O.N. Ray Bignall II, MD

Biography

O. N. Ray Bignall II, MD, FAAP, FASN is the Chief Diversity and Health Equity Officer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He also serves as Director of Kidney Health Advocacy and Community Engagement for the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. A graduate of Howard University and Meharry Medical College, Dr. Bignall completed his general pediatrics residency, clinical fellowship in nephrology, and NIH post-doctoral research fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

As a physician-advocate, Dr. Bignall’s work addresses the social determinants of child health, kidney health, and transplantation through community-based scholarship, engagement, and advocacy. He has served as a member of The White House Health Equity Roundtable Series on Access to Care; serves as the Inaugural Chair of the American Society of Nephrology’s Health Care Justice Committee; and is a member of the Council on Medical Legislation for the National Medical Association. Dr. Bignall is a recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Award; a John E Lewy Fund Advocacy Scholar of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology; and was named a 40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health by the National Minority Quality Forum and the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust.

Patient Care
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Jamaican Patois
Academic and Clinical Areas
Awards, Honors & Organizations
  • Equity, Social Justice, and Advocacy Award, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, 2023
  • Golden Stethoscope Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship, Nationwide Children's Hospital, 2022
  • Grant Morrow III Faculty Teacher of the Year Award, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 2020
  • Mission Impact Award, National Kidney Foundation of Central Ohio, 2020
  • Honoree, 1000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America, Cell Mentor, Cell Press, 2020
  • Aspen Ideas Health Fellow, The Aspen Institute, 2020
  • Faculty Citizenship Award, Nationwide Children's Hospital, 2019
  • Fellow Teacher of the Year Award, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2018
  • Community Health Advocate Award, University of Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Training, 2017
  • William Cotton Pediatrician Advocate Award, Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017
  • 40 Under 40 Minority Health Leader Award, National Minority Quality Forum and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Health Braintrust, 2017
  • William Cotton Pediatrician Advocate Award, Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017
  • 40 Under 40 Minority Health Leader Award, National Minority Quality Forum and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Health Braintrust, 2017
  • Academic Medicine Fellow, National Institutes of Health and the National Medical Association, 2016
  • BRIGHT Under 30 Award for Professional Achievement, The Cincinnati Herald, 2016
  • Academic Medicine Fellow, National Institutes of Health and the National Medical Association, 2016
  • Academic Medicine Fellow, National Institutes of Health and the National Medical Association, 2016 - Present
  • Fellow, American Society of Nephrology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology
  • Member, National Medical Association
Education

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 07/31/2018

Board Certifications
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Pediatrics
Fellowship Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Date Completed: 06/30/2018
Residency Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Date Completed: 06/30/2014
Medical School Meharry Medical College Date Completed: 05/31/2011
Undergraduate School Howard University Date Completed: 05/12/2007