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Gail E. Besner, M.D.
H. William Clatworthy Professor of Pediatric Surgery
Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205-2664
(614) 722-3914

  • B.A.: Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., 1978
  • M.D.: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1982
  • Specialty Training: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston,
    Mass.; Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Appointment: 1991
  • Specialty Interests: Pediatric congenital abnormalities, necrotizing enterocolitis, pediatric burns
  • Research Interests: Growth factor involvement in wound healing, intestinal injury, tissue engineering, stem cell research

Jennifer H. Aldrink, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Clinical
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive, FB6222
Columbus, OH 43205-2664
(614) 722-0440

  • B.S.: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, 1995
  • M.D.: East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 2000
  • Specialty Training: Residency in general surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 2007; residency in pediatric surgery, The Ohio State University, 2009
  • Appointment: 2010
  • Specialty Interests: Pediatric oncology, anorectal malformations, pediatric thyroid disorders 
  • Research Interests: Pediatric oncology, stem cell research

Christopher K. Breuer, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Deputy Vice Chair, Research
Co-Director, Tissue Engineering Program, CRMCBT
700 Childrens Dr.
Columbus OH 43205
(614) 355-5754

  • BA: Biology, College of the Holy Cross, 1986
  • MD: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Specialty Training: General surgery residency, Rhode Island Hospital, 1992; pediatric surgery residency, Children's Hospital Boston, 1993; surgical research fellowship, Harvard Medical School, 1995; chief residency, Rhode Island Hospital, 1997; pediatric surgery fellowship, Hasbro Children's Hospital, 1999
  • Appointment: 2012
  • Clinical and Research Interests: Bioengineered tissue blood vessels, congenital heart defects, general pediatric surgery

David R. Brigstock, Ph.D.

Professor of Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive, Wexner Institute
Columbus, OH 43205-2664
(614) 355-2824

  • B.S.: Brunel University, West London, United Kingdom, 1984
  • Ph.D.: Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1988
  • Specialty Training: Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Appointment: 1991
  • Research Interests: Biology of connective tissue growth factor 

Katherine J. Deans M.D., MHSc.
Associate Professor of Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205-2664
(614) 722-3080

  • B.A.: Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass., 1994
  • M.D.: Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1998
  • MHSc: Duke University, Durham, N.C., 2005
  • Specialty Training: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass.; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Appointment: 2012
  • Specialty Interests: Neonatal congenital anomalies, minimally invasive surgery, non-accidental trauma
  • Research Interests: Surgical outcomes

Karen A. Diefenbach, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205-2664
(614) 722-3670

  • B.S.: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Il, 1992
  • M.D.: University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Il, 1996
  • Specialty Training: Residency in general surgery, University of Illinois; research fellowship and pediatric surgery fellowship, Yale University
  • Appointment: 2012
  • Specialty Interests: Neonatal surgery and minimally invasive surgery for congenital anomalies and acquired diseases, pediatric gastrointestinal disease
  • Research Interests: Neonatal surgery and minimally invasive surgery for congenital anomalies and acquired diseases, pediatric gastrointestinal disease

Renata B. Fabia, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205-2664
(614) 722-3910

  • M.D.: Silesian University School of Medicine, Katowice, Poland, 1985
  • Ph.D.: Lund University, Lund, Sweden, 1993
  • Specialty Training: The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Appointment: 2003
  • Specialty Interests: General surgery in children and adolescents; burn and trauma management
  • Research Interests: Inflammatory bowel disease, trauma


Jonathan I. Groner, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205-2664
(614) 722-3919

  • B.S.: Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 1982
  • M.D.: Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 1984
  • Specialty Training: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis.; Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
  • Appointment: 1999
  • Specialty Interests: Trauma, child advocacy
  • Research Interests: Trauma prevention

Brian D. Kenney, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205-2664
(614) 722-3928

  • B.A.: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., 1979
  • M.D.: Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio, 1983
  • M.P.H.: Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, Mass., 1990
  • Specialty Training: University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Appointment: 2003
  • Specialty Interests: Laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, critical care, and thoracic surgery
  • Research Interests: Clinical epidemiology and outcomes research

Denis R. King, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive, FB6335
Columbus, OH 43205-2664
(614) 722-0440

  • B.S.: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., 1965
  • M.D.: Hahneman Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa., 1969 
  • Specialty Training: The Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, Ohio; Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio; Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Fla. 
  • Appointment: 1978
  • Specialty Interests: Tumors, nutrition support, trauma
  • Research Interests: Tumors, nutrition support 

Marc A. Levitt, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205-2664
(614) 722-4086

  • B.S.: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., 1989 
  • M.D.: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y., 1993
  • Specialty Training: Mount Sinia Medical Center, New York, N.Y.; Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Appointment: 2014
  • Specialty Interests: Pediatric colorectal surgery, pediatric minimally invasive surgery, anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung disease
  • Research Interests: Outcomes in pediatric colorectal surgery, Hirschsprung’s enterocolitis

Marc P. Michalsky, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205-2664
(614) 722-3915

  • B.A.: Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass., 1988
  • M.D.: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, N.J., 1992
  • Specialty Training: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, N.J.; Columbus Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
  • Appointment: 2004
  • Specialty Interests: Minimally invasive surgery, childhood obesity
  • Research Interests: Childhood obesity, quality performance, surgical
    outcomes

Peter C. Minneci M.D., MHSc.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205-2664
(614) 722-3080

  • B.A.: Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., 1994
  • M.D.: New York University, New York, N.Y., 1998
  • MHSc: Duke University, Durham, N.C., 2005
  • Specialty Training: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass.; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Appointment: 2012
  • Specialty Interests: Neonatal congenital anomalies, minimally invasive surgery, non-accidental trauma
  • Research Interests: Surgical outcomes

R. Lawrence Moss, M.D.

Professor of Surgery; Surgeon-in-Chief
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205-2664
(614) 722-5163

  • B.A.: Stanford University, Palo Alto, Ca.
  • M.D.: University of California - San Diego, San Diego, Ca., 1986
  • Specialty Training: Virginia Mason Medical School, Seattle, Wa.; Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Il.
  • Specialty Interests: Separating conjoined twins, surgical repair of complex pelvic malformations, minimally invasive pediatric surgery, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), infant life-support systems
  • Research Interests: Necrotizing enterocolitis, evidence-based surgery, database development, analysis of non-randomized data in surgery

Benedict C. Nwomeh, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Clinical Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205-2664
(614) 722-3972

  • Undergraduate Degree: Faculty of Science, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, 1981
  • M.D.: College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, 1986
  • M.P.H.: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2010
  • Specialty Training: Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.; Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Appointment: 2003
  • Specialty Interests: Pediatric general surgery, neonatal surgery, pediatric minimally invasive surgery, pediatric thoracic surgery, inflammatory bowel disease
  • Research Interests: Surgical education, clinical outcomes

Rajan K. Thakkar, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205-2664

  • B.S.: Biology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2002
  • M.D.: The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2006
  • Specialty Training: General surgery residency, Warren Alpert Medical School Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI, 2013; Armand D. Versaci Research Scholar fellowship, Warren Alpert Medical School Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI, 2010; Pediatric Surgery Residency, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH, 2015
  • Appointment: 2015
  • Specialty Interests: Pediatric surgery, trauma, burns
  • Research Interests: Immune response to injury and sepsis

Richard J. Wood, M.D. 
Associate Director, Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-722-3819
Fax: 614-355-6229

  • MBChB: University of Stellenbosch Medical School 2000
  • Specialty Training: University College London, St George’s Hospital London, Groote Schuur Hospital Cape Town, Red Cross Children’s Hospital Cape Town, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus
  • Appointment: 2014
  • Specialty Interests: Pediatric colorectal surgery, pediatric minimally invasive surgery, anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung disease
  • Research Interests: Outcomes in pediatric colorectal surgery, Hirschsprung’s enterocolitis