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.

Inspired by kids, Kelly Colwell is first to earn master’s in respiratory care in Ohio


Kelly Colwell works with children every day as a pediatric neonatal respiratory specialist at Akron Children’s Beeghly campus. But it was his own children who inspired him to achieve a new goal.

Day in the Life: Accounting department

Mark Zito, right, chats with Dave Joliet.

With Akron Children’s Hospital constantly growing and evolving, staff accountant Mark Zito says there’s always something new and exciting happening in his department.

The New Yorker article shines spotlight on pediatric palliative care

Dr. Sarah Friebert

The Jan. 20 issue of The New Yorker magazine includes an article about pediatric palliative care, for which Dr. Sarah Friebert, director of Akron Children’s Hospital’s Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center, was interviewed.

Childhood dream comes true for doctor

Dr. Hord

From the time he was a little boy, Jeffrey Hord said he was going to be a doctor. “I don’t remember saying it, but my mom told me that I always did,” said Dr. Hord, the director of Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Akron Children’s doctors among first in world to receive pediatric anesthesia board certification

Dr. Ibrahim Farid

Drs. Ibrahim Farid, Ross Agnor, Bradley Riemenschneider, Nancy O’Dell and Andrew Meyer were among the first pediatric anesthesiologists in the world to become Pediatric Anesthesia Board Certified.