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Akron Children's Hospital welcomes rheumatology director, VP of population health

12-14-2017 (Akron, Ohio )

Steven Spalding, MD, has joined Akron Children’s Hospital as director of pediatric rheumatology and vice president of population health. He most recently served as chief clinical integration officer and chief medical officer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He also previously served as the director of the Center for Pediatric Rheumatology at the Cleveland Clinic.

After receiving his medical degree from Wright State University Boonshaft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Spalding completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC, where he also completed a fellowship in pediatric rheumatology. He is board certified in pediatric rheumatology.

As director of pediatric rheumatology, he will guide the expansion of the hospital’s rheumatology services to more regional locations, while working to enhance patient and provider experience.

In his role as vice president of population health, Dr. Spalding will advance the hospital’s population health strategy through data analytics to measure health outcomes and identify high-risk groups, and improved care coordination for medically complex, at-risk children. He also foresees continued population health research through Akron Children’s Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute and ongoing collaboration with other community health partners in assessing and prioritizing community healthcare needs.

Dr. Spalding resides in Hudson with his family.