Emeritus President and Chief Executive Officer, The American Board of Pediatrics; Emeritus President, The American Board of Pediatrics Foundation; Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. David Nichols is Emeritus President and CEO of the American Board of Pediatrics, where from 2012-2021 he oversaw certification of approximately 80,000 pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. Dr. Nichols graduated with honors from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1977. He completed his pediatrics residency and chief residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and an anesthesiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania before returning to CHOP for a fellowship in pediatric critical care. At the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Nichols served as Director of the Pediatric ICU, Division Director, and Professor of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and was named the Mary Wallace Stanton Professor and Vice Dean for Education, overseeing the medical education curriculum, design of the building, and the development of the simulation center. Dr. Nichols’ career has focused on training, medical education, and mentorship. He is editor-in-chief of several textbooks on pediatric health. He has trained nearly 60 pediatric critical care fellows and has lectured and taught worldwide. The American Pediatric Society and the National Medical Association have annual national awards in his honor.


What’s your first health-related memory?

I remember riding my bike to the emergency room to have a fishbone removed from my tonsil.

What life experience has taught or changed you the most?

Raising a child with special needs.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I grew up in Germany.

If you could change one thing about healthcare, what would it be?

I would eliminate healthcare disparities.

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