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Nurse Practitioner, Department of Anesthesiology

Clinical Researcher


Board Certified

About Me


Dr. Abby Hess (Winterberg), APRN, DNP, is a nurse practitioner and clinical researcher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She began her career at Cincinnati Children’s as a research assistant in 2005. She has worked in the perioperative department since 2009, initially as an RN in the post-anesthesia care unit and subsequently as an APRN in the pre-anesthesia consultation clinic. Upon receiving the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2015, Dr. Hess worked with senior leadership to create a new dual-role combining patient care as a Nurse Practitioner with clinical research. Her research focuses on development and testing of evidence-based digital health solutions for reduction of pediatric preoperative anxiety.

Select achievements include:

  • Principal investigator on 8 research/innovation grants
  • 1st place in the research poster competition at the International Conference of Perianesthesia Nurses, Sydney, Australia, 2017
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Young Professional of the Year, 2018 (runner-up)
  • Inventor on a US Patent application
  • Integration of the clinical tool developed during her doctoral program (Child Induction Behavioral Assessment tool) into the foundation system of the electronic medical record, Epic
  • American Nurses Association/Beckton Dickinson Innovation Award, 2019 (honorable mention)
  • Aspen Ideas: Health Festival, Global Voices Scholar & Speaker, 2019
  • Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge awardee, 2019

Clinical Divisions


My Education

DNP: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2015.

MSN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

Certification: ANCC, Family Nurse Practitioner, 2012.

My Publications

The Child Induction Behavioral Assessment Tool: A Tool to Facilitate the Electronic Documentation of Behavioral Responses to Anesthesia Inductions. Winterberg, AV; Colella, CL; Weber, KA; Varughese, AM. Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing. 2018; 33:296-303.e1.