Margaret “Peggy” Hostetter, MD, has been selected to serve as director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation, chief medical officer of Cincinnati Children's, B.K. Rachford professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics for the UC College of Medicine.

She is the first woman to hold these positions at Cincinnati Children’s.

Effective July 1, Hostetter will succeed Arnold Strauss, MD, who has been leader of the Department of Pediatrics since 2007.

“We are confident that Dr. Hostetter possesses the leadership, intellect and vision to help Cincinnati Children’s continue to develop as a world-class clinical care, teaching and research institution,” said Michael Fisher, president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s, in a joint statement with Thomas Boat, MD, Dean of the UC College of Medicine. “We know she will help us shape the future of child health through innovative models of care and research that span discovery, clinical and translational outcomes, as well as health services.”

Hostetter joined Cincinnati Children’s in 2010 as the Albert B. Sabin Professor and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases. Prior to joining Cincinnati Children’s, Dr. Hostetter served as Jean McLean Wallace Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine and physician-in-chief at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.

Hostetter also has held a variety of national leadership positions in pediatric medicine. In February, she was named President-Elect of the American Pediatric Society (APS). She also serves as Program Director for the Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP), a leading federally-funded program that supports training for physicians to become research scientists.

In 2000, she was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine. In 1993, she was the second woman elected to the presidency of the Society for Pediatric Research, 30 years after the election of her mentor, Mary Ellen Avery.

Hostetter is a Toledo, Ohio, native, and a graduate of Denison University and Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her residency and fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston. She is the proud mother of two children, Mayme Kendrick Hostetter and John Heard Hostetter.

Hostetter was selected after a national search led by Lori Stark, PhD, and Louis Muglia, MD, PhD.

Strauss will remain with Cincinnati Children’s and will continue to serve in a strategic and programmatic role. “We look forward to celebrating and thanking Dr. Strauss for his many contributions over the past seven years,” Fisher said.