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Dorothy M. M. Kersten Professor of Pediatrics

Director Emeritus, Pediatric Liver Care Center

Medical Director Emeritus, Liver Transplantation

Program Director Emeritus, Fellowship in Transplant Hepatology

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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My Biography & Research


Through more than 550 publications, Balistreri has helped to clarify the understanding of many aspects of liver diseases in children.

Balistreri has been editor of The Journal of Pediatrics since 1995. He is the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and co-editor, associate editor, guest editor, reviewer and member of numerous editorial boards of several journals. He is co-editor of the prestigious text Liver Disease in Children.

In 2000, Balistreri became the first pediatrician to serve as president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. He has received numerous awards. These include the Distinguished Leadership Award from the CCFA; the Andrew Sass-Kortsak Memorial Award from the Canadian Liver Foundation and the Canadian Association for the Study of Liver; the Murray Davidson Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics; the prestigious Shwachman Award from the NASPGHAN; the Founder's Award, Cincinnati Pediatric Society; The Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Buffalo; The Daniel Drake Medal, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine; the Distinguished Service Award from AASLD; and the Distinguished Educator Award from the American Gastroenterological Association. He received the Outstanding Pediatrician award from the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for distinguished achievements in pediatric care and in the education of patients and physicians.

In 2012, NASPGHAN established the William F. Balistreri, MD, Prize for Excellence in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. This award will recognize outstanding achievement in an area relevant to the field to be bestowed each year at the annual NASPGHAN meeting.

Balistreri joined Cincinnati Children's in 1978. He served as division director of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition for 25 years.

Balistreri has been listed multiple times in Best Doctors in America.

Clinical Interests

Liver disease (cholestasis, viral hepatitis, metabolic liver disease; liver transplantation); celiac disease.

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Gastroenterology, Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition, Liver Care Center, Liver Transplant Center, Center for Autoimmune Liver Disease, Best Doctors 2017-18

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My Education

BA: State University of New York at Buffalo, NY, 1966.

MD: University of Buffalo School of Medicine, NY, 1970.

Internship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (University of Cincinnati School of Medicine), Cincinnati, OH, 1970 to 1972.

Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (University of Cincinnati School of Medicine), Cincinnati, OH, 1971 to 1972.

Fellowship: Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1973 to 1974.

Research Fellowship: Gastroenterology, Mayo Foundation, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 1973 to 1975.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1975 (renewed 1992); Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 1990 (certificate #2; renewed 1997, 2004, and 2014).

Subspecialty Certification: 2006, American Board of Pediatrics (certificate #004 Pediatric Transplant Hepatology).

My Publications

Xanthakos SA, Podberesky DJ, Serai S, Miles L, King EC, Balistreri WF, Kohli R. Use of magnetic resonance elastography to assess hepatic fibrosis in children with chronic liver disease. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2014 Jan;164(1):186-8.

Balistreri WF, Master’s Perspective. Growth and Development of a New Subspecialty: Pediatric Hepatology. HEPATOLOGY. 2013;58:458-476.

Molleston JP, Mellman W, Narkewicz MR, Balistreri WF, Gonzalez-Peralta RP, Jonas M, Lobritto SJ, Mohan P, Murray KF, Rosenthal P, Robuck PR, Barton BA, Schwarz KB, Haber B for the PEDS-C Clinical Research Network. Auto-antibodies and Autoimmune Disease During Treatment of Children with Hepatitis C. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013;56:304-310.

Jonas MM, Balistreri W, González-Peralta RP, Haber B, Lobritto S, Mohan P, Molleston JP, Murray KF, Narkewicz MR, Rosenthal P, Schwarz KB, Barton BA, Shepherd J, Robuck PR, Mitchell PD, Duggan C. Peginterferon for Chronic Hepatitis C in Children affects growth and body composition: Results from the Pediatric Study of Hepatitis C (PEDS-C) Trial. Hepatology. 2012 Aug;56(2):523-31.

Schwarz KB, Gonzalez-Peralta R, Murray K, Molleston J, Haber B, Jonas M, Mohan P, Balistreri W, Rosenthal P, Narkewicz M, Smith L, Robuck P, Barton B for the PEDS C Clinical Research Network. The combination of ribavirin and peginterferon is superior to perinterferon and placebo for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Hepatitis C: The Peds-C Trial. Gastroenterology. 2011;140:450-458.

Kohli R, Kirby M, Xanthakos SA, Softic S, Feldstein AE, Saxena V, Tang PH, Miles L, Miles MV, Balistreri WF, Woods SC, Seeley RJ. High-fructose, medium chain trans fat diet induces liver fibrosis and elevates plasma coenzyme Q9 in a novel murine model of obesity and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Hepatology. 2010 Sep;52(3):934-44.

Kohli R, Kirby M, Setchell KD, Jha P, Klustaitis K, Woollett LA, Pfluger PT, Balistreri WF, Tso P, Jandacek RJ, Woods SC, Heubi JE, Tschoep MH, D'Alessio DA, Shroyer NF, Seeley RJ. Intestinal adaptation after ileal interposition surgery increases bile acid recycling and protects against obesity-related comorbidities. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2010 Sep;299(3):G652-60. 

Kohli R, Boyd T, Lake K, Dietrich K, Nicholas L, Balistreri WF, Ebach D, Shashidhar H, Xanthakos SA. Rapid progression of NASH in childhood. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Apr;50(4):453-6.

Leonis MA, Balistreri WF. Evaluation and management of end-stage liver disease in children. Gastroenterology. 2008 May;134(6):1741-51.

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.