Motao Zhu, MD, MS, PhD

Motao Zhu

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Motao Zhu, MD, MS, PhD, is an associate professor of pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. With doctoral training in epidemiology and medicine, and active research for the past 14 years, Dr. Zhu is well versed in travel behaviors and transportation injuries. He has received multiple NIH and CDC grants to conduct research in cell phone use while driving, teen driving, and traffic policy. He has published in a number of high impact journals, including Epidemiology and American Journal of Preventive Medicine, as well as notable journals in the injury filed, such as Injury Prevention and Accident Analysis and Prevention. He is an editorial board member for the journals Injury Prevention and Injury Epidemiology. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Operator Education and Regulation Committee.
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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