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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.