Akron Children’s mission to provide medical care to infants, children and teens expands well beyond northeast Ohio. We support students, physicians and other medical professionals in providing healthcare and support services to children in need around the globe.

Critical Acclaim: Intensive care doctor wins Akron Children’s Distinguished Service Award

John and Sharon Pope have been married for 31 years and have 2 sons, Sean and Ryan.

Dr. John Pope won the 2013 Distinguished Service Award. Described as an unsung hero of the critical care department, Dr. Pope is a talented caregiver who gives back to the community and travels to Haiti on medical missions.

Haitian toddler had angels in Akron this holiday season


We often hear words like “joy,” “blessing” and “good will” during the holidays. They are in our greeting cards and the songs of the season, but sometimes they become more than just words.

Helping Haiti: ‘We’ve done really some good work’

Dr. Ellen Kempf examines 2-year-old Nyderson Deris, who was brought to Akron Children's from Haiti for surgery to repair his heart defect.

Since making his first trip to Haiti in 2010, following that country’s devastating earthquake, Dr. Jeff Kempf has been humbled by the progress made by his Akron Children’s Hospital team and a larger coalition that now includes five other U.S. children’s hospitals.

A recap of Akron Children’s Global Health Conference

In 2010, Akron Children's Hospital entered into an affiliation agreement with St. Damien Hospital, which is located in Port-au-Prince and is the only pediatric hospital in Haiti. In addition to the donation of supplies, the affiliation will focus on training.

More than 120 people attended the first Global Health Conference, hosted by Akron Children’s Hospital. The conference focused on the children of Haiti, with workshops covering public policy, case presentations, and personal stories from doctors and nurses who’ve provided care in Haiti.

Nurse practitioners earn statewide recognition for work in Haiti

Julie Tsirambidis examines a baby at St. Damien Hospital in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.

The Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) will recognize Tracey Herstich and Julie Tsirambidis for blazing new trails from Akron to Haiti at a luncheon on Oct. 19.

Boys from Haiti: We fixed their hearts, but they touched ours

Heart Center physician assistant, Kristin Breedlove, examines Elie

Drs. Jeff and Ellen Kempf served as surrogate parents for two adorable, Creole-speaking boys from Haiti for five weeks. Both were diagnosed with congenital heart defects and, without surgery, would most likely not survive into adulthood. Sadly, such advanced care doesn’t exist in their impoverished country. Thanks to Akron Children’s and other benefactors, the boys – 17-month-old Kurtis Petion and 4-year-old Elie Pierre – were able to travel to Akron for their surgeries.