John C. Bucuvalas, MD

Director, Integrated Solid Organ Transplant Program

Associate Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Care Center

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4415

Fax 513-636-7805


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.

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 1985.

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

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

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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.

Campbell KM, Bucuvalas JC. Renal function in the long term after pediatric liver transplantation: is there a need for protocol kidney biopsies? Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2010 Oct;15(5):608-13.

Bucuvalas J. Long-term outcomes in pediatric liver transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2009 Nov;15 Suppl 2:S6-11.

Bucuvalas JC, Anand R; Studies of Pediatric Liver Transplantation Research Group. Treatment with immunoglobulin improves outcome for pediatric liver transplant recipients. Liver Transpl. 2009 Nov;15(11):1564-9.

Bucuvalas JC, Alonso E, Magee JC, Talwalkar J, Hanto D, Doo E. Improving long-term outcomes after liver transplantation in children. Am J Transplant. 2008 Dec;8(12):2506-13.

Bucuvalas JC, Alonso E. Long-term outcomes after liver transplantation in children. Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2008 Jun;13(3):247-51. Review.

Ryckman FC, Bucuvalas JC, Nathan J, Alonso M, Tiao G, Balistreri WF. Outcomes following liver transplantation. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2008 May;17(2):123-30.

Bucuvalas JC, Campbell KM, Cole CR, Guthery SL. Outcomes after liver transplantation: keep the end in mind. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2006 Jul;43 Suppl 1:S41-8.

Campbell KM, Yazigi N, Ryckman FC, Alonso M, Tiao G, Balistreri WF, Atherton H, Bucuvalas JC. High prevalence of renal dysfunction in long-term survivors after pediatric liver transplantation. J Pediatr. 2006 Apr;148(4):475-80.

Xanthakos S, Miles L, Bucuvalas J, Daniels S, Garcia V, Inge T. Histologic spectrum of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in morbidly obese adolescents. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2006 Feb;4(2):226-32.