Stephen G. Kaler, MD, MPH

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

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Stephen G. Kaler, MD, MPH, is a professor of Pediatrics and Genetics and a physician-scientist in the Center for Gene Therapy, Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is triple-certified (Clinical, Biochemical, and Molecular Genetics) by the American Board of Medical Genetics and considered an authority on Menkes disease, a rare inherited disorder of copper metabolism, and its variants.

Dr. Kaler earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA. He completed residency training in Pediatrics (Loyola University Medical Center, Tufts-New England Medical Center) and fellowship in Medical Genetics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He then served as Director of Biochemical and Molecular Genetics at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and earned an MPH (international health track) from George Washington University School of Public Health before returning to NIH as a Clinical Director and tenured Senior Investigator. He joined the Center for Gene Therapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Fall 2019.

Academic and Clinical Areas
Awards, Honors & Organizations
  • Achievement Medal, US Public Health Service
  • Citation, US Public Health Service
  • Commendation Medal, US Public Health Service
  • Certificate of Recognition, NIH Distinguished Mentor Award Program
  • Physician Researcher of the Year, US Office of the Surgeon General
  • Award for Distinguished Service: Ebola Clinical Research Response Team, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Elected Member, Society for Pediatric Research
  • Elected Member, Association of American Physicians

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 09/27/2019

Board Certifications
  • Clinical Biochemical/Molecular Genetics
  • Clinical Genetics and Genomics
Fellowship National Institutes of Health Date Completed: 06/30/1989
Residency Tufts New England Medical Center Date Completed: 06/30/1988
Residency Loyola University Medical Center Date Completed: 06/30/1987
Internship Brigham and Women's Hospital Date Completed: 06/30/1985
Medical School University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentist Date Completed: 05/19/1984
Professional Experience

2015 - 2019 NIH, Head, Metals Biology/Molecular Medicine Affinity Group, Intramural Research Program

2013 - 2019 NIH, Chair, Trans-NIH Gene Therapy Consortium. Intramural Research Program

2001 - 2010 NICHD, NIH, Clinical Director, Intramural Research Program

2000 - 2001 National Institutes of Health, Deputy Associate Director for Disease Prevention, Office of the Director

1999 - 2000 Children's Hospital National Medical Center, Director, Biochemical and Molecular Genetics; Department of Laboratory Medicine, Department of Pathology

1999 - 2000 Children's Hospital National Medical Center, Vice Chair, Division of Metabolism

1995 - 2000 George Washington University School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology, Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics

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