Motao Zhu, MD, MS, PhD

Motao Zhu

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Dr. Zhu is a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. With doctoral training in epidemiology and medicine, and active research for about 20 years, Dr. Zhu is well versed in travel behaviors, transportation injuries, and opioid and marijuana abuse. He has received multiple NIH, CDC, and state grants to conduct research in cellphone use while driving, teen driving, traffic policy, and opioid use disorders. He has published in a number of high-impact journals, including JAMA, Epidemiology and Journal of Adolescent Health, as well as notable journals in the injury field, such as Injury Prevention and Accident Analysis and Prevention. He has been an editorial board member for the journals Injury Prevention and Injury Epidemiology. He has been the research coordinator for the Vehicle User Education, Training, and Licensing Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Academic and Clinical Areas
Awards, Honors & Organizations
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, West Virginia University, 2014

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 06/13/2016

Graduate School State University of New York at Albany Date Completed: 05/15/2008
Graduate School Peking University Date Completed: 05/15/1997
Professional Experience

2016 - Present The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

2008 - Present West Virginia University School of Public Health, Assistant and Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Research Funding
CDC, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Disparities in cell phone law effectiveness across population subgroups and geographic regions, Other

NIH, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Do cell phone laws reduce calling, texting, and crashes among young drivers?, Other

NIH, National Institute on Aging

Licensing laws, mobility, and traffic safety among older adults, Other

NIH, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

A phone app to reduce cell phone usage among young drivers: a pilot study, Other

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Center for Injury Research & Policy