run PR firm, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and CHAARG, an organization that aims to ignite a passion in college-aged girls for health and fitness. In her free time, Heather enjoys traveling, live music, exploring outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. Upon graduation, she hopes to stay in the Columbus area and work in the marketing and public relations field.

Heather Yardley, PhD

Pediatric Psychology

Heather Yardley, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She has a special interest in working with youth with type 1 diabetes and their families as well as youth with obsessive compulsive disorder. Dr. Yardley is on the board of the Society of Pediatric Psychology. Outside work, Dr. Yardley enjoys spending time with her husband and their two energetic dogs.

Henry Spiller

Henry Spiller

Central Ohio Poison Center

Henry Spiller is the director of the Central Ohio Poison Center. He has spent more than 30 years in toxicology, with more than 300 publications in the field. Henry is the proud father of five (3 girls, 2 boys) and an avid soccer player when his aging knees let him play.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Herman Hundley, MS, AT, ATC, CSCS

Sports Medicine

Herman “Herm” Hundley, MS, AT, ATC, CSCS joined Nationwide Children's Hospital’s Sports Medicine Program as a certified and licensed athletic trainer in 2015. Prior to joining Nationwide Children's Hospital, Herm served as an athletic trainer at Teays Physical Therapy Center in Hurricane, West Virginia, where he oversaw the Work Conditioning program and served as Assistant Director of the Potential Plus Performance Enhancement and Revved Up CrossFit programs. Before joining Teays Physical Therapy Center, Herm worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Marshall University where he worked closely with the Men’s Soccer, Softball, and Women’s Track & Field teams. Herm earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of Toledo in 2012 and a master’s degree in sports administration from Marshall University in 2014. Herm is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and is member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Hiren Patel

Hiren Patel, MD

Nephrology

Hiren Patel, MD, is chief of the Section of Nephrology and medical director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is also a clinical associate professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. His clinical interests include glomerular and tubular disorders, acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease. His research interests include improving clinical outcomes in chronic kidney disease, particularly in the dialysis and renal transplant populations. Dr. Patel is the local principal and co-investigator for multiple local and multi-center studies.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Homa Amini, DDS, MPH, MS

Pediatric Dentistry

Homa Amini, DDS, MS, MPH, is a member of the Section of Pediatric Dentistry at Nationwide Children's Hospital and an associate professor of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry with a dental degree and a master’s in public health. She received her specialty training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her interest is public dental health and health policy.

Ibrahim Khansa

Ibrahim Khansa, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Ibrahim Khansa, MD, is a surgeon within the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Khansa received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He then completed a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, including serving as chief resident. This was followed by a pediatric craniofacial fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Ihuoma Eneli, MD

Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition

Ihuoma U. Eneli, MD, MS is medical director at the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr Eneli oversees the assessment clinics and medical weight management programs. Her clinical and research interest is on medical interventions for overweight children, particularly from the health care providers’ perspective. Prior to joining Nationwide Children’s, Dr. Eneli was an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Ilana Moss, PhD

Pediatric Psychology

Ilana K. Moss is a pediatric psychology fellow at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California and completed her pre-doctoral internship at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Her clinical interests include GI and feeding related challenges, as well as pain management strategies among children, adolescents, and young adults. Her research has focused on adolescent interpersonal relationships, depression and aggression, and on-line usage.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Ilene Crabtree, PT

Physical Therapy

Ilene Crabtree, PT has attended numerous Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) courses since 2007 to increase her knowledge of the neurological system and its' effect on gross motor development. In November of 2010 she became NDT certified.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Irene Mikhail, MD

Allergy and Immunology

Irene Mikhail, MD is a member of the Section of Allergy and Immunology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining Nationwide, she worked at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. She loves improving the quality of life and safety for children with allergies, asthma and eczema. However, she has a particular interest in treating children with food allergies and performing research to increase our understanding of the development and treatment of food allergies. Outside of work, she tries to keep up with her husband’s busy schedule as an oncologist and enjoys spending time with her two girls, ages 1 and 2. Although her time to explore has been limited, she has really enjoyed getting familiar with Columbus.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Irina Buhimschi, MD

Center for Perinatal Research

Irina Buhimschi, MD serves as director of the Center for Perinatal Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She is also a tenured professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. 

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Ivor Hill, MD

Celiac Disease Center

Ivor Hill, MD, MB, ChB, is director of the Celiac Disease Center, one of the signature programs within the Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is also professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Hill was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated with his family to the USA in 1990. He and his wife, Barbara, have four sons, Kevin, Garick, Jared and Sorin, and one daughter, Alexa. He is a self-proclaimed crazy golf nut and also loves running and photography.

Jacqueline Wynn, PhD, BCBA-D

Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Jacquie Wynn, PhD is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders. She is the founding director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Nationwide Children's Hospital, which opened its doors in 2000, and is a faculty member of The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Jacquie is married (to another psychologist!) and has three busy children, ages 11, 9, and 6. She enjoys her work and her children, and looks forward to travel and hobbies sometime in the future!

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Jaime-Dawn Twanow, MD

Neurology

Jaime Twanow, MD is an attending pediatric neurologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Neurology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She completed a pediatric residency, a child neurology residency and a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She is board certified in pediatrics, neurology with special qualifications in child neurology, and epilepsy. Her clinical interests include complex epilepsy care and critical care neurology.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

James Murakami, MD

Radiology

James W. Murakami, MD, MS is a pediatric radiologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a clinical assistant professor of Radiology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Murakami received his medical degree from the University of California at San Diego and completed his internship and radiology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. That residency included a research fellowship and two years of graduate work in Bioengineering leading to a M.S. degree. Dr. Murakami continued his training with a fellowship in pediatric radiology at the the Seattle Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center. Lastly, a four month fellowship in pediatric interventional radiology was completed at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. After two years as a staff radiologist specializing in Neuroradiology and Interventional Radiology at the Seattle Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center (1997-1999), Dr. Murakami and his family relocated to Columbus Ohio and he had been on staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital up to the present. He is primarily a clinician with interventional radiology interests focusing on sclerotherapy of vascular malformations and benign cysts of the head and neck, orbits, and bones, and neuroradiology interests focusing on functional MRI. His educational and research interests include ultrasound guided procedures in children, sclerotherapy, and functional MRI.

James Popp, MD

Hand Program

James E. Popp, MD, co-director of the Hand Service at Nationwide Children's Hospital and an adjunct assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed his residency at The Ohio State University. Dr. Popp then completed a hand and upper extremity surgery fellowship at the distinguished Indiana Hand Center, Indianapolis, Indiana. He specializes in surgery of the hand and upper extremity in adult and pediatric patients. His expertise includes common hand problems (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), wrist arthroscopy, joint replacement surgery for arthritis, and complex pediatric and adult reconstructive micro-vascular surgery. He is a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Mid-American Orthopaedic Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Association and the Ohio State Medical Association.

James Ruda

James Ruda, MD

Ear, Nose and Throat Services (Otolaryngology)

Jameson Mattingly

Jameson Mattingly, MD

Neurotology Fellow, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Jameson Mattingly, MD is currently the Otology/Neurotology fellow at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Colorado prior to coming to OSU. At the conclusion of his fellowship, he will be joining faculty at OSU where he will work with both adults and children in all aspects of otology, including chronic otitis media/cholesteatoma, hearing loss, cochlear implantation, and tumors of the skull base. His clinical and research interests include hearing devices, mainly cochlear implants, and balance disorders.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Jamie Macklin, MD

Adult Medicine and Hospital Pediatrics

Jamie Macklin, MD is an adult medicine and pediatric hospitalist, currently practicing at the The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, and completed an internal medicine/pediatrics residency at the OSU Medical Center/Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH. Her clinical interests currently include quality improvement regarding safe sleep and breastfeeding education. When not in the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh, and two young daughters.

Jane Abel

Marketing and Public Relations

Jane Abel is a Video Marketing Account Manager at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She creates video and interactive products for consumer, physician, research, donor and internal audiences. Jane is a mom to two children, 6-year-old Ellie and 2-year-old Robby. Ellie suffers from a severe peanut allergy and is a patient of Dr. Roger Friedman, Allergy & Immunology, at Nationwide Children’s. Jane lives in New Albany with her husband, Rob.

Janelle Huefner

Janelle Huefner, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Pathology

Janelle Huefner, MA, CCC-SLP, is a board certified speech-language pathologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She received her master’s degree in communicative disorders and sciences and has been a practicing pediatric speech language pathologist for 20 years in hospitals, home-based early intervention programs, educational settings including private, public and charter schools as well as private practice. She has received Orton-Gillingham training, is in the process of obtaining Auditory-Verbal Therapy certification, and is a member of the Hearing Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital focusing on spoken language and literacy development with hearing impaired patients and patients with dyslexia.

Janice Townsend

Janice Townsend, DDS, MS

Dentistry

Janice A. Townsend, DDS, MS, is the chief of Pediatric Dentistry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the chair of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Townsend received her doctor of dental surgery degree from Marquette University’s School of Dentistry in Milwaukee. She then earned a master of science degree in pediatric dentistry from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, and a certificate in pediatric dentistry from Nationwide Children’s. Dr. Townsend has been published on a number of topics including dental education, pain management after dental procedures and dentistry for special needs children. Before joining Nationwide Children's, Dr. Townsend was the chair of Pediatric Dentistry at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center School of Dentistry in New Orleans. While in New Orleans, Dr. Townsend was named “Woman of the Year” in 2017 by CityBusiness, and named to New Orleans’ list “Top Dentists” since 2013.

Jared Sylvester

Jared grew up a resident of Upper Arlington and is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University. Jared was treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Now an eight-year survivor Jared is a strong advocate in the cancer community in central Ohio. He is a connecting families mentor and volunteer at NCH, he is a very active member of the Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) Survivorship program – a partnership between NCH and The James - he is also a Next Generation James Ambassador, a four-time rider in Pelotonia, and has been an honored guest and speaker at numerous central Ohio cancer awareness and fundraising events. Jared and his wife, Melissa, live in Upper Arlington and Jared is a proud employee of Cardinal Health in Dublin.

NCH Blog Author

Jaysson Eicholtz

GMP Operations

Jaysson Eicholtz, Director of GMP Operations, has been with Nationwide Children's Hospital since 2015. He has 18 years of experience in the FDA regulated industry in operations management roles working with vaccines, cell based therapy, OTC drugs and controlled substance manufacturing.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Jeff Sydes, CSCS

Sports Medicine

Jeff Sydes, CSCS is the lead sports performance specialist for Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports Medicine Program. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Prior to coming to Nationwide Children's, Dr. Sydes served as the fitness coordinator for New Albany High School, training all of its teams and athletes. Jeff also spent two years in the private sector working with youth, high school, collegiate and professional athletes in the greater Columbus area. He began his coaching career and worked several years at the division 1 collegiate level. His experiences included stints at the University of Kentucky, University of California Los Angeles and Arizona State University. Dr. Sydes earned his BA from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He also spent a year in the exercise science graduate school program at Arizona State University.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Jen Campbell, PT, MSPT

Physical Therapy

Jen Campbell, PT, MSPT is a developmental pediatric physical therapist in the outpatient physical therapy department at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She graduated with a Master’s degree from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY in 2003. She works in the outpatient clinic treating patients with a variety of diagnoses. Jen is also a therapist in the Neurodevelopmental Clinic where she completes developmental assessments on patients.

NCH Blog Author

Jenn Gonya, PhD

NICU

Jenn Gonya, PhD is a NICU developmental specialist, educational psychologist and researcher in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Small Baby NICU, a unit dedicated to the care of extremely premature infants. Her passion lies in providing a voice for premature infants that people can hear, understand, and deeply appreciate.

Jennifer Borda, PT, DPT

Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Jenny Borda, PT, DPT is a physical therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at the Dublin Sports Medicine building. She graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008 from The Ohio State University and has been working at Nationwide Children's since then. She is a STOTT PILATES® certified instructor and has a special interest in treating gymnasts and dancers. Jenny grew up as a competitive gymnast and has continued to stay active in sports, currently as a competitive CrossFit athlete.

Jennifer Reese

Jennifer Reese, PsyD

Pediatric Psychology

Jennifer Reese, PsyD is a clinical psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital who oversees the development and delivery of education for clinical staff within Behavioral Health. She also serves as a faculty member for all levels of Psychology training within the hospital.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Jennifer Smith, MS, RD, CSP, LD, LMT

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Jen Smith, MS, RD, CSP, LD, LMT is a clinical dietitian at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She has been working at Nationwide Children’s with an emphasis in Gastroenterology since 2003. She is a board certified specialist in pediatric nutrition. In 2009, she was awarded Ohio Dietetic Association’s Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year. She is active member and has been involved with speaking engagements within many organizations including the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. She is an active participant in ImproveCareNow, a quality improvement collaborative, dedicated to improving care for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. In addition to working as a dietitian, Jen is also a Licensed Massage Therapist at Nationwide and lives in Dresden with her husband Jeff and son Bennett.

Jerry Mendell

Jerry R. Mendell, MD

Center for Gene Therapy

Jerry R. Mendell, MD is an attending neurologist at Nationwide Children’s, director of the Center for Gene Therapy at The Research Institute of Nationwide Children’s, director of the Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center, co-director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic, and a professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, Pathology, and Physiology and Cell Biology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Mendell was among the first to test muscle cell transplantation for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the early 1990’s and the first person to study viral mediated gene therapy for muscular dystrophy in humans. Dr. Mendell has made fundamental contributions in clinical research and in the molecular genetics of neuromuscular disease. He has published major textbooks on the disorders of muscle and peripheral nerves along with more than 300 scientific articles and book chapters. In 2004, Dr. Mendell was awarded the S. Mouchly Small Scientific Achievement Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association in recognition of his significant contributions to neuromuscular disease research. In 2009 he was presented the Distinguished Scholar Award by the president of The Ohio State University. Dr. Mendell is named among the “Best Doctors in America.”

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Jessalyn Mayer, MSOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy

Jessalyn Mayer, MSOT, OTR/L is an outpatient occupational therapist at the Dublin Close to Home Center. Her past experience and continuing education has primarily focused on fine motor, visual motor, developmental and sensory-based treatment. She enjoys working with children with a variety of diagnoses and abilities to help further develop their skills and increase independence in daily activities.

NCH Blog Author

Jessica Bogacik, MS, MT-BC

Hospice and Home-Based Palliative Care

Jessica Bogacik, MS, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist and works on Nationwide Children's Hospital’s home-based hospice and palliative care team. Jessica received her Master of Science in Music Therapy from Radford University, under the supervision of Jim Borling MM, MT-BC.  Jessica completed her clinical internship at Cleveland's University Hospitals Case Medical Center with Dr. Deforia Lane, PhD, MT-BC. She has participated in research using music therapy interventions with critically ill patients, and with hospitalized patients demonstrating depressive symptoms. Jessica’s experience as a music therapist is varied, including work with the elderly, medically and psychiatrically hospitalized adults, children with disabilities, and individuals receiving hospice care. Jessica has worked at Nationwide Children's Hospital since August 2015. 

Jessica Brock

Outpatient Physical Therapy

Jessica Brock, PT, DPT, PCS is a developmental pediatric physical therapist in the outpatient physical therapy department. She completed a post-doctoral pediatric residency program at The Ohio State University and she is a board-certified pediatric clinical specialist. She works in the outpatient clinic serving patients with a variety of diagnoses. She is also a physical therapist in the Neonatology Follow Up Clinic where she completes developmental assessments on infants and toddlers.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Jessica Bullock, MA/CCC-SLP

Clinical Therapies

Jessica Bullock is a staff Speech-Language Pathologist at Nationwide Children’s Westerville Close to Home. She has been in the field for 18 years with an extensive background with the pediatric population. She is licensed by The Ohio Speech Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Jessica Buschmann, RD

Sports Medicine

Jessica Buschmann, MS, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian with Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine. As part of her role at Nationwide Children’s, she provides nutrition services to Ohio Dominican University’s athletic teams and the general student population. She is registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and licensed by the Ohio Board of Dietetics. Before joining the NCH Sports Medicine team, Jessica completed her Master’s degree at Marywood University in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science. Jessica’s professional interests include Female Athlete Triad management and prevention, employee wellness, and meal planning for optimal sports performance. Jessica’s personal interests include anything outdoors, running, cooking with friends and family, grocery shopping (especially at Farmer’s Markets!), trying new restaurants around Columbus, spontaneous and planned traveling adventures, skydiving, and reading with a good cup of java in local coffee shops.

Jessica Scherr, PhD

Behavioral Health

Jessica F. Scherr, PhD is a psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Child Development Center. She received her doctorate in school psychology from the University of South Carolina. She completed her postdoctoral training at Nationwide Children’s Hospital furthering her experience in clinical research with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Her clinical interests are to provide diagnostic and treatment services to children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, as well as monitor developmental outcomes of children that are at increased risk for developmental delays, behavioral difficulties, and/or social-emotional impairment. Her research interests focus on understanding the relationship between biobehavioral factors and developmental outcomes in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her current research focuses on examining physiological markers of arousal and emotion regulation in young children at risk for social-emotional and attention difficulties.

NCH Blog Author

Jim O’Shea OT, MOT, CHT

Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Jim O’Shea OT, MOT, CHT is a Certified Hand Therapist in the Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University (’00, ’11). Jim has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 2006 and has been an active member of the American Society of Hand Therapists. He started working at NCH in 2010 after moving from the NY/NJ area. In 2012, Jim was glad to be part of a mission trip that traveled to India to assist with reconstructive procedures for patients with traumatic and/or congenital upper extremity injuries. In his spare time, Jim enjoys traveling, finding great restaurants, spending time with his dog, and staying active through Crossfit and running.

Joan Fraser, MSW, LISW-S

Comprehensive Pain Management

Joan Fraser is a Social Worker in the Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She received her Master’s Degree from the Ohio State University. She has over 30 years of clinical experience. She values her current multidisciplinary setting where she is active in educating patients and their families about managing chronic pain and living healthy lives.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

John Ackerman, PhD

Center for Suicide Prevention and Research

John Ackerman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in Behavioral Health and Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research (CSPR) at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He directs community, school, and hospital efforts to educate others about the risks and warning signs of pediatric suicide. Dr. Ackerman has contributed to ongoing investigations at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's regarding risk factors for adolescent suicide. He is also interested in how social media can contribute to suicide prevention.

John Kovalchin, MD

Cardiology

John P. Kovalchin, MD, is Director of Echocardiography at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Kovalchin received his medical degree from the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He completed his residency at Nationwide Children's Hospital and fellowships at Texas Children's Hospital and the University of California Medical Center Parnassus. He is certified in both pediatric cardiology and pediatrics.

NCH Blog Author

Jonathan D. Thackeray, MD

The Center for Family Safety and Healing

Jonathan D. Thackeray, MD is the former chief of the Division of Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and associate professor of clinical pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He served as medical director of The Center for Family Safety and Healing and oversaw the Child Assessment Center and Fostering Connections Programs. Dr. Thackeray is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics and is currently on the board of directors of the Ohio Chapter. He is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the Ray E. Helfer Society and the Ambulatory Pediatric Association. His professional interests include community health, recognition of sentinel injuries and intimate partner violence. He is board certified in general pediatrics and child abuse pediatrics.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Jonathan Finlay, MB, ChB, FRCP

Hematology, Oncology and BMT

Jonathan L. Finlay, MB, ChB, FRCP is the Program Director of Neuro-Oncology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Finlay is a tenured Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric brain tumors and has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications in leading medical journals and over 80 review articles and book chapters. Prior to coming to Nationwide Children’s, Dr. Finlay was the Director of the Neural Tumors Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and served as Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology & Neurological Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. Between 1982 and 2003, he held faculty positions in Pediatric Oncology at Stanford University (1980-1982), University of Wisconsin-Madison (1982-1987), University of Pennsylvania (1987-1989), Cornell University/Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (1989-1993) and New York University (1997-2003).

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Jonathan M. Grischkan, MD

Otolaryngology

Jonathan Grischkan, MD, is a member of the Department of Otolaryngology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is an assistant professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Grischkan received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 2005 and went on to complete his residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. Dr. Grischkan spent an additional year of fellowship training in Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Children’s Hospitals and Clinic of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Grischkan’s clinical and research interests primarily focus on problems relating to cleft lip and palate, vascular lesions, craniofacial disorders, mandibular hypoplasia, airway obstruction, sleep apnea and all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology and facial reconstructive surgery. He currently sees patients at the Main Campus and Westerville Close to Home locations.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Jonathan Napolitano, MD

Sports Medicine

Jonathan Napolitano, MD, brings diverse training and experience to our physician team with dual appointments in both Sports Medicine and Orthopedics.  Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine, Dr. Napolitano is uniquely prepared to care for athletes of all ages, experience levels, and physical abilities.  He serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Napolitano was also a Sports Medicine fellow from 2016 to 2017. Originally from Northeast Ohio, Dr. Napolitano grew up playing soccer, basketball and lacrosse. He attended Georgetown University where he competed on the men's lightweight crew team and studied health care management and policy. He returned to Ohio for medical school at the University of Toledo and completed his internship in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Napolitano's completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Loyola University in Chicago, with training in adult and pediatric musculoskeletal and neurologic medicine. During residency, he was actively involved in student education, clinical research and administrative responsibilities in his role as chief resident.Dr. Napolitano’s research interests include the management of back pain and emerging technologies in diagnosis and treatment of tendonopathies.He is an active member of both the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, currently serving as the fellow liaison to the membership committee.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Julia Colman, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy

Julia Colman, MOT, OTR/L is a member of the inpatient occupational therapy team at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She completed her bachelor's degree in psychology from The Ohio State University in 2012 and her master's degree in occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2015. Julia has special interests in pediatric acute care and oncology rehabilitation.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Julie Leonard, MD, MPH

Center for Pediatric Trauma Research

Dr. Leonard is an associate professor of pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is a board certified pediatric emergency medicine subspecialist and practices medicine in the emergency department at Nationwide Children's Hospital. At Nationwide Children's Hospital Research Institute, she serves as the director of clinical research for the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the associate director for the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research. Over the course of her career, she has developed expertise in the emergency management of injured children. She has published extensively in the area of cervical spine injury management and is the recent recipient of an NIH grant aimed at laying the groundwork for the development and implementation of Pediatric Cervical Spine Injury Risk Assessment Tool that will be for use by both prehospital and emergency department providers. She is also a research collaborator in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN).

Julie Racine, PhD

Eye Clinic

Julie Racine, PhD received her doctorate from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She has been with Nationwide Children’s Hospital since 2011. Her clinical and research interests are in ophthalmology and human/animal clinical visual electrophysiology.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Julie Samora, MD

Hand Program

Julie Balch Samora, MD received her orthopaedic training at The Ohio State University and completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity at Harvard. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, a masters of music at Yale University, and an MD/PhD at West Virginia University, where she also concomitantly earned masters degrees in public health and public administration. Dr. Samora specializes in pediatric hand and upper extremity, with a focus on congenital differences, brachial plexus birth palsy, cerebral palsy and trauma. She is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Evidence Based Practice Committee, ASSH Ethics and Professionalism Committee, the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS) Scientific Committee, and the RJOS Professional Development Committee. She has published dozens of peer-reviewed manuscripts, written multiple text book chapters, and has presented at numerous regional and national conferences. Dr. Samora has a passion to provide safe, efficient, and excellent patient care, focusing on best practices and quality improvement initiatives as director of Orthopedic Quality.

Justin Indyk

Justin Indyk, MD, PhD

Endocrinology

Justin A. Indyk, MD, PhD is a member of the Section of Endocrinology at Nationwide Children's Hospital and is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. After completing undergraduate studies at University of California at San Diego, (in La Jolla, CA), Dr. Indyk went on to complete his MD and PhD at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, on Long Island, in 2003 and went on to pediatric internship/residency and then pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Indyk is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Indyk's clinical and research interests include adrenal disorders, diabetes, genetics, and disorders of sexual development and puberty.

Kamilah Twymon, LPCC-S

Behavioral Health

Kamilah Twymon, LPCC-S has been part of the Behavioral Health team at Nationwide Children's Hospital since 2007 and is currently the clinical coordinator of the School Based Program and Community Partnerships. She collaborates with Columbus, Bexley and Canal Winchester school districts along with several community partners on wellness and prevention efforts. Prior to her current role Kamilah provided oversight to the Community Based Programs. Kamilah began her career at NCH as a therapist and then supervisor with the Multi-Systemic Therapy Program.

Kara Malone, MD

Teen and Pregnant (TaP) Program

Kara L. Malone, MD is a board eligible obstetrician and gynecologist. She joined Nationwide Children’s Hospital as Medical Director of the Teen and Pregnant (TaP) Program. She completed medical school at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and did her residency at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include the care of pregnant adolescents and providing culturally sensitive care to minorities, including the LGBTQAI population.

NCH Blog Author

Kari Dubro, MS, RD, LD, CWWS

Employee Wellness

Kari DuBro, MS, RD, LD, CWWS is the Employee Wellness Program Manager at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Kari graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Science in Nutrition from Arizona State University. Kari believes that an important part of her role is creating a healthier environment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital by promoting healthy norms, helping employees find ways to be more physically active, and planning educational wellness programs. Kari is passionate about motivating others to live a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys teaching group fitness classes, running, traveling, practicing yoga, reading, and spending time with her husband, Evan, and three young children, Ella, Mason, and Sophie.

Kari Phang, MD

South Carolina Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Academic Fellow

Karyn L. Kassis, MD, MPH

Emergency Medicine

Karyn L. Kassis, MD, MPH is an emergency medicine physician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She graduated from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1999 with a dual degree in medicine and public health and completed her residency in general pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2002. She began her appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2009 and has been published in Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care in the past.

Katherine Deans

Katherine Deans, MD

Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice

Katherine Deans, MD graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and completed a surgery residency and research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and the National Institutes of Health. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Pediatric Surgery. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

Kate McCracken

Katherine McCracken, MD

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Kate McCracken, MD is a distinguished member of Nationwide Children’s Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology team. Dr. McCracken’s diverse clinical and research interests include ovarian masses, cysts and tumors; müllerian anomalies; vaginal agenesis; menstrual disorders (dysmenorrhea, heavy menstrual bleeding and irregular menses); pelvic pain; contraception; pediatric vulvovaginitis; vulvar and hymenal abnormalities; polycystic ovarian syndrome; preventative gynecologic care; and gynecologic care for patients with special needs and developmental delays.Dr. McCracken has a long history of academic and clinical research — from her first peer reviewed published work as an undergraduate at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI, to her latest publication in the journal Seminars in Pediatric Surgery. As a fellow at Kosair Children’s Gynecology Specialists at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY, Dr. McCracken investigated the use of norethindron acetate for the management of bothersome bleeding associated with the etonogestrel contraceptive implant. Dr. McCracken was also actively involved in research during medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and during residency at The Ohio State University.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Kathryn J. Junge, RN, BSN

The Heart Center

Kathryn J. Junge, RN, BSN started her adult congenital heart disease experience in St. Louis, MO, at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine, where she helped develop their program. She joined Nationwide Children's Hospital in April 2013 as a nurse clinician on the adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) team. In this role, she coordinates the care of ACHD patients by arranging tests and referrals, providing discharge during clinic visits and discharge planning for hospitalized patients, and provides patient education.

Katie Brind'Amour, MS

Marketing and Public Relations

Katie Brind’Amour, MS, CHES is former senior science writer and editor for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She lives in Reynoldsburg with her husband and an excitable mutt, and she is anxiously awaiting the birth of her first baby boy. In her free time, she loves to cook, travel and scour Netflix for addictive new shows.

Katie Thomas

Katie Thomas, APR

Marketing and Public Relations

Katie Thomas, APR is an account manager on the consumer marketing team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she focuses on community wellness and population health initiatives. Katie is incoming president-elect of the Central Ohio chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). For her commitment to Central Ohio PRSA, she received the Walt Seifert Award for Outstanding Service. She also volunteers her time by mentoring students at South High School and The Ohio State University. Katie received her bachelor’s degree from Otterbein University and her master’s degree from The Ohio State University. She is accredited in public relations. Katie also teaches Spinning classes.

Katrina Hall, MA, CCLS

Katrina Hall, MA, CCLS, is a Child Life Specialist at the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She supports patients and families during their inpatient and outpatient hospitalizations to promote continuity of care. Katrina received her master’s degree in Child Life from The University of Akron. Katrina joined Nationwide Children's Hospital two years ago and has covered various areas before finding a passion for the colorectal population. Katrina also has a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Strategic Communications from The University of Kentucky. 

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Katya Harfmann, MD

Dermatology

Katya Harfmann, MD is an attending dermatologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of Dermatology and Pediatric Dermatology at The Ohio State University. Dr. Harfmann is board certified in dermatology. Her clinical and research interests include hair loss, alopecia areata and quality of life issues. Dr. Harfmann started a Pediatric Hair Disorders Clinic at Nationwide Children’s in Fall 2015. The clinic provides specialized care for children experiencing hair loss and hair growth disorders. Dr. Harfmann is available to see patients suffering from hair loss, hair shaft disorders and excessive hair growth.

Kayla Zimpfer, PCC

Big Lots Behavioral Health Services Community Liaison and Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator

Kelly Abrams

Foundation, Former Assistant Director of Developmental Communications

Kelly Abrams came to the Foundation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in October of 2011 and quickly learned the ropes of her position as Assistant Director of Development Communications. Her job duties ranged from managing creative projects, writing and content development, to riding a motorcycle through the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon to document each mile. Kelly never had a dull moment in the ever-changing world of communications. The most fulfilling aspect of her career is forming a bond with patient families who share their stories in hopes to inspire our community. Outside of the office, Kelly is a social butterfly and is rarely sitting still. She enjoys yoga, weekend adventures with her friends and taking advantage of the rare Ohio sunshine.

Kelly Huston

Cedarville University School of Pharmacy, PharmD Candidate

Kelly Huston is a 2018 PharmD candidate at Cedarville University School of Pharmacy on clinical rotation with Nationwide Children's Hospital. Her interests include geriatrics, psychiatry, and pharmacy informatics. In light of these interests, she will be pursuing a PGY1 residency.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Kelly J. Kelleher, MD

Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice

Dr. Kelleher is a pediatrician whose research interests focus on accessibility, effectiveness and quality of health care services for children and their families, especially those affected by mental disorders, substance abuse or violence. He has a longstanding interest in formal outcomes research for mental health and substance abuse services. Dr. Kelleher is director of the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice and vice president of Health Services Research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Kelleher is also a professor in the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Nationwide Children's Physician

Kelly McNally, PhD

Neurosciences

Kelly A. McNally, PhD, is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University. Her clinical interests include pediatric neuropsychology, epilepsy, rehabilitation psychology, concussion, and oncology. Her research interests include psychological and neuropsychological comorbidities in pediatric epilepsy and post-concussive symptoms in children with mild traumatic brain injury.

Kelly N. Day, CPNP-PC

Urology

Kelly N. Day, CPNP-PC is a member of the Section of Pediatric Urology at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She completed her master's degree in nursing and advance practice at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her previous experience includes both pediatric nursing with emphasis in kidney, liver, and bowel transplant as well as adult nursing in a medical intensive care setting. She is a full-time pediatric nurse practitioner who sees patients with a variety of urological disorders. She has special interest in care coordination and management before and after birth for fetal patients and their families who have kidney or bladder abnormalities detected during prenatal imaging.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Kelly Wesolowski, PsyD

Big Lots Behavioral Health Services

Kelly Wesolowski, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist who has been with Nationwide Children’s Hospital since 2005. She is currently the clinical lead supervisor for the Westerville Behavioral Health team.  Dr. Wesolowski also serves as an associate track director for the clinical child track of the psychology internship program. She is an instructor for ADHD Academy programs and an Incredible Years facilitator. Her clinical interests include assessment and treatment of ADHD, anxiety, and behavior disorders.  Dr. Wesolowski spends much of her time providing clinical supervision and training for behavioral health clinicians and psychology trainees.    

Kent Williams

Kent Williams, MD

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Kent Williams, MD, is an attending pediatric gastroenterologist at Nationwide Children’s and an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Williams’ clinical interests involve all aspects of pediatric gastroenterology, with a special interest in GI disorders in children with autism spectrum disorders. As an investigator at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s and OSU, he conducts basic and translational research into the mechanisms that cause functional gastrointestinal disorders, such as abdominal pain, constipation, and reflux, in children with autism. In 2012, Dr. Williams became co-chair of the Autism Treatment Network’s gastroenterology committee, a national work group that is responsible for establishing guidelines and recommendations for treatment of GI issues in children with autism spectrum disorders.

NCH Blog Author

Kevin Bosse, PhD

Center for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research

Kevin Bosse, PhD, is a postdoctoral scientist in the lab of Vidu Garg in the Center for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research. He has a PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental biology. His research focuses on the genetics of heart valve development and disease. He has one son, Benjamin, who keeps him exceptionally busy when he's not at work.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Kevin Klingele, MD

Orthopaedics

Kevin E. Klingele, MD, is the chief of Orthopedic Surgery, program director of the Orthopedics Fellowship, surgical director of Sports Medicine Program and clinical assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from The Ohio State University. After completing residency at Indiana University he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital. Primary clinical interests include adolescent and children's sports medicine, pediatric trauma, hip preservation and reconstruction including periacetabular osteotomy and surgical hip dislocation techniques, and lower extremity reconstruction. He is a Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Columbus Orthopaedic Society, Ohio Orthopaedic Society, Central Ohio Pediatric Association, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, International Perthes Study Group and Gillespie Pediatric Orthopaedic Study Group.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Kim Bjorklund, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Kim A. Bjorklund, MD, is a member of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hand Program and Center for Complex and Craniofacial Disorders at Nationwide Children's Hospital and is a clinical assistant professor at The Ohio State University. Dr. Bjorklund also serves as the Director of the Brachial Plexus Program. Dr. Bjorklund received her medical degree and completed residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Manitoba. Prior to joining Nationwide Children's, she completed Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity fellowships at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, as well as a Hand and Microsurgery fellowship at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She is currently completing a Masters of Medical Education through the University of Cincinnati and the Surgical Education Research Fellowship through the Association of Surgical Education.Dr. Bjorklund specializes in pediatric hand and upper extremity surgery, with a focus on neonatal brachial plexus palsy, congenital limb differences and reconstruction following trauma or disease. Additional clinical and research interests are in pediatric microsurgery and surgical education.

Kimberly Bates, MD

HIV Program

Kimberly Bates, MD, is a member of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Section of Primary Care Pediatrics and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Bates provides patient care in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital South High Primary Care Center. In this setting, she is actively involved with teaching internal medicine and pediatric residents. Dr. Bates is also director of the FACES Clinic for children and families with HIV/AIDS.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Kimberly Sisto, PT, DPT, SCS

Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Kimberly Sisto PT, DPT, SCS, is a board-certified sports clinical specialist and a STOTT pilates certified instructor. Kim's areas of clinical interest include the treatment and prevention of injuries in children with gymnastics, cheerleading and performing arts related injuries. Kim is the team physical therapist for Buckeye Gymnastics and has presented on gymnastics-related topics for PT continuing education and at USA Gymnastics Regional and National Congress. Kim is a former club and collegiate gymnast and competitive gymnastics coach. Kim also works at the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, where she assists in improving childhood health through participation in physical activity and exercise.

Kimberly Van Camp

Kimberly Van Camp, PT, DPT, SCS

Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Kimberly Van Camp PT, DPT, SCS, is a board-certified sports clinical specialist and a STOTT pilates certified instructor. Kim's areas of clinical interest include the treatment and prevention of injuries in children with gymnastics, cheerleading and performing arts related injuries. Kim is the team physical therapist for Buckeye Gymnastics and has presented on gymnastics-related topics for PT continuing education and at USA Gymnastics Regional and National Congress. Kim is a former club and collegiate gymnast and competitive gymnastics coach. Kim also works at the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, where she assists in improving childhood health through participation in physical activity and exercise.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Kris Jatana, MD, FAAP

Otolaryngology

Kris R. Jatana, MD, FAAP, a native of Columbus, has joined Nationwide Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University. He completed residency training at The Ohio State University, and he went on to complete pediatric fellowship training at Children’s Memorial Hospital while serving as a Clinical Instructor at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He serves as a reviewer for several reputed peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Jatana has authored nearly 20 publications, and he has had over 35 presentations at scientific meetings. For over 15 years, he has been involved with basic science and/or translational research including experience at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Some of his honors include: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (Zeta Chapter President), Sony Scholar Award, Tandy Science Scholar Award, McGraw-Hill Medical Scholar Award, Ideal Physician Award, Falor Research Award, three consecutive William H. Saunders Research Awards, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Clinical Research Award, two competitive Grand Awards in Medicine and Health at the International Science and Engineering Fair, and he was 1 of 20 recipients in the United States of the 2004 American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Krista Winner, AuD, CCC-A

Audiology

Krista Winner, AuD, CCC-A, is a clinical audiologist for the Audiology Department at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She completed her master’s degree in audiology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2004 and her doctorate of audiology through the University of Florida in 2006. She practices full-time at Nationwide Children’s performing diagnostic hearing evaluations, Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing, hearing aid evaluations/ fittings, and cochlear implants. Krista joined the Audiology Department in January of 2015.

Kristen Armbrust, LISW-S

Behavioral Health

Kristen Armbrust, LISW-S, is a licensed clinical social worker with experience working with children and families within Behavioral Health. Currently, she is the clinical lead supervisor of the Eating Disorder Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she provides eating disorder treatment and clinical supervision to other clinicians. She also has experience working with adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders and is a clinician on the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy team. Her clinical interests include eating disorders and improving family-centered care.

NCH Blog Author

Kristi Roberts, MS MPH

Center for Injury Research and Policy

Kristi Roberts, MS MPH, is a research project coordinator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her research focuses on child safety, home safety, and behavior modification, and she is a certified pediatric sleep consultant. As a mother of two young children, she implements her research into her family’s daily life. When she’s not at work, you can find Kristi finger-painting with her kids, spending time outside, and exploring Columbus with her family.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Kristina Booth, MSN, CFNP

Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR)

Kristina M. Booth, FNP, serves as an advance practitioner nurse at the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She completed her master’s degree in nursing and advance practice at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH. Kristina joined the Pediatric Urology team in 2008 as the urodynamic nurse specialist. She has lectured both locally and nationally on pediatric urodynamics. In 2014, Kristina joined the CCPR Team. She has a special interest in caring for patients with complex colorectal and urological conditions. Kristina supports the CCPR as a coordinator for the Advance Practice Nursing Team, focusing on specialty services including Gynecology, Urology, Motility and the CCPR-Ohio State transition center. Kristina is an active member of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association and the Pediatric Urology Nurse Specialists, where she serves on the executive board.

Kristina Reber

Kristina Reber, MD

Neonatology

Kristina M. Reber, MD, is the associate division chief of Neonatology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She joined the faculty at Nationwide Children’s in 1997 following an internship, residency and fellowship at the hospital.

NCH Blog Author

Kyle Davis

Hematology and Oncology

Kyle is a third year pediatric resident at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He grew up in Dublin, OH before graduating with a biology degree from The Ohio State University and medical degree from Wright State University. Kyle will continue his medical career as a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at Nationwide Children’s next July and is particularly interested in pediatric bleeding disorders. His favorite activities include hiking with his fiancée, exploring new Columbus restaurants and traveling across the U.S. and around the world.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Lara McKenzie, PhD, MA

Center for Injury Research and Policy

Lara B. McKenzie, PhD, is a principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine and the Division of Epidemiology, College of Public Health at The Ohio State University. She is the mother of triplets (two girls, Parker and Harper, and one boy, Holden). She often jokes that when she leaves Children's, it’s to go to her second, less glamorous job where she doesn't get paid and no one listens to her!

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Laura Brubaker, BSN, RN

Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction

Laura Brubaker, BSN, RN, serves as a nurse clinician for the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR) at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Laura joined Nationwide Children's Hospital as a nurse intern on the Gastroenterology, Renal, Endocrinology, Genetics, and Rheumatology floor, where she transitioned to a patient care assistant and later a nurse. She was a travel nurse, gaining experience and new perspectives from various hospitals. She has lectured nationally and internationally at Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction Conferences. She is also a member of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing.

Laura Dattner

Center for Injury Research and Policy

Laura Dattner is a research writer in the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s. With both a health communications and public health background, she works to translate pediatric injury research into meaningful, accurate messages which motivate the public to make positive behavior changes. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota (go Gophers!) and enjoys spending time outside with her husband and dog.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Laurel Biever, LPC

Behavioral Health, Suicide Prevention Specialist

Laurel Biever, LPC, is a suicide prevention specialist for the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research. She is responsible for implementing suicide awareness and prevention programming in the community with a focus on reducing the stigma of mental health issues. Laurel has been a licensed clinician since 1999. She is a proud mom of a beautiful daughter and enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time outdoors.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Lauren Durinka, AuD

Audiology

Lauren Durinka, AuD, is an outpatient pediatric audiologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She received a bachelor of arts degree in speech and hearing science with a minor in disability studies from The Ohio State University. Lauren went on to complete her doctorate in audiology at The Ohio State University. Lauren is passionate about providing excellent family-centered care to all patients. Her clinical interests include diagnostic evaluations, electrophysiology, and hearing aids.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Lauren Justice, OTR/L, MOT

Occupational Therapy

Lauren Justice, OTR/L, MOT is a graduate of the masters of occupational therapy program at The Ohio State University. She specialized in pediatrics and pediatric research and has a special interest in family systems and feeding therapy.

NCH Blog Author

Lauren Madhoun, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Lauren L. Madhoun, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a speech-language pathologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a member of the Cleft Lip and Palate-Craniofacial Center team. Her clinical work focuses on the assessment and treatment of children with dysphagia, specifically those with craniofacial anomalies. Lauren earned her master’s degree from Boston University and is currently a doctoral student at The Ohio State University in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science. Her research focuses on the feeding and swallowing skills of infants with cleft palate.

Lee Hlad, DPM

Orthopaedics

Lee M. Hlad, DPM is a fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeon in private practice in Columbus, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate degree at Mount St. Mary college in New York and then attended Podiatry school at the New York college of Podiatric Medicine in New York city. He then went on to attend residency at Grant Medical Center in Columbus and then completed a pediatric orthopedic fellowship in limb lengthening and deformity correction at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore MD. He is the only podiatrist in central Ohio with privileges at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He actively is involved with residency programs of Grant Medical Center and The Ohio State university. He specializes in foot and ankle issues in both adults and children. He resides in Westerville with his wife, three children, and puggle. He is an avid outdoorsman and jeep enthusiast.

Leena Nahata

Leena Nahata, MD

Endocrinology

Leena Nahata, MD, is a pediatric physician in the Section of Endocrinology and has immense experience as a past clinical assistant professor and attending physician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. After graduating Cum Laude from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Nahata was an intern and resident in pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In 2010, she became a fellow in endocrinology at Harvard Medical School, while serving as an Assistant in Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2013. Dr. Nahata has received the House Officer Development Award and is a professional member of The Endocrine Society and Pediatric Endocrine Society. Dr. Nahata also joined the Center for Biobehavioral Health in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's as a faculty member in April 2016.

Lelia Emery

Lelia Emery, MT-BC

Music Therapy

Lelia Emery received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Alabama and is currently pursuing her masters of music therapy at Shenandoah University. She is one of the NICU Music Therapists at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She has extensive experience working with infants, toddlers, and their caregivers both in the hospital setting and the community. Prior to her current position, Mrs. Emery worked at Gymboree Play and Music where she led music and play classes for infants, toddlers, and their caregivers.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Leslie Appiah, MD

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Leslie Appiah, MD, is a board-certified physician in obstetrics and gynecology with fellowship training in pediatric and adolescent gynecology and expertise in oncofertility. She is a member of the Section of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Nationwide Children's Hospital and an associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Appiah attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX, and completed her residency at the Sinai Medical Center of Baltimore, MD. Dr. Appiah completed a research fellowship in reproductive genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, and a clinical fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Texas Children’s Hospital.At Nationwide Children’s, Dr. Appiah is leading the development of an Adolescent and Young Adult Endometriosis and Chronic Pelvic Pain Program. She also cares for children and young girls with disorders of the female reproductive tract.Dr. Appiah also serves at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute where she is co-director of the Fertility Preservation and Reproductive Health Program. Through the program, Dr. Appiah collaborates with oncologists and reproductive specialists to provide fertility preservation services and comprehensive reproductive care to adolescents and young adults with cancer diagnoses. The role involves serving as principal investigator of sponsored and investigator-initiated research protocols in addition to participating in Children’s Oncology Group protocols.

Linda Stoverock, Chief Nursing Officer

Linda Stoverock, DNP, RN NEA-BC

Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Linda Stoverock, DNP, RN NEA-BC has been senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital since 2000. The hospital is nationally recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals by both U.S.News & World Report and Parents magazine. Under Linda’s leadership, Nationwide Children's became the first children’s hospital in Ohio to receive MagnetTM Recognition for exhibiting improved nurse-to-patient ratios, increased levels of patient satisfaction, reduced mortality and morbidity rates and significantly higher educational preparation of the registered nurse workforce. In 2014, Nationwide Children’s was re-designated as a MagnetTM hospital for a 3rd time.Linda effectively leads and manages the largest employee group at Nationwide Children’s. More than 2,500 staff RNs, professional RNs and management RNs report to Linda in addition to more than 3,000 additional patient care services staff for a total of more than 5,500 staff members. Linda’s team extends beyond Nationwide Children’s Hospital main campus to include the hospital’s more than 70 offsite locations throughout Ohio as well as six Newborn Special Care Units (NSCU) run by Nationwide Children’s staff in Columbus area adult hospitals.Prior to joining Nationwide Children’s, Linda was interim vice president and director of pediatric medical-surgical units and hematology-oncology at Children’s Hospital of Austin in Texas. She currently serves on several boards locally and nationally, and is actively involved with the American Heart Association. In 2010, Linda was named a YWCA Woman of Achievement.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Lisa M. Humphrey, MD

Inpatient Services

Lisa Humphrey, MD, is the director of Inpatient Services and co-director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at Nationwide Children’s. She is also assistant professor of pediatrics for The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Humphrey received her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, New York, New York, and her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her pediatric residency and a fellowship in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Before joining Nationwide Children’s, Dr. Humphrey was the medical director for the Center for Palliative Care at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Lori Grisez PT, DPT

Clinical Therapies

Lori Grisez, PT, DPT, is a board-certified pediatric clinical specialist and developmental therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As a clinical leader, Lori divides her time between patient care and leadership of staff at the main campus location. Lori provides specialty care for patients through serial casting, equipment evaluations, vestibular therapy in the developmental population and in the Myelomeningocele Clinic.

NCH Blog Author

Lorraine Kelley-Quon

Pediatric Surgery

Lorraine Kelley-Quon, MD is a chief resident of pediatric surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the University of California, San Diego and completed her medical degree and general surgery training at the University of California, Los Angeles. During residency, she completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and obtained a Master’s in Health Services Research from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Her research interests include identifying and eliminating health care disparities for children, optimizing pediatric surgical health care delivery and translating health services research into health policy.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Louis Bezold, MD

Cardiology

Louis I. Bezold, MD, is director of cardiology consultative services for the Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bezold received his medical degree from the University of Maryland. He completed pediatric training, including an advanced pediatric cardiac imaging fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine (Texas Children’s Hospital). Dr. Bezold served as Director of the Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory at Texas Children’s prior to moving to the University of Kentucky where he held the Jennifer Gill Roberts Professorship in Pediatric Cardiology. At UK he served as Director of Noninvasive Pediatric Cardiac Imaging, Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatrics Vice Chair, UK HealthCare Enterprise Quality Director and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Kentucky Children’s Hospital. He has longstanding interest in quality initiatives in pediatric cardiology, serving as secretary on the Board of Directors of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for echocardiography laboratories and on the IAC Research Committee. His clinical interests include pediatric and fetal echocardiography and management of congenital heart disease. His research interests include quality and value in medical care delivery. Dr. Bezold is board-certified in pediatric cardiology.

Lynda Wolfe

Lynda Wolfe, PhD

Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Lynda Wolfe, PhD is a clinical psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital whose primary clinical interests include assessment and treatment of ADHD.

Lyndsey Miller

Lyndsey Miller is the proud preemie mommy to Ward Miles Miller, her hero.

Lynn Rosenthal

Lynn Rosenthal

The Center for Family Safety and Healing

Lynn Rosenthal is the president of The Center for Family Safety and Healing (TCFSH), which takes an integrated team approach to breaking the cycle of family violence and child abuse. Lynn, a nationally known champion for the prevention of family violence, previously served as the director, Violence Against Women Initiatives for the Biden Foundation, where she advanced the Foundation’s programs to create cultural change towards ending domestic violence and sexual assault. From 2009-15, Rosenthal was the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, coordinating efforts to address domestic and sexual violence. In this capacity, Rosenthal co-chaired the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and led interagency collaboration to spark new prevention initiatives. Rosenthal also served as vice president for Strategic Partnerships at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and leadership positions at state domestic violence coalitions in Florida and New Mexico. In her role as president of TCFSH, Rosenthal works closely with local advocates and community partners, including Franklin County Children’s Service, Columbus Division of Police, Columbus City Prosecutor Office, CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence, the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, and a diverse group of community organizations to address all aspects of family violence, including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Maggy Rule, MS, AT, ATC

Sports Medicine

Margaret (Maggy) Rule, MS, AT, ATC is a nationally certified athletic trainer by the Board of Certification and licensed by the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Training Board. While attending West Virginia University, Maggy completed athletic training internships with both the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers. At Purdue University, she served as the graduate assistant athletic trainer for the women's soccer team and the cheerleading squad. Upon graduation from Purdue, Maggy served as an assistant athletic trainer at Fredonia State University in Western New York for a year before becoming an athletic trainer at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Manmohan Kamboj

Manmohan K Kamboj, MD

Endocrinology

Manmohan K. Kamboj, MD, is the section chief of of Endocrinology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. She received her residency and fellowship training at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital in New York, NY. Aside from being an astute clinician Dr Kamboj is an excellent teacher and is involved in medical student, resident, and fellowship teaching and mentoring. She has authored multiple peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She leads the quality improvement initiatives in the division, and is also involved in the multidisciplinary PWS and long-term follow up BMT clinics.

Marc Levitt

Marc Levitt, MD

Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction

Dr. Levitt received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, a fellowship in Pediatric Colorectal Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and a Pediatric Surgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. After completing his training, Dr. Levitt was on the faculty at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo for two years, at Schneider Children’s Hospital, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center for three years, and at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for eight years. Dr. Levitt has published over 120 manuscripts and 60 book chapters, and has delivered over 300 national/international and 100 local/regional presentations of his work. He has been an invited visiting professor all over the world. Dr. Levitt has trained numerous clinical fellows, research fellows and students in his career. He has directed numerous colorectal training courses attended by established surgeons and surgical trainees from all over the world. He dedicates much of his free time to mission trips around the world where he trains surgeons in his complex surgical techniques.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Marc P. Michalsky, MD

Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery Program

Marc P. Michalsky, MD,FACS is the Director, The Center for Robotic Surgery and the Surgical Director, Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital, a multidisciplinary center dedicated to the treatment of overweight and obese children and adolescents. He is also a Professor of Clinical Surgery and Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is the father of two teenage boys.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Marcel J. Casavant, MD

Central Ohio Poison Center

Marcel J. Casavant, MD, is Division Chief of Toxicology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and a Clinical Professor in the College of Pharmacy. He also is Medical Director of the Central Ohio Poison Center and Director of the Central Ohio Lead Clinic. His clinical interests include the treatment of poisonings in adults and children, particularly heavy metals intoxication. He works extensively with local and state governments developing effective responses to chemical, biological and radiological terrorism, and is Principal Investigator of an HRSA-funded grant to develop Ohio’s three poison centers as a state resource for terrorism response.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Marci Johnson, LISW-S

Social Worker

Marci Johnson is an independently licensed social worker who currently works with the department of Gastroenterology and focuses on the IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) population. Marci received her bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her Masters in Social Work from The Ohio State University. Marci has a background in behavioral health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and enjoys working with the GI population and specifically chronic illnesses.

Marco Corridore, MD

Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Marco Corridore, MD, is an attending anesthesiologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital and the The Heart Center as well as a clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Corridore and his wife have two children, a 10-year-old son and an 8-year-old daughter. His interests include music, hiking and traveling.

NCH Blog Author

Marissa Larouere

NICU

Marissa Larouere is the Program Manager in the C4B NICU. She graduated with her BSN from Case Western Reserve University and received her Masters’ in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University. She has been at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for the past 9 years. She is a member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and volunteers for Lifeline of Ohio. She is dedicated to continuously improving family-centered care. She is married to her wife Emily Larouere and they have one daughter Mary Sullivan.

Mark Galantowicz

Mark E. Galantowicz, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Mark Galantowicz, MD, FACS, is the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Director of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is Professor of Clinical Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and is the recipient of the Murray D. Lincoln Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Galantowicz received his medical degree from Cornell University. He completed his residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York. He is certified in both Thoracic Surgery and Surgery.

Mark Smith, MS RT R (MR), ABMP Physicist

Radiology

Mark graduated from Ohio State University (OSU) in 1986 with a B.S. in Radiologic Technology. He started working in MRI at OSU Hospitals in 1987. Mark went on to complete his M.S. in 1993 at OSU in Radiation Physics specializing in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, and is boarded by the American Board of Medical Physics. Mark is currently the physicist on staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) in the Radiology Dept. His responsibilities at NCH include MR research, clinical MR protocol development, and ACR accreditation. Mark is also adjunct faculty at OSU Hospitals Radiology Dept. in MR education.

Marnie Wagner, MD

Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition

Marnie L. Wagner, MD, is a general pediatrician at the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She also serves as an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Wagner's clinical interests include nutrition, the primary prevention of obesity and the management of obesity-related comorbidities. She sees patients in the medical assessment and bariatric clinics. Prior to joining the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, Dr. Wagner completed her pediatric residency training at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Mary Ann Abrams, MD, MPH

Primary Pediatrics

Mary Ann Abrams, MD, MPH, is a member of the Section of Primary Care Pediatrics, medical director of GME Quality Improvement, vice-chair of GMEC, MOC portfolio manager at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and clinical assistant professor and longitudinal group substitute facilitator at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Mary Fristad, PhD, ABPP

Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Psychiatry

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Mary Kay Sharrett

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Mary Kay Sharrett has been a registered dietitian at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for more than 30 years. She is the founder and dietitian advisor to the Gluten Free Gang, a support group for adults and children and their families with Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity. Mary Kay lives in Columbus with her husband and two little white dogs. You will often find her cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Columbus Crew.

NCH Blog Author

Mary Shull, MD

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Meagan Horn, MA

Speech Pathology

Meagan Horn, MA, CCC-SLP, is a bilingual speech-language pathologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital at the Main Campus Outpatient location. She received an M.A. in both Hispanic Linguistics and Speech Language Pathology from The Ohio State University. She works directly with the Hispanic population with interest in the areas of early language intervention for bilingual children and parent education and empowerment. She is currently developing a program to provide one-day workshops for Spanish-speaking families to learn strategies for enhancing their child’s language development.

NCH Medical Professional

Megan Brundrett, MD

Primary Care Pediatrics

Megan E. Brundrett, MD, is a physician at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Section of Primary Care Pediatrics. She is an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is board-certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics. She is the Medical Lead at South High Primary Care, the primary outpatient training location for the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program. She is also the medical director for the Family AIDS Clinic and Education Services (FACES), a clinic devoted to the prevention of HIV and care for patients of all ages living with HIV. Her primary interests include primary care and HIV care for all ages, under-served care, population health and medical education.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Megan Letson, MD, M.Ed

The Center for Family Safety and Healing

Megan M. Letson, MD, is Program Director for the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She also is an attending physician for The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Letson is active in the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Child Abuse and Neglect and is a member of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association. Dr. Letson is an active Member of the Ray E. Helfer Society and is a member of the Program Committee and the Program Director Committee. Her professional interests include child physical and sexual abuse and Medical Child Abuse as well as medical education. Dr. Letson is interested in the long-term outcomes of children with abusive head injury using a multidisciplinary approach to address the medical, developmental/ behavioral and physical rehabilitation needs of these patients. Additionally, as part of her interest in medical education, Dr. Letson has a Master’s Degree in Education through the University of Cincinnati.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Meghan Fisher, BSN, RN

Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction

Meghan Fisher, BSN, RN, is the Clinical Leader of Education at the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She received her nursing degree from Capital University. Meghan joined Nationwide Children's Hospital as a Pulmonary ICU PCA while she completed nursing school. After graduation, she began work as a nurse on the Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Genetics, and Rheumatology floor. Meghan joined the CCPR team in 2015 as a nurse clinician and has a special interest in teaching others about these complex colorectal diagnoses. She has educated domestically and internationally on colorectal diagnoses and their care. Meghan is a member of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing. 

NCH Blog Author

Melanie Fluellen, LPCC

Behavioral Health

Melanie Fluellen is a LPCC with Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Suicide Prevention and Research. She has been with Nationwide Children's Hospital Behavioral Health for 9 years and has years of experience working with youth who have experienced or been exposed to trauma.

Melanie Luken, LISW-S

Center for Suicide Prevention and Research

Melanie Luken, LISW-S, is a Suicide Prevention Specialist at the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s. She supports schools in implementing suicide prevention programs, as well as providing training for community groups related to suicide prevention – all with the goal of reducing stigma related to mental health concerns and increasing awareness about youth suicide and how to prevent it. Melanie has a Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University. She has worked at Nationwide Children’s for five years as a clinician, and she continues to provide Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to teens who have chronic struggles with suicidal and self harm thoughts and behaviors. She is passionate about supporting the mental health of our community through engaging the community in productive discussions about mental health and through providing effective therapy to youth with mental illness and trauma.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Melissa McMillen, CTRS

Therapeutic Recreation

Melissa McMillen has been in the field of Therapeutic Recreation since 1989. She currently serves as Therapeutic Recreation's Clinical Leader here at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Melissa has extensive experience within many diverse pediatric and adult settings including: addiction, mental health disorders, obesity, eating disorders, wellness and prevention, community based/schools, and gerontology. Her professional experience provides her patients, families and staff with extensive knowledge and support in the field of Therapeutic Recreation.

NCH Blog Author

Melissa Winterhalter, MD

Primary Care Pediatrics

Melissa Winterhalter, MD, has been a physician with the Section of Primary Care Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for 10 years. She lives in Granville with her husband – a family medicine doc – and their two sons, Eli (9) and Seth (7).

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Meredith Merz Lind, MD

Otolaryngology

Meredith N. Merz Lind, MD, is a member of the Department of Otolaryngology at Nationwide Children's Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at The Ohio State University. She has clinical interests in general pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck and thyroid masses, obstructive sleep apnea and other airway problems, and disorders of the ears and nose. Her research interests include treatment of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, obstructive sleep apnea, and nasal airway obstruction.

Michael Flores

Michael Flores, PhD

Big Lots Outpatient Behavioral Health

Michael Flores, PhD, is a clinical psychologist within the Big Lots Outpatient Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He works directly with children, adolescents, and their families in assessing and treating a wide variety of mental health concerns. Dr. Flores’ clinical interests include working with parents to help them better understand and manage their children’s disruptive behaviors, particularly those related to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), via family therapy or by co-leading one of the Incredible Years Parenting Program groups at the Downtown Close to Home Center. He is also interested in working with families and schools to minimize the impact disruptive behaviors have on children’s academic performance.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Michael T. Brady, MD

Infectious Diseases

Michael T. Brady, MD, is Associate Medical Director at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Co-Medical Director for Patient Safety, a member of the hospital’s Division of Infectious Diseases and a Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. An infectious disease specialist for more than three decades, Dr. Brady began focusing on the emerging HIV epidemic in the mid-1980s and its implications for infants, children and adolescents. He created the country’s first family-centered pediatric HIV program at Nationwide Children’s in 1987. While still involved with the HIV program, his interests in recent years have included promoting immunization in children, reducing healthcare associated infections and providing guidance on emerging infections.Dr. Brady served as Physician-in-Chief at Nationwide Children’s from 2005 to 2013 and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at OSU’s College of Medicine from 2006 to 2013. Under his leadership, OSU’s Pediatrics faculty nearly doubled in size. Dr. Brady also oversaw the development of Physician Direct Connect at Nationwide Children’s, a service that puts community pediatricians in nearly immediate contact with specialists for consultations. He is a long-time member of Nationwide Children’s Graduate Medical Education Committee, influencing the training of the next generation of physicians.At the national level, Dr. Brady has served as Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Infectious Diseases. He is currently the Associate Editor of Red Book, the comprehensive infectious disease reference from the AAP. He is also a member of the editorial panel for Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Exposed and HIV-Infected Children: Recommendations from the NIH, CDC, HIV Medicine Association, PIDS and AAP. Other activities have involved global immunization advocacy, ongoing education of pediatricians across the country and service on task forces handling issues ranging from circumcision to meningococcal vaccines.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Mike Patrick, MD

Emergency Medicine; Host of PediaCast

Dr Mike Patrick is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Medical Director of Interactive Media for Nationwide Children's Hospital. Since 2006, he has hosted the award-winning PediaCast, a pediatric podcast for parents. Millions of listeners in all 50 U.S. states and over 100 countries have tuned-in to this weekly podcast for pediatric news, answers to listener questions and interviews with pediatric and parenting experts. Dr Mike also produces a national podcast for healthcare providers—PediaCast CME, which explores general pediatric and faculty development topics and offers free AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to listeners. In addition to podcasting, Dr Mike serves as a Spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and with the Executive Committee of the AAP’s Council on Communications and Media. He frequently shares evidence-based recommendations with television, newspaper and radio audiences, including a weekly health segment on local CBS affiliate 10TV. He is a featured author of the 700 Children's Blog and has contributed to several print publications, including Parents Magazine and Working Mother Magazine. Dr Mike also developed and directs an academic healthcare communications and social media curriculum for residents and medical students at Ohio State. This elective experience equips learners with the practical skills needed to promote health literacy and child advocacy in the digital space. Prior to his involvement with communications and media, Dr Mike spent 10 years as a general pediatrician in an underserved area. He currently practices with the Section of Emergency Medicine at Nationwide Children's in Columbus.

Mindy Deno

Mindy Deno, PT, DPT

Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Mindy Deno, PT, DPT, graduated from the University of Cincinnati DPT program in 2015. Immediately following graduate school, she began a one-year Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency here at Nationwide Children’s. Following the completion of the residency, she plans to sit for, and obtain, her Orthopedic Specialist Certification.

NCH Blog Author

Monica Ardura, DO

Infectious Diseases

Monica I. Ardura, DO is a member of the Section of Infectious Diseases at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Her clinical and research interests include infectious diseases in children, with an emphasis on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infections in immunocompromised children with malignancies, and solid organ and hematopoeitic stem cell transplantation recipients.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Monique Goldschmidt, MD

Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

Monique L. Goldschmidt, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist, is assistant director of the Liver Center, and assistant medical director of Liver Transplantation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. An assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Goldschmidt earned her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, and completed her Pediatrics residency as well as fellowships in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and Advanced/Transplant Hepatology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Her clinical activities span all of general pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, with expert focus on pediatric liver diseases (acute liver failure, neonatal cholestasis, biliary atresia, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), autoimmune hepatitis and viral hepatitis), as well as pediatric liver transplantation.

Motao Zhu

Motao Zhu, MD, MS, PhD

Center for Injury Research and Policy

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 injuries. 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.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Nancy Auer

Epilepsy Center

Nancy Auer is an experienced nurse practitioner who works at the Epilepsy Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She has many years of experience working with children who have developmental disabilities, epilepsy and other complex neurological problems. Her specialty involves teaching families and children about their condition and gaining their compliance with complex diagnoses. She lives north of the Columbus area with her husband. She has 3 grown children, who are all still the light of her life! She loves to cycle, bake and enjoys any outdoor activity!

Nancy Cunningham

Nancy Cunningham, PsyD

Behavioral Health

Dr. Nancy Cunningham is a psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital who has provided child and adolescent clinical services and overseen program development in their behavioral health department. Dr. Cunningham currently works with external community providers and organizations to develop partnerships that result in improved access to care and integration of services on behalf of children and their families.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Naomi Kertesz, MD

Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Naomi Kertesz, MD, is Director of Electrophysiology and Pacing at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Kertesz received her medical degree from Northwestern University. After completing her residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, she received her fellowship training for both pediatric cardiology and pediatric electrophysiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Kertesz's area of clinical expertise includes the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias, including radiofrequency and cryoablation of supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias. Her depth of experience includes experience in 3 dimensional mapping and remote navigational mapping with ablation and in the implantation and follow-up of pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators. Her research interests include the long term follow up of children with congenital AV block and the long-term follow-up of patients with pacemakers and defibrillators. Dr. Kertesz is certified in Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatrics.

Natalie Powell, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

Behavioral Health

Natalie Powell is the clinical lead supervisor for substance abuse treatment programing in Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She has been providing treatment in the addictions field since 2006 and is passionate about ensuring the best possible care for adolescents and families on these issues. Additionally, she has experience with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and providing treatment to adolescents with mood concerns and those who have been exposed to trauma.

Nehal Parikh, DO, MS

Neonatology

Dr. Parikh is a neonatologist and neuroscientist at Nationwide Children's. He loves what he does for a living and when not working, Nehal greatly enjoys spending time with his zany kids/family, reading non-fiction, and practicing meditation.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Nichole Mayer, OTR/L, MOT

Occupational Therapy

Nichole F. Mayer, MOT, OTR/L is a hand therapist at Nationwide Children's Hospital and has been employed since 2010 treating a variety of patients throughout the inpatient hospital, outpatient department and various clinics. She demonstrates expertise in the areas of burn, trauma, scar management, splinting and casting. She is a National Board Certified Occupational Therapist and licensed in the state of Ohio. Nichole takes part in evidence-based practice and research to ensure quality care and best outcomes.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Nicole Caldwell, MD

Primary Care Pediatrics

Nicole V. Caldwell, MD, is a staff physician in Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Section of Primary Care Pediatrics and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She provides direct patient care and supervises pediatric residents in the Main Campus Primary Care Center, Red Team. Her professional interests include behavioral pediatrics, developmental pediatrics, and the promotion of early literacy.

Nicole Dempster, PhD

Behavioral Health

Dr. Nicole Dempster is a licensed pediatric psychologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital and is an assistant professor in the epartment of Pediatrics at The Ohio University. Dr. Dempster specializes in helping children and their families cope with chronic illness. She obtained her PhD from Kent State University.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Nicole Parente, LSW

Social Work

Nicole Parente, LSW is a medical social worker on the Advanced Illness Management team and in the Pain Clinic. Nicole has received training in both guided imagery and hypnosis and integrates these methods into the way she treats patients with chronic/life limiting illness and pain.

Nicole Powell

Nicole Powell, PsyD, BCBA-D

Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Dr. Nikki Powell is a licensed psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst-doctoral level. Dr. Powell has worked with children on the spectrum for over a decade, focusing on language acquisition and problem-behavior reduction. Her area of specialty at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is severe challenging behavior, and she has worked to formulate service delivery models for children with these unique needs. Dr. Powell started an intensive, clinic-based model of treating severe behavior where evidenced based interventions are used to reduce negative behaviors and train family/community providers to maintain these gains post-treatment. She is involved in research within the behavior analytic community and her current interests include social perceptions of intensive behavioral treatments and program development within outpatient settings.

Doctor Profile

Oliver Adunka, MD, FACS

Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

Oliver Adunka, MD, FACS, has joined the Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Nationwide Children's, while serving as Director of Otology, Neurotology and Cranial Base Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Adunka specializes in otology, neurotology and lateral skull base surgery and will share his time between The Department of Otolaryngology at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital as full Professor, the Division Director for Otology, Neurotology, and Cranial Base Surgery and the Director of the University's Hearing Program. Dr. Adunka conducted research that established temporal bone histology data that served as the basis for cochlear implant electrode insertion trauma, helping re-educate cochlear implant surgeons to utilize proper cochleostomy and insertion techniques that reduce damage within the inner ear and thus facilitate hearing conservation. Also, Dr. Adunka has been developing technology that may ultimately allow surgeons to use feedback during the cochlear implant electrode insertion process, a step that will likely improve hearing preservation rates and device performance.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Olivia Thomas, MD

Primary Care Pediatrics

Olivia W. Thomas, MD, is a member of the Section of Primary Care Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a clinical professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Her clinical interests include improving access to care for uninsured and under-insured children, improving asthma care for all children, health literacy, obesity prevention and family violence prevention. She is the principal investigator of the Child and Family Health Services Grant, a title V program funded through the Ohio Department of Health.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Omar Khalid, MD, FAAP, FACC

Cardiology

Omar Khalid, MD, FAAP, FACC, is a pediatric cardiologist at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Khalid received his medical degree from Baghdad University. After completing his pediatric residency at the Medical College of Ohio, he received fellowship training in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Chicago. He is certified in both Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatrics.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Onnalisa Nash, CPNP-PC

Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction

Onnalisa Nash, CPNP-PC, serves as an Advance Practice Nurse for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR) at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She completed her Masters of Science in Nursing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Her previous experience includes working in the neonatal intensive care unit and as a wound, ostomy, and continence nurse. Onnalisa joined the CCPR team in May 2014. She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in pediatric colorectal and pelvic reconstruction issues such as Anorectal Malformations, Hirschsprung Disease and other disorders of the bowel. Onnalisa supports the CCPR as a Coordinator for the Advance Practice Nursing Team specializing in Education and Onboarding. She has lectured nationally and internationally at Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction Conferences and is active in the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association.

Oula Khoury

Inpatient Behavioral Heath Therapy

Paige Morris

Paige Duly, CTRS

Therapeutic Recreation

Paige Duly, CTRS, graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation. After finishing her internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2013, she became a part of the Therapeutic Recreation team and has had the privilege of working in such a diverse setting. Paige is an enthusiastic and engaging facilitator who enjoys motivating others in leisure and recreational involvement. Paige currently provides Therapeutic Recreation services to families in both inpatient and outpatient settings, cardio/pulmonary rehab and community- based settings.

NCH Medical Professional

Patrick C. Walz, MD

Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology) Services

Patrick Walz, MD, is a member of the Department of Otolaryngology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Walz received his medical degree from Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2008 and went on to complete his residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Walz spent an additional year of fellowship training in Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Walz works with Otolaryngology residents and fellows and assists in the education of medical students. Dr. Walz’s clinical and research interests primarily focus on problems relating to congenital and acquired masses of the head and neck, thyroid and parathyroid masses, nasal and skull base lesions, pediatric airway disorders, sleep apnea and all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology and facial reconstructive surgery. He currently sees patients at the Main Campus, Springfield Close to Home, and Westerville Close to Home locations.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Pedro Weisleder, MD

Neurology

Pedro Weisleder, MD, PhD, is an attending pediatric neurologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Director of the Pediatric Neurology Residency Program at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Weisleder is Co-Chair of Nationwide Children's Hospital's Integrated Ethics Committee, as well as Co-Chair of Nationwide Children's Hospital's Graduate Medical Education Committee.

Peter Minneci

Peter Minneci, MD

Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice

Dr. Minneci graduated from New York University School of Medicine and completed a surgery residency and research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and the National Institutes of Health. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and Alpha Omega Alpha.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Preeti Jaggi, MD

Infectious Diseases

Dr. Preeti Jaggi is the Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University. Her research interests include decreasing use of un-necessary antibiotics in children, especially for non-hospitalized children.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Rachel Schrader, CPNP-PC

Neurology

Rachel Schrader, MS, RN, CPNP-PC serves as the nurse practitioner for Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s neuromuscular, MDA, and SMA clinics. She graduated with her master’s degree from Ohio State University in 2014 and also holds a degree in anthropology. Rachel serves as a sub-investigator on several studies conducted through The Research Institute’s Center for Gene Therapy. Before joining the neuromuscular team as a nurse practitioner, she worked as a stroke and neuroscience registered nurse. Rachel’s clinical interests include navigating across disciplines to ensure patients receive inclusive, multidisciplinary healthcare to meet their complex needs. In her personal time, Rachel enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and playing with her chocolate Labrador, Patton.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Rebecca Fisher, PT

Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Rebecca began her experience at Nationwide Children's Hospital as a volunteer in the OT/PT Department. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1993 with a Bachelor's degree in Allied Medicine and became a licensed Physical Therapist. Her experience as a pediatric physical therapist at Nationwide Children's Hospital has included Inpatient, Neonatal, Burn, Developmental Outpatient, Rheumatology, Cardiopulmonary Rehab and Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation. After all these years, she still loves working with the kids and being a part of the Nationwide Children's Hospital family.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Rebecca Hicks, CCLS

Radiology

Rebecca is a certified child life specialist working in the Radiology department. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University in 2009. Rebecca completed her child life Internship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and received her certification in 2011. She is currently a member of the Child Life Council.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Rebecca Lewis, AuD, CCC-A

Audiology

Rebecca Lewis, AuD, CCC-A, is a pediatric audiologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Rebecca currently sees patients at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Main Campus (both inpatient and outpatient services), Marysville Close To Home and Westerville Surgery Center locations. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. She received her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison/Stevens Point joint program. Her clinical interests include auditory processing disorder, auditory evoked potentials, and hearing aids.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Reno Ravindran, MD

Sports Medicine

Dr. Reno Ravindran is a board-certified family medicine physician and recently completed his sports Medicine fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He completed his residency at The Ohio State University, and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Sports Medicine, and American Medical Society of Sports Medicine. His clinical interests include the care of young athletes with concussions and injury prevention. He is the team physician for Delaware Hayes High School and Ohio Dominican University Basketball. He enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and 2 daughters. Dr. Ravindran also enjoys being active, playing volleyball and basketball, and is an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Bears.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Richard Kirschner, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Richard E. Kirschner, MD, FACS, FAAP, has joined Nationwide Children's Hospital as chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and director of the Cleft Lip and Palate-Craniofacial Center. Dr. Kirschner is nationally recognized as a leading authority in cleft lip and palate, velopharyngeal dysfunction, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and hemangiomas/vascular malformations. He has been widely published in many leading professional publications, is co-editor of the text Comprehensive Cleft Care, and is actively involved in research and teaching. Dr. Kirschner has taught at educational symposia in several countries and is co-founder and medical director of Casa Azul America, Inc., a non-profit organization for the delivery of cleft care to underserved children in central Mexico.

Richard Wood

Richard Wood, MD

Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction

Dr. Wood completed fellowship training at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, one of the most prestigious institutes for pediatric care in the world.  The hospital serves as a national resource for the care of complex anorectal malformations (ARM) and Hirschsprung disease for all of Africa.  He ran the Colorectal Clinic and a weekly colorectal operating room, overseeing hundreds of cases.  He has participated in numerous international colorectal mission trips, serving as a surgical partner on the Colorectal Team Overseas (www.CTOoverseas.org) where he performs surgeries in addition to training and educating international providers in complex colorectal care. He has published multiple peer reviewed journal articles as well as book chapters on Cloacal Malformations, Anorectal Malformations and Hirschsprung Disease. In 2014 he joined Dr. Levitt and the CCPR team, after having first met Dr. Levitt on a CTO trip to Ghana.  He has performed hundreds of PSARPS and pull through procedures for anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung disease. Many of his surgical cases are for complex problems, such as cloacal malformations, vaginal replacement, and reoperations for ARM and Hirschsprung Disease. He has brought specialized techniques in minimally invasive and robotic surgery to the center’s patients. Dr. Wood currently serves as the Colorectal Clinical Director for the CCPR.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Rochelle Krouse, CTRS

Therapeutic Recreation

Rochelle Krouse, CTRS graduated from Indiana University in May of 2004. She completed her internship at Nationwide Children's Hospital from May to August. She began work in outpatient aquatic therapy, acute care, pulmonary rehab and outpatients in September of 2004. She then transitioned to her current role as one of the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist on the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation unit in 2005 where she still is currently. She loves working with the children and is inspired by her patients hard work and determination through their recovery.

Rohan Henry

Rohan Henry, MD, MS

Endocrinology

Dr. Henry received his medical degree from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, in 2000 and went on to pediatric internship/residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore followed by a pediatric endocrinology fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. During his endocrinology fellowship, he also completed a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health.Dr. Henry’s clinical interests include adrenal and thyroid disorders. His teaching activities include education on growth and thyroid disorders to the medical student clerkship group and also disorders of the adrenal gland to the pediatric residents.

Rose Ayoob, MD

Nephrology

Rose M. Ayoob, MD, is a pediatric nephrologist at Nationwide Children’s and medical director of the Dialysis Program. She is also on the faculty for the 22q Center. She is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Ayoob attended the West Virginia University School of Medicine and went to Marshall University for her bachelor’s degree. She completed her pediatric residency at the Charleston Area Medical Center, West Virginia, and her pediatric nephrology fellowship at Nationwide Children’s. Dr. Ayoob’s clinical interests include pediatric dialysis and metabolic bone disease.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Rose Schroedl, PhD

Pediatric Psychology

Rose Schroedl, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist who specializes in the psychological care of children and their families with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and other gastrointestinal disorders. She is also the Clinical Lead for Psychology Services in the Division of Gastroenterology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her clinical interests include self-management of chronic illness, treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, non-pharmacological treatment of GI symptoms and interdisciplinary treatment for GI disorders.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Ross Maltz, MD

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Ryan Ingley AT, ATC

Sports Medicine

Ryan Ingley AT, ATC is an athletic trainer at Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports Medicine. He received his bachelor's of science in athletic training from the University of Toledo in 2007. Following graduation, Ryan worked as a high school athletic trainer in Dayton, OH at Milton-Union High School as well as helping to run a speed and strengthening program. He joined NCH in 2015, initially serving at Lakewood High School and more recently at Big Walnut High School.  Outside the school setting, Ryan is involved with the Play Strong program, a medically supervised wellness program, and New U, a medical weight loss program. Ryan has also worked with the Troy Bruins professional hockey team in the AAHL from 2009-2011.

NCH Blog Author

Sandra C. Kim, MD

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Dr. Kim’s clinical and research interests focus on pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including adolescent transitioning and quality improvement in pediatric IBD and translational research investigating the bacterial and genetic influences in IBD. Dr. Kim’s focus in pediatric IBD has been an ongoing passion of hers since her pediatric residency days; her personal and professional mission statement has been to advocate for children who live with these diseases.

Sara Bentley, MT-BC

Psychosocial Services

Sara Bentley is a board-certified music therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital main campus. Sara has provided group and individual music therapy sessions to behavioral health patients for two years. Sara’s passion is seeing patients discover a new love for music and find ways of using music for their mental health.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Sara Breidigan, MS, AT, ATC

Sports Medicine

Sara Breidigan, MS, AT, ATC is a certified athletic trainer for Functional Rehab at Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports Medicine. Sara has 8 years background working with collegiate, high school and youth athletes with injury prevention, rehabilitation and sports performance.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Sarah A. Denny, MD

Emergency Medicine

Sarah Denny, MD, FAAP, works as an attending physician in the Section of Emergency Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is Co-Chair of the Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention for the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the Executive Committee for the Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her specific areas of interest include bike helmet awareness, safe sleep and legislative advocacy. Sarah is the mom of three energetic little boys (ages 4, 6 and 8). In her free time, Dr. Denny runs half marathons, loves to travel and is learning to garden.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Sarah Driesbach, CPN, APN

Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction

Sarah Greenberg

Laboratory Services

Sarah Greenberg, MHA, MLS (ASCP)CM, is the Off Site Manager for Nationwide Children’s Laboratory Services. She currently oversees patient collection and testing at fourteen laboratories throughout the state of Ohio. Sarah has worked at Nationwide Children’s since 2011.

Sarah Hastie, BSN, RNC-NIC

NICU

Sarah Hastie BSN, RNC-NIC is an RN Clinical Leader in the C4B NICU. She received her BSN from Capital University in 2006, and has been an RN in the NICU for 10 years. Sarah’s passion is to help our NICU be the greatest in the world—to provide outstanding care to our babies, to provide support and education to our nurses, and to empower our families—so that every baby has the best quality of life possible. She is a board member and volunteer coordinator for The Columbus Diaper Coalition a non-profit organization that provides diapers to Central Ohio babies and families in need.

Sarah Keim

Sarah Keim, PhD

Center for Biobehavioral Health

Sarah A. Keim, MA, MS, PhD is a principal investigator in the Center for Biobehavioral Health at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics in The Ohio State University College of Medicine and of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health.

Sarah Myers

Sarah Myers is from Gahanna, OH and graduated from Otterbein University with a bachelors in public relations. She and fiance, James Worthington will be married this August and Avery is their first child with hopefully more to come!

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Sarah O'Brien, MD

Hematology and Oncology

Dr. O’Brien’s clinical and research interests include pediatric thrombosis and thromboprophylaxis, the evaluation and diagnosis of mild bleeding disorders, and the intersections between hematology and women’s health. She also leads a multidisciplinary hematology and adolescent gynecology clinic at Nationwide Children’s. As a health services researcher, Dr. O’Brien has a particular interest in the use of large administrative databases, as well as decision analysis and cost effectiveness analysis. She attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and received her residency and fellowship training from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. O’Brien is voted among the “Best Doctors in America”.

Sarah Saxbe

Sarah Saxbe

Community Wellness

Sarah Saxbe, MS, MSW, LISW-S, coordinates community outreach and marketing for Nationwide Children's Hospital Teen and Pregnant Program, BC4Teens birth control clinic, and the Ohio Better Birth Outcomes collaborative.

Sarah Schmidt, LISW-S

Behavioral Health

Sarah Schmidt, LISW-S, is the Clinical Coordinator of the Juvenile Justice Programs within Behavioral Health. She has 14 years of experience working with children & families, with a specific interest in adolescents and delinquency. Sarah oversees three community-based treatment teams, an outpatient substance abuse program, and an assessment team that is located at the Juvenile Court.

Sarah Scott

Behavioral Health

Sarah Scott is a Clinical Lead Supervisor for the Behavioral Health School Based team. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling 10 years ago and has been working with children and families since. She has a passion to help people grow and also enjoys volunteering in the community.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Sarah VerLee, PhD

Pediatric Psychology

Sarah VerLee, PhD, is a psychologist in the Pediatric Psychology Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. VerLee is a team psychologist for the Burn Program. She also provides consultation/liaison services to the pediatric intensive care, surgery, and nephrology services, as well as outpatient therapy services for pain management. Dr. VerLee participates in all levels of training as a clinical supervisor.

Sasigarn Bowden

Sasigarn Bowden, MD

Endocrinology

Sasigarn Bowden, MD, is a pediatric endocrinologist in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Bowden received her medical degree from Chiang Mai University, Thailand. She completed her pediatric internship and residency at Prince of Songkla University, Songkla, Thailand, and a pediatric residency at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee. Dr. Bowden completed her pediatric endocrinology fellowship training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Bowden is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and ABP Sub-Board of Pediatric Endocrinology. Her clinical and research interests include calcium/metabolic bone disorders, pediatric osteoporosis, growth and diabetes mellitus. She is the associate program director for the fellowship program and also a member of the physician team for the Metabolic Bone Clinic and the Neuromuscular Disorders section of The Neurosciences Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Administratively, she serves on the Medical Student Educational Liaison Committee, and as the physician coordinator/organizer for the continuing medical education in the division.

Scott Coven

Scott Coven, DO, MPH

Former Hematology, Oncology and BMT Fellow

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Scott Hickey, MD

Molecular and Human Genetics

Dr. Hickey is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in affiliation with the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in biochemistry and received his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Hickey is a clinical geneticist who attends Metabolic Bone clinic and 22q deletion syndrome multidisciplinary clinic. Dr. Hickey is a past chair of the American College of Medical Genetics & Genomics Professional Practice and Guidelines Committee and is currently a member of the ACMG Evidence-Based Medicine Workgroup. He is first author of a publication on hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and bleeding and is working with the PP&G Committee to formulate recommendations for a more standardized approach to the evaluation of children with joint hypermobility.

Sean Rose

Sean Rose, MD

Neurology

Sean Rose, MD, is a pediatric sports neurologist and co-director of the Complex Concussion Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and assistant professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University. His clinical practice focuses on concussion and other neurological conditions in athletes. He is one of only a few child neurologists in the country to have completed a fellowship in Sports Neurology. His research interests include the neurocognitive effects of sub-concussive impacts and the physiological mechanisms of concussion and post-concussion syndrome. He is board certified in neurology with special qualifications in child neurology. Among his experiences, Dr. Rose has provided sideline coverage for multiple high schools, division 1 collegiate athletics programs, and a semi-pro soccer team. He was also a consultant for the NBA’s concussion program and led a multi-year prospective outcomes study in youth football players.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Seth Alpert, MD

Urology

Seth Alpert, MD is an attending surgeon in the Section of Urology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He is the urologic director of the sacral nerve stimulator program at NCH and in addition, his other clinical interests include hypospadias, hydronephrosis, vesicoureteral reflux, kidney stones, robotic and laparoscopic surgery, and urinary tract infections.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Shana Moore, MA, CCC-A

Audiology

Shana Moore is an experienced Audiologist who works in the Audiology Department at Nationwide Children’s. She has almost 8 years of experience working at NCH with children who have hearing loss. Her primary interests include teaching families about their child’s hearing loss and the impact rehabilitation such as cochlear implants and hearing aids plays a role in assisting their child in gaining access to spoken language. She has 3 little girls that are the center of her universe, and keep her very busy outside of work. She loves evening bike rides and swimming with her family.

Shannon Reinhart, LISW-S

Behavioral Juvenile Justice Program

Shannon Reinhart, LISW-S, received her master’s in social work from the University of Kentucky in May of 2000. She worked in several intensive outpatient programs serving youth and families in Eastern Kentucky. In 2007, she moved to Columbus where she continued to provide intensive services to youth and families with particular focus on maintaining youth in the community. Shannon has worked with the juvenile justice population for a majority of her career. She is currently Clinical Lead Supervisor of the Behavioral Juvenile Justice Program.

Shari Uncapher

Behavioral Health

Shari Uncapher, MSW, LISW-S is a Big Lots Behavioral Health Services Director at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In this role she provides leadership to intensive treatment programs in order to ensure the highest quality clinical care, program development and clinician satisfaction. Ms. Uncapher has been involved in this or a similar capacity at Children’s for over 30 years. She is a graduate of Youngstown State University and The Ohio State University.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Sharon Wrona, DNP, PNP, PMHS

Comprehensive Pain and Palliative Care Services

Sharon Wrona, DNP, PNP, PMHS. AP-PMN is Administrative Director of the Comprehensive Pain and Palliative Care Services at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She has been working at Nationwide Children's Hospital for over 28 years and has spent the last 14 years helping to develop the Comprehensive Pain Services and as an advanced practice nurse. Dr. Wrona is Certified in Pain Management Nursing and recognized as Advanced Practice Nurse in Pain Management Nursing, She is a member of the American Pain Society, International Society for the Study of Pain, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Pain Management Nursing. Dr. Wrona is active with the Ohio Government Cabinet Opiate Action Team on ruling out Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Treatment of Acute Pain and co-chairing the Opioid Safety Task Force at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Shawn Pitcher, BS, RD, USAW

Sports Medicine

Shawn Pitcher MS, RD, USAW, FMS received his bachelor’s degree in dietetics and nutrition from SUNY Buffalo State college in 2015. After which, obtained his credentials as a registered dietitian from the academy of Dietetics and nutrition. During his undergraduate, he played Dlll collegiate football at the university and did an internship at Buffalo state with the strength and conditioning staff and did 1,200 hours of experience in the clinical, community and sports nutrition setting. Post undergrad, Shawn interned at the University of Buffalo primarily working with football. He then went to Pittsburg State University where he did a graduate assistantship as strength and conditioning coach and developed their sports nutrition program. He then moved onto the University of Missouri where he interned with sports nutrition’s, primarily working with football. October 2016 Shawn joined nationwide children’s as a sports performance specialist primarily working with Grandview and New Albany’s high school, helping them improve their performance and reducing risks of injury. His passion to provide athletes with the information, knowledge and abilities to not only succeed on the weight room, but develop the life skills and characteristics to make a profound impact in the future.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Stacy Whiteside APRN, MS, CPNP-AC/PC, CPON

Fertility and Reproductive Health Program

Stacy Whiteside APRN, MS, CPNP-AC/PC, CPON received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from the Ohio State University. She has spent her entire nursing career in the Hematology/Oncology/BMT/Apheresis department at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Stacy has been a passionate advocate for adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer for many years, most recently focusing on the reproductive health of children and AYAs after cancer. As a founding member of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Fertility and Reproductive Health program, Stacy currently serves as the fertility patient navigator providing counseling and fertility preservation options for all patients with medical conditions or treatments that may impact their future fertility.

Stevi Cannon

Stephanie Cannon

Senior Director, Interactive Marketing

Stephanie Cannon is the Sr. Director of Interactive Marketing at the nation’s largest pediatric hospital, Nationwide Children’s Hospital. When Stephanie started with Nationwide Children’s in 2000, she was given the task of developing and expanding the Interactive Marketing Department. As it grew from a regional hospital with 2,100 employees to a national hospital with over 12,000 employees, Stephanie’s role and responsibilities have also expanded. She has led the digital strategy for four logo and brand updates and two name change campaigns. Currently, Stephanie is working on redesigning and migrating the main website to Sitecore 8.2 from proprietary software while enhancing the audience experience. In her free time she enjoys watching her boys play baseball and basketball and sometimes finds time to play tennis herself.

NCH Blog Author

Stephanie Santoro, MD

Genetic and Genomic Medicine

Stephanie Santoro has been a pediatrician and clinical geneticist at Nationwide Children's Hospital since 2014. She a member of the governing board and creator and chair of the medical advisory committee for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO). She enjoys running and spending time with her husband and two children.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Stephen Hersey, MD

Primary Care Pediatrics

Stephen J. Hersey, MD, is a staff physician in Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Section of Primary Care Pediatrics and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He provides direct patient care and supervises pediatric residents in the Main Campus Primary Care Center, Red Team. His interests include developmental pediatrics, asthma, and infectious disease.

Steve Allen

Steve Allen, MD

Nationwide Children's Hospital, CEO

Dr. Steve Allen is CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which includes The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation and The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The hospital is nationally recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals by both U.S.News and World Report and Parents magazine. Steve joined Nationwide Children’s in July 2006 and brought with him a passion for population health and wellness. Under his direction, the hospital’s 2010-2015 strategic plan has a vision of creating optimal health for every child in the community. In addition to its comprehensive clinical, research and education services, the hospital has undertaken innovative new community partnerships including a broad-based neighborhood revitalization program next to its main campus and new collaborations to combat childhood obesity and prematurity.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Steven C. Matson, MD

Adolescent Health

Steven C. Matson, MD, is interim chief of the Section of Adolescent Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is the director of Opiate Addiction Clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital and also is the Medical Director of the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center. He is board certified in pediatrics, adolescent medicine and addiction medicine. Dr. Matson is an active member of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. His clinical interests include treatment of opiate addiction in adolescents, pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, health care of incarcerated youth, substance abuse, and evaluation and treatment of mental health problems.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Steven Ciciora, MD

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Steven Ciciora, MD, is the director of division educational activities in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital and an assistant professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Ciciora’s clinical interests involve all aspects of pediatric gastroenterology, including celiac disease, motility disorders, functional disorders and liver disease. His published research has focused on motility disorders. He has presented his work at national meetings and earned distinguished presentation honors at the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society’s Young Investigator Forum. His work in the community led to him being awarded the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio’s Commitment to Excellence Award. He is also an author for the American Academy of Pediatrics inaugural pediatric GI review program.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Steven Cuff

Sports Medicine

Dr. Steven Cuff is a Sports Medicine physician and co-director of the Sports Concussion Program at Nationwide Children’s. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Cuff is board certified in pediatrics and sports medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. He currently serves on the Ohio AAP's Home and School Health committee as co-chair of the Sports Medicine Sub-committee. He is also a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and serves on their Education committee. Follow Sports Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital on Facebook and Twitter. @NCHSportsMed

Suellen Sharp, OTR/L, MOT

Occupational Therapy

Suellen is a graduate of Wittenberg University, and completed her masters degree in Occupational Therapy at The Ohio State University. Suellen has been a member of the occupational therapy team at Nationwide Children's Hospital for the past 6 years. She currently works PRN with the inpatient team. She previously worked on the rehabilitation unit for 4 years and was a clinician in seating clinic for 2 years.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Susan Creary, MD

Hematology, Oncology and BMT

Dr. Creary is a pediatric hematologist. She completed her pediatrics residency at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis and her hematology/oncology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Susan Vear, MD

Hematology, Oncology and BMT

Dr. Vear is the Program Director of the Program for Personalized Medicine and Pharmacogenomics in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Vear received her medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Dr. Vear completed her fellowship training at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her research interests include chemotherapy toxicities and targeted therapies. Clinically, she sees primarily oncology patients with a focus on leukemia and cancer predisposition syndromes.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Tabitha Jones-McKnight, DO

Primary Care Pediatrics

Dr. Jones-McKnight is a pediatrician in the Section of Primary Care Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She enjoys educating parents and children about childhood safety and preventive medicine topics. As an osteopathic physician and public health clinician she strives to teach the families she meets about ways to improve their child’s health and well-being. Dr. Jones-McKnight is also interested in ways to improve the quality of care given to the patients she serves. She could not do any of what she does without the support of her loving husband and daughter.

NCH Blog Author

Tamara Mapp

The Center for Family Safety and Healing

Tamara earned her bachelors of Science degree in Social Work form The Ohio State University. She also has a Master’s of Science in Education degree from the University of Dayton and a Master’s of Science in Social Work from The Ohio State University. She is a licensed social worker through the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Work Board. Tamara worked as a caseworker with Franklin County Children Services prior to starting her career at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Behavioral Health in 1990. At the hospital, she served in the capacity of case manager, social worker – school based program and clinical therapist. Tamara joined The Center for Family Safety and Healing (TCFSH) in 2003. Her clinical experience as a mental health advocate and clinical supervisor/manger enabled her to understand the operations of the child assessment center. In 2016, Tamara accepted the role of Director of Program Development and Implementation.  In this role, she oversees staff members for home visitation, child assessment center, fostering connections and adult services. She also provides administrative support to behavioral health and research at TCFSH. Tamara is also responsible for various grants and programs that support the work of the organization.  Tamara also serves on various committees that focus on the prevention of family violence at the local and state level. Most recently, Tamara received the 2017 Child Advocate of the Year Award from the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. This award recognized for her 27 years of service to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and her invaluable leadership and child advocacy provided at TCFSH for children in Ohio. Tamara is also a current board member of the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, which supports the establishment and success of multidisciplinary teams and child advocacy centers in Ohio. Tamara is currently involved in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Leadership and Development Program.  She has also presented at local and state conferences on the issue of family violence. Tamara’s passion and knowledge about the issue of family violence, combined with her leadership experience working with child welfare, behavioral health and administration enables her to help families at the local and state level. Her personal desire is for a world free of family violence and each day Tamara makes a difference one person at a time.     

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Tammi Young-Saleme, PhD

Psychosocial Services and Program Development, Director

Tammi Young-Saleme, PhD, is the Director of Psychosocial Services and Program Development in the Division of Hematology/Oncology/BMT at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Young-Saleme is a pediatric psychologist by training. She has been an integral part of the care of cancer patients and their families for over 15 years at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Her role as Director provides the Hematology/Oncology/BMT Division the vision to carry out an integrated approach to psychosocial services and programs for patients with blood disorders and cancer and their families. She is also a wife and a mother of two children and enjoys playing golf, relaxing on the beach and cheering on her alma matter Texas A&M University, GIG ‘EM AGGIES!

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Terry Barber, MD

Emergency Medicine

Terry P. Barber Sr., MD, is the Medical Director of off-site Urgent Care Centers and an attending physician at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Westerville Close To HomeSM Center’s Urgent Care and a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is also on the Board of Directors and President-Elect of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Chair of the Child Health Finance Committee and Legislative Affairs Committee.

NCH Blog Author

Terry Bravender, MD, MPH

Adolescent Heath

Terrill D. Bravender, MD, MPH, is an Adolescent Medicine physician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry in the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is the founder and executive director of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Eating Disorders Program and has published extensively in the field of adolescent health and eating disorders. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard University, and previously held faculty appointments at Harvard University and Duke University. His research involves the intersection of mental and physical health with a particular emphasis on adolescent nutrition and is active the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the Society for Pediatric Research, and the American Board of Pediatrics.

Thomas Pommering

Thomas Pommering, DO

Sports Medicine

Thomas Pommering, DO, is Division Chief for Sports Medicine and Medical Director for Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine. He is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Family Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine as well as, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is fellowship trained and board certified in sports medicine, he is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Pommering attended medical school at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine before completing an internship at Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, a Family Medicine Residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Grant Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Pommering regularly teaches pediatric and family medicine residents, sports medicine fellows, athletic trainers, school nurses and coaches about sports medicine issues in both the clinical and didactic settings. As well as having been the team physician for local high school, college and semi-professional athletic teams, he is currently the Medical Director for the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure and Tour de Grandview. He is also team physician at Grandview Heights High School.

Thomas Savage

Community Wellness

Thomas Savage is an education specialist with nearly a decade of classroom experience with grades 5-9, in the general and special education settings. Thomas currently works as a member of the Community Wellness team at Nationwide Children’s in the role of School Health Liaison for the Care Connection Program. In this role, Thomas collaborates with the program’s partner schools to assist in bringing primary care to communities that need it most through utilization of School-Based Health Clinics.  

NCH Blog Author

Tiasha Letostak, PhD

Clinical Research Services

Tiasha Letostak, PhD, is a former Senior Strategist for Clinical & Research Communications at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She provided assistance to investigators in The Research Institute and clinician-scientists at Nationwide Children’s for internal and external communication of clinical studies, peer-reviewed journal articles, grant awards and research news. She was also the editor-in-chief for Research Now, Nationwide Children’s monthly, all-employee e-newsletter for research, as well as a writer for Pediatrics Nationwide, a print and online publication for physicians and other health care providers.

Timothy Cripe

Timothy Cripe, MD, PhD

Hematology, Oncology and BMT

Dr. Timothy P. Cripe is chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Cripe is also a member of the faculty at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Before coming to Nationwide Children’s, Dr. Cripe was medical co-director in the Office for Clinical and Translational Research and is the founding director of the Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Tumor Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. At the University of Cincinnati, he was a professor of Pediatrics and director of Pilot and Collaborative Studies in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training. His clinical interests include gene and viral therapies for solid tumors in children, including brain tumors, neuroblastoma, and bone and soft tissue sarcomas. His current research focuses on developing and testing new, targeted therapies for pediatric solid tumors and translating those findings into clinical studies. He also investigates the use of viruses that selectively infect and kill cancer cells, studies their utility for killing cancer stem cells, and was among the first in the country to launch clinical trials of attenuated viruses in children. Dr. Cripe is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and completed his MD, PhD in genetics and pediatric residency training at the University of Iowa. He was a clinical fellow in pediatric hematology/oncology at the Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and a research fellow at the Children’s Hospital and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Following his subspecialty training, he was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital and Comprehensive Cancer Center in Madison and was the Pediatric Medical Director of the UW/ American Red Cross Hemophilia Treatment Center.

Tracey Sisk

Tracey L. Sisk, RN, BSN, MHA

The Heart Center

Tracey L. Sisk, RN, BSN, MHA, has been employed at Nationwide Children's Hospital since 1994 with extended experience in the cardiothoracic operating room. Working as both an RN circulator and RN First Assist, she has first hand knowledge of congenital heart defects, their vast variations and surgical repairs. She has been involved in research involving modification of the fontan procedure, temperature control elements within the operating room and the hybrid procedure for HLHS. She currently holds the position of nurse clinician on the adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) team. In this role, she coordinates the care of ACHD patients by arranging tests and referrals, providing discharge during clinic visits and discharge planning for hospitalized patients. In addition, she is actively involved in the Transition Program. This educational program prepares the adolescent for transition from pediatric to adult congenital heart provider.

Tracie Rohal RD, LD, CDE

Endocrinology

Tracie Rohal, RD, LD, CDE, is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with the Department of Endocrinology. She completed her bachelor's of science in clinical dietetics and nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh and has worked at NCH since 2012. Tracie enjoys running, traveling, cooking and volunteering with Girls on the Run of Franklin County.

Tracy Mehan, MA

Center for Injury Research and Policy

Tracy Mehan, MA, is the manager of translational research for the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In this role, she takes injury prevention research out of the journals and into the community. As the mother of a very active 12-year-old boy and an aunt to 21 nieces and nephews, she frequently gets to see firsthand the need for various injury prevention measures. When she isn’t out trying to save the world, you can find her on the basketball court with her son, with her nose in her kindle, or exploring websites on pirate trivia.

NCH Medical Professional

Travis Gallagher, AT

Sports Medicine

Travis Gallagher, AT, is a certified athletic trainer with Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine. Prior to joining NCH, he was a clinical and outreach athletic trainer for ten years with a nationally recognized health and rehabilitation system in the Cleveland area. Travis’ main duties include Functional Rehabilitation with a variety of patient types from sports medicine to healthy weight (New U) to oncology (Play Strong). Travis encourages the use of play in his efforts to improve fitness levels and deficits brought on by disease or chronic conditions. When not working, Travis will be seen playing with his family, including his wife and three children (ages 10, 8, & 3). They love going to the pool, metroparks, bike riding and Clippers games.

Trevor Miller

Trevor Miller

Therapeutic Recreation

Trevor Miller, BS, CTRS, is a therapeutic recreation specialist that graduated from the University of Toledo in 2008 with a degree in recreational therapy. Trevor primarily works in pediatric physical rehabilitation and has interests in quality of life, adaptive recreation, and unconscious bias. He is a member of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association and section chair of the Recreation Division with the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAPHERD). Trevor enjoys working with families throughout their physical rehab journey to ensure best outcomes and meaningful pursuits after life-changing events.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Tyanna Snider, PsyD

Psychology and Neuropsychology

Tyanna Snider, PsyD, is a psychologist in the Pediatric Psychology Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital and clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is the team psychologist for the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition including the Bariatric Surgery Program; provides consultation/liaison services for the General Medical service; and provides outpatient therapy and evaluation.. Dr. Snider’s research focuses on the treatment and psychosocial functioning of children and adolescents who are identified as overweight and obese.

NCH Blog Author

Tyler Congrove, AT

Sports Medicine

Tyler Congrove, MS, AT, CSCS, is a certified athletic trainer with Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine and an assistant athletic trainer at Ohio Dominican University. Prior to joining NCH, he completed his master's degree in kinesiology with a concentration in sports medicine at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Tyler has worked in intercollegiate athletics at the division I, II, and III levels and his professional interests include shoulder rehabilitation, strength training, and manual therapy techniques. In his free time, Tyler enjoys spending time outdoors, running, and playing basketball. He has run one marathon and is a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Vanessa Shanks, MD, FAAP

Clinical Nutrition and Lactation

Vanessa Shanks, MD is a neonatologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University. She is also assistant professor of pediatrics for The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Shanks received her bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her medical degree from University of Maryland College of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed a combined Internal-Medicine and Pediatrics residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University Medical Center. She completed her fellowship at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She is married with one daughter and has a special interest in parental support.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Venkata Rama Jayanthi, MD

Urology

Rama Jayanthi, MD, is Chief of the Section of Pediatric Urology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a clinical associate professor of surgery in the Department of Urology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and has been on the medical staff for nearly 2 decades. He is very passionate about education and often travels overseas on surgical missions, not only to help take care of children who otherwise would not get medical care but also to teach others how to perform complex reconstructive surgery. The members of the Jayanthi household are strong and vocal supporters of the Columbus Crew and Columbus Blue Jackets!

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Vidya Raman, MD

Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Vidya T. Raman, MD, is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Raman completed a residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center and a residency in anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Raman went on to complete training in pediatric anesthesiology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Raman is board certified by both the American Board of Pediatrics and The American Board of Anesthesiology.

W Garrett Hunt

W. Garrett Hunt, MD

Infectious Diseases

W. Garrett Hunt, MD, is a member of the Section of Infectious Diseases at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. His clinical interests include education of medical students and residents, and the management of children and adolescents with infectious diseases, particularly tuberculosis and infections in the immunocompromised host. His research interests are primarily associated with clinical trials dealing with the treatment of neonatal herpes simplex virus and congenital cytomegalovirus. He is local principal investigator of protocols contracted with the Collaborative Antiviral Study Group sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Immunology.

Walter Samora, MD

Orthopedics

Walter P. Samora, MD, is Director, Nationwide Children's Pediatric Orthopaedic Residency Program and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Ohio State University. He received his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia. After residency at West Virginia University he completed a Pediatric Orthopaedic fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was recently named as one of the 2013 Emerging Leaders in Orthopaedics by the AOA. Primary clinical interests include conditions of the spine, sports related injuries and general orthopaedics. Dr. Samora is a board member of Recreation Unlimited. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Ohio Orthopaedic Society and the Columbus Orthopaedic Society.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Warren D. Lo, MD

Neurology

Warren D. Lo, MD, is attending pediatric neurologist at Nationwide Children's and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. His clinical and research interests center on stroke in infants and children. This emphasis led to the development of the Stroke and Vascular Anomalies Clinic at Nationwide Children's, where he serves as director. His clinical research examines the social and cognitive impairments that result from stroke, and the improvement of recovery. Dr. Lo is named among the Best Doctors in America. Together with Dr. Roach and Dr. Heyer, Dr. Lo authored the book Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disorders.

NCH Blog Author

Wendy Anderson, MD

Primary Care Pediatrics

Wendy K. Anderson, MD, is a former member of the Section of Primary Care Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Browse Authors by Topic

About this Blog

Pediatric News You Can Use From America’s Largest Pediatric Hospital and Research Center

700 Children’s features the most current pediatric health care information and research from our pediatric experts – physicians and specialists who have seen it all. Many of them are parents and bring a special understanding to what our patients and families experience. If you have a child – or care for a child – 700 Children’s was created especially for you.