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Advisory Council

The newborn screening advisory council has been created to advise the director of health regarding the screening of newborn children for genetic, endocrine, and metabolic disorders. The council performs an ongoing review of the newborn screening requirements and provides recommendations to the director of health as the council considers necessary. 

The council holds three public meetings annually at the Department of Agriculture campus, Reynoldsburg, OH.  Contact the Newborn Screening Program at 888-ODH-LABS / 888-634-5227 for more information.  The meeting dates for 2023 are:

Friday, March 10, 2023,  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday, July 14, 2023, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday, November 17, 2023,  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The council consists of fourteen members appointed by the director including individuals and representatives of entities with interest and expertise in newborn screening, including such individuals and entities as health care professionals, hospitals, children’s hospitals, regional genetic centers, regional sickle cell centers, regional cystic fibrosis centers, newborn screening coordinators, and members of the public.

The current members of the advisory council are the following:


Nancy Leslie, MD

Children's Hospital Medical Center
Division of Human Genetics - PAV 352
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH  45229
(P) 513-636-2438
(F) 513-636-2261

Vice Chair:

Monika Chaudhari, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH  43205
(P) 614-722-4425
(F) 614-722-4440


Henry Akinbi, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
Perinatal Institute
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati 
3333 Burnet Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229
(P) 513-636-8915
(F)  513-517-0102

Lisa Berry, LCG

Genetic Counselor, Rare Genetic Disease Program
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital 
3333 Burnet Ave, MLC 4006
Cincinnati, OH 45229
(P) 513-803-2102
(F) 513-636-0124

Ryan C. Everett, MPH

Director of Population Health
Quality Programs
Ohio Hospital Association/Institute for Health Innovation
155 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH  43215
(P) 614-384-9168
(F) 614-221-4771

Melissa Fry

Parent Advocate

Laura L. Konczal, MD

Assistant Professor of Medical Genetics and Pediatrics
University Hospitals Center for Human Genetics
University Hospitals of Cleveland
11100 Euclid Avenue 
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(P) 216-844-3936
(F) 216-844-7497

Carrie Lehman, MD

Akron Children’s Hospital Physicians – Tallmadge
143 Northwest Ave., Building D
Tallmadge, OH 44278
(P) 330-633-8051
(F) 330-633-5853

Mari Mori, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Program Director, Medical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Division of Genetic & Genomic Medicine
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH, USA
(P) 614-722-3535
(F) 614-722-3546

Nancy A. Myers, Ph.D.

Vice President, Leadership and System Innovation
American Hospital Association
155 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60606-1725
(P) 312-422-2650

Margie Ream, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor 
Division of Child Neurology
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH  43205
(P) 614-722-4625
(F) 614-722-4633

Rebecca Scherzer, MD

Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH  43205
(P) 614-722-4404
(F) 614-722-4423

Jonathan Slaughter, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology / Center for Perinatal Research
Nationwide Children’s Hospital / The Ohio State University
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH  43205
(P) 614-355-6624
(F) 614-355-5899

Olivia Wenger, MD

Medical Director
New Leaf Center
PO Box 336 / 15988B E Chestnut St
Mt Eaton, OH 44659
(P) 330-359-9888
(F) 330-359-9890