Dennis R. Durbin, MD

Dennis Durbin

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Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE is Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and the Chief Scientific Officer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In this role, he oversees the operations of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s and provides broad faculty development support to the nearly 150 faculty conducting a broad portfolio of research there.

Until early 2018, he had been on the University of Pennsylvania faculty for over 20 years as a clinician and scientist. Dr. Durbin is an internationally recognized injury epidemiologist whose research has focused on the prevention of motor vehicle occupant injuries to children and the prevention of teen driver crashes. He has over two decades of experience with traffic safety research and developing the evidence base for child and adolescent traffic safety interventions and extensive experience translating research findings into policy and practice. 

He has served on the Committee for Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention of the American Academy of Pediatrics during which time he was the lead author on the Academy’s revised policy statement on child passenger safety. His research has been recognized by a number of organizations with several awards, including the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition, he has mentored over 30 trainees and junior faculty to become physician-scientists, with many now thriving in independent research careers. In collaboration with Master Facilitator Emma Meagher, he has overseen the development and implementation of the research mentor training program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, including developing new content for the curriculum focused on work/life integration. Nearly 100 faculty have participated in the training which has been uniformly well-received.


Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 02/01/2018

Board Certifications
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Fellowship Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Date Completed: 06/30/1994
Residency Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Date Completed: 06/30/1991
Medical School Northwestern University Date Completed: 06/30/1987
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