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Kelly Sandberg, MD, MSc


Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, rectal bleeding, ulcerative colitis


Dr. Sandberg is the Chief Medical Quality Officer for Dayton Children’s, a pediatric gastroenterologist, and an associate professor in pediatrics.

As the Chief Medical Quality Officer, Dr. Sandberg works with quality and safety leaders to maintain standards and improve the quality of care children receive throughout the organization. He serves on multiple teams and committees across the hospital, mentors junior faculty and spreads learnings to improve care. He serves on a committee for the National Institute of Health, chairing it from 2022-2023.

As a pediatric gastroenterologist, he cares for children who have issues with the esophagus, stomach, intestines and liver. He has a particular interest in caring for those with Inflammatory Bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis) and serves as the medical director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Dayton Children's Hospital.  He serves as the physician lead for ImproveCareNow, an international health learning collaborative, that has increased remission rates at Dayton Children’s Hospital by more than 20% since 2015.

Dr. Sandberg trained at The University of Arizona College of Medicine and completed his general pediatrics residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He completed fellowships in Gastroenterology and Pediatric Health Services Research, as well as a Masters in Health and Healthcare Research from the University of Michigan. Dr. Adam Mezoff recruited Dr. Sandberg to join Dayton Children’s Hospital in 2014. 

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Russian

schedule an appointment

If your child is an existing patient, log in to MyKidsChart to schedule directly with your provider for follow-up care.

If you are new to the Dayton Children’s gastroenterology clinic, use the online scheduling tool below to schedule an appointment. New patient appointments must be done in person. To schedule by phone call 937-641-4000

conditions you can schedule for:

  • General gastroenterology
  • Inflammatory bowel disease - Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis 
  • Liver problems - hepatitis, biliary atresia, increased liver enzymes, jaundice
  • Short gut/short bowel syndrome

 View our full list of conditions we treat.

education and training

  • medical school: Medical degree - University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • internship: Pediatrics – Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus
  • residency: Pediatrics - Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus
  • fellowship:
    • Pediatric gastroenterology - C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan
    • Pediatric health services research - University of Michigan
  • master of science: Health and Health Care Research, University of Michigan
  • board certification:
    • General pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology

publications and presentations

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Adler J, Sandberg KC, Shpeen BH, Eder S, Freed GL, Clarke S, Freed GL Variation in Infliximab Administration Practices in the Treatment of Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease, J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Jul;57(1):35-8. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e31828f1ea2.
  • Sandberg KC, Davis MM, Gebremariam A, Adler J. Increasing Hospitalizations in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Among Children in the United States, 1988 - 2011. 2014. Inflamm Bowel Dis 2014 (In Press, accepted June 23, 2014).
  • Sandberg KC, Davis MM, Gebremariam A, Adler J. Disproportionate Rise in C. difficile-Associated Hospitalizations Among U.S. Youth with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, 1997-2011. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2015 Apr 60(1): 486-492. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000000636.
  • Cox M, Sandberg K. Modeling Casual Relationships in Quality Improvement. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2018 Jul; 48(7): 182-185. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2018.08.011. Epub 2018 Sep 11.
  • Sandberg KC. Leadership in Quality Improvement. Curr Probl Pediatric Adolesc Health Care. 2018 Sep 27. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2018.08.007.
  • Sandberg KC, Lucian JN, Stoll D, Yanney E, Mezoff A. Decreasing Door-to-Door Times for Infliximab Infusions in a Children's Hospital Observation Unit - A Quality Improvement Initiative. Pediatric quality and Safety. 2019 Jan;4(1):e131. doi: 10.1097/pq9.0000000000000131.
  • Gupta N, et al. Sandberg K contributing author. Continued Statural Growth in Older Adolescents and Young Adults with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Beyond the Time of Expected Growth Plate Closure. In Review.

Non Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Sandberg K. Personal Review of Anne Fadiman’s “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.” Harmony Magazine, The University of Arizona College of Medicine, 2005: 75.
  • Sandberg K, Shaikhkhalil A, Plogsted S, Ruth B. Nationwide Children’s Hospital GI Inpatient Reference Guide for the Resident and Medical Student. Internal document: 40 pg. June2011.
  • Sandberg KC. Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Pediatric Forum, Dayton Children's Hospital, 2017 (30):3-7.

awards, honors and organizations

honors and awards

  • July 2012 - June 2014: T32 HD 7534-13 (PI-Matthew Davis) Competitive NICDH training grant for pediatric health services research fellowship
  • September 2018 - present: ImproveCareNow Parent Innovation grant. Competitive award for the creation of a shared decision making tool for ostomy surgery candidates and their families.

professional society memberships

  • October 2016 - present: Member, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • July 2011 - present: Member, North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN)
  • July 2013 - present: Member, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation (CCF)
  • March 2018 - present: Member, Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA)
  • January 2019 - present: Member, American Gastroenterology Association (AGA)
ratings and reviews

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We like him because he is able to get us in at a moment's notice or within the time that we have. And he's always been very good and very informative. And we really like him.

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We have always been treated well at Childrens Hospital.

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Everything was good ,except the woman upfront was a little too passive toward my fiancé,and I didn't like that.

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Everything was professional and very easy

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