“Dr. Connolly’s international reputation and leadership prowess will elevate the already outstanding research, patient care and innovation that occurs in the Division of Neurology,” says John A. Barnard, MD, president of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
An internationally recognized expert in pediatric neuromuscular disease and neuroimmunology, Dr. Connolly’s early research involved examining the relationship between auto-antibodies and development of childhood neurological disorders. She has helped develop outcome measures for infants and boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and has led or been a collaborator in numerous pivotal clinical trials in children with neuromuscular disorders.
Dr. Connolly, who will also be a professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, has published 90 peer-reviewed articles, 18 invited reviews and chapters and given more than 40 invited lectures the world over. She is associate editor for the Journal of Child Neurology. She has served as a national thought leader for multiple foundation and government agency efforts to improve outcomes in children with neuromuscular disorders.
She received her medical degree from Indiana University. She served as a neurology resident at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and she completed her pediatric residency and fellowship in child neurology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She was a professor of pediatrics and neurology at Washington University. She is an American Academy of Neurology Fellow and a member of the Child Neurology Society and World Muscle Society.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Neurology and Neurosurgery at Nationwide Children’s among the top seven programs in the country.
Note to editor: Dr. Connolly is a resident of Columbus, Ohio, 43206.