ANPA Program Chair, Dr. Ben Nwomeh was recently appointed Chair of the NIH/NLM Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (LSTRC), 2017-2018. The LSTRC is the panel that reviews applications of journals for indexing in MEDLINE. Dr. Nwomeh has served on the panel since 2014.
As an advisory committee of the NIH/NLM, the LSTRC is governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and several federal regulations and policies. Members of NIH’s scientific and technical peer review committees are selected based on their expertise in the particular scientific areas for which a committee has review responsibilities. Assessment of this competence for LSTRC is based on the quality of clinical and research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant medical and scientific activities, achievements, and honors. Service on NIH advisory committees also demands mature judgment, balanced perspective, objectivity, and ability to work effectively in a group. Membership requirements also include a commitment to accomplish work assignments, assurance that the confidentiality of applications, proposals, discussions, and recommendations will be protected and certification acknowledging they are free from conflicts of interest.
Dr. Nwomeh is a pediatric surgeon at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) and professor of surgery and pediatrics at The Ohio State University. He joined the Department of Surgery at Ohio State University in 2003 as attending pediatric surgeon at NCH, where he serves as Director of Surgical Education, Director of the Pediatric Surgery Residency Training Program, Medical Director of the International Scholars Program, and Surgical Director of the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Inflammatory Bowel Disease. At the Ohio State University College of Medicine, he serves in various roles, including Associate Academic Program Director for the Part 2 LSI Curriculum, chair, Students Review Committee (part 2) and chair, Grade Appeals Committee. Also, at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, he serves as Director of Global Surgery Program. Recently, he joined the Executive Committee of the Global One Health Initiative (GOHi) at the Ohio State University.
He also serves on several editorial boards, including Journal of Surgical Research, where he is the Associate Editor for Global Surgery. He is currently Chair of the Committee on Global Academic Surgery for Society of University Surgeons (SUS), Chair of the Informatics and Telemedicine Committee of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), and Vice-Chair of Information Technology Committee of the West African College of Surgeons (WACS).