John David Spencer, MD, Named Nephrology Division Chief at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

John David Spencer, MD

Following an extensive national search, John David Spencer, MD, has been selected as division chief of Nephrology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Spencer is an associate professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University, a member of the Division of Nephrology and a principal investigator in the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“Dr. Spencer’s vision and expertise as a leader will advance our longstanding tradition of research and academic excellence in the Nephrology division,” said John A. Barnard, MD, president of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

A nationally recognized physician-scientist, Dr. Spencer’s research primarily focuses on basic and translational science related to antimicrobial peptide biology in the urinary tract. He has been a leader in describing how this ubiquitous component of the innate immune system maintains urinary tract sterility. He holds two National Institutes of Health R01 grants related to urinary antimicrobial peptides and is a key collaborator on additional federally-funded projects. 

In addition, Dr. Spencer has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and invited papers. He has lectured nationally and internationally, and is a member of the Research and Public Policy committees of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology.

Dr. Spencer received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Pediatrics at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN, where he served as chief resident. Following residency, he came to Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a nephrology fellow and joined the faculty here after completing his training in 2012.