Michael D. Patrick Jr., MD

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

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Michael D. Patrick, Jr, MD, is an emergency medicine physician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He serves as Medical Director of Digital Health for Nationwide Children’s and hosts two podcasts for the hospital: the award-winning PediaCast for parents and PediaCast CME for healthcare providers.

He began his journey in social media and podcasting in 2006 as a means to promote health literacy and advocate for children and families in his primary care practice. Since then, millions of listeners in all 50 U.S. states and over 100 countries have tuned-in to his weekly podcasts for pediatric news, answers to listener questions, interviews with pediatric and parenting experts and free Category 1 CME Credit. In addition to podcasting, Dr. Mike promotes health and wellness on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He appears regularly on local CBS affiliate 10TV and has contributed to several digital and print publications, including the 700 Children’s Blog, KevinMD, Parents Magazine, Working Mother and Reader’s Digest. He is a Spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the Executive Committee of the AAP’s Council on Communications and Media.

Most recently, Dr. Mike developed and directs an academic healthcare communications curriculum and co-authored the textbook, Social Media for Medical Professionals. These endeavors equip students, residents and his colleagues with skills needed to engage the public in an efficient, effective and professional manner.

Academic and Clinical Areas
Awards, Honors & Organizations
  • Platinum Award, Best Healthcare Podcast (PediaCast), Plain-English Media, 2020
  • Best Pediatric Podcast (pediaCast CME), Player FM, 2020
  • Resident Teaching Award, Nationwide Children's Hospital, 1997
  • Council on Communications and Media, Executive Committee, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017 - Present
  • Spokesperson, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016 - Present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics, 1998 - Present

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 02/01/2011

Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
Fellowship Nationwide Children's Hospital Date Completed: 06/30/1998
Residency Nationwide Children's Hospital Date Completed: 06/30/1997
Medical School Ohio State University Date Completed: 06/10/1994