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Jorge A. Bezerra, MD

  • 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
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.



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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Use of funded multicenter prospective longitudinal databases to inform clinical trials in rare diseases-Examination of cholestatic liver disease in Alagille syndrome. Shneider, BL; Kamath, BM; Magee, JC; Goodrich, NP; Loomes, KM; Ye, W; Spino, C; Alonso, EM; Molleston, JP; Bezerra, JA; et al. Hepatology Communications. 2022.

Serum Proteomics Uncovers Biomarkers of Clinical Portal Hypertension in Children With Biliary Atresia. Osborn, J; Mourya, R; Thanekar, U; Su, W; Fei, L; Shivakumar, P; Bezerra, JA. Hepatology Communications. 2022; 6:995-1004.

Risk of variceal hemorrhage and pretransplant mortality in children with biliary atresia. Bass, LM; Ye, W; Hawthorne, K; Leung, DH; Murray, KF; Molleston, JP; Romero, R; Karpen, S; Rosenthal, P; Loomes, KM; et al. Hepatology. 2022.

The Liver Biopsy in Neonatal Cholestasis: Just a Cherry on Top?. Russi, AE; Pandurangi, S; Bezerra, JA. Clinical Liver Disease. 2022; 19:111-113.

Biliary organoids uncover delayed epithelial development and barrier function in biliary atresia. Amarachintha, SP; Mourya, R; Ayabe, H; Yang, L; Luo, Z; Li, X; Thanekar, U; Shivakumar, P; Bezerra, JA. Hepatology. 2022; 75:89-103.

The 2020 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology for the Discovery of Hepatitis C Virus: A Triumph of Curiosity and Persistence. Ghany, MG; Lok, AS F; Dienstag, JL; Feinstone, SM; Hoofnagle, JH; Jake Liang, T; Seeff, LB; Cohen, DE; Bezerra, JA; Chung, RT. Hepatology. 2021; 74:2813-2823.

Presentation and Outcomes of Infants With Idiopathic Cholestasis: A Multicenter Prospective Study. Hertel, PM; Hawthorne, K; Kim, S; Finegold, MJ; Shneider, BL; Squires, JE; Gupta, NA; Bull, LN; Murray, KF; Kerkar, N; et al. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2021; 73:478-484.

High Mobility Group Box 1 Release by Cholangiocytes Governs Biliary Atresia Pathogenesis and Correlates With Increases in Afflicted Infants. Mohanty, SK; Donnelly, B; Temple, H; Ortiz-Perez, A; Mowery, S; Lobeck, I; Dupree, P; Poling, HM; McNeal, M; Mourya, R; et al. Hepatology. 2021; 74:864-878.

A single-cell view of biliary atresia. Russi, AE; Bezerra, JA. Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2021; 18:219-220.

Biliary Atresia and Other Disorders of the Extrahepatic Bile Ducts. Bezerra, JA; Asai, A; Tiao, G; Mullapudi, B; Balistreri, WF. Liver Disease in Children. 2021.

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