Awards and Recognition

(From the April 2019 Issue of MedStat)

Nationwide Children's Inductees to the Gold Humanism Honor Society

Each spring, The Ohio State University College of Medicine’s chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) recognizes students who have demonstrated exemplary attitudes and behaviors characteristic of the most humanistic physicians: integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy, and service. In keeping with the spirit of the Society, faculty members are also inducted each year.

The following Nationwide Children’s Hospital faculty members and students were recently inducted in the GHHS:

In addition, Jessica Rutsky, MD, who is a second-year pediatric resident received an Excellence in Teaching award and induction. Finally, Ashley K. R. Fernandes, MD, PhD, associate director of the Center for Bioethics received the Linda C. Stone, MD Award in Mentoring.

Cystic Fibrosis Team Receives Grant for Research and Mission Work in India

Historically there has been a belief that Cystic Fibrosis (CF) does not occur in people of Indian descent. A member of Nationwide Children’s Pulmonary Medicine team, Grace R. Paul, MD, sought to challenge that belief. Dr. Paul worked with her friend and colleague, Dr. Sneha Varkki from the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, to demonstrate that CF does indeed occur in the Indian population. As a result of their work, Drs. Paul and Varkki were invited to submit a grant to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation which resulted in them receiving nearly $500,000 to fund a three-year demonstration project to train medical teams in India in the diagnosis and treatment of CF. Learn more about their work.

Help Us Recognize Steve Allen by Sharing Your Thoughts

This June, Steve Allen will retire after nearly 13 years as CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Under his leadership, the hospital has seen unprecedented growth and countless accomplishments. To help us honor Steve’s efforts, we are asking physicians and employees to share what they love about the hospital today and how we will carry Nationwide Children’s into the future. In 50 words or less, share your stories, favorite memories, photos, etc. Submissions will be complied into a keepsake book.

Prompts to consider:

  • What do you love about where the hospital is today?
  • What are you most excited about for our future?
  • How has Steve’s influence created best outcomes in what you do?
  • How has working as one team helped you deliver best outcomes?
  • Which Nationwide Children’s Value is most meaningful to you?
  • How has Steve impacted the patients and families we serve?

To participate, email your name, department and submission to