Pediatricians focus on the physical, emotional and social health of infants, children, adolescents and young adults from birth to 21 years. Developmentally oriented and trained in skilled assessment, their patient-care lens is focused on prevention, detection and management of physical, behavioral, developmental and social problems that affect children.

Pediatricians diagnose and treat infections, injuries and many types of organic disease and dysfunction. They work to reduce infant and child mortality, foster healthy lifestyles, and ease the day-to-day difficulties of those with chronic conditions. With structured evaluation and early intervention, pediatricians identify and address developmental and behavioral problems that result from exposure to psychosocial stressors. They appreciate the vulnerability of children and adolescents, and actively advocate for measures to protect their health and safety.

The ability to communicate effectively with patients, families, teachers and social service professionals is a key to effective pediatric care.

OSU Department of Pediatrics (Nationwide Children's Hospital)

  • Department Chair: John Barnard, MD
  • Residency Director: John Mahan, MD
    • Residency Coordinator: Claire Sanzone, 614-722-4419 & Kathy Trace, 614-722-4414
  • Education Director: Rebecca Scherzer, MD
    • Education Coordinator: Regina Swartz, MS, 614-722-4552

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Specialty Champions

  • Razan Alkhoury, MD
  • Rakhi Guptabasuray, MD, Pediatric Interest Group Co-Advisor
  • Mary Kay Kuzma, MD
  • Nancy Liao, MD
  • John Mahan, MD
  • Suzie Reed, MD
  • Rebecca Scherzer, MD
  • Betsy Schmerler, MD
  • Richard Shell, MD
  • Ansley Splinter, MD, Pediatric Interest Group Co-Advisor
  • Jonathan Thackeray, MD

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