John A. Barnard, MD, is chief of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital, president of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's and holds the Ann I. Wolfe Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research Leadership. He is chair of the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine where he is also a professor of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. An accomplished physician-scientist, he has received more than $5 million in personal research funding during his career and authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters.
As president of The Research Institute, Dr. Barnard is responsible for strategic direction, administration, resource allocation and infrastructure design in support of research activities at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The Research Institute is one of the largest pediatric research institutions in the United States and has consistently ranked among the top ten free-standing Children's hospitals based on National Institutes of Health funding. In 2015, The Research Institute received more than $90 million in external awards.
As chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Ohio State, he offers counsel, mentorship and oversight for clinical and academic activities of the more than 450 full-time faculty members. He also oversees the education of more than 300 medical students and pediatric residents and fellows training at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Dr. Barnard received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi and was an intern and resident at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he also completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. He was a faculty member at Vanderbilt for 11 years, including 5 years as Director of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology.
He is currently a member of Ohio's Third Frontier Commission and chair of the Ohio Children's Hospital Association Research Collaborative Task Force. He also served as a past president of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Foundation (NASPGHAN).
An advocate for science education and communication, he is a member of the Executive Committee for the Medical Scientist Training Program at Ohio State; is the co-founder of a science communication public forum with COSI (Center of Science and Industry) and the OSU School of Communication; and has authored more than 70 pediatric research columns for The Columbus Dispatch, a role he has held since 2006.
Medical Staff Leadership
Chief of Pediatrics
The Research Institute
Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Residency Honors Program in Pediatric Research
Gastroenterology & Hepatology & Nutrition
- Listed, Best Doctors in America
- Member, Gastrointestinal Cell and Developmental Biology Study Section, National Institutes of Health
- Former President, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) Foundation
Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 11/21/2000
- Pediatric Gastroenterology
|Fellowship||Vanderbilt University Medical Center||Date Completed: 06/30/1986|
|Residency||Vanderbilt University Medical Center||Date Completed: 06/30/1983|
|Internship||Vanderbilt University Medical Center||Date Completed: 06/30/1981|
|Medical School||University of Mississippi||Date Completed: 03/31/1980|
|Undergraduate School||University of South Alabama||Date Completed: 06/30/1976|
2005 - Present The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Vice Chair for Research, The Ohio State University President
2000 - Present Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, The Ohio State University Professor
2000 - Present Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Nationwide Children's Hospital Member
2006 - 2008 North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition President
2005 - 2008 Gastrointestinal Cell and Molecular Biology NIH Study Section Member
1992 - 2000 Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Associate Professor of Pediatrics
1987 - 1992 Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
1986 - 1987 Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition University of South Alabama College of Medicine Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
1983 - 1986 Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Fellow in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
1981 - 1983 Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Resident in Pediatrics
1980 - 1981 Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Intern in Pediatrics