John C. Bucuvalas, MD

Attending Physician, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-1791

Fax 513-636-7805



Transplant hepatology


Outcomes; operational tolerance in solid organ transplant recipients

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Dr. Bucuvalas has a broad background in transplant hepatology. He has published broadly on outcomes following liver transplantation and am co-investigator for a study designed to study the Etiopathogenesis and clinical outcome for Medical Adherence in Liver Transplant Recipients. He serves as the protocol chair and have work closely with the PI, Dr. Sandy Feng, in parent study (Immunosuppression Withdrawal for Stable Pediatric Liver Transplant Recipients). He has established strong ties with pediatric solid organ transplant community both internal to Cincinnati Children's and external to Cincinnati Children's thru NIAID, ITN and CTOT. He also has strong ties and collaborations with the liver transplant community thru SPLIT, AST and UNOS.

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 1986.

Research Scholar: Gastroenterology, Children's Hospital Research Foundation, Cincinnati, OH, 1985 to 1986.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1983; Pediatric Gastroenterology, 1990, re-certified, 1997, 2004; Transplant hepatology (CAQ), 2006.

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Gilroy R, Bucuvalas J. Share 35 has us too wary of strangers bearing gifts. Liver Transpl. 2016;22:159–160.

Goldstein SL, Kirkendall E, Nguyen H, Schaffzin JK, Bucuvalas J, Bracke T, Seid M, Ashby M, Foertmeyer N, Brunner L, Lesko A, Barclay C, Lannon C, Muething S. Electronic health record identification of nephrotoxin exposure and associated acute kidney injury. Pediatrics. 2013;132:e756-67.

Bucuvalas J, Filipovich L, Yazigi N, Narkewicz MR, Ng V, Belle SH, Zhang S, Squires RH. Immunophenotype predicts outcome in pediatric acute liver failure. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013;56:311-5.

Englesbe RM, Kelly B, Goss J, Fecteau A, Mitchell J, Andrews W, Krapohl G, Magee J, Mazariegos G, Horslen S, Bucuvalas J. Reducing Pediatric Liver Transplant Complications: A Potential Roadmap for Transplant Quality Improvement Initiatives within North America. American Journal of Transplantation. 2012;12:2301-2306.

Ng VL, Alonso EM, Bucuvalas JC, et al. Health Status of Children Alive 10 Years after Pediatric Liver Transplantation Performed in the US and Canada: Report of the Studies of Pediatric Liver Transplantation Experience. J Pediatr. 2012;160:820-6. 

Campbell K, Ng V, Martin S, Magee J, Goebel J, Anand R, Martz K, Bucuvalas J; SPLIT Renal Function Working Group. Glomerular filtration rate following pediatric liver transplantation--the SPLIT experience. Am J Transplant. 2010 Dec;10(12):2673-82.

Venkat V, Nick T, Wang Y, Bucuvalas JC. An Objective Measure to Identify Pediatric Liver Transplant Recipients at Risk for Late Allograft Rejection Related to Non-Adherence. Pediatric Transplantation. 2007;12:67-72.

Squires R, Shneider BL, Bucuvalas JC, Alonso E, Sokol RJ, Narkewicz MR et al. Acute liver failure in children: the first 348 patients in the pediatric acute liver failure study group. J Pediatr. 2006;148:652-8.

Bucuvalas JC, Frederick FC, Arya G, Andrew B, Lesko A, Cole C, James B, Kotagal U. A Novel Approach to Managing Variation Outpatient Therapeutic Monitoring of Calcineurin Inhibitor Blood Levels in Liver Transplant Recipients. J Pediatrics. 2005;146:744-750.

Bucuvalas JC, Britto M, Krug S, Ryckman FC, Atherton H, Alonso M, Balistreri and Kotagal U. Health-Related Quality Of Life In Pediatric Liver Transplant Recipients: A Single Center Study. Liver Transplantation. 2003;9:62-71.