Medical Advisory Committee Members

Stephanie Santoro, MD, Chair
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Carl Backes, Jr, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Richard Baltisberger, MD
Licking Memorial Hospital

Praveena Dwhale, MD                                                                                                                                                                    Central Ohio Primary Care

Barry Halpern, MD
Central Ohio Newborn Medicine

Nancy Haninger, CNM
Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, Retired

Thomas Harmon, MD
Riverside Methodist Hospital

Eileen Maher, MD
Olentangy Pediatrics

Kim Baich
Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio


The role of the Medical Advisory Committee is to provide expertise, medical oversight and guidance in the following areas:

  • Aid in communication with respective health systems and hospitals in furthering DSACO’s medical outreach goals and intiatives
  • Evaluate and advise current and future medically-related programming
  • Inform DSACO membership through sharing medically-based educational resources and opportunities


Although the DSACO Board carries governing responsibility for the organization, the Medical Advisory Committee serves a leadership role in the health of individuals with Down syndrome, ensuring DSACO members, families and the community have access to medical expertise.