This is the month that Dr. Tina Cheng receives her appointment as University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s new Director. Cheng is not expected to transition into her new position until the fall, as COVID-19 still looms over the nation.

She was chosen as part of a search that included candidates from around the world. Those who were being considered were in pediatric medicine. Dr. Cheng practiced medicate at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins College Medicine. Currently, she is the Professor of Pediatrics of the Given Foundation and the director of the Department of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University. She is also the Pediatrician-in-Chief at John Hopkins Hospital. She will assume the job of Margaret Hostetter, MD and will be the ninth B.K. Rachford Memorial Chair for pediatrics at the Children’s hospital.

Dr. Cheng is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. This is an elected designation. She was also a member of the Committee on Pediatric Research of the American Academy of Pediatrics and previously acted as the president of the Academic Pediatric Association. She is currently on the National Advisory Panel of the NIH All of Us Research Program. This is a panel that collects data from a million Americans with the intent of accelerating research and improving health by means of precision medicine.

The committed that found Cheng searched for candidates with a vast and deep amount of pediatrics and child health expertise. The president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital said that it was important that they hire someone who they believed would be innovative and inclusive as a leader at a complicated pediatric program.

Dr. Cheng has amassed a very distinguished career filled with many amazing accomplishments. She is a researcher, educator, executive, and pediatrician. The most important thing about her is her caring nature. She is a fighter for children and their families, faculty advocate, and an incredible visionary. The hospital and university seem excited to have her come on board their teams. Collectively, they have a chance of a lifetime to make a hug difference in the health and wellness of the children in their care and those around the world.

A UC College of Medicine dean admits that he looks forward to working with her and is convinced that she will continue to build on her existing strengths and even strengthen the College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s partnership. He considers her to be a welcome addition to the college as its chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

As the college’s chair, she will drive new developments that catapult excellence as it relates to clinical care, educational programing, community impact, and scientific research. She will be placed in an environmental that will enable her to do so. The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has more than 950 faculty members, with 42divisions, and is among one of the top NIH grants recipients as well as one of the top national Children’s Hospitals.