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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



Board Certified

"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."

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.

Additional Languages


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

Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition

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

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.

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. 2021.

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.

Autoimmune Hepatitis: Predictors of Native Liver Survival in Children and Adolescents. Porta, G; de Carvalho, E; Santos, JL; Gama, J; Bezerra, JA; Borges, CV; Seixas, RB P M; Ferreira, A; Miura, IK; Silveira, TR; et al. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 229:95-101.e3.

Longitudinal Outcomes in Young Patients with Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency with Native Liver Reveal that Neonatal Cholestasis is a Poor Predictor of Future Portal Hypertension. Rosenthal, P; Hawthorne, K; Spino, C; Bass, LM; Murray, KF; Kerkar, N; Magee, JC; Karpen, S; Heubi, JE; Molleston, JP; et al. Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; 227:81-86.e4.

Modeling Outcomes in Children With Biliary Atresia With Native Liver After 2 Years of Age. Venkat, V; Ng, VL; Magee, JC; Ye, W; Hawthorne, K; Harpavat, S; Molleston, JP; Murray, KF; Wang, KS; Soufi, N; et al. Hepatology Communications. 2020; 4:1824-1834.

Nonfasted Liver Stiffness Correlates with Liver Disease Parameters and Portal Hypertension in Pediatric Cholestatic Liver Disease. Shneider, BL; Goodrich, NP; Ye, W; Sawyers, C; Molleston, JP; Merion, RM; Leung, DH; Karpen, SJ; Kamath, BM; Cavallo, L; et al. Hepatology Communications. 2020; 4:1694-1707.

Natural Course of Pediatric Portal Hypertension. Kassam, A; Goddard, GR; Johnston, ME; Cortez, AR; Trout, AT; Jenkins, TM; Miethke, AG; Campbell, KM; Bezerra, JA; Balistreri, WF; et al. Hepatology Communications. 2020; 4:1346-1352.

Clinical Best Practice Advice for Hepatology and Liver Transplant Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: AASLD Expert Panel Consensus Statement. Fix, OK; Hameed, B; Fontana, RJ; Kwok, RM; McGuire, BM; Mulligan, DC; Pratt, DS; Russo, MW; Schilsky, ML; Verna, EC; et al. Hepatology. 2020; 72:287-304.