Karen E. Heiser, Ph.D. is the senior leader responsible for education at Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH), one of the largest pediatric teaching hospitals in the country. She oversees the Continuing Medical Education (CME) and conferencing (20,000+ participants annually); administers 50 Graduate Medical Education(GME) programs which train 650+ residentsand fellows; and directs the Medical Leadership, Quality Improvement Essentials, Faculty Development and Fellowship Core Curriculum Programs. Dr. Heiser is administrator for Medical Clinical Informatics Education; Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and patient safety simulation (~400 sessions per year); patient and community education (24,000 participants annually), Maintenance of Certification Multispecialty Portfolio program for physicians, medical and patient/family library; and regional outreach and child care education. As Co-Director of the International Program, Dr. Heiser coordinates visits of ~50 international physician, nursing, and allied health scholars each year. Her work as Project Director for Ohio PREP Region 9 is critical to helping NCH fulfill its mission of creating optimal health for every child in our community.
Tammy Derden, B.S.Ed., MBA, CHES is the Project Manager for the Ohio Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Ashland University. She has been an employee at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for her entire professional career with a focus on sexual health and nutrition. Prior to joining the Department of Education, Tammy worked for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition as a Program Coordinator and for the Department of Clinical Services as a Quality Management Coordinator.