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Director, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Care Center

Recruitment Director, Child Health Research Career Development Award

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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My Biography & Research


As a pediatric gastroenterologist and researcher, I strive to provide the best possible care to children with liver disease and to discover new diagnostic tests and new treatments to improve their outcomes. I believe that every child deserves personalized care.

I am inspired by the children I see. In caring for them, I am grateful to their parents who are always eager to work with me and the liver team to restore their health. I truly enjoy working with the liver team and with colleagues from other specialties to make our clinic a “one-stop-shop” where patients can benefit from multidisciplinary care and the timely access to treatment.

In my practice, I value listening to my patients and their parents. I want to learn not just about their condition, but also what makes them happy. My team and I are passionate about providing excellent care to children with liver disease, and we work together to choose state-of-the-art treatment that will fit their precise needs.

I am honored that my colleagues nominated me for listing among the Top Doctors in Cincinnati, as well as electing me to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians. In 2020, I will serve the field of hepatology as the president of the American Association for Studies of Liver Diseases, the largest liver association in the world. Their mission is to prevent and cure liver diseases in children and adults. I am also honored to hold a professorship named for legendary Cincinnati Children’s gastroenterologist Dr. William Balistreri.

When I am not helping patients or doing research, I enjoy being with my family, road biking and reading.

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Research Interests

Digestive Health Center

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Gastroenterology GI, Liver Care, Liver Transplant, Autoimmune Liver Disease

Research Divisions


Blog Posts

Bezerra Begins Role as AASLD President

Digestive System

Bezerra Begins Role as AASLD President

Jorge A. Bezerra, MD1/8/2020

In Mice, a Common Antioxidant Boosts Biliary Atresia Survival

Digestive System

In Mice, a Common Antioxidant Boosts Biliary Atresia Survival

Jorge A. Bezerra, MD8/12/2019

My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

Regulation of bile duct epithelial injury by hepatic CD71+ erythroid cells. Yang, L; Shivakumar, P; Kinder, J; Way, SS; Donnelly, B; Mourya, R; Luo, Z; Bezerra, JA. JCI insight. 2020; 5.

Congenital Portosystemic Shunts in Children: Associations, Complications, and Outcomes. DiPaola, F; Trout, AT; Walther, AE; Gupta, A; Sheridan, R; Campbell, KM; Tiao, G; Bezerra, JA; Bove, KE; Patel, M; et al. Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 2020; 65:1239-1251.

Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Preschool and School Aged Children with Biliary Atresia and Their Native Liver. Squires, JE; Ng, VL; Hawthorne, K; Henn, LL; Sorensen, LG; Fredericks, EM; Alonso, EM; Murray, KF; Loomes, KM; Karpen, SJ; et al. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2020; 70:79-86.

Gene Expression Signatures Associated With Survival Times of Pediatric Patients With Biliary Atresia Identify Potential Therapeutic Agents. Luo, Z; Shivakumar, P; Mourya, R; Gutta, S; Bezerra, JA. Gastroenterology. 2019; 157:1138-1152.e14.

Identification of Polycystic Kidney Disease 1 Like 1 Gene Variants in Children With Biliary Atresia Splenic Malformation Syndrome. Berauer, J; Mezina, AI; Okou, DT; Sabo, A; Muzny, DM; Gibbs, RA; Hegde, MR; Chopra, P; Cutler, DJ; Perlmutter, DH; et al. Hepatology. 2019; 70:899-910.

Prospective Assessment of Ultrasound Shear Wave Elastography for Discriminating Biliary Atresia from other Causes of Neonatal Cholestasis. Dillman, JR; DiPaola, FW; Smith, SJ; Barth, RA; Asai, A; Lam, S; Campbell, KM; Bezerra, JA; Tiao, GM; Trout, AT. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 212:60-65.e3.

Visualizing structures in confocal microscopy datasets through clusterization: A case study on bile ducts. Beltran, LA C; Cruz, CU; dos Santos, JL; Shivakumar, P; Bezerra, J; Freitas, CM D S; IEEE, . (2019) IEEE. 2019-June:405-410.

Correlation of Immune Markers With Outcomes in Biliary Atresia Following Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy. Kim, S; Moore, J; Alonso, E; Bednarek, J; Bezerra, JA; Goodhue, C; Karpen, SJ; Loomes, KM; Magee, JC; Ng, VL; et al. Hepatology Communications. 2019; 3:685-696.

Single cell RNA sequencing reveals regional heterogeneity of hepatobiliary innate lymphoid cells in a tissue-enriched fashion. Peters, AL; Luo, Z; Li, J; Mourya, R; Wang, Y; Dexheimer, P; Shivakumar, P; Aronow, B; Bezerra, JA. PLoS ONE. 2019; 14:e0215481-e0215481.

A Phase I/IIa Trial of Intravenous Immunoglobulin Following Portoenterostomy in Biliary Atresia. Mack, CL; Spino, C; Alonso, EM; Bezerra, JA; Moore, J; Goodhue, C; Ng, VL; Karpen, SJ; Venkat, V; Loomes, KM; et al. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2019; 68:495-501.