(From the August 2019 Issue of MedStat)
Richard D. Shell, MD, a long-time member of the Pulmonary Medicine faculty at Nationwide Children's, is the newly appointed section chief. Karen S. McCoy, MD, will serve as the division chief of Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Shell has also recently been promoted to professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. One of his clinical interests is in cystic fibrosis where he is an active member of the Therapeutic Development Network of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation participating in multiple clinical trials. His other clinical and research interest is in the pulmonary complications of neuromuscular disease, and he is an active member of both the Neuromuscular and Spinal Muscular Atrophy Multidisciplinary clinics. Dr. Shell was instrumental in helping to study the newly FDA approved gene transfer treatment for SMA, Zolgensma, and continues to work in the Center for Gene therapy furthering this work for patients with SMA and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. In 2005, Dr. Shell won the excellence in teaching award from the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He was given the Golden Stethoscope award in 2015 and has received many accolades for his teaching through the school of medicine. He has served on the family advisory council for the Families of SMA Foundation and currently serves on the certification committee for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.