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Jonathan Thackeray, MD, FAAP


improving recognition of, and response to sentinel injuries in infants; value-based models of reimbursement; improving health at the population level


Jonathan Thackeray is the Chief Medical Community Health Officer at Dayton Children's Hospital.

Languages Spoken: English

education and training

  • medical school: Medical College of Ohio, Toledo
  • internship: Indiana University
  • residency: Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Indiana University
  • fellowship: Child Abuse Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • board certification: Child Abuse Pediatrics and General Pediatrics
  • professorship: Vice-Chair of Pediatrics at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

publications and presentations

  • Textbook: Alexander R, Chadwick D, Giardino A, Thackeray J, Esernio-Jenssen D. (2014) Chadwick’s Child Maltreatment, 4th Edition. St. Louis: STM Learning, Inc.
  • Invited presentations at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)’s National Conference and Exhibition (2010, 2012, 2017), AAP’s PREP: Child Abuse Pediatrics Course (2009, 2011), and the AAP’s Violence, Abuse and Toxic Stress in Pediatrics Conference (2015).
  • Thackeray J, Hibbard R, Dowd D. (2010) Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect and The Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Report – Intimate Partner Violence: The Role of the Pediatrician. Pediatrics, May 2010;125(5):1094-1100
  • Thackeray J, Wannemacher J, Adler B, Lindberg D. (2016) The Classic Metaphyseal Lesion and Traumatic Injury. Pediatr Radiol, 2016 Jul;46(8):1128-1133
  • Thackeray J, Minneci PC, Cooper JN, Groner JI, Deans, KD. (2016) Predictors of Increasing Injury Severity across Suspected Recurrent Episodes of Non-Accidental Trauma. BMC Pediatr, 2016 Jan;16:8
  • Deans KJ, Minneci PC, Nacion KM, Thackeray J, Scholle SH, Kelleher KJ. (2015) A Framework for Developing Healthcare Quality Measures for Children and Youth in Foster Care. Children and Youth Services Review, 2015;58:146-152
  • Thackeray J, Scribano P, Lindberg D. (2010) Yield of Retinal Examination in Suspected Physical Abuse with Normal Neuroimaging. Pediatrics, April 2010; 125:e1066-e1071
  • Thackeray J, Leonhart K, Yackey K, Cooper J, Kelleher KJ. (2016) Emergency Department Use for Injuries by Adolescents in Foster Care. Children and Youth Services Review, 2016 Mar;62:18-21.
  • Thackeray J, Hornor G, Benzinger E, Scribano P. (2011) Forensic Evidence Collection and DNA Identification in Acute Child Sexual Assault. Pediatrics, August 2011; 128(2):227-232

awards, honors and organizations

  • Chair, Subboard on Child Abuse Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
  • Recipient of William H. Cotton Pediatrician Advocate Award from Ohio AAP in 2013
  • Recipient of Columbus Business First Forty Under 40 Award in 2014
  • Member - American Academy of Pediatrics, Ray E. Helfer Society, Academic Pediatric Association

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

so much of what I see clinically (children who have been abused and children in foster care) is preventable. We have a unique opportunity to care for children and families in new and innovative ways that affect determinants of health and prevent them from ever having to walk through our doors.

I like working with kids because...

they have an innate ability to find energy and excitement in everything.

I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...

there are tremendous opportunities to improve the lives of children and families in this region and an incredible collective vision for how to do so. I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this work.

Dayton Children's is special because...

we know who we want to be and who we want to serve. We want to provide the highest quality care to children and families right here in Dayton, without them ever having to leave their hometown.

my personal interests are...

I'm married with three young boys. When I'm not at work, I'm often at a hockey rink with one of them. I enjoy biking, reading, and cooking. I'm a Bengals fan in desperate need of a playoff victory.