Nationwide Childrens Hospital Honors 2009 Career Contribution Award Recipients

September 3, 2009

Nationwide Childrens Hospital staff and friends gathered last evening, Wednesday, September 2, to honor three recipients of the 2009 Career Contribution Awards. The special distinction is awarded by Nationwide Childrens medical staff to a select few of its most highly respected peers. The award is given to those who, in the eyes of their fellow physicians, have exemplified themselves through a lifetime commitment to maintaining the highest quality of health care service and helping Nationwide Childrens build a trademark reputation as a local, regional and national leader in pediatrics.

The 2009 recipients are as follows:

Willard B. Fernald, MD, General Pediatrics
William B. Fernald, MD, was appointed to Nationwide Childrens Hospital medical staff in 1956, and he has served as past medical staff president and chief resident. He has been president of the Columbus Civil Rights Council, president of the board of directors of the Yokefellow Institute and is past president of the Central Ohio Pediatric Society. Dr. Fernald served as a technical sergeant in the United States Army from 1943-46 and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1951. He is currently the medical director of Camp Hamwi and the Heinzerling Foundation, and is a clinical professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Fernald received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 2005.

John R. Kean, MD, Orthopedics
John R. Kean, MD, was appointed to Nationwide Childrens Hospital medical staff in 1978 and was appointed chief of orthopedics in 2001. Dr. Keans hospital positions at Nationwide Childrens have included medical staff president, and for the past 25 years he served as director of the Cerebral Palsy Clinic. Dr. Kean is an alumnus of Temple University School of Medicine (1974) and has been president of the Ohio State Orthopedic Society. He is also currently a clinical assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is an active member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps and Gillespie Pediatric Study Group.

Leslie K. Mihalov, MD, Emergency Medicine
Leslie K. Mihalov, MD, was appointed to Nationwide Childrens Hospital medical staff in 1990 and has been chief of Emergency Medicine since 1998. Her hospital positions have included medical staff president and associated director of the Pediatric Residency Training Program. She is currently the associate medical director at Nationwide Childrens and she is also an associate professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Mihalov received her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo in 1984. She is involved in medical education at The Ohio State University College of Medicine Admissions Committee and serves on the editorial board of Pediatric Directions.

NOTE TO EDITOR: Dr. Fernald is a resident of 43209
Dr. Kean is a resident of 43085
Dr. Mihalov is a resident of 43235

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.