Moss Appointed Surgeon-in-Chief at Nationwide Children's Hospital

February 3, 2011

R. Lawrence Moss, MD, has been named Surgeon-in-Chief at Nationwide Children's Hospital, effective February 1, 2011. He will also be appointed Professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine and will serve as the primary surgical liaison between Nationwide Children’s and the OSU College of Medicine.

Prior to joining the medical staff at Nationwide Children’s, Dr. Moss served as Surgeon-in-Chief at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital since 2002 and the Robert Pritzker Professor of Surgery.  He also served as Chief of Pediatric Surgery since 2003 and Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery since 2007 at Yale University School of Medicine. Under his leadership, Pediatric Surgery was awarded the highest distinction for customer service within the Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Moss was the Founding Director of Yale Center for Children's Surgical Research and during his tenure total grant funding and National Institutes of Health funding for pediatric surgical research increased significantly. He will bring national leadership of a multi-institutional research network studying Necrotizing Enterocolitis that will capitalize on Nationwide Children's already renowned efforts in this area. Dr. Moss has been the principal investigator on eight grant-funded research projects since 1997, has co-authored 90 journal articles and authored or co-authored 3 books and 24 book chapters.

"Dr. Moss brings a wealth of surgical, administrative, teaching and research experience and is nationally recognized for his work in quality improvement, evidence-based surgery and necrotizing enterocolitis," said Steve Allen, MD, Nationwide Children's CEO.  "As we continue a period of unprecedented growth, I am confident that Dr. Moss’s unique combination of leadership talent, academic prestige and research productivity, along with his focus on quality outcomes, make him the right person to lead the surgical initiatives crucial to achieving our strategic plan."

Dr. Moss received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, completed his surgical residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and completed fellowships in pediatric surgery, surgical critical care and ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) at Northwestern University in Chicago.  He and his wife, Kristine, are the parents of three children.

Dr. Moss's predecessor, Donna Caniano, MD, retired in late 2010 having built an outstanding surgical legacy during her 25-year career at Nationwide Children’s.

NOTE TO EDITOR: Dr. Moss and his family are residents of New Albany , Ohio.

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