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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.
Rohit Kohli, MBBS, MS Associate Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program
Associate Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program
Co-Director, Steatohepatitis Center
Attending Physician, Liver Care Center
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis; liver transplantation; mitochondrial hepatopathies
Obesity related fatty liver disease (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis)
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Carter-Kent C, Brunt EM, Yerian LM, Alkhouri N, Angulo P, Kohli R, Ling SC, Xanthakos SA, Whitington PF, Charatcharoenwitthaya P, Yap J, Lopez R, McCullough AJ, Feldstein AE. Relations of Steatosis Type, Grade, and Zonality to Histological Features in Pediatric Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2011 Feb;52(2):190-197.
Kohli R. Indian Childhood Cirrhosis- Revisited. J of Pediatr. 2010 Nov;157:766.
Kohli R, Kirby M, Xanthakos SA, Softic S, Feldstein AE, Saxena V, Tang PH, Miles L, Miles MV, Balistreri WF, Woods SC, Seeley RJ. High-fructose, medium chain trans fat diet induces liver fibrosis and elevates plasma coenzyme Q9 in a novel murine model of obesity and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Hepatology. 2010 Sep;52(3):934-44.
Kohli R, Kirby M, Setchell KD, Jha P, Klustaitis K, Woollett LA, Pfluger PT, Balistreri WF, Tso P, Jandacek RJ, Woods SC, Heubi JE, Tschoep MH, D'Alessio DA, Shroyer NF, Seeley RJ. Intestinal adaptation after ileal interposition surgery increases bile acid recycling and protects against obesity-related comorbidities. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2010 Sep;299(3):G652-60.
Kohli R, Boyd T, Lake K, Dietrich K, Nicholas L, Balistreri WF, Ebach D, Shashidhar H, Xanthakos SA. Rapid progression of NASH in childhood. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Apr;50(4):453-6.
Carter-Kent C, Brunt EM, Xanthakos SA, Kohli R, Whitington PF, Angulo P, Feldstein AE. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in children: a multicenter clinicopathological study. Hepatology. 2009 Oct; 50(4):1113-20.
Kohli R, Ramsingh H, Makkad B. The anesthetic management of ocular trauma. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2007 Summer;45(3):83-98. Review.
Kohli R, Pan X, Malladi P, Wainwright MS, Whitington PF. Mitochondrial reactive oxygen species signal hepatocyte steatosis by regulating the PI 3-kinase cell survival pathway. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2007 Jul 20;282(29):21327-36.
Sahai A, Pan X, Paul R, Malladi P, Kohli R, Whitington PF. Roles of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and osteopontin in steatosis and aminotransferase release by hepatocytes treated with methionine-choline deficient medium. American Journal of Physiology. 2006 Jul; 291(1): G55-62.
Kohli R, Alonso EM, Whitington PF. Liver Transplantation: The Recipient: Long-term Outcome: Pediatric Recipient. In Living Donor Organ Transplantation, Gruessner RWG, Benedetti E (Eds). New York: McGraw Hill, 2008.
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.
Stavra A. Xanthakos, MD, MS Co-Director, Steatohepatitis Center
Medical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens
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.
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.
Carter-Kent C, Alkhouri N, Yerian LM, Brunt EM, Angulo P, Kohli R, Ling SC, Xanthakos SA, Whitington PF, Charatcharoenwitthaya P, Yap J, Lopez R, McCullough AJ and Feldstein AE. The relationship of steatosis grade, zone and type to key histological features in children with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. 2011;52(2):190-7.
Kohli R, Kirby M, Xanthakos SA, Softic S, Feldstein AE, Saxena V, Tang PH, Miles L, Miles MV, Balistreri WF, Woods SC, Seeley RJ. High-fructose, medium chain trans fat diet induces liver fibrosis and elevates plasma coenzyme Q9 in a novel murine model of obesity and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Hepatology. 2010 Sep;52(3):934-44. Kohli R, Boyd T, Lake K, Dietrich K, Nicholas L, Balistreri WF, Ebach D, Shashidhar H, Xanthakos SA. Rapid progression of NASH in childhood. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Apr;50(4):453-6.
Xanthakos SA. Nutritional deficiencies in obesity and after bariatric surgery. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2009 Oct;56(5):1105-21.
Inge TH, Xanthakos S. Sleeve gastrectomy for childhood morbid obesity: why not? Obes Surg. 2010 Jan;20(1):118-20. Inge TH, Jenkins TM, Zeller M, Dolan L, Daniels SR, Garcia VF, Brandt ML, Bean J, Gamm K, Xanthakos SA. Baseline BMI is a strong predictor of nadir BMI after adolescent gastric bypass. J Pediatr. 2010 Jan;156(1):103-108 Xanthakos SA. Bariatric surgery for extreme adolescent obesity: Indications, outcomes, and physiologic effects on the gut-brain axis. Pathophysiology. 2008 Aug;15(2):135-46. Roehrig HR, Xanthakos SA, Sweeney J, Zeller MH, Inge TH. Pregnancy after gastric bypass surgery in adolescents. Obes Surg. 2007 Jul;17(7):873-7. Miller RJ, Xanthakos SA, Hillard PJ, Inge TH. Bariatric surgery and adolescent gynecology. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Oct;19(5):427-33. Inge TH, Xanthakos SA, Zeller MH. Bariatric surgery for pediatric extreme obesity: now or later? Int J Obes (Lond). 2007 Jan;31(1):1-14.
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.
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