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Kelly Sandberg, MD, MSc


inflammatory bowel disease, quality improvement


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

As the Chief Medical Quality Improvement Officer, Dr. Sandberg works with the Clinical Quality Department to lead efforts to improve processes and systems of care. Together with Carol Croop, MS, RN-BC, CPHQ, Dr. Sandberg leads the Intermediate Quality Improvement Course (IQIC), teaching IHI methodology over a nine month course. He serves on multiple teams and committees across the hospital to improve the care that we deliver at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

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). 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. Sandberg joined Dayton Children’s Hospital in 2014. 

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Russian

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:
    • Pediatrics

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.
  • 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.

awards, honors and organizations

  • Dayton Children’s Hospital Nursing Award, “Collaborator in Caring”, May 2016
  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • Member, North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN)
  • Member, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)
  • Member, Western Ohio Pediatric Society (WOPS)

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

I enjoy working with children and families who struggle with chronic disease, as well as working with colleagues on complex disease and process issues.

I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...

my wife is native Daytonian and I wanted to work at a place where people enjoyed serving others.

Dayton Children's is special because....

as I interact with more and more people each day, I am continually impressed with each team member's dedication to doing the right thing for patients.

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