Oluyinka O. Olutoye, MD, PhD, Appointed Surgeon-In-Chief at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

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— COLUMBUS, Ohio – Oluyinka O. Olutoye, MD, PhD, has been appointed
Surgeon-In-Chief at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, effective August 1.

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In
his role, Dr. Olutoye will lead one of the largest children’s hospital
surgery departments in the world. Through his leadership of 11 surgical
departments, Dr. Olutoye will work to advance Nationwide Children’s
common mission, philosophy and approach to excellence in patient care,
dedication to outstanding clinical outcomes, commitment to academic
excellence and education of the next generation of leaders in children’s
surgery. He will also be appointed professor and the E. Thomas Boles
chair of pediatric surgery at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of
Medicine. Dr. Olutoye will serve as the primary surgical liaison
between Nationwide Children’s and the OSU College of Medicine.

“We
are tremendously delighted to welcome Dr. Olutoye to Nationwide
Children’s Hospital to further elevate the visibility and reputation of
one of the best overall children’s surgical programs in the country
that, through its clinical care and research, is forging the future of
children’s surgery,” said Richard J. Brilli, MD, chief medical officer
at Nationwide Children’s. “Having a world-renowned fetal and pediatric
surgeon join our leadership team will further advance Nationwide
Children’s commitment to establishing a preeminent fetal surgery
program.”

Prior to joining Nationwide Children’s, Dr. Olutoye
served as co-director of the Fetal Center and the immediate past
president of the medical staff at Texas Children’s Hospital. At Baylor
College of Medicine, also in Houston, TX, he was a tenured Professor of
Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Pediatrics, and chair of the
Faculty Senate. As a pediatric and fetal surgeon, he brings specialized
clinical expertise in fetal and neonatal surgery. Fetal surgeons work
closely with obstetricians and maternal-fetal medicine specialists to
provide exceptional care for babies who need surgery in-utero and to
improve outcomes for a range of conditions such as congenital
diaphragmatic hernia, spina bifida and other congenital anomalies.

In
addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Olutoye also leads an
established research program focused on the role of the inflammatory
response in scarless fetal wound healing, in-utero correction of severe
congenital malformations, and the early detection of necrotizing
enterocolitis in preterm infants.

“Nationwide Children’s Hospital
is respected nationally for building outstanding integrated research
and clinical programs, its seminal work in healthcare quality and
patient safety, and as a leader in improving pediatric health outcomes.
This is a very opportune time to be joining the organization as we build
upon the already impressive success of our surgical services to help
children around the country and increasingly around the world. I look
forward to the privilege of leading and collaborating with this team in
the next phase of our journey,” said Dr. Olutoye.

Dr. Olutoye
received his medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife,
Nigeria, and earned his PhD in anatomy from Virginia Commonwealth
University in Richmond, VA. He completed his residency in general
surgery at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Virginia
Commonwealth University, and his fellowships in pediatric and fetal
surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA.

He
is certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgery and Pediatric
Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the
American Academy of Pediatrics and the West African College of Surgeons.
Dr. Olutoye is a member of the American Surgical Association, the
American Pediatric Surgical Association and past president of the
International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society.

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Named
to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list
of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one
of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care
systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and
rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as
adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a
staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care
during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the
Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of
Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of
pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research
Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10
National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research
facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

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