Liver Transplant Center

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    The Liver Transplant Center is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.

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    Faculty

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    Maria H. Alonso-Peclet, MD
    Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant Program

    513-636-4371

    maria.alonso@cchmc.org

    Maria H. Alonso-Peclet, MD

    Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant Program

    Co-Surgical Director, Intestinal Transplant Surgery

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: maria.alonso@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Liver, kidney transplantation; hepatobiliary surgery; minimally invasive surgery; trauma 

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1982.

    Residency: Surgery, Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk, VA.

    Fellowship: Trauma / Critical Care, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, Baltimore, MD; Trauma / Burn, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Pediatric Surgery, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO; Transplantation, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Surgery, 1999; Pediatric Surgery, 2001; Surgical Critical Care, 2001.

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    William F. Balistreri, MD
    Associate Chair for Subspecialty Training, Department of Pediatrics

    513-636-4594

    william.balistreri@cchmc.org

    William F. Balistreri, MD

    Associate Chair for Subspecialty Training, Department of Pediatrics

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4594

    Fax: 513-636-7805

    Email: william.balistreri@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Liver disease (cholestasis, hepatitis, metabolic liver disease); inflammatory bowel disease

    Biography

    William F. Balistreri, MD, medical director, Pediatric Liver Care Center and associate chair for Subspecialty Training, Department of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, received the 2001 Outstanding Pediatrician award from the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The award is given annually to a pediatrician who is a member of the Ohio Chapter of the AAP for distinguished achievements in pediatric care and in the education of patients and physicians.

    "I believe that this award reflects the respect of our colleagues for the entire Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center community rather than any one individual," says Balistreri. "Nevertheless, I am honored to be singled out among all of the outstanding pediatricians in the state of Ohio."

    Balistreri is one of the world's foremost authorities on pediatric gastroenterology and liver disease. He is medical director of Cincinnati Children's Pediatric Liver Care Center and Pediatric Liver Transplantation Program.

    Through more than 440 publications, including original articles, editorials, reviews and book chapters, Balistreri has helped to clarify the understanding of many aspects of pediatric hepatology -- the branch of medicine concerned with the liver and its diseases. These include bile acid metabolism, neonatal cholestasis (stoppage or suppression of the flow of bile), hepatitis and liver transplantation.

    Balistreri has been editor of The Journal of Pediatrics since 1995. He is the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and co-editor, associate editor, guest editor, reviewer and member of numerous editorial boards of several journals and periodicals. These include seminars in Liver Disease, Hepatology, Gastroenterology, and the New England Journal of Medicine. He is co-editor of the prestigious text Liver Disease in Children.

    In 2000, Balistreri became the first pediatrician to serve as president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. He is or has been president or a member of numerous prestigious scholarly societies, including the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

    Balistreri has also served as a member of the board of directors of the American Board of Pediatrics, American Liver Foundation, Institute for Pediatric Medical Education, and the Society for Pediatric Research.

    Balistreri has received awards from various societies. These include the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America in 1995, the Andrew Sass-Kortsak Memorial Award from the Canadian Liver Foundation and the Canadian Association for the Study of Liver in 1998, the Murray Davidson Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Gastroenterology and Nutrition in 1999, and the prestigious Shwachman Award for 1999 from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

    Balistreri earned a medical degree at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in 1970. He was a pediatric resident at Cincinnati Children's from 1971 to 1972 and a post-doctoral fellow from 1972 to 1974. He did a research fellowship in the division of Gastroenterology at the Mayo Foundation, Mayo Clinic, before being appointed assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1976.

    Balistreri joined Cincinnati Children's in 1978, when he also was named associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. In 1984, Balistreri was named Dorothy M. Kersten Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's. In 1991, he was appointed professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Balistreri has been listed multiple times in Best Doctors in America.

    Education and Training

    BA: State University of New York at Buffalo, NY, 1966.

    MD: University of Buffalo School of Medicine, NY, 1970.

    Internship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (University of Cincinnati School of Medicine), Cincinnati, OH, 1970 to 1972.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (University of Cincinnati School of Medicine), Cincinnati, OH, 1971 to 1972.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1973 to 1974.

    Research Fellowship: Gastroenterology, Mayo Foundation, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 1973 to 1975.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1975 (renewed 1992); Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 1990 (renewed 1997 and 2004).

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    Jorge A. Bezerra, MD
    Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Care Center

    513-636-3008

    jorge.bezerra@cchmc.org

    Jorge A. Bezerra, MD

    Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Care Center

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3008

    Fax: 513-636-5581

    Email: jorge.bezerra@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Biography

    Jorge A. Bezerra, MD, joined the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in 1990, when he began his fellowship training in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition and graduated in 1993.

    From 1992-1994, Dr. Bezerra was a research scholar in the Division of Basic Sciences. He was appointed to the division in 1994 as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

    Dr. Bezerra completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

    Dr. Bezerra has an active research career with his primary interests in molecular control of liver regeneration, biliary atresia, and genetic basis of intrahepatic cholestasis.

    In addition to his research work, Dr. Bezerra is an active clinician for the outpatient GI clinical service and the inpatient liver service.

    Education and Training

    MD: Federal University Rio Grande Norte, Natal, Brazil, 1984

    Residency: University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ, 1989

    Fellowship: Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1994

    Certification: Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

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    John C. Bucuvalas, MD
    Associate Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Care Center

    513-636-4415

    john.bucuvalas@cchmc.org

    John C. Bucuvalas, MD

    Associate Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Care Center

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Fax: 513-636-7805

    Email: john.bucuvalas@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

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

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    Biography

    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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    Kathleen M. Campbell, MD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Fax: 513-636-7805

    Email: kathleen.campbell@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Diagnosis and management of pediatric liver disease, particularly biliary atresia and other forms of neonatal cholestasis; liver transplantation and post-transplant renal dysfunction.

    Research Interests

    Clinical and genetic determinants of calcineurin inhibitor induced post-transplant nephrotoxicity; disease modifiers in biliary atresia

    Biography

    Kathleen M. Campbell, MD, joined the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition as a fellow in 2000, after completing her pediatric residency training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Following the completion of her fellowship, she pursued an additional year of training in Pediatric Hepatology under the mentoring of Dr. William Balistreri and the physicians and surgeons of the Pediatric Liver Care Center, becoming one of the first in her specialty to obtain focused training in this field.

    In 2004, Dr. Campbell was appointed assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the Pediatric Liver Care Center. Her clinical and translational research interests include post-transplant renal dysfunction and genetic modifiers of disease in biliary atresia.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, TN, 1997.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2000.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.

    Advanced Fellowship: Pediatric Hepatology, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2004.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2000; Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, 2003.

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    James E. Heubi, MD
    Director, Clinical Translational Research Center

    513-636-4415

    james.heubi@cchmc.org

    James E. Heubi, MD

    Director, Clinical Translational Research Center

    Co-Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training

    Associate Dean, Clinical and Translational Research

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Fax: 513-636-4695

    Email: james.heubi@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Inflammatory bowel disease; cholestatic liver disease; malabsorption

    Research Interests

    Cholesterol absorption; cholesterol metabolism; inborn errors of bile acid metabolism; bone metabolism in health and disease; TPN-related cholestasis and its treatment

    Biography

    James E. Heubi, MD, has been a practicing pediatric gastroenterologist since 1979, when he joined the staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Heubi's practice includes the treatment of all disorders affecting the gastrointestinal tract, liver and biliary tract and pancreas.

    Dr. Heubi's areas of practice interests include liver disease and complications related to end-stage liver disease and liver transplantation and the management of patients with "short gut" or compromised gut function requiring prolonged enteral or parenteral nutritional support.

    Dr. Heubi is the Director of General Clinical Research Center at Cincinnati Children's and is the associate dean for clinical research, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    Education and Training

    MD: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 1973.

    Residency: James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 1973 to 1975.

    Fellowship: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1975 to 1978.

    Certification: Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 1990.

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    Samuel A. Kocoshis, MD
    Medical Director, Intestinal Care Center

    513-636-4415

    samuel.kocoshis@cchmc.org

    Samuel A. Kocoshis, MD

    Medical Director, Intestinal Care Center

    Medical Director, Small Bowel Transplantation Program

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Fax: 513-636-7805

    Email: samuel.kocoshis@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Management of complex intestinal and liver disease; small bowel transplantation; general disorders of the gastrointestinal tract

    Research Interests

    Altered bile acid metabolism in gastrointestinal disease; small bowel transplantation; inflammatory bowel disease; short bowel syndrome

    Biography

    Samuel Kocoshis, MD, is an expert in the management of complex intestinal and liver disease at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Kocoshis is the director of the Pediatric Nutrition and Intestinal Care Center in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and is also the medical director of the Small Intestinal Transplantation Program. In addition, he is professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    Dr. Kocoshis' long-standing research interest has been altered bile acid metabolism in gastrointestinal disease. His current clinical research program focuses upon intestinal adaptation following massive small intestinal resection, as well as the immunology of intestinal transplantation.

    Prior to joining Cincinnati Children's, Dr. Kocoshis was chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and co-director of the Intestinal Care Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

    Dr. Kocoshis earned his bachelor's degree from DePauw University and his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed an internship in pediatrics at the West Virginia University Medical Center; a residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; and a clinical fellowship in gastroenterology at Yale University School of Medicine.

    Education and Training

    BS: DePauw University, Greencastle, IN.

    MD: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. 

    Residency: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. 

    Fellowship: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

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    Rohit Kohli, MBBS, MS
    Associate Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program

    513-803-7044

    rohit.kohli@cchmc.org

    Rohit Kohli, MBBS, MS

    Associate Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program

    Co-Director, Steatohepatitis Center

    Attending Physician, Liver Care Center

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-7044

    Fax: 513-636-5581

    Email: rohit.kohli@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis; liver transplantation; mitochondrial hepatopathies

    Research Interests

    Obesity related fatty liver disease (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis)

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    Biography

    Rohit Kohli, MBBS, MS, is currently an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the co-director of the Cincinnati Children's Steatohepatitis Center.

    Dr. Kohli received his medical degree from the Armed Forces Medical College, India in 1999 and his MS in Clinical Investigation from Northwestern University in 2006. While at Northwestern he first spent three years as a Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellow and then subsequently as a Transplant Hepatology trainee before relocating to the University of Cincinnati in 2007.

    His research work has focused on the pathogenesis of obesity related fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In particular, he has focused upon the role of reactive oxygen stress in the generation and regulation of the extreme stage of this disease; nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Dr. Kohli's laboratory currently focuses on the role of fructose in triggering above mentioned oxidative injury and fibrosis within the liver. He also works with Drs. Randy Seeley and Stephen Woods at the Metabolic Diseases Institute at the University of Cincinnati to understand the mechanism and impact of bariatric surgical procedures on NASH and other co-morbidities of obesity.

    He has published many peer-reviewed articles including articles in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, Hepatology, Journal of Pediatrics, and The American Journal of Physiology. He is the author of many book chapters and review articles. He also is the recipient of the 2007 George Ferry Young Investigator Award from the Children's Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation and a Fellowship award from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. His clinical efforts are focused within the Steatohepatitis Center and Liver Care Center in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Education and Training

    MS: Clinical Investigation, School of Public Health, Northwestern University, IL, 2004-2006.

    MBBS: Armed Forces Medical College, Pune University, India,1993-1999.

    Residency: Metropolitan Hospital, New York Medical College, NY, 2000-2003.

    Fellowship: Gastroenterology, Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, IL, 2003-2006.

    Fellowship: Transplant Hepatology, Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, IL, 2006-2007.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2004; Transplant Hepatology, 2010; Gastroenterology, 2009.

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    Mike A. Leonis, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Fax: 513-636-7805

    Email: mike.leonis@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric hepatology, especially acute liver failure; inflammatory disease processes of the liver; hepatoblastoma; mechanisms of hepatic tumor formation

    Education and Training

    MD: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1996.

    PhD: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1996.

    Procter Scholar: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2002-2005.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's, 1999-2002.

    Residency: Primary Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, 1996-1999.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1999; Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, 2003.

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    Alexander G. Miethke, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8948

    Email: alexander.miethke@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Pediatric liver disease including biliary atresia, inherited liver diseases, autoimmune hepatitis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis; gastrointestinal problems in children with bone marrow failure syndromes

    Research Interests

    Immune mediated liver injury, specifically the role of regulatory T cells in biliary atresia and primary sclerosing cholangitis; genetic basis for intrahepatic cholestasis in children; acute liver failure in infants with mitochondrial disorders

    Biography

    Alexander G. Miethke , MD, joined the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition as a fellow in 2005, after completing his Pediatric Residency Training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Following the completion of his fellowship, he pursued an additional year of training in pediatric transplant hepatology under the mentorship of Dr. William Balistreri and the physicians and surgeons of the Pediatric Liver Care Center.

    In 2009, Dr. Miethke was appointed assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the Pediatric Liver Care Center. His basic science research interests include the role of regulatory T cells in biliary atresia and other immune mediated liver diseases and the genetic basis of chronic cholestasis syndromes.

    Education and Training

    MD: Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany, 2000.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2002-2004.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2005-2007.

    Advanced Fellowship: Pediatric Transplant Hepatology, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2009.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2005; Pediatric Gastroenterology 2009; Pediatric Transplant Hepatology, 2010.

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    Grants

    Regulatory T cells and the pathogenesis of biliary atresia. Principal Investigator. American Liver Foundation. Jul 2009 - Jun 2012.

    Clinical center for cholestatic liver disease in children. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2009 - Jul 2014. #RFA-DK-08-005.

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    Jaimie D. Nathan, MD
    Surgical Director, Intestinal Transplant Program

    513-636-4371

    jaimie.nathan@cchmc.org

    Jaimie D. Nathan, MD

    Surgical Director, Intestinal Transplant Program

    Surgical Director, Pancreas Care Center

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: jaimie.nathan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Hepatobiliary and pancreatic disease; liver, kidney, and intestinal transplantation; pediatric surgical oncology; neonatal surgery; minimally invasive surgery

    Education and Training

    BS: Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1993.

    MD: Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1998.

    Residency: General Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1998-2000 and 2002-2005.

    Surgical Research Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 2000-2002.

    Pediatric Surgery Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2005-2007.

    Transplant Surgery Fellowship: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2007-2009.

    Certification: American Board of Surgery, General Surgery, 2007; American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, 2008; American Society of Transplant Surgeons Certification, 2009.

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    Frederick C. Ryckman, MD
    Professor of Surgery / Transplantation

    513-636-4371

    frederick.ryckman@cchmc.org

    Frederick C. Ryckman, MD

    Professor of Surgery / Transplantation

    Sr. Vice President, Medical Operations

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: frederick.ryckman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Transplantation; liver; kidney transplantation; small intestine; biliary disease; Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO); minimally invasive surgery; chest wall abnormalities

    Biography

    Frederick C. Ryckman, MD, is clinical director of the Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery Division.

    Dr. Ryckman is also vice president of System Capacity & Perioperative Operations.

    Dr. Ryckman is also a pediatric surgeon at the Cincinnati Fetal Center.

    Education and Training

    BS: Lyman Briggs College of Science and Mathematics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1969 to 1973.

    MD: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, 1977.

    Residency: University of Florida Medical Center, Gainesville, FL, 1977 to 1982.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1982 to 1984.

    Certification: National Board of Medical Examiners, 1977; American Board of Surgery, 1983; recertification, 1993; Certificate of Special Competence in Pediatric Surgery, 1986; recertification, 1993.

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    Greg M. Tiao, MD
    Richard and Geralyn Azizkhan Chair in Pediatric Surgery

    513-636-4371

    greg.tiao@cchmc.org

    Greg M. Tiao, MD

    Richard and Geralyn Azizkhan Chair in Pediatric Surgery

    Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation

    Associate Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: greg.tiao@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Biliary atresia

    Biography

    As a pediatric surgeon and a transplant surgeon, Dr. Tiao is involved in the care of children afflicted with biliary atresia from the time of presentation and diagnosis to the initial Kasai portoenterostomy to the liver transplant, when necessary. He sees the many challenges children and their families experience when diagnosed with this life threatening disease process. From that perspective, defining the basis of this disease process such that therapeutic strategies can be developed eliminating these complex interventions is his career goal. His short term goal is to develop an independent research laboratory investigating the pathogenesis of virus induced biliary atresia specifically seeking to determine the mechanistic basis of this disease so that new treatment strategies can be developed to salvage the native liver. 

    Dr. Tiao's  overarching hypothesis is that biliary atresia results from the infection of cholangiocytes by a virus triggering immune-mediated biliary obstruction. His focus is to determine the mechanisms used by RRV to infect cholangiocytes, how RRV undergoes replication within the cholangiocyte, and how infected cholangiocytes modify the microenvironment, activating the immune system resulting in biliary obstruction. Determination of the mechanistic basis of these inter-related events is essential to understanding the pathogenesis of virus induced BA. By focusing on the basis for the viral insult in the initiation of biliary atresia, he has defined an area of independence from Dr Jorge Bezerra, his primary research mentor. 

    Education and Training

    BS: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1986.

    MD: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, 1990.

    Residency: Loyola University, Maywood, IL, 1991-1992; Senior Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1995-1997;Chief Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1997-1998.

    Fellowships: Research Fellow, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1992-1995; Transplant Surgery Fellow, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2000-2002;Pediatric Surgery Fellow, Los Angeles Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, 1998-2000.

    Certification: Pediatric Surgeon, 2000; Transplant Surgeon, 2002.

    Publications

    Grants

    The Molecular Determinants of Virus Induced Biliary Induced Biliary Asteria. Principal Investigator. Apr 2011 - Mar 2016.

    Nycomed Liver Trial. Principal Investigator. 2012 - present. TC-2402-040-SP.