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Pediatric Surgery
700 Children's Dr
Columbus, OH 43205 [ map ]
PH: (614) 722-3900
FX: (614) 722-3903

Location Information for Patients

Main Campus

Biography

Karen A. Diefenbach, MD, is the director for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Diefenbach comes to Nationwide Children’s from Yale University School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital where she was an attending surgeon, and an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Diefenbach completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Illinois, OSF St. Francis Medical Center. She completed her training in Pediatric Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive surgical approaches to the correction of neonatal congenital anomalies such as tracheoesophageal fistulas and esophageal atresias, diaphragmatic hernias, intestinal atresias, and congenital lung lesions. She has a strong commitment to surgical education and has developed the first neonatal training devices for neonatal laparoscopy and thoracoscopy which are used in minimally invasive surgery courses here in the United States, as well as internationally. She is also the associate director of Surgical Education at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Gender:

  • Female

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Education and Training

Medical School

  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    Date Completed: 05/31/1996

Residency

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
    Date Completed: 06/30/2001

Fellowship

  • Yale New Haven Children's Hospital
    Date Completed: 06/30/2007

Fellowship

  • Yale New Haven Children's Hospital
    Date Completed: 06/30/2009

Department:

  • Pediatric Surgery

Section:

  • General Pediatric Surgery

Specialty:

  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgery

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

  • 06/29/2012

Publications

  • Karen Diefenbach. 2012. Intra-abdominal, Visceral, and Retroperitoneal Abscesses. In Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases 4th Edition.: Elsevier.
  • Karen Diefenbach. 2010. Prevenzione delle complicanze in chirurgia minivasiva. In Videochirurgia pediatrica.: Elsevier.
  • Karen Diefenbach. 2008. Intra-abdominal, Visceral, and Retroperitoneal Abscesses. In Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases 3rd Edition.: Elsevier.
  • Karen Diefenbach. 2000. Shock. In Pediatric Surgery Secrets.: Hanley & Belfus.
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