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.

Adriane Baylis, PhD, CCC-SLP

22q Center, Co-Director

Adriane Baylis, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a speech scientist, craniofacial speech pathologist and director of the Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program. She is also 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.

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.

Alexis Klenke, RD, LD

Center for Healthy Weight, Dietitian

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.

Alice Bass, CPNP-PC

Advanced Illness Management

Alison Pegg

Marketing and PR, Digital Account Manager

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. After graduating with a B.S. in athletic training at Aquinas College (2010), and completing her master's degree in exercise science at The University of Toledo (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 E. Graf, MD

Center for Perinatal Research, Principal Investigator

Amanda Smith, RN, BSN, CPN

Clinical Leader and Team Coordinator for the Cleft Lip and Palate Center, the Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders and the 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.

Amanda Sonk

Clinical Therapies, Licensed Massage Therapist

Mandy Sonk 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 in 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.

Amber Patterson, MD

Allergy and Immunology, Physician Team

Amber M. Patterson, MD, works in the Section of Allergy and Immunology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As a wife and mother of 3, 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, Suicide Prevention Specialist

Amy Coleman is a LISW-S with 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.

Amy Dunn, MD

Hematology, Oncology and BMT, Director of Hematology

Amy E. Valasek, MD, MSc

Sports Medicine, Physician Team

Amy Elizabeth Valasek, MD, MSc is a physician for Nationwide Children’s 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.

Amy Fanning, PT, DPT

Outpatient Therapy, Physical Therapist

Amy Fanning is a physical therapist at NCH working at Main Campus in the Outpatient Therapy Department. 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.

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.

Amy LeRoy, CCLS

Radiology, Certified Child Life Specialist

Amy LeRoy 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.

Anastasia Fischer, MD, FACSM

Sports Medicine

Anastasia Fischer, MD, FACSM, is a member of the Division of Sports Medicine in the Section of Ambulatory Pediatrics 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.

Andrea Boerger

Speech and Language Pathology, Speech-Language Pathologist

Andrea Boerger 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.

Andrea Brun, CPNP-PC

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Andrew Axelson

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, M.D., M.P.H

Centers for Disease Control

Andrew Kroger, M.D., M.P.H., 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.

Andrew Schwaderer

Nephrology, Research Director

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

Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Program Coordinator

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

FACES Clinic, Social Worker

Angela Billingslea, LISW-S is a Medical Social Work 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 Temple, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC

Speech Pathologist

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.

Anup D. Patel, MD

Neurology, Physician Team

Anup Patel, MD, works as an attending physician in the Pediatric 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!

Ashley Minnick, MSAH, AT, ATC

Sports Medicine

Ashley E. Minnick, MSAH, AT, ATC, received her Bachelor 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 Sports Medicine, 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 Tuisku, CTRS

Therapeutic Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Ashley Tuisku 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.

Asuncion Mejias, MD, PhD

Center for Vaccines and Immunity in The Research Institute, Pediatric infectious Diseases Specialist

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.

Becky Corbitt, RN

Fetal Medicine Clinic, Program Coordinator

Becky Corbitt, RN, MSN, CNL is the Program Coordinator of 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, 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.

Benjamin Kopp, MD

Section of Pediatric Pulmonology, Assistant Professor; Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Principal Investigator

Dr. Benjamin Kopp is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Pediatric Pulmonology and a Principle 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.

Beth Martin, RN

NICU, Clinical Leader

Beth Martin RNC, MSN, graduated from Otterbein College with a BSN and completed my MSN 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. We have presented Small Baby data and outcomes all over the United States. Our outcomes have improved; decreased length of stay, mortality and morbidity rates, and ventilator days. She is also a mom to 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!

Bill Kulju, MS, AT

Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine Coordinator

Bill received both his undergraduate and master’s degree from 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 1998-2007 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.

Brad Childers, RRT, BS

Transport Team, Respiratory Therapist

Brad Childers 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, Clinical Leader

Brandi Cogdill has a BSN 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.

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.

Brian K. Kaspar, PhD

Former Principal Investigator

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, 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.

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 the Department of 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.

Callista Dammann

Marketing and Public Relations, Social Community Manager

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, now 4 and baby brother Maddox, 2. They live in Hilliard, Ohio with her husband, Ryan and their puppy, Lexie.

Cami Winkelspecht, Ph.D.

Behavioral Health, Psychologist

Dr. Winkelspecht is a Psychologist and Clinical Educator for Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) 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 B.S. in Psychology and Child Development from Vanderbilt University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Auburn University.

Canice Crerand, PhD

Center for Biobehavioral Health, Principal Investigator

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

Cara Inglis, PsyD

Carl H. Backes, MD

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).

Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Carol Baumhardt, LMT

Massage Therapist

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.

Catherine Sinclair, MD

Ambulatory Pediatrics, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Catherine Sinclair 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.

Charae Williams, MSW, LISW-S

Charae W. Keys, MSW, LISW-S is a Clinical Social Worker for the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction.  Charae received her Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences from Ohio University in 2009 where she majored in Family Studies.  Charae received her Master 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. 

Charles Elmaraghy

Charles Elmaraghy, MD

Otolaryngology, Chief

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.

Cheryl G. Baxter, CPNP

Urology, Nurse Practitioner Team

Cheryl G. Baxter 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.

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.

Christine Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

Christine Prusa

Outpatient Pharmacy, Community Care Pharmacy Resident

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 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.

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.

Corey Rood, MD

Child Abuse Pediatrics, Fellow

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 Hall, CPNP-PC

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Courtney Porter, RN, MS

Ambulatory, Registered Nurse

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!

Curt Daniels, MD

Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Director

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.

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.

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.

Dane Snyder, MD

Dane A. Snyder, MD, is the Section Chief in the Division of Ambulatory 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.

Daniel Coury, MD

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Chief

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, Physician

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.

Danielle Peifer, PT, DPT

Developmental Physical Therapy Team

David Axelson, MD

Behavioral Health, Medical Director

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.

David Stukus, MD

Allergy and Immunology

Dr. David Stukus is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, 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!

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.

Debbie Terry, NP

Epilepsy Center, Nurse Practitioner Team

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.

Deborah Zerkle, LMT

Massage Therapy

Deena Chisolm, PhD

Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, Principal Investigator

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.

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.

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, Molecular Specialist

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.

Dennis Cunningham, MD

Infectious Diseases

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.

Diane Lang

Marketing and PR, Senior Account Manager

Diane Lang is the Senior Account Manager, Social Media for Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Managing Editor of the 700 Children's Blog.

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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.

Doug Wolf

Community Engagement, Program Manager

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.

Edward Oberle, MD, RhMSUS

Rheumatology

Edward Shepherd, MD

Neonatology, Section Chief

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).

Elise Berlan, MD

Adolescent Medicine, Physician Team

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.

Elizabeth A. Cannon, LPCC

Behavioral Health, Suicide Prevention Specialist

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, Physician Team

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

NICU, Music Therapist

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.

Emily Decker, MD

Ambulatory Pediatrics, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Emily 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.

Eric Butter, PhD

Pediatric Psychology, Chief

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.

Eric Sribnick, MD, PhD

Center for Pediatric Trauma Research, Principal Investigator

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.

Ericca L Lovegrove, RD

Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, Registered Dietitian

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.

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

Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, Fitness and Nutrition Education Coordinator

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.

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, AT

Sports Medicine, Athletic Trainer

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.

Garey Noritz, MD

Complex Care, Chief

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

Gary A. Smith, MD, DrPH

Center for Injury Research and Policy, Director

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.

Geri Hewitt, MD

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Chief

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.

Gina Hounam, PhD

Audiology, Program Manager

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.

Grace Paul, MD

Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Pulmonologist

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 D. Pearson, MD

Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders, Director

Gregory D. Pearson, MD, is a member of the Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Team and also 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.

Griffin Stout, MD

Psychiatry, Physician Team

Heather Battles, MD

Emergency Medicine, Physician Team

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 PR, Consumer Marketing Intern

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, Physician Team

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

Central Ohio Poison Center, Director

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.

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 & Conditioning Specialist and is member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Hiren Patel, MD

Nephrology, Chief

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.

Homa Amini, DDS, MPH, MS

Pediatric Dentistry, Section Chief

Homa Amini, DDS, MS, MPH, is Chief of the Section of Pediatric Dentistry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a 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.

Howard Jacobs, MD

Headache Clinic

Howard S. Jacobs, MD, is an attending headache specialist and hospitalist at Nationwide Children’s, and Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University. Dr. Jacobs has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics relating to pediatric headaches. He has a particular interest in the effect genetics play in migraine therapy and the relationship of weather and migraines.

Ihuoma Eneli, MD

Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, Medical Director

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 Hospital, Dr. Eneli was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Ilana Moss, PhD

Pediatric Psychology, Fellow

Ilana K. Moss is a Pediatric Psychology Fellow at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She received her Ph.D. 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.

Ilene Crabtree, PT

Physical Therapy

Ilene Crabtree 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.

Irene Mikhail, MD

Allergy and Immunology, Physician

Dr. Irene Mikhail 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.

Irina Buhimschi, MD

Center for Perinatal Research, Director

Dr. Irina Buhimschi 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.

Ivor Hill

Ivor Hill, MD

Celiac Disease Center, Director

Ivor Hill, MD, MB, ChB, is director of the Celiac Disease Center, one of the signature programs within the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Nationwide Children’s. 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, Director

Jacquie Wynn, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is the founding director of the NCH Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, which opened its doors in 2000, and is a faculty member of the OSU School 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!

Jaime-Dawn Twanow, MD

Neurology

Jaime Twanow, MD, is an attending pediatric neurologist at Nationwide Children’s and 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.

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 Ruda, MD

Ear, Nose and Throat Services (Otolaryngology), Physician Team

Jamie Macklin, MD

Adult Medicine and Hospital Pediatrics, Physician

Jamie Macklin is an adult medicine and pediatric hospitalist, currently practicing at the OSU 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 PR, Senior Manager Video Marketing

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.

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.

Jaysson Eicholtz

GMP Operations, Director

Jaysson Eicholtz, Director of GMP Operations, has been with NCH since 2015. 18 years’ experience in FDA regulated industry in operations management roles working with vaccines, cell based therapy, OTC drugs, and controlled substance manufacturing.

Jeff Sydes, CSCS

Sports Medicine

Jeff Sydes, CSCS is the Lead Sports Performance Specialist for Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports Medicine. He is a certified strength & conditioning specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association.Prior to coming to Children's, Jeff served as the fitness coordinator for New Albany High School, training all of its teams and athletes. Jeff also spent 2 years in the private sector working with youth, high school, collegiate and professional athletes in the greater Columbus area.Jeff 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.Jeff 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.

Jeffery Auletta, MD

Hematology, Oncology and BMT, Director

Jeffrey Bennett, MD, PhD

Cardiology, Fellow

Jeffrey Leonard, MD

Neurosurgery, Chief

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.

Jenn Gonya, PhD

NICU

Dr. Jenn Gonya 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 our Dublin Sports Medicine building. She graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008 from The Ohio State University and has been working at NCH 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, PsyD

Pediatric Psychology, Physician Team

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

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

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Clinical Dietitian

Jen Smith, MS, RD, CSP, LD, LMT, is a Clinical Dietitian at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She has been working at Nationwide Children’s Hospital 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 R. Mendell, MD

Center for Gene Therapy, Director

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 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.”

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.

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.

Jessica Bullock, MA/CCC-SLP

Clinical Therapies, Speech-Language Pathologist

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.

Jessica Buschmann, RD

Sports Medicine, Clinical Dietitian

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.

Jim O’Shea OT, MOT, CHT

Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Certified Hand Therapist

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.

John Ackerman, PhD

Center for Suicide Prevention and Research, Suicide Prevention Coordinator

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 Caballero, PT, DPT, CSCS

Sports Medicine

John Kovalchin, MD

Cardiology

John P. Kovalchin, MD, is Director of Echocardiography at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. 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.

Jonathan D. Thackeray, MD

The Center for Family Safety and Healing, Chief

Jonathan D. Thackeray, MD is the 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 serves as Medical Director of The Center for Family Safety and Healing and oversees 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.

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).

Jonathan M. Grischkan, MD

Otolaryngology, Physician

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.

Jonathan Napolitano, MD

Sports Medicine

Jonathan Napolitano, MD, is our Sports Medicine Fellow for 2016-2017. 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.

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.

Julie Racine, PhD

Julie Racine, Ph.D 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.

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.

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.

Karen Days, MBA

The Center for Family Safety and Healing, President

Karen S. Days 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.Karen previously served as the president of the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence (CCAFV) since its founding in 1999 and was interim president of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which was merged with CCAFV to create the new CFSH.Karen previously spent 10 years working in the criminal justice field. Currently, Ms. Days is serving as a board member of the Columbus Board of Health, Franklin County Community Based Correctional Facility, Ohio Domestic Violence Network, the Learning Circle Education Services, Advisory Board of the State Victims Assistance Act (SVAA), and Ohio Dominican University Board of Trustees. She also served on the Columbus Police Foundation Board, Mount Carmel Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, YWCA Columbus, YMCA Metropolitan General Board, and the Board of Trustees for the United Way of Central Ohio.She has received the “Women of Achievement Award” from the YWCA and the “Karama Community Leadership Award” from the Columbus Urban League. Karen earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Ohio Dominican University.

Kari Dubro, MS, RD, LD, CWWS

Employee Wellness, Manager

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 Nationwidec 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, Attending Physician

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, MD

Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, Principal Investigator

Dr. Deans 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.

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.

Kathryn J. Junge, RN, BSN

The Heart Center, Nursing Team

Kathryn 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 PR, Senior Science Writer

Katie Brind’Amour, MS, CHES, is a 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.

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. 

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

Kelli Dilver, PT, DPT

Developmental Physical Therapy Team

Kelly Abrams

Foundation, 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 range 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 has 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.

Kelly J. Kelleher, MD

Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, Director

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 Professor in the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

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, Nurse Practitioner

Kelly N. Day 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.

Kent Williams, MD

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Physician Team

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.

Kevin Bosse, PhD

Center for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Kevin Bosse 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 is nearing his first birthday and keeps him exceptionally busy when he's not at work.

Kevin Klingele

Kevin Klingele, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery, Chief

Kevin E. Klingele, MD, is the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Director, Nationwide Children's Fellowship program, Surgical Director of Sports Medicine, Nationwide Children's Hospital 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.

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, Medical Director

Kimberly Bates, MD, is a member of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Section of Ambulatory 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.

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.

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.

Krista Winner AuD, CCC-A

Audiology

Krista Winner 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, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Kristen Armbrust 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.

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.

Kristina Reber, MD

Neonatology, Associate Division Chief

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.

Kyle Davis

Hematology and Oncology, Fellow

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.

Lance Governale, MD

Neurosurgery

Lance S. Governale, MD, is a pediatric neurosurgeon at Nationwide Children’s and an assistant professor of neurological surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Governale has received several distinguished awards from his colleagues for excellence in research, teaching and clinical care, including the Harvard Medical School Richardson Research Fellowship for MD scientists and a nomination for the Harvard Medical School Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching.His research interests focus on clinical outcomes and quality improvement, and he is a member of multiple professional societies, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons. He is especially interested in craniosynostosis, minimally invasive neurosurgery (including endoscopic treatment of hydrocephalus, craniosynostosis, pituitary disease, and skull base disease), brain / spinal cord tumors, arachnoid cysts and cavernous malformations.

Lara McKenzie, PhD, MA

Center for Injury Research and Policy, Principal Investigator

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!

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, Research Writer

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.

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.

Lauren Justice, OTR/L, MOT

Occupational Therapy

Lauren Justice 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.

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 & 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, MD

Endocrinology

Leena Nahata, MD, is a pediatric physician in the Section of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes 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, MT-BC

NICU, Music Therapists

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.

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

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 Parent 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.

Lisa M. Humphrey, MD

Inpatient Services, Director

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.

Lorraine Kelley-Quon

Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Lorraine Kelley-Quon is a chief resident in 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.

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, PhD

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.

Maggy Rule, MS, AT, ATC

Sports Medicine, Athletic Trainer

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, Metabolism, and Diabetes, Interim Chief

Manmohan K Kamboj is presently the Interim Chief, an active faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes 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, Surgical Director

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.

Marc P. Michalsky, MD

Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery Program, Surgical Director

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.

Marcel Casavant

Marcel J. Casavant, MD

Central Ohio Poison Center, Chief of Toxicology

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.

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

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship, Program Director

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.

Marissa Larouere

NICU, Program Manager

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, Chief

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, Physicist

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, M.D. 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.

Mary Ann Abrams, MD, MPH

Ambulatory Pediatrics

Mary Kay Sharrett

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Registered Dietitian

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.

Mary Shull, MD

Gastroenterology

Meagan Horn, MA

Speech Pathology

Meagan Horn 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.

Megan Letson, MD, M.Ed

The Center for Family Safety and Healing, Chief

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.

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. 

Melanie Fluellen, LPCC

Behavioral Health, Suicide Prevention Specialist

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, Suicide Prevention Specialist

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.

Melissa McMillen, CTRS

Therapeutic Recreation, Clinical Leader

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.

Melissa Winterhalter, MD

Ambulatory Pediatrics

Melissa Winterhalter, MD, has been a physician with the Section of Ambulatory 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).

Meredith Merz Lind, MD

Otolaryngology, Physician Team

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, 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.

Michael T. Brady, MD

Associate Medical Director

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.

Pediacast

Mike Patrick, MD

Emergency Medicine, Physician Team; Interactive Media, Medical Director; 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 Galleher, PT, DPT

Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Mindy Galleher, 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.

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.

Motao Zhu, MD, MS, PhD

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.

Nancy Auer

Epilepsy Center, Nurse Practitioner

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, 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.

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, Physician

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.

Nichole Mayer, OTR/L, MOT

Occupational Therapy, Inpatient Occupational Therapy Team

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.

Nicole Caldwell, MD

Ambulatory Pediatrics, Physician

Nicole V. Caldwell, MD, is a staff physician in Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Section of Ambulatory 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 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, PsyD, BCBA-D

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.

Olivia Thomas

Olivia Thomas, MD

Ambulatory Pediatrics

Olivia W. Thomas, MD, is the Section Chief of Ambulatory 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 underinsured 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.

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.

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.

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.

Patrick C. Walz, MD

Otolaryngology, Physician Team

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.

Pedro Weisleder, MD

Neurology, Physician Team

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, MD

Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, Principal Investigator

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.

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.

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.

Raymond Troy, MD

Psychiatry

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.

Rebecca Hicks, CCLS

Radiology, Certified Child Life Specialist

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.

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.

Reno Ravindran, MD

Sports Medicine, Physician Team

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.

Richard Kirschner

Richard Kirschner, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chief

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, MD

Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction, Associate Director

Richard Wood, MD is a pediatric surgeon serving as the Associate Director of the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University. He trained in General Surgery in the United Kingdom and South Africa and completed his Pediatric Surgery training at the Red Cross Children’s Memorial Hospital in Cape Town. He subsequently completed a Pediatric Colorectal Fellowship at Nationwide Children’s. His areas of interest are complex pelvic reconstructive surgery, including anorectal malformations, cloacal malformations, Hirschsprung disease and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as outcomes research in colorectal surgery.

Robert A. Kowatch, MD, Ph.D.

Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, Principal Investigator

Rochelle Krouse, CTRS

Therapeutic Recreation, Inpatient Therapeutic Recreation Team

Rochelle Krouse, CTRS graduated from Indiana University in May of 2004. She completed her internship at Nationwide Children's Hospital from May-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, 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.

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.

Ross Maltz, MD

Gastroenterology

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 Breidigan, MS, AT, ATC

Sports Medicine

Sara Breidigan, MS, AT, ATC is a certified athletic trainer with Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports Medicine and an assistant athletic trainer at Ohio Dominican University. Before joining Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine, Sara worked as an assistant athletic trainer at Butler University, where she worked with the women's volleyball, women's swimming and men's and women's track teams. Sara completed her Master's degree in Exercise Science at The University of Toledo. At UT, Sara worked with the Rockets' volleyball team, men's tennis team, and was an approved clinical instructor for the undergraduate athletic training education program.

Sarah A. Denny, MD

Emergency Medicine, Physician Team

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 School 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.

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, Clinical Leader

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, PhD

Center for Biobehavioral Health, Principal Investigator

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!

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

Community Wellness, Program Coordinator

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, Clinical Coordinator

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.

Sasigarn Bowden, MD

Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes

Sasigarn Bowden, MD, is a pediatric endocrinologist in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes 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.

Satya Gedela, MD, MRCP(UK)

Neurology

Satya Gedela, MD, MRCP(UK), is an attending pediatric neurologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and associate professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Gedela completed pediatric training and is board certified in three countries, India, England and the United States. He finished his training in pediatric neurology and epilepsy at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He is board certified in neurology with special qualifications in child neurology and epilepsy. He is medical director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) and the Epilepsy Surgery Program. His special interests include epilepsy surgery and vagus nerve stimulator treatment for medically intractable epilepsy patients.

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.

Seth Alpert, MD

Urology, Attending Surgeon

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.

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, Clinical Lead Supervisor

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.

Sharon Wrona, DNP, PNP, PMHS

Comprehensive Pain and Palliative Care Services, Administrative Director

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Stephen Hersey, MD

Ambulatory Pediatrics, Physician Team

Stephen J. Hersey, MD, is a staff physician in Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Section of Ambulatory 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.

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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.

Steven C. Matson, MD

Adolescent Health, Interim Chief

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.

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.

Steven Cuff

Sports Medicine, Physician Team

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, Occupational Therapist

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.

Susan Creary, MD

Hematology, Oncology and BMT, Pediatric Hematologist

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.

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.

Tabitha Jones-McKnight, DO

Ambulatory Pediatrics, Physician

Dr. Jones-McKnight is a pediatrician in the Ambulatory Care division 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.

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.     

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!

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.

Terry Bravender, MD, MPH

Adolescent Heath, Chief

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.

Terry Laurila, MS, RPh

Pharmacy Manager

Thomas Pommering, DO

Sports Medicine, Chief

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.  

Tiasha Letostak, PhD

Clinical Research Services, Program Manager

Tiasha Letostak, PhD, is the Senior Strategist for Clinical & Research Communications at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She provides 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 is 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.

Tim Cripe

Timothy Cripe, MD, PhD

Hematology and Oncology, Chief

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

The Heart Center, Nursing Team

Tracey 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, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Tracie Rohal, RD, LD, CDE is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with the Department of Endocrinology. She completed her Bachelors 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, Manager of Translational Research

Tracy Mehan 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.

Travis Gallagher, AT

Sports Medicine, Athletic Trainer

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.

Tyanna Snider, Psy.D.

Psychology and Neuropsychology, Psychologist

Tyanna Snider, Psy.D. 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.

Tyler Congrove, AT

Sports Medicine, Athletic Trainer

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.

Vanessa Shanks, MD, FAAP

Clinical Nutrition and Lactation, Medical Director

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.

Rama Jayanthi

Venkata Jayanthi, MD

Urology, Chief

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!

Vidya Raman, MD

Anesthesiology & 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, 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.

Warren D. Lo, MD

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.

Wendy Willis, MD

Ambulatory Pediatrics, Clinical Associate Professor

Wendy K. Anderson, MD, is a member of the Section of Ambulatory Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Whitney McCormick, CTRS

Therapeutic Recreation

Whitney K. McCormick, CTRS, works in Therapeutic Recreation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She graduated from The University of Toledo in May 2013. Whitney possesses experience working in psychiatric settings and currently provides therapeutic recreation services to Behavioral Health unit patients and their families.

William Cotton, MD

Ambulatory Pediatrics

William H. Cotton, MD, is Medical Director of the Primary Care Centers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He also is a member of the Section of Ambulatory Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is a primary investigator for Ohio’s EMSC continuation grant. Dr. Cotton is immediate past-president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also the current president of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Medical Staff. He is also an elected member of the national American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Community Pediatrics.

William Ray, PhD

Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine, Principal Investigator

William Ray, PhD, is a mathematician-turned-computer-scientist-turned-biophysicist who almost got an art degree along the way (by accident). He spends his time turning data about biology into pretty pictures and 3D prints that help biological and medical researchers understand their data and patients better. When he's not sitting at his computer making numbers dance, he can usually be found with his wife and kids trying to turn their dilapidated farm in the Hocking Hills back into a forest, restoring mechanical artifacts from the early industrial era or wandering around the American southwest with a camera, wishing they still made Kodachrome.

William W. Long, MD

General Pediatrics

Dr. Long is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, where he also served as chief resident. Dr. Long has been in practice since 1992 and is the medical director and chief medical information officer of his practice. He has led his practice through the AAP CQN Asthma Pilot Project and subsequently served as co-leader of two chapter Asthma CQN collaboratives. His practice has also participated in previous ADHD QI projects, as well as other Ohio AAP projects, such as Building Mental Wellness (BMW) and Pound of Cure.Bill also is active at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH), serving as Medical Staff President in 2004, and now serves as chairperson of the CME Committee. He works two days a week as Associate Administrative Medical Director at Nationwide Children’s, where his duties include maintaining and improving relations between the hospital and community providers. He is the physician director of the NCH School-Based Asthma Therapy (SBAT) Program, which now serves nearly 200 asthma patients in five school districts.

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