Who We Are
The Department of Pediatrics at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine consists of board-certified pediatricians and Ph.D. researchers. Established as a department in 1997, faculty members provide classroom and clinical pediatric education to Heritage College medical students, interns and residents. As teachers, they are involved in all levels of training for osteopathic medical students. This includes classroom teaching and providing clinical contact experiences for Year I and II students, clinical precepting for Year III and IV students, and rotations with interns and residents. In addition to the educational component of the department, the clinical pediatric faculty provide services to children living in southeastern Ohio and conduct medical research.
Faculty and Staff
Discover some of the forward-thinking faculty and staff who will help prepare you for your future in pediatrics.
From the annual report to promotion and tenure documents to employment opportunities, you’ll find it all here.
July 12, 2022
Belainesh Nigeda, OMS III, whose research focuses on how doulas help Black women have healthier birth outcomes, shares why research is rewarding.
June 1, 2022
Three HCOM alumni and one first year student have been working on collecting supplies for new mothers to help improve health outcomes for newborns. We sat down with them to get insights into the project and how others can help.
May 18, 2022
David Strawhun is a recent Heritage College graduate with the Class of 2022. We talked with him about his career, the pandemic and what he would tell those who are interested in a medical career.
May 11, 2022
In this research spotlight, Ellie McNutt, Ph.D., an assistant professor of instruction in medical anatomy shares her most unique research experience.
May 2, 2022
Alicia Rodgers, OMS IV, discusses the importance of holding true to faith throughout life's challenges, and coming out of the other side a stronger person, student and doctor.
May 2, 2022
TCC student Kevin Pan, OMS III, stepped up to the plate as a high school baseball coach before coming to the Heritage College. Now he'll be stepping across the graduation stage.
April 25, 2022
Andrew Williams, OMS-IV, discusses his childhood, his upcoming role as HCOM Class of 2022 commencement speaker, and the special connection with his grandmother that led him to the career he is about to step into.
April 25, 2022
The student creators and hosts of the podcast "Impersonating Doctors," fourth year students Nicole Siliko and Ana Aguilar, discuss the inspiration for the series, their favorite topics to talk about and their academic beginnings.
April 19, 2022
On April 16, the Heritage College's first annual Public Service Day was held. The event was hosted by the SGA Student Directors of Community Outreach, who share more details about the many volunteer activities that took place on each campus.
March 17, 2022
Since she was a young child, Kiara Patton wanted to become a doctor. As she pursued her dream, she didn't think about becoming a leader. But that's just what she has done, working within and outside the college to promote resiliency and empowerment.
February 23, 2022
Keshee' Harris took a nontraditional path to medical school, and along the way she became acutely aware of the disparities in the medical field. Now, she has advice for those who may not have the confidence to pursue their dream of becoming a physician.
February 8, 2021
Members of the Heritage College chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society have created a video series as part of an anti-racism campaign. Two student leaders share more about the project.
June 19, 2020
Ryan Clopton-Zymler, assistant director of our Office of Inclusion at the Heritage College, Cleveland, shares information about Juneteenth, including the importance of the day and ideas for celebrating it.
June 3, 2020
Systemic racism and police brutality against Black people have always been public health issues. The Heritage College continues to stand against racism and commits to creating an anti-racist culture. Read a statement from Chief Inclusion Officer Tanisha King-Taylor, Ph.D.
May 11, 2020
Much media attention earned by the Heritage College comes from faculty discoveries relating to the anatomy of a range of vertebrate animals. What does this have to do with the mission of an osteopathic medical school? More than you might imagine.
April 27, 2020
With so many workplaces and classrooms going online during the coronavirus crisis, it's a good time to review some guidelines that can help ensure an engaging and inclusive culture remotely.