John A. Barnard is president of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and holds the Ann I. Wolfe Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research Leadership. As institute president, he is responsible for strategic direction, overall administration, recruiting, allocation of resources and design of infrastructure in support of all research activities at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is a professor of pediatrics and vice chair for research at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He also is a practicing gastroenterologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Barnard has received more than $5 million in research funding during his career and has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews, and book chapters. He is principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health T32 training grant for pediatricians and is a co-principal investigator for the Clinical and Translational Science Award at The Ohio State University. Dr. Barnard received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi and was an intern and resident at Vanderbilt University. He has been named among the Best Doctors in America for the past decade and has served as president of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) and is currently the NASPGHAN foundation president.