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William E. Smoyer

Steering Board Member

William E. Smoyer, MD serves as Vice President for Clinical and Translational Research at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Columbus, Ohio, and as Director of the NCH Center for Clinical and Translational Research.  He is also a Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University and serves as the Co-PI for the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS), representing the Child Health component of the CCTS.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Smoyer has focused his career on basic, clinical, and translational research to improve our understanding of the molecular regulation of podocyte injury during nephrotic syndrome, and to develop more targeted and effective novel treatments for childhood nephrotic syndrome.  His work has led to publications in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, FASEB, the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, as well as several subspecialty journals.  Prior to joining NCH, Dr. Smoyer also served as both a Pediatric Nephrology Division Director and Fellowship Program Director, which included extensive mentoring of both fellows and junior faculty members regarding career and research program development.

Dr. Smoyer holds numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), funding both basic research and clinical trials related to glomerular disease, nephrotic syndrome, and podocyte biology.  He is a co-founder of the Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium (MWPNC), a research consortium that engages >1/3 of pediatric nephrology programs in North America in multi-center retrospective and prospective clinical and translational studies to drive improvements in the clinical care of children with kidney disease. 

Dr. Smoyer received his medical degree from the University of Florida and completed clinical fellowships at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as Children’s Hospital, Boston.  He also completed a research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.  He is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, American Pediatric Society, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, International Pediatric Nephrology Association, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Society of Nephrology, among other numerous professional associations.  He also serves on the Boards of the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation and NephCure Kidney International.  Dr. Smoyer has been listed among the Best Doctors in America continuously since 2005.