Steatohepatitis Center

  • Meet the Team

    The Steatohepatitis 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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    William F. Balistreri, MD
    Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Care Center

    513-636-4594

    william.balistreri@cchmc.org

    William F. Balistreri, MD

    Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Care Center

    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).

    Publications

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

    513-636-8948

    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: 513-636-8948

    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 at 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.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Role of Ileum in Reducing Obesity Related Comorbidities. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2009 - Aug 2013. #1K08DK084310.

    Ethicon Enhanced Assay Development. Co-investigator. University of Cincinnati. Jan 2009 - Jan 2014.

    Clinical Research Network in Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH CRN). Co-investigator. National Institutes of Health. Aug 2009 - Apr 2014. #U01DK061732.


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    Stavra A. Xanthakos, MD, MS
    Co-Director, Steatohepatitis Center

    513-636-4415

    stavra.xanthakos@cchmc.org

    Stavra A. Xanthakos, MD, MS

    Co-Director, Steatohepatitis Center

    Medical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Fax: 513-636-7805

    Email: stavra.xanthakos@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Biography

    Stavra A. Xanthakos, MD, is an assistant professor and attending physician in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, the co-director of the Cincinnati Children’s Steatohepatitis Center, and the medical director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens. She also partners with physicians and staff in Cincinnati Children’s Center for Better Health and Nutrition in the evaluation and management of pediatric patients suffering from severe pediatric obesity and related complications.

    Dr. Xanthakos received her medical degree from Duke University in 1997 and a Master of Science degree in molecular epidemiology from the University of Cincinnati in 2006. Her post-doctoral training, including residency, chief residency and fellowship were completed at Cincinnati Children's and she joined the faculty in 2005. During her fellowship, Dr. Xanthakos investigated the prevalence and outcome of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in young adult women as her master’s thesis in molecular epidemiology. Her current clinical and translational research is focused on identify the predictors and outcome of obesity-related liver disease (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and steatohepatitis), in obese adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery. She is also a co-investigator in the NIH sponsored Teen LABS, a multicenter consortium investigating bariatric surgery in adolescents and in the NIH-sponsored NASH Clinical Research Network. Additional research interests of Dr. Xanthakos include the treatment and prevention of pediatric obesity, outcomes of bariatric surgery in adolescents, malnutrition in pediatric obesity, as well as identifying genetic and environmental risk factors for pediatric nonalcoholic fatty liver disease to enable better evaluation and treatment options. She also leads clinical quality improvement initiatives in the Steatohepatitis Center, which are aligned with divisional and institutional initiatives to achieve measurable improvements in children’s health and disease outcomes.

    Dr. Xanthakos has published extensively in the field of pediatric obesity, bariatric medicine and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. She regularly is invited to speak about pediatric obesity evaluation and management, particularly bariatric medicine, and pediatric nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

    Education and Training

    MD: Duke University, Durham, NC, 1997.

    MS: Molecular Epidemiology, University of Cincinnati, 2006.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1997-2000.

    Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH, 2000-01.

    Clinical Fellowship: Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, Cincinnati Children's , Cincinnati, OH, 2001-2004.

    Research Fellowship: Molecular Epidemiology in Children's Environmental Health, Masters of Science, 2002-2005.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2008; Pediatric Gastroenterology, 2005.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Adolescent Bariatrics: Assessing Health Benefits and Risks. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. July 2006 - April 2011. #U01DK072493.

    Coenzyme Q as a Novel Biomarker for the Severity of Steatohepatitis. Co-Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jun 2010 - May 2011. #P30DK078392.

    Biological Determinants of Steatohepatitis after Adolescent Bariatric Surgery. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. July 2008 - June 2013. #1K23DK080888.

    Clinical Research Network in Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH CRN). Site Principal investigator. National Institutes of Health. Aug 2009 - Apr 2014. #U01DK061732.