Kate M. Ellery, DO, MS

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Medical Director of the Pancreatic Disorders Center, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Administrative Assistant: Stefanie Tavormina

At a young age, Kate Ellery, DO, was influenced by her own pediatrician to pursue a career in medicine. After earning an undergraduate degree in Health and Exercise Science and a Master of Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, Dr. Ellery went on to receive a degree in medicine at Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. Once Dr. Ellery started medical school, she knew she wanted to follow in her mentor’s path and become a pediatrician.  

Dr. Ellery went on to complete residency in pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where she also was awarded a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology. Her GI interests ultimately led her to focus on pancreatic disorders in children — particularly recurring pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis. 

After completion of fellowship, Dr. Ellery came to Pittsburgh in 2017 to advance her interest in patient care and pancreatic research at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Ellery is the Medical Director of the Pancreatic Disorder’s Center, she provides consultations for the Center for Rare Disease Therapy, and serves on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the division of gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition. She is actively involved in pancreatic research in hopes to better understand pancreatic diseases thus providing better care to her patients and their families.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2004-2007
  • Sigma Sigma Phi-Rho Chapter, Osteopathic Honorary Society, 2009-2011
  • American Medical Association, 2007-2011
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), 2011-2014
  • North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Nutrition (NASPGHAN), 2014-Present
  • American Pancreatic Association, 2016-Present
  • NASPGHAN Pancreas Committee Member, 2017-Present

Education & Training

  • BS, Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, 2006
  • MA, Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, 2007
  • DO, Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2011
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Nationwide Children's Hospital-The Ohio State University, 2011-2014
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nationwide Children's Hospital-The Ohio State University, 2014-2017

Selected Publications

Ellery KM and Erdman SH. Johanson-Blizzard Syndrome: expanding the phenotype. Journal of the Pancreas, 2014; 15(4), 388-90.

Ellery K, Kumar S, Crandall W, Gariepy C. The benefits of early oral nutrition in mild acute pancreatitis. J Pediatr. 2017 Oct 11. pii: S0022-3476(17)31092-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.08.032.

Ellery KM and Gariepy C. Reply to the Editor. J Pediatr. 2018 Aug;199:284-285. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.03.068.

Ellery KM, Kopp B, Conwell DL, Gariepy C. Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Serum Trypsinogen in Cystic Fibrosis Carriers. Pancreas. 2019 Oct; 48(9):1155-1159. 

Ellery KM, Uc, A. Recurrent Pancreatitis in Children: Past, Present, and Future. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2020 Apr;70(4):413-416.

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Academic and Research Interests

  • Pancreatitis
    • Etiology
    • Medical management
    • Surgical management
  • Cystic fibrosis
    • CFTR dysfunction and how it relates to pancreatitis

Research Grants

Primary Investigator for International Study Group of Pediatric Pancreatitis: In Search for a CuRE (INSPPIRE 2). Site PI within international consortium, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. 2019-Present.

Primary Investigator for Surgical Management in Chronic Pancreatitis. Site PI for NASPGHAN Pancreas Committee Position Paper. UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. 2019-Present. 

Primary Investigator for Pancreatitis in Short Bowel Patients – case series. UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. 2019-Present

Primary Investigator for Multicenter Retrospective Review of Imaging Findings of Chronic Pancreatitis. Site PI within multicenter study. UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. 2019-Present