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Education & Training

  • DNP, 2007
    University Of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • BSN, 2004
    University Of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • BS, 2001
    University of Kentucky

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

National Provider ID: 1609076397


Sarah Birch, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, is Director of Advanced Practice Providers at Children’s National Hospital. In this role, she works collaboratively with operations, medical and nursing leadership to provide strategic vision and direction for clinical services provided by over 200 advanced practice providers with a goal toward optimizing clinical, operational and financial outcomes for care delivery models. Sarah also develops and facilitates orientation, continuing education, and professional growth and development for this group of providers.

Sarah is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Hospitalist Medicine. She also is an active member of the Children’s National Government Affairs Council, Medical Executive Committee and Credentials Committee. Sarah holds dual bachelor's degrees in biology and nursing, in addition to a master's degree in nursing and a doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Colorado. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Center while also serving an adjunct faculty appointment with Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

She enjoys maintaining a primary care clinical practice at Children’s Pediatricians & Associates, LLC, at Foggy Bottom in Washington, D.C. Sarah has presented nationally and conducted a workshop, Advanced Practice Provider Leadership: Building Your Program and Taking it to the Next Level. She has also internationally presented: Utilizing a Leadership Structure to Optimize Advanced Practice Role, Function and Accountability.

Sarah's scholarship, expertise and interests include: advanced practice provider utilization and role development, value-based healthcare outcomes, quality improvement, health policy, program and curriculum development, nursing leadership, global health and disaster nursing.

Research & Publications

Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals

Dewolfe C, Birch S, Washofsky AC, Gardner C, McCarter R, Shah NH. Patient outcomes in a pediatric hospital medicine service staffed with physicians and advanced practice providers. Hospital Pediatrics. 2019;9(2).

Campbell JK, Ortiz MV, Ottolini MC, Birch S, Agrawal D. PDA-based self-work sampling study of pediatric interns quantifies workday and educational value. Academic Pediatrics. Published online December 12, 2016.

Bhansali P, Birch S, Campbell J, et al. A time-motion study of inpatient rounds using a family-centered rounds model. Hospital Pediatrics. 2013;(3):31-38.


Birch S. A multidisciplinary approach to leadership: Advanced practice provider team leads. Oral presentation at 10th International Council of Nurses NP/APN Conference, August 26-29, 2018, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Birch S. Disaster training in nursing: A multi-disciplinary and multi-modal approach. Oral Presentation at 10th International Council of Nurses NP/APN Conference, August 26-29, 2018, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Birch S. The role of the advanced practice nurse in quality improvement: Strategies, outcomes and lessons learned. 3rd Annual International Forum on Pediatric Development. Nursing Management Sub-Forum.Beijing, China. June 2017.

Birch S. Advanced practice care delivery models to support access to care. 1st Qianjiang International Forum on Pediatrics. Nursing Session. Hangzhou, China June, 2017

Birch S, Creaden J, Kolb S, et al. Advanced practice provider leadership: Building your program and taking it to the next level. 38th National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners National Conference. March 2017

Birch, S. Utilizing leadership structure to optimize advanced practice provider role, function and accountability. Keynote Address 3rd Annual Oriental Pediatric Congress. Shanghai, China, October, 2015

DeWolfe C, Alvarez F, Birch S, et al. Integrating the expertise of nurse practitioners and physicians assistants on hospitalist services. Workshop, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Orlando, FL, 2014.