Jeffrey R. Leonard, MD

Jeffrey Leonard

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Jeffrey Leonard, MD, is chief of the Section of Neurosurgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a principal investigator in the Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a professor of neurological surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Dr. Leonard completed medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1995 and then moved to St. Louis for an internship in general surgery and neurosurgery residency training at Washington University. He also completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery there in 2003 before joining the faculty where he spent the next 11 years. During that time, he served as Co-Director of the Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program and a Co-Director of the Neuro-Oncology Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Leonard joined Nationwide Children’s Hospital in April 2014 as the Chief of Neurosurgery and The Ohio State University as Professor of Neurosurgery and Vice Chair of Education. He has published over 100 published papers and has recently been named the Robert F & Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery. During his time at Nationwide Children’s, he has created multiple new programs including a surgical spasticity program. Recently Nationwide Children’s has begun construction of a gait lab, which will be instrumental in evaluating the effects of the therapies on children with cerebral palsy.

Academic and Clinical Areas
Awards, Honors & Organizations
  • Listed, Best Doctors in America

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 03/31/2014

Board Certifications
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
Fellowship Washington University School of Medicine Date Completed: 06/30/2003
Residency Washington University School of Medicine Date Completed: 06/30/2002
Internship Washington University School of Medicine Date Completed: 06/30/1996
Medical School University of Washington Date Completed: 06/09/1995
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Pediatric Neurosurgery
Jeffrey Leonard

Inside the Operating Room: Meet Dr. Jeffrey Leonard, Neurosurgery Chief

There's not much Dr. Leonard hasn't seen in the neurosurgery world. Take a peek inside the OR with him as he describes his motivations for doing this important work and what he looks forward to in the future of neurosurgery.