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.
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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
General pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology
publications and presentations
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.
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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Friendly staff that took the time to answer all questions and make sure we understood the plan ahead. I would highly recommend!
I appreciate the time the provider sent to explain what was going on with my daughter. I appreciate the fact that he took time to answer all of my questions and was patient with anything that I needed to have the explain. She was just very kind and even took time to explain it to my 5 year old daughter. I just really appreciate it. His present and his patient, bedside care.
Yes, Kelly, Dr. Kelly Sandberg is very attentive to our child's needs.
The attention was incredible. Everyone very friendly and close by.