Roach Elected President-Elect of Child Neurology Society

November 17, 2010

E. Steve Roach, MD, Chief of Neurology at Nationwide Children's Hospital, has been elected  President-Elect of the Child Neurology Society (CNS).  The CNS is  the professional association of pediatric neurologists in the United States, Canada and throughout the world  whose mission is to  foster the discipline of child neurology and promote the optimal care and welfare of children with neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders.
CNS members are child neurologists who are specially trained physicians who have followed up their four-year medical school education with a five-year post-graduate training regimen consisting of two years training in pediatrics, one year in general neurology, and two years in pediatric neurology.  CNS was founded in 1972 with an initial enrollment of 223 members and now boasts a membership of 1,300 child neurologists.

Dr. Roach, who is also Vice-Chair of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s and Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, received his medical degree at the University of Tennessee, and completed his residencies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He came to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2006 with research interests including pediatric stroke and genetic neurological disorders.

Dr. Roach wrote the first textbook on stroke in children and has written or co-authored five other books, along with more than 200 articles and book chapters on stroke and genetic disorders. In addition, Dr. Roach was the lead author for the American Heart/Stroke Association’s scientific statement on the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric stroke in 2008. He also wrote the 1998 consensus diagnostic criteria for tuberous sclerosis complex, which is still the definitive diagnostic document on the disease. In 2002, he was awarded the Manuel Gomez Award by the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance in Bethesda, Maryland, for his work to improve understanding of the genetic neurological disorder.

The Neurosciences Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital includes leading clinicians and researchers in neurology and neuromuscular disease, neurosurgery, neurodiagnostics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and sleep medicine. Specialized services include a pediatric stroke and vascular anomalies clinic, neuromuscular disease clinic, comprehensive epilepsy program, and the nation’s first pediatric pseudotumor cerebri clinic. Additional areas of clinical focus include neurodevelopmental disabilities, spinal muscular atrophy, tuberous sclerosis and Batten disease. Affiliated with The Ohio State University and The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, members of the Neurosciences Center pursue research into subjects such as pediatric stroke, brain tumors, and gene replacement therapy for muscular dystrophy patients. More information is available at

NOTE TO EDITOR: Dr. Roach is a resident of the 43209 zip code.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 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 1.5 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 Abigail Wexner 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