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Kelly Sandberg, MD, MSc

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


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 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


schedule an appointment

Scheduling in-person appointments for new patients only. For follow-up, second opinion or video visit appointments, please call 937-641-4000



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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Hi, Dr. Sandberg. He's genuinely very, very warm and friendly doctor that shows a lot of care for, at least my daughter when I'm taking her there. He's very explain and I think he really enjoys being a doctor and helping people. I'd recommend him, highly recommend him to anybody that, in his field of study.

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Overall, the experience was very very good. Was very impressed with the doctor, as well as the nurses. The only thing that could be improved upon, was our files and tests and blood work was sent to the doctor, the day prior, and it was not reviewed prior to our appointment. At the time of the appointment, they didn't think they had the information and took some time to locate the the test results, and that was a bit concerning. I would have preferred my child's information to have been reviewed ahead of time.

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I absolutely love the fact that he was willing to stay after and give us detailed information about my daughter's condition and more resources, even though we were running late.

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This man was very compassionate understanding , he did not feel like you were crazy or anything that you said you about you or grandchild. He was compassionate. He did everything he could to find out and get to the root of the problem, and I think God that we were able to find him probably write him a hundred above 100 if I could. Thank you Dr. Sandberg and your team, nurses aide, PCT's, PCA's whatever PR the RN's, the nurse practitioner all of you. Thank you and God bless you.

conditions I treat

Abnormal weight loss, Acute pancreatic diseases, Celiac disease, Crohn's disease, Chronic diarrhea, Chronic pancreatic diseases, Esoinophilic esophagitis, Gastroesophageal reflux, Gastrointestinal bleeding, Genetic conditions, GER, GI bleeding, Hepatitis, Hirschsprung's disease, Inflammatory bowel disease, Malabsorption, Peptic ulcer disease, Polyps and polyposis syndromes, Rectal bleeding, Severe constipation, Short bowel syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis

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