Katherine J. Deans, MD, MHSc

Katherine Deans, smiling, standing in a hallway

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Biography

Katherine J. Deans, MD, MHSc, is the Chief Clinical Research Officer (CCRO) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Deans assumed the role as CCRO in September 2020, to oversee the operations and strategic direction of Clinical Research Services and the Biostatistics Core at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (BRANCH).

In addition to her role as CCRO, Dr. Deans is a practicing pediatric surgeon and clinician scientist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital while serving a dual appointment as Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

During her tenure at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Dr. Deans co-founded and served as the Director of the Center for Surgical Outcomes Research. She has created a centralized resource for the Department of Surgery at Nationwide Children's that provides support for the development, implementation, analysis, and reporting of clinical research within the 10 pediatric surgical subspecialties represented within the institution.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an assistant editor for the Journal of Pediatric Surgery. As an educator, Dr. Deans has trained more than 20 pediatric surgery residents and fellows; served as a preceptor for 12 fellows in minimally invasive and colorectal surgery; and supervised more than 15 post-doctoral research fellows and medical students. 

Her primary academic interests highlight the importance of patient and family input in the design and execution of clinical trials. She has published more than 190 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and abstracts; and has received over $10 million in research funding from AHRQ, NIH, and PCORI, to name a few.

Deans received her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and her Master of Health Science degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. She completed residencies at Massachusetts General Hospital, held clinical and research fellowships at the National Institutes of Health and a clinical fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

See Katherine J. Deans’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Education

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 10/31/2011

Board Certifications
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
Fellowship Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Date Completed: 06/30/2009
Fellowship National Institute of Health Date Completed: 06/30/2005
Residency Massachusetts General Hospital Date Completed: 06/30/2007
Internship Massachusetts General Hospital Date Completed: 06/30/2001
Medical School Dartmouth College Date Completed: 06/30/1998
Professional Experience

2020 - Present Nationwide Children's Hospital, Chief Clinical Research Officer

2019 - Present The Ohio State University College of Medicine - Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics

2016 - 2019 The Ohio State University College of Medicine - Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics

2011 - 2016 The Ohio State University College of Medicine - Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics

2009 - 2011 University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine -The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Assistant Professor of Surgery

2008 - 2009 University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine -The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Instructor in Surgery

2007 - 2009 The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Surgery, Fellow

2005 - 2007 Massachusetts General Hospital, General Surgery, Resident

2002 - 2005 Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center - National Institutes of Health, Senior Research Fellow

2001 - 2002 Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center - National Institutes of Health, Critical Care Medicine, Fellow

1998 - 2001 Massachusetts General Hospital, General Surgery, Resident

Research Funding
Thrasher Research Fund

Reducing unnecessary oophorectomies for benign neoplasms in girls: A Multi-institutional Study, Principal Investigator

Funding Period: 05/1/2018-12/1/2020 Percent Effort: 10% Objective: The goal of the study is to assess the accuracy of this algorithm to decrease unnecessary oophorectomies across 11 children’s hospitals. Positive results from this study will provide strong evidence for a national initiative to reduce oophorectomies for benign neoplasms in girls across the United States.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Randomized Controlled Trial of Laser Hair Depilation in Adolescents with Pilonidal Disease, Principal Investigator

Funding Period: 12/1/2017-12/1/2020

Percent Effort: 24%

Objective: This study will determine if laser hair removal can decrease pilonidal disease recurrence.

National Institute of Health/NICHD(1R21MD011767-01)

Opioid Prescribing Disparities in a Public Health Crisis: The Case of Pediatric Post-Surgical Pain Management, Principal Investigator

Funding Period: 9/1/2017-8/31/2019

Percent Effort: 10%

Objective: This study will analyze and examine opioid prescribing disparities within a public health crisis and also pediatric post-surgical pain management.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) (4350)

Randomized Controlled Trial of a Patient Activation Tool in Pediatric Appendicitis, Principal Investigator

Funding Period: 7/1/2013-12/15/2018

Percent Effort: 30%

Objective: This study will determine the effects of patient activation on patient centered and medical outcomes in pediatric appendicitis

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (1U18HS020503-01)

National Collaborative for Innovation in Quality Measurement (NCINQ), Principal Investigator

Funding Period: 03/01/2013—02/28/2015

Percent Effort: 15%

Objective: The overall goal is to improve health outcomes for children and their families through the creation of quality measures that best reflect value in health care delivery at every level of the health care system.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Multi-Institutional Trial of Non-Operative Management of Uncomplicated Pediatric Appendicitis, Principal Investigator

Funding Period: 7/1/2016-6/30/2019

Percent Effort: 15%

Objective: This study will determine how well non-operative management works in children with early appendicitis at 10 hospitals. The most important results we will examine are the amount of time operative management at one year.

National Institutes of Health/NICHD (1R01HD076733-01A1)

Timing of Inguinal Hernia Repair in Premature Infants: A Randomized Trial, Principal Investigator

Funding Period: 07/01/2014-06/30/2019

Percent Effort: 8%

Objective: This study will determine differences in outcomes between early and delayed repair of inguinal hernias diagnosed in premature neonates.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (1U18HS020503-01)

National Collaborative for Innovation in Quality Measurement (NCINQ), Principal Investigator

Funding Period: 03/01/2013—02/28/2015

Percent Effort: 15%

Objective: The overall goal is to improve health outcomes for children and their families through the creation of quality measures that best reflect value in health care delivery at every level of the health care system.

National Institute of Health/NICHD(KL2TR001854)

Postoperative Opiod Use and Prescription Utilization in Children, Other

Funding Period: 06/01/2018-5/31/2021

Society of University Surgeon’s Karl Storz Resident Award

Randomized Controlled Trial of a Rapid Learning Healthcare System in Pediatric Surgery, Other

Funding Period: 07/01/16-06/30/17

Technology Development Fund, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

DoseWizard Software Package, Principal Investigator

Funding Period: 06/15/15-06/15/16

Society of University Surgeon’s Karl Storz Resident Award

A Novel Method for Tracking Radiation Exposure from Computed Tomography in Children, Other

Funding Period: 07/01/15-06/30/16

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