Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center

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    The Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center at Cincinnati Children's is home to specialists with a variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child's unique needs.

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    Comprehensive Neuromuscular Program

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    Brenda Wong, MD, MBBS
    Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Neurology, Director of Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center

    513-636-4222

    brenda.wong@cchmc.org

    Brenda Wong, Md, MBBS

    Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Neurology, Director of Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4222

    Fax: 513-636-3980

    Email: brenda.wong@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Neuromuscular disorders

    Biography

    After medical school, Brenda Wong, MD, received training in General Pediatrics and worked as a pediatrician for a few years before doing her three-year Child Neurology fellowship at Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati.

    Dr. Wong also received training in Pediatric Neuromuscular Disorders at Hammersmith Hospital, London with Dr. Victor Dubowitz and Dr. Francesco Muntoni. Dr. Wong's training in EMGs was accomplished with Dr. John Quinlan at Department of Neurology, University of Cincinnati.

    Post fellowship training, Dr. Wong was practicing child neurology in private practice prior to joining Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati in 1999.

    Besides general neurology patients, Dr. Wong sees patients with neuromuscular disorders in the Neuromuscular Clinic and provide diagnostic services like EMGs and evaluation for muscle biopsies. Comprehensive management is supported by the Department of Rehabilitative Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Pediatric Orthopedics and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Singapore, 1980.

    Residency: University Department of Pediatrics, Singapore, 1981, 1984-85, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh 1985-88.

    Fellowship: Child Neurology, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1994-97; Neuromuscular Disorders, Hammersmith Hospital, London, 1997.

    Certification: Child Neurology, 1998.

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    Neurology

    Jim J. Collins, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4222

    Fax: 513-636-1888

    Email: james.collins@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Congenital muscular dystrophies; merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy 

    Biography

    James Collins MD, PhD, obtained specialty training in neuromuscular disorders at the Institute of Human Genetics, Centre for Life, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, UK, in the last months of his residency training. He was then appointed assistant professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where he follows patients in general Neurology and in the Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Kent State University, Kent, OH, 2000.

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

    Residency: Pediatric Neurology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2009.

    Certification: Child Neurology, 2009.

    Publications

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    Irina Rybalsky, MD, PhD
    Staff Physician

    513-636-4222

    irina.rybalsky@cchmc.org

    Irina Rybalsky, MD, PhD

    Staff Physician

    Phone: 513-636-4222

    Fax: 513-636-1888

    Email: irina.rybalsky@cchmc.org


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    Karen (Courtney) Shellenbarger, RN, APRN, CPNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Neurology

    513-803-3000

    neuromuscularcare@cchmc.org

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    Karen (Courtney) Shellenbarger, RN, APRN, CPNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Neurology

    Phone: 513-803-3000

    Email: neuromuscularcare@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric neuromuscular disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, adolescent health and general pediatrics.

    Research

    Duchenne/Beckers muscular dystrophy

    Education and Training

    BS: University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health, Cincinnati, OH, 2000.

    Fellowship: LEND Nursing Fellow, Nisonger Center for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, 2007-2008.

    MS: The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Columbus, OH, 2008.

    Certification: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, 2008.

    A photo of Brenda Wong.

    Brenda Wong, MD, MBBS
    Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Neurology, Director of Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center

    513-636-4222

    brenda.wong@cchmc.org

    Brenda Wong, Md, MBBS

    Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Neurology, Director of Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4222

    Fax: 513-636-3980

    Email: brenda.wong@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Neuromuscular disorders

    Biography

    After medical school, Brenda Wong, MD, received training in General Pediatrics and worked as a pediatrician for a few years before doing her three-year Child Neurology fellowship at Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati.

    Dr. Wong also received training in Pediatric Neuromuscular Disorders at Hammersmith Hospital, London with Dr. Victor Dubowitz and Dr. Francesco Muntoni. Dr. Wong's training in EMGs was accomplished with Dr. John Quinlan at Department of Neurology, University of Cincinnati.

    Post fellowship training, Dr. Wong was practicing child neurology in private practice prior to joining Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati in 1999.

    Besides general neurology patients, Dr. Wong sees patients with neuromuscular disorders in the Neuromuscular Clinic and provide diagnostic services like EMGs and evaluation for muscle biopsies. Comprehensive management is supported by the Department of Rehabilitative Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Pediatric Orthopedics and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Singapore, 1980.

    Residency: University Department of Pediatrics, Singapore, 1981, 1984-85, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh 1985-88.

    Fellowship: Child Neurology, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1994-97; Neuromuscular Disorders, Hammersmith Hospital, London, 1997.

    Certification: Child Neurology, 1998.

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    Cardiology

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    John Lynn Jefferies, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACC
    Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy

    513-803-1675

    john.jefferies@cchmc.org

    John L. Jefferies, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACC

    Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-1675

    Email: john.jefferies@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Heritable causes of vascular disease; novel drug therapies for advanced heart failure; novel gene discovery in cardiomyopathy; characterization and management of left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC); early diagnosis and management of chemotherapy induced cardiotoxicity. 

    Biography

    Dr. Jefferies, an associate professor of pediatric cardiology and adult cardiovascular diseases, is the director of Advanced Heart Failure / Cardiomyopathy within the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. 

    He completed his combined pediatric and adult cardiology training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas at the Texas Children's Hospital and the Texas Heart Institute. He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on cardiomyopathy, cardiovascular genetics, and adults with congenital heart disease. 

    His current research interests include heritable causes of vascular disease, novel drug therapies for advanced heart failure, novel gene discovery in cardiomyopathy, characterization and management of left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC), and early diagnosis and management of chemotherapy induced cardiotoxicity. 

    He is on the editorial board of the Texas Heart Institute Journal and is an active member of numerous professional organization including the Heart Failure Society of America, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

    Education and Training

    BS: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1992.

    MD: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1996.

    Residency: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2000.

    MPH: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2001 Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2006.

    Certification: Internal Medicine, 2000; Pediatrics, 2001

    Publications

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    Thomas D. Ryan, MD, PhD
    Heart Failure, Transplant, VAD Physician

    513-803-2913

    thomas.ryan@cchmc.org

    Thomas D. Ryan, MD, PhD

    Heart Failure, Transplant, VAD Physician

    Assistant Professor

    Phone: 513-803-2913

    Email: thomas.ryan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Cardiomyopathy; heart failure; heart transplantation; mechanical circulatory support

    Research

    Development of cardiomyopathy in at risk populations, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other genetic cardiomyopathies, and anthracycline exposure.

    Biography

    Thomas D Ryan, MD, PhD, was born and raised in Wichita, KS and graduated magna cum laude from Wichita State University in 1996 with a BS in Biological Sciences.

    In 1997 he began training in the MD/PhD program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and studied the molecular, cellular, and whole organ aspects of cardiac remodeling in a rat model of volume overload. His general pediatrics residency training took place at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center from 2006-2009, as did his Pediatric Cardiology fellowship training from 2009-2012 and advanced fellowship in Pediatric Heart Failure/Transplant from 2012-2013. His clinical and research interests focus on heart failure, cardiomyopathy, cardiac transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support.

    Education and Training

    BS: Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, 1996. 

    PhD: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 2004.

    MD: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2006-2009.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2009-2012.

    Advanced Fellowship: Pediatric Heart Failure/Transplant, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012-2013.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2010; American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board of Pediatric Cardiology, 2012.

    Publications

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    Jeffrey A. Towbin, MD, FAAP, FACC, FAHA
    Executive Co-Director, Heart Institute; Chief, Pediatric Cardiology

    513-636-3049

    jeffrey.towbin@cchmc.org

    Jeffrey A. Towbin, MD, FAAP, FACC, FAHA

    Executive Co-Director, Heart Institute; Chief, Pediatric Cardiology

    Director, Heart Institute Diagnostic Laboratory

    Phone: 513-636-3049

    Email: jeffrey.towbin@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BS: Biology, University of Cincinnati, 1974.

    MS: Cell Biology, University of Cincinnati, 1977.

    MD: University of Cincinnati, 1982.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 1985.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, 1989.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry. Sub-Contract Principal Investigator. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Sep 2006 - Aug 2011. #RO1 HL53392-06A1.

    Endocrinology

    Susan R. Rose, MD

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4744

    Email: susan.rose@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Neuro-endocrinology; hypothalamic-pituitary injury; growth disorders; puberty disorders; thyroid disorders; late effects of cancer

    Research

    Hypothalamic-pituitary function

    Biography

    Susan Rose is professor in the Division of Endocrinology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. She has published over 100 review articles or chapters, and about 100 peer-reviewed articles. These include updating guidelines for care of congenital hypothyroidism and writing the chapter on thyroid for Fanaroff's and Avery's textbooks of neonatology. She’s served on the state newborn screening (NBS) committee in Tennessee. She is involved in long term follow up of newborn screening for CAH and congenital hypothyroidism with Region 4 and with the Federal Workgroup on NBS Standards.

    She has clinical expertise and research interests in hypothalamic pituitary function, thyroid hormone disorders, and in disorders of growth or puberty. She has a special interest in the effects of central nervous system injury on hypothalamic-pituitary function. In addition, she has expertise and experience in evaluating the endocrine conditions associated with congenital bone marrow failure syndromes such as Fanconi anemia, Blackfan Diamond anemia, and Shwachman-Diamond syndrome. In addition, she is evaluating the endocrine consequences of hypothalamic-pituitary injury, including traumatic brain injury and injury from treatments for cancer, as well as comparing the relative efficacy of several treatments for precocious puberty. In this study, she will be developing growth curves specific to Fanconi Anemia, recognizing that healthy children with FA may not grow along the typical growth pattern of other healthy children.

    Education and Training

    MD: Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, 1980.

    MEd: School Psychology, University of Dayton, 1972.

    Residency: The Cleveland Clinic, 1983.

    Fellowship: National Institutes of Health, 1986.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1985; Pediatric Endocrinology, 1986.

    Publications

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    Meilan M. Rutter, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4744

    Fax: 513-636-7486

    Email: meilan.rutter@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Bone health and calcium metabolism; disorders of growth, puberty and sex development; endocrine function in cancer survivors; endocrine function in neuromuscular disorders

    Research Interests

    Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) therapy in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    Biography

    Meilan Rutter is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and joined the faculty of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2008. Currently, Dr. Rutter is assistant director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program.

    Dr. Rutter received her degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB, BCh) from the University of Wales College of Medicine. She completed her training in Pediatrics in New Zealand, and was admitted to Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 1995. She underwent fellowship training in Pediatric Endocrinology at Cincinnati Children's. She completed further pediatric residency training to achieve American Board of Pediatrics specialty and subspecialty board certification.

    Dr. Rutter treats children and adolescents with endocrine disorders and diabetes mellitus. She serves as a consultant for the Neuromuscular Comprehensive Care Center and the Neuro-Oncology program at Cincinnati Children's. Additionally. she is a member of the Disorders of Sex Development interdisciplinary team.

    Education and Training

    MB, BCh: University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

    FRACP: Royal Australasian College of Physicians, New Zealand.

    Residency: Auckland Children's Hospital and Dunedin Hospital, New Zealand; Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Endocrinology, Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2002; Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics, 2003; Pediatrics, Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1995.

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    Gastroenterology

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    Ajay Kaul, MD
    Director, Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders

    513-636-4415

    ajay.kaul@cchmc.org

    Ajay Kaul, MD

    Director, Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders

    Director, Gastrointestinal Operations, Liberty Campus

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Fax: 513-636-7805

    Email: ajay.kaul@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Motility disorders; feeding disorders; GI problems in children with special needs

    Education and Training

    MD: Rani Durgawati University Medical School, Jabalpur, India, 1986.

    Residency: New Castle General Hospital, Tyne & Wear, UK / Children's Hospital/State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, 1995.

    Fellowship: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1995-1998. 

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1995; Pediatric Gastroenterology, 1999.

    Publications

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    Genetic Counseling

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    Elizabeth A. Ulm, LGC
    Genetic Counselor, Division of Human Genetics

    513-803-4684

    elizabeth.ulm@cchmc.org

    Nephrology

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    Elizabeth C. Jackson, MD
    Director, Healthy Bladder Clinic

    513-636-4975

    elizabeth.jackson@cchmc.org

    Elizabeth C. Jackson, MD

    Director, Healthy Bladder Clinic

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4975

    Fax: 513-636-6753

    Email: elizabeth.jackson@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Functional bladder disorders; neurogenic bladder; urolithiasis 

    Biography

    Elizabeth C. Jackson, MD, is a pediatric nephrologist recognized in the need for bladder management. Dr. Jackson has recently discontinued her inpatient nephrology role and is currently focused on outpatient lower urinary tract management. She is the director of the Healthy Bladder Clinic at Cincinnati Children's. The Healthy Bladder Clinic cares for children with functional lower urinary tract disorders. There are more than 1200 visits per year to this clinic.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1978.

    Residency: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1981.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1984.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1983; Pediatric Nephrology, 1985.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Comparison of voice and buzzer alarms for nocturnal enuresis. Principal Investigator. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Oct 2011 - present.

    Nutrition Therapy

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    Barbara J. Godshall, MMSc, RD, CSP, LD, CD, CNSC
    Registered Dietitian, Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center

    513-636-7607

    barbara.godshall@cchmc.org

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    Barbara J. Godshall, MMSc, RD, CSP, LD, CD, CNSC

    Registered Dietitian, Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center

    Registered Dietitian, Division of Nutrition Therapy

    Phone: 513-636-7607

    Email: barbara.godshall@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Neuromuscular diseases and nutrition management

    Biography

    Ms. Godshall has held positions at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, Incarnate Word Hospital, St. Louis, MO, James Whitcomb Riley Hospital For Children, Indianapolis, IN, and The Community Health Network, Indianapolis, IN prior to coming to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. While at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Ms. Godshall completed nutrition research with children with Wilms’ tumor and children with neuroblastoma.  While at The Community Health Network, Ms. Godshall was the neonatal dietitian for their 36 bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Since coming to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ms. Godshall started in the Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center, providing nutrition care to children with neuromuscular diseases. Her primary interests were children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

    Ms. Godshall is currently serving on the Medical Advisory Committee for the Families of SMA.  In the summer of 2010, Ms. Godshall accepted the role of clinical manager in the Division of Nutrition Therapy.

    Education and Training

    MMSc: Indiana University School of Medicine, Masters of Medical Science in Pediatric Nutrition, 1987.

    Fellowship: Perinatal Neonatal Nutrition Training, James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University School of Medicine, 1984.

    Certifications: Certified Specialist in Pediatrics (CSP), 2004; Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC), 2005.

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    Orthopaedics

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    Viral V. Jain, MD
    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    513-636-4785

    viral.jain@cchmc.org

    Viral V. Jain, MD

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: viral.jain@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Spinal deformitie; minimally invasive spine surgeries; limb lengthening and reconstruction; pediatric hip disorders

    Research Interests

    Growth of immature spine; health of intervertebral disk

    Education and Training

    MD: B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, India.

    Residency: Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College & Sheth V.S. General Hospital, Ahmedabad, India.

    Certification: Spine Surgery.

    Publications

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    James J. McCarthy, MD
    Director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

    513-636-8429

    james.mccarthy@cchmc.org

    James J. McCarthy, MD

    Director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

    Alvin Crawford Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedics

    Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-8429

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: james.mccarthy@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Complex limb and spine deformities; scoliosis; pediatric hip disorders; neuromuscular disorders; cerebral palsy

    Research Interests

    Treatment of pediatric hip disorders; complex limb and spine deformities; gait analysis

    Biography

    James McCarthy, MD, completed his residency in at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He comes to Cincinnati Children’s from his most recent position as an Associate Professor with the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Rehabilitation in Madison, Wisconsin.

    Education and Training

    MD: The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, 1991.

    Residency: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 1996.

    Fellowship: The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO, 1997.

    Certification: Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

    Publications

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    Peter F. Sturm, MD
    Director, Crawford Spine Center

    513-636-4785

    peter.sturm@cchmc.org

    Peter F. Sturm, MD

    Director, Crawford Spine Center

    Alvin H. Crawford Chair of Spine Surgery

    Professor

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: peter.sturm@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Spine deformity, scoliosis, early onset scoliosis, Mehta casting and pediatric orthopaedics

    Education and Training

    MD: New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1981.

    Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, 1986.

    Fellowship: Russ Spinal Surgery, Ottawa Civic Hospital Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1987; Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, The Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, 1988.

    Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery, 1990, 1999, 2010.

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    Palliative Care

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    Mark Meyer, MD
    Anesthesiologist

    513-636-4408

    mark.meyer@cchmc.org

    Mark Meyer, MD

    Anesthesiologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

    Phone: 513-636-4408

    Fax: 513-636-2920

    Email: mark.meyer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Palliative medicine; end of life care; anesthesiology; pain management

    Research Interests

    Anesthesia; pain management

    Biography

    Mark Meyer, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist who completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Dr. Meyer joined the Department of Anesthesia in 2003 following his Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Meyer is a staff anesthesiologist, as well as an attending physician in the Division of Pain Management, caring for patients with acute pain. In addition, Dr. Meyer is an attending physician for StarShine Hospice, the pediatric hospice at Cincinnati Children's.

    In 2006, Dr. Meyer received his board certification from the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has been an integral part of the development and implementation of the Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team / PACT at Cincinnati Children's.

    Dr. Meyer is the PACT consulting physician, partnering with families in order to offer a range of comprehensive, family-centered care for children with chronic, complex or life-threatening conditions.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1998.

    Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, 2002.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2003.

    Certification: Anesthesiology, 2004; Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2006.
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    Deborah W. Palmisano, MSW, LISW
    Social Worker, Pediatric Palliative Care Team / PACT

    513-636-5479

    debby.palmisano@cchmc.org


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    Norbert J. Weidner, MD
    Anesthesiologist

    513-636-4408

    norbert.weidner@cchmc.org

    Norbert J. Weidner, MD

    Anesthesiologist

    Medical Director, StarShine Hospice

    Medical Director, Pediatric Palliative Care / PACT

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

    Phone: 513-636-4408

    Fax: 513-636-2920

    Email: norbert.weidner@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Palliative medicine; end of life care; anesthesiology; pain management

    Biography

    Norbert J. Weidner, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician as well as a board-certified anesthesiologist. Following training in pediatrics Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, as well as Dayton Children's Hospital, he pursued a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia/critical care/regional anesthesia in Melbourne, Australia, for one year.

    Upon completion of his fellowship in 1988, Dr. Weidner joined the Department of Anesthesia at Cincinnati Children's. In addition to his staff duties as an anesthesiologist, Dr. Weidner was an attending staff in the pediatric intensive care unit for approximately two years.

    To incorporate the fellowship training he received in Australia, Dr. Weidner began the pain management group at Cincinnati Children's. He has participated in the pain management group both in the care of acute postoperative pain as well as chronic pain management.

    In 2004, Dr. Weidner received Board Certification with the American Board for Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Weidner has been affiliated with the hospice service at Cincinnati Children's since its inception and currently serves as StarShine Hospice's Medical Director .

    Dr. Weidner is passionate about partnering with families to offer a range of comprehensive, family-centered care to children with chronic, complex or life-threatening conditions. His vision to address the needs of this patient population resulted in the development of the Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team (PACT) here at Cincinnati Children's. Dr. Weidner serves as the director of this consulting service.

    Education and Training

    MD: Temple Medical School, Philadelphia, PA, 1975.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1975-77; Pediatrics, Dayton Children's Hospital, Dayton, OH 1981-82; Anesthesia, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1985-87.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesia, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, 1988.

    Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, 1983; American Board of Pediatrics, 1989; Diplomat, American Board Medical Acupuncture, 2001; Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2004.

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    Pediatric Surgery

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    Rebeccah L. Brown, MD
    Associate Director, Trauma Services

    513-636-4371

    rebeccah.brown@cchmc.org

    Rebeccah L. Brown, MD

    Associate Director, Trauma Services

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: rebeccah.brown@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    General pediatric surgery; trauma; injury prevention; minimally invasive surgery; necrotizing enterocolitis; neonatal surgery; minimally invasive surgery; congenital hemolytic anemias; chest wall deformities

    Research Interests

    Pediatric trauma; injury prevention

    Biography

    Rebeccah L. Brown, MD, received a Bachelor of Science in biology and Bachelor of Arts in chemistry at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, in 1986. She graduated from University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, NM, with an MD in 1990. She completed her general surgery residency at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1997.

    During her general surgical training, she also performed two years of basic science and clinical research in burn injuries and wound healing at the Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Cincinnati. She also served as an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) fellow at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    After completion of general surgery training, Dr. Brown completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children's Hospital of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. She returned to Cincinnati Children's, Ohio, as assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics. Her main research interest is trauma and injury prevention, and she is currently the assistant director of Trauma Services, the fellowship director for the Pediatric Trauma Fellowship, and the director and cofounder of the Buckle Up for Life or Abrochate a la Vida program funded by Toyota.

    Dr. Brown's clinical interests besides trauma and injury prevention include general pediatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, and Hirschsprung's disease.

    Dr. Brown is a member of multiple professional organizations including the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Medical Women's Association, American College of Surgeons -- Ohio Chapter, Cincinnati Pediatric Society, Mont Reid Surgical Society, American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics - Surgical Section and Injury Prevention Section, Eastern Association for the Surgery and Trauma, and Pediatric Trauma Society.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, N.M., 1990.

    Residency: General Surgery, University of Cincinnati Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, 1997.

    Fellowship: Shriners Burns Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1992-1994; ECMO, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1993-1994; Pediatric Surgery Fellow, Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 1997-1999.

    Certification: Board-certified General Surgery, 1998, 2007; board-certified, Pediatric Surgery, 2000, 2009.

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    Victor F. Garcia, MD, FACS, FAAP
    Founding Director, Trauma Services

    513-636-4371

    victor.garcia@cchmc.org

    Victor F. Garcia, MD, FACS, FAAP

    Founding Director, Trauma Services

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: victor.garcia@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric injury research and control; chest-wall deformities; minimally invasive surgery (use of the laparoscope and thoracoscope to diagnose and treat surgical diseases); surgical weight loss; minority health care

    Biography

    Victor Garcia, MD, graduated from West Point, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, studied pediatric surgery under C Everett Koop, and was Walter Reed’s chief of General/Pediatric Surgery.

    Vic founded Children’s Trauma Center and led the effort to establish the country’s first Pediatric Weight Loss Surgery Center.

    For his ongoing work to eliminate childhood health and social disparities, he has received numerous awards and commendations to include the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and the National Jefferson Award.

    Vic has an uncompromising belief in the power of systems thinking and stakeholder engagement to solve society’s most intractable problems.

    Education and Training

    BS: Engineering, United States Military Academy, 1964-1968.

    MD: University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1974.

    Residency: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1978. 

    Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 

    Certification: Surgery, 1979; Pediatric Surgery, 1982; Surgical Critical Care, 1991.

    Publications

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    Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP
    Surgical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens

    513-636-4371

    thomas.inge@cchmc.org

    Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP

    Surgical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens

    Director, Center for Bariatric Research and Innovation

    Attending Surgeon, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: thomas.inge@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Obesity surgery and research; hypothalamic obesity; neonatal surgery; gastroesophageal reflux disease; minimally invasive surgery; thoracic surgery

    Biography

    Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, is a Virginia native who grew up in a rural, farming community in Dinwiddie County. He received his BS in biology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, in 1987. Dr. Inge entered the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA, in the Medical Scientist Training Program, and pursued degrees in microbiology/immunology and medicine. He graduated with MD and PhD degrees in 1993.

    Dr. Inge received his surgical training at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, CA, where he developed an interest in pediatric surgery. At the completion of his chief resident year in 1998, he moved to Birmingham, AL, for specialty training in pediatric surgery at the Children's Hospital of Alabama, with an emphasis on pediatric minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Inge became a full-time member of the surgical staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and faculty member of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, in July 2000.

    In addition to general pediatric surgical practice, Dr. Inge's clinical research focus is related to bariatric surgery in adolescents. He is the surgical director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, offering surgery for overweight adolescents with complications from their excess weight. He has served as a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration for projects related to device treatment of pediatric obesity. He is also the Principal Investigator of two research projects funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and co-investigator of another NIH funded project examining the role of surgery for management of adolescent obesity. He currently serves as Study Chairman of Teen-LABS, a multicenter research consortium examining outcomes of adolescent bariatric surgery.

    Dr. Inge has given over 50 invited lectures nationally and internationally over the past four years, has mentored more than a dozen fellows and students, and has authored more than 70 published chapters and manuscripts.

    Education and Training

    BS: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 1987.

    MD: Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 1993.

    PhD: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 1993.

    Residency: Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, CA, 1998.

    Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, 2000.

    Board Certification: Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, December 1999; Certification in Pediatric Surgery, American Board of Surgery, March 2002.

    Publications

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    Pathology

    Kevin E. Bove, MD

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

    Phone: 513-636-4261

    Fax: 513-636-3924

    Email: kevin.bove@uc.edu

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    Specialties

    Research Interests

    Dr. Bove's current research focus is on pathogenesis of biliary atresia and other cholestatic disorders of infancy. He has long term research interests in the early stages of childhood neoplasia and childhood diseases of skeletal muscle and heart.

    Clinical Interests

    Dr. Bove has been a career academic pediatric pathologist at Cincinnati Children's since 1968. He functions as a surgical pathologist, autopsy consultant and electron microscopist with diverse clinical interests. His collaborations with faculty and fellows in many divisions have resulted in more than 180 peer-reviewed and more than 120 publications.

    Biography

    Kevin E. Bove, MD, has 32 years experience as a pediatric pathologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Bove has achieved national recognition as an expert in tumors; neuromuscular diseases; liver diseases of children and performance / interpretation of pediatric autopsies.

    Dr. Bove has and continues to be involved in leadership positions in the Society for Pediatric Pathology and the College of American Pathologists.

    Education and Training

    MD: State University of New York, Buffalo, NY.

    Residency: Rotating Intern, Cincinnati General Hospital, 1961-1962; Pathology, Cincinnati General Hospital, 1962-1966.

    Certification: American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, 1967 and 1968; Pediatric Pathology, 1990.

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    Lili Miles, MD
    Staff Pathologist

    513-636-4261

    lili.miles@cchmc.org

    Lili Miles, MD

    Staff Pathologist

    Director, Fellowship Training Program

    Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Pathology

    Phone: 513-636-4261

    Fax: 513-636-3924

    Email: lili.miles@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Pediatric pathology; pediatric neuropathology; pediatric neuromuscular disease

    Research Interests

    Mitochondrial diseases; coenzyme Q10; pediatric brain tumors; classification and grading of cortical dysplasia; hepatic pathology in pediatric NASH patients and animal models

    Education and Training

    MD: The Shanghai Second Medical University, Shanghai, China, 1986.

    Residency: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2001.

    Fellow: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.

    Publications

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    Physical Therapy

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    Ann E. McCormick, PT, PhD, NCS
    Physical Therapist II, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

    513-636-4651

    ann.mccormick@cchmc.org

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    Michelle N. McGuire, PT, MPT
    Coordinator, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

    513-636-4651

    michelle.mcguire@cchmc.org


    Pulmonary Medicine

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    Raouf S. Amin, MD
    Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    513-636-6771

    raouf.amin@cchmc.org

    Raouf S. Amin, MD

    Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    Director, Rare Lung Diseases Program

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6771

    Fax: 513-636-4615

    Email: raouf.amin@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Chronic respiratory failure; sleep disorders in children

    Biography

    Raouf S. Amin, MD, is a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the director of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. He graduated from the University of Ain Shams in Cairo Egypt in 1977. Dr. Amin received clinical training in the United Kingdom and the United States. He completed a pulmonary fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1993. His research focus is on cardiovascular morbidity of sleep disordered breathing in children. He has several funded protocols from the National Institute of Health.

    Education and Training

    MD: Aim Shams University, Cairo Egypt, 1978.

    Residency: Pediatrics; Michigan State University, Flint, MI.

    Certification: Pediatrics 1990; Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine 1994; Sleep Medicine 1995.

    Publications

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    Carolyn M. Burrows, MSN, APRN, PNP
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    513-636-6771

    carolyn.burrows@cchmc.org

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    Carolyn M. Burrows, MSN, APRN, PNP

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    Phone: 513-636-6771

    Email: carolyn.burrows@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Sleep medicine; pulmonary management of children with neuromuscular disorders

    Biography

    Carolyn M. Burrows, MSN, APRN, PNP, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University in 2007 and then obtained five years of bedside, clinical nursing experience in Hematology/Oncology care at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She functioned in a leadership position in this department as charge nurse and chemotherapy resource nurse and worked closely with education and practice standards for the care of MIBG therapy patients. She also obtained pediatric nurse certification and pediatric advanced life support certification during this position.

    She received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 and began work as a pediatric nurse practitioner in sleep medicine and pulmonary management of children with neuromuscular disorders.

    Education and Training

    MSN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

    BSN: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2007.

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification: PNCB, 2012.

    Certified Pediatric Nurse: PNCB, 2012.


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    Hemant Sawnani, MD
    Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    513-636-6771

    hemant.sawnani@cchmc.org

    Hemant Sawnani, MD

    Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6771

    Fax: 513-636-4615

    Email: hemant.sawnani@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric sleep disorders

    Education and Training

    MD: Seth GS Medical College/King Edward VIII Memorial Hospital, 1997.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Brooklyn Hospital Medical Center, New York NY, 2000.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Pulmonology, Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans LA, 2003; Sleep Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati OH, 2008.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2000, recertified 2007; Pediatric Pulmonology, 2004.

    Rehabilitation Medicine

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    Lainie K. Holman, MFA, MD
    Staff Physician II, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    513-636-7480

    lainie.holman@cchmc.org

    Lainie K. Holman, MFA, MD

    Staff Physician II, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Phone: 513-636-7480

    Fax: 513-636-7360

    Email: lainie.holman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Cerebral palsy

    Education and Training

    BS: Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1993.

    MFA: Goucher College, Towson, MD, 2011.

    MD: Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio, 2002.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2007.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2006; American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2008.

    Publications

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    Mary A. McMahon, MD
    Director, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    513-636-7480

    rehab@cchmc.org

    Mary A. McMahon, MD

    Director, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Program Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7480

    Fax: 513-636-7360

    Email: rehab@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Neuromuscular disorders; myelomeningocele

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1992.

    Residency: Children's Hospital Medical Center Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. 

    Certification: Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 2006; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2000; Pediatrics, 1997.

    Basic Science Research

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    Jeffery D. Molkentin, PhD
    Professor | Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

    513-636-3557

    jeff.molkentin@cchmc.org

    Jeffery D. Molkentin, PhD

    Professor | Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3557

    Fax: 513-636-5958

    Email: jeff.molkentin@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Biography

    Dr. Molkentin's research aims to understand the intracellular signaling pathways and transcriptional regulatory circuits that control mammalian cell growth and differentiation. His work has advanced the understanding of molecular events behind heart disease and muscular dystrophy.

    In 2008 he was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator.

    For a full description of Dr. Molkentin's work, please see his Faculty Lab Site in the Division of Molecular and Cardiovascular Biology.

    Education and Training

    BS Marquette University, Milwaukee WI, 1989.

    PhD: Medical College of Wisconsin, 1994.

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    Speech Therapy

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    Jessica A. Linck, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4341

    jessica.linck@cchmc.org

    Assistive Technology

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    Elizabeth McCarty, OTR/L, ATP
    Occupational Therapist

    513-636-4601

    elizabeth.mccarty@cchmc.org