Shefali Mahesh, M.D., M.B.A., has been named the Dr. Noah Miller Chair in Pediatrics at Akron Children’s Hospital as well as clinical associate professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the NEOMED College of Medicine, effective Sept. 12.
During her 14 years at Akron Children’s Hospital, Dr. Mahesh has served as director of pediatric nephrology and dialysis, director of medical subspecialties and is the president of the hospital’s medical staff. She is also the chair of the board for the newly formed accountable care organization, Akron Children’s Health Collaborative.
In an interview with the Youngstown Business Journal discussing the appointment, Dr. Mahesh said she looks forward to developing a robust collaboration between the hospital and NEOMED.
“The collaboration is mutually beneficial,” she said in the interview. “We aspire to have a stronger clinical, educational and research presence of the pediatrics faculty at NEOMED and provide an immersive experience for medical students at earlier stages of their education, when many are deciding upon their specialty and career path. I am eager to get started.”
“Dr. Mahesh is an accomplished clinician and has become a visionary leader at Akron Children’s Hospital. Her passion for student education and faculty engagement makes her an excellent choice for NEOMED’s next chair of pediatrics,” said Eugene M. Mowad, M.D., FAAP, interim dean of the College of Medicine. “I look forward to our continued collaboration to optimize the clinical experience of our students, to further cultivate opportunities for our pediatric faculty and to improve health care for children in our region.”
With the appointment of Dr. Mahesh, Michael Forbes, M.D., FAAP, FCCM, will be stepping down as the interim chair of pediatrics at NEOMED, a role he has held since Feb. 1, 2021.