Nationwide Children's Hospital will welcome two new recruits in 2014. From CEO Steve Allen's board announcement last week:

Dr. Jeffrey R. Leonard has been appointed Chief of Neurosurgery. He is widely acclaimed for his work with pediatric brain tumors, his recruitment places our nationally ranked Neurosurgery program on a trajectory to become one of the very best in the world. In addition, internationally-known colorectal surgeon, Dr. Marc Levitt, will join the Department of Pediatric Surgery and lead the establishment of a one-of-a-kind Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

More about Dr. Leonard:

Dr. Leonard will be joining (NCH) in late spring from Washington University where he is a nationally recognized pediatric neurosurgeon and researcher.

He has earned international attention for his dedication to improving treatment for childhood brain tumors. He has received grant funding for this work in studying their genetic profiles and plans to create robust clinical and research programs at Nationwide Children's Hospital that further enhance the ability to personalize the care of every child with this difficult diagnosis. Dr. Leonard has also performed innovative investigations in the field of pediatric head trauma and will be partnering with the Nationwide Children's trauma team to bring innovative new treatments to children with head injuries.

Dr. Leonard joins Nationwide Children's Hospital at an important time. He will help define the future of an already robust program and collaborate with outstanding partners in our well-known Neurology, Trauma and Oncology programs to create a national referral center for Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Dr. Leonard graduated from medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle and then trained in Neurosurgery at Washington University in St. Louis, one of the premier and most competitive training programs in the country. He excelled and was recruited to join the faculty at Washington University where he has had a remarkable 12-year career. He has authored more than 75 publications, presented invited talks nationally and internationally, held leadership positions in several major neurosurgical organizations, and been the recipient of several teaching awards. He is widely considered to be one of the rising stars in the field of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

More about Dr. Levitt:

Dr. Levitt is a world-renowned expert in the care of children with imperforate anus, cloacal anomalies, Hirschsprung's Disease and other complex colorectal abnormalities. He joins (NCH) from Cincinnati Children's Hospital where he was Director of the Colorectal Center for Children, Program Director of the Pediatric Colorectal Surgery Fellowship, and Associate Director of the Pediatric Surgery Training Program. Dr. Levitt's expertise in the care of children with complex gastrointestinal anomalies attracts patients from countries all over the world.

Dr. Levitt will serve as the Surgical Director of the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction, and as Director of the newly established Pediatric Colorectal Fellowship. Dr. Carlo Di Lorenzo, Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Robert and Edgar Wolfe Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology and a world renowned expert in gastrointestinal motility, will be the Medical Director of the Center. Together with the international expertise of Dr. Steve Teich and Dr. Hayat Mousa in the surgical and medical management of intestinal dysmotility, and the well-known bowel management program that Dr. Levitt provides for patients with fecal incontinence, we expect that Dr. Levitt's recruitment will allow Nationwide Children's to become the most renowned center for pediatric gastrointestinal disease in the world.

Dr. Levitt will also be working closely with Dr. Rama Jayanthi, Chief of Pediatric Urology, who will address the urological needs of the complex patients cared for in the Center, and with Drs. Kate Deans and Peter Minneci, Co-Directors of the Center for Surgical Outcomes Research, to critically assess the clinical outcomes of the patients cared for in the Center. Dr. Levitt's academic appointment will be in the Department of Surgery at The Ohio State University, which is chaired by Dr. Robert Higgins.

Dr. Levitt received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, a fellowship in Pediatric Colorectal Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and a Pediatric Surgery fellowship at Children's Hospital of Buffalo. After completing his training, Dr. Levitt was on the faculty at Children's Hospital of Buffalo for two years, at Schneider Children's Hospital, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center for three years, and at Cincinnati Children's Hospital for eight years.

Dr. Levitt has published over 120 manuscripts and 60 book chapters, and has delivered over 300 national/international and 100 local/regional presentations of his work. He has been an invited visiting professor all over the world. Dr. Levitt has trained numerous clinical fellows, research fellows and students in his career. He has directed numerous colorectal training courses attended by established surgeons and surgical trainees from all over the world. He dedicates much of his free time to mission trips around the world where he trains surgeons in his complex surgical techniques.