John C. Bucuvalas, MD

Associate Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Care Center

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-4415

Fax: 513-636-7805


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Liver disease; transplantation; outcomes research; improving the quality of health care delivery.

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John Bucuvalas, MD, came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1982 as a fellow in gastroenterology. He joined the faculty in 1986. He graduated from Harvard College in 1974 and Harvard Medical School in 1978. He completed a pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and served there as chief resident from 1981 to 1982.

Over the last 10 years, the focus his patient care and research efforts have been outcomes research and improving the care delivery system for children with chronic liver disease who then may undergo liver transplantation. He has focused on integration of research into patient care and improving the care delivery system. Along the way, he has gained significant content knowledge through traditional research but additionally have learned how to improve processes, understand the system that is academic medicine, interpret variation and recognize the role of leadership both for research and clinical efforts. Dr. Bucuvalas has made significant contributions in the clinical and research arenas towards improving care, enhancing the delivery care and optimizing the outcome of children with chronic liver disease and pediatric liver transplant recipients.

Dr. Bucuvalas has been recognized as a leader in the field of pediatric hepatology and liver transplantation at a local, regional and national level.

Education and Training

AB: Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, 1974.

MD: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1978.

Residency: Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 1978 to 1981.

Chief Residency: Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 1981 to 1982.

Fellowship: Gastroenterology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1982 to 85.

Research Scholar: Gastroenterology, Children's Hospital Research Foundation, Cincinnati, OH, 1985 to 86.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1983; Pediatric Gastroenterology, 1990; recertified, 1997, 2004.


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