Kate Donovan, Ph. D is the Innovation Education Technology Coordinator at Boston Children’s Hospital. As a serial idea generator, she works to combine technology and human-centered design to improve the healthcare experience for pediatric patients and families both in the hospital and home environment. Dr. Donovan has been instrumental in bringing virtual and augmented reality to the patients at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her current research focuses on the evaluation and utility of virtual and augmented reality for children in the hospital setting and the use of wearables for pediatric clinical trials.
Dr. Donovan serves as a clinical advisor to the Innovation Digital Health Accelerator at Boston Children’s Hospital where she bridges the ideas of front-line clinical staff to resources and tools to help them quickly prototype and make their solutions a reality. She also co-founded and leads Hacking Pediatrics, a group whose mission is to bring together talented innovators from diverse areas of expertise such as medicine, technology, and business to build solutions for children and their families through hackathons.
Dr. Donovan holds a BS in chemistry and biology from Harvard University, an MS in computer programming from MIT, an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a Ph.D. in technology and innovation from MIT. Continually inspired by our future leaders, she is actively involved in numerous youth community programs throughout the Boston area and works diligently to expose children of all ages and backgrounds to music and diverse STEM education. “When you get, give. When you learn, teach” – Dr. Maya Angelou