Mary Gottesman PhD, FAAN

Professor of Clinical Nursing
(614) 292-4989

1585 Neil Avenue Columbus, OH 43210

 Dr. Mary Margaret Gottesman, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN, serves as the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty Program Director and enjoys teaching about all aspects of pediatric primary care, particularly the care of  newborns and infants. She is the nursing faculty member for the Graduate Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Early Intervention and the federally funded MCHB LEND Program in neurodevelopmental disabilities. She also serves as a consultant for the Ohio Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention Services and regional Early Head Start and Head Start programs.

In addition to her work with PNP and specialization students, she is also the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, having served for several years on the development task force. Within this program, Dr. Gottesman advises students as well as leading the courses focused on quality improvement and health promotion and health disparities in the age of personalized health care.

On the national level, Dr. Gottesman has served as the President of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and  currently serves as the national chair of NAPNAP's Healthy Eating and Activity Together (HEAT) Childhood Overweight Prevention Initiative. She led the design and development of the HEAT Early Identification and Prevention of Childhood Overweight clinical guideline (available at and HEAT Resource Kit. She is currently a member of the Expert Panel at NHLBI for the development of the Pediatric Cardiovascular Risk Reduction guideline to be released in spring 2009. Dr, Gottesman has also served since 2002 as a co-Chair and Steering Committee member for the Bright Futures Implementation Project, a DHHS MCHB funded initiative, at the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Selected Publications
•    Gottesman, M. M. (2008). Choosing the right infant formula. Advance for Nurse Practitioners, 6 (5), 47-51.
•    Gottesman, M. M., & Deloian, B. J. (2008). Beyond the primary care office: Multidisciplinary approaches to Bright Futures implementation. Pediatric Annals, 37, 238-243.    

Professional Service
•    2006-present, member, Expert Panel NHLBI Pediatric Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Guideline
•    2003-present Chair, Healthy Eating and Activity Together (HEAT) Initiative, a national initiative to address the epidemic in childhood overweight, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
•    2003-present Co-Chair, AAP Bright Futures, Pediatric Implementation Project