Contributors

Dr. Audino is a pediatric oncologist in Hematology/Oncology & BMT at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. His clinical and research interests include adolescent and young adult oncology, specifically solid tumors such as sarcoma and lymphoma. He has piloted, with grant support, a year-long program for AYA outreach education.

David A. Axelson, MD, is chief of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children's Hospital, chief of the Section of Psychiatry at Nationwide Children's Hospital and the John W. Wolfe Endowed Chair in Pediatric Psychiatry. He is a professor of psychiatry at The Ohio State University School of Medicine and chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Lauren Bakaletz, PhD, is the director of the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Tillie E. Coleman Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research and vice president for Basic Sciences Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is also the recipient of the
2021 Steve Allen Distinguished Scholar Award.

Erica Banta, MBA, LDSS, is the director of Talent Management at The Ohio State University.

John A. Barnard, MD, is chief of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital, president of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's and holds the Ann I. Wolfe Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research Leadership. He is chair of the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine where he is also a professor of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. As a physician-scientist, he held National Institutes of Health and other grants for more than twenty years of his career. He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters.

Mary a freelance science writer and blogger based in Boston. Her favorite topics include biology, psychology, neuroscience, ecology, and animal behavior. She has a BA in Biology-Psychology with a minor in English from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and a PhD from Brown University, where she researched bat echolocation and bullfrog chorusing.

Allan C. Beebe, MD, is director of Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Nationwide Children's Hospital and the director of the Center for Comprehensive Spine Care at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Beebe is also an assistant professor of Orthopedics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and the assistant program director of the Mount Carmel Residency Training Program. Dr. Beebe received his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, and completed a pediatric orthopedic fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Beebe's primary clinical interests include pediatric orthopedics; scoliosis and spinal deformity; hip, knee and foot issues; pediatric trauma; and sports medicine.

Gina is the director of Media Relations at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She has a background in health care public relations. She previously worked at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and is a graduate of Otterbein College.