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. This information was adapted from "Pediatrics 101: A Resource Guide from the American Academy of Pediatrics."


  • Length of training: 3 years
  • Match: NRMP
  • Application service: ERAS

Department of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital

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

Learn more about the Department of Pediatrics

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


AAMC Careers in Medicine: Pediatrics