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Kate E. Berz, DO

  • Assistant Program Director, Pediatric Sports Medicine Fellowship
  • Staff Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine
  • Physician, Division of Sports Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I’m always thankful and honored that my patients chose to come to me and value the time spent with each one.



I’m a pediatric sports medicine physician, and I also practice pediatric urgent care. I love taking care of children and establishing a trust connection. I’m always thankful and honored that my patients chose to come to me and value the time spent with each one. My favorite days are the ones where I feel that I helped someone or made a difference in their day.

Medicine was not my first choice. I wanted to be a professional soccer player, but while coaching NCAA Division I women’s college soccer, I discovered medicine. During medical school I enjoyed every rotation, which made choosing a specialty difficult. I loved delivering babies and I enjoyed procedures, but with pediatrics I had the most fun. And sports medicine was where I felt at home.

During my pediatric residency, my sports medicine fellowship, and now, as an attending, I continue to work with college athletes at the University of Cincinnati. I’m also a team physician for the Cincinnati Public Schools. I’ve always coached and played sports, so being part of a team is very important to me, and pediatric sports medicine has been rewarding and fun.

It was an honor when Cincinnati Magazine chose me as one of Cincinnati’s Top Doctors. I’ve also been recognized by my colleagues here at Cincinnati Children’s with several CARE awards, which is important to me because these awards are for people who are kind, generous and nice to be around.

In my free time, I coach my children in various sports and attend sporting events as a sideline doctor and fan. My work as a team physician with U.S. Soccer’s Youth National Teams
has allowed me to travel to some cool countries, watch high-level soccer, and work with talented players, coaches and medical staff. I also enjoy taking my kids hiking in the Cincinnati parks, to the zoo, and to cultural opportunities, such as the ballet or symphony.

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Does central nervous system dysfunction underlie patellofemoral pain in young females? Examining brain functional connectivity in association with patient-reported outcomes. Diekfuss, JA; Grooms, DR; Nissen, KS; Coghill, RC; Bonnette, S; Barber Foss, KD; Dudley, JA; Berz, K; Logan, K; Gubanich, P; et al. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 2022; 40:1083-1096.

An intervention to improve knowledge and increase comfort of concussion management among school medical staff. Berz, K; Rhine, T; Pomerantz, WJ; Zhang, Y; Loftus, K; Lyons, S; Logan, K. Nurse Education Today. 2022; 109.

Physical Therapy Evaluation and Treatment After Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Quatman-Yates, CC; Hunter-Giordano, A; Shimamura, KK; Landel, R; Alsalaheen, BA; Hanke, TA; McCULLOCH, KL. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2020; 50:CPG1-CPG73.

KINESIOPHOBIA IS RELATED TO BRAIN ACTIVITY FOR KNEE MOTOR CONTROL IN PEDIATRIC PATIENTS WITH PATELLOFEMORAL PAIN. Diekfuss, JA; Grooms, DR; Coghill, RC; Nissen, KS; Saltman, AJ; Berz, K; Logan, K; Gubanich, P; Bonnette, S; Foss, KD B; et al. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2020; 8.

NEURAL CORRELATES OF KNEE MOTOR CONTROL FOR YOUNG FEMALES WITH PATELLOFEMORAL PAIN. Diekfuss, JA; Saltman, AJ; Grooms, DR; Bonnette, S; Foss, KB; Berz, K; Logan, K; Myer, GD. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2019; 7.

Brain-Behavior Mechanisms for the Transfer of Neuromuscular Training Adaptions to Simulated Sport: Initial Findings From the Train the Brain Project. Grooms, DR; Kiefer, AW; Riley, MA; Ellis, JD; Thomas, S; Kitchen, K; DiCesare, CA; Bonnette, S; Gadd, B; Foss, KD B; et al. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2018; 27:1-5.

Back pain. Berz, K; Logan, K. The 5-Minute Pediatric Consult, 8th Edition. 2018.

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