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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


I have worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for more than forty years to better understand liver diseases, such as viral hepatitis, chronic cholestasis, metabolic liver disease and the outcomes of liver transplant in children. Initially driven by curiosity, I work to find a cure for these types of diseases, so children can live better, more fulfilling lives.

I served as the director of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition for 25 years. My research publications (over 580 to date) have helped broaden our understanding of many aspects of liver disease in children.

In 2000, I became the first pediatrician to serve as president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. I have also received numerous awards and honors, including:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Murray Davidson Award
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, Distinguished Service Award
  • American Gastroenterological Association, Distinguished Educator Award
  • Canadian Liver Foundation and the Canadian Association for the Study of Liver, Andrew Sass-Kortsak Memorial Award
  • Cincinnati Pediatric Society, Founder’s Award
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Distinguished Leadership Award
  • Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Outstanding Pediatrician Award
  • North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Shwachman Award
  • University of Buffalo, Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine Daniel Drake Medal

I have also been listed among the Best Doctors in America numerous times in a variety of publications. I thank all the volunteers who continue to help us better understand liver disease.

Clinical Interests

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

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

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

Research Divisions

Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition

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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

Academic Skills: Publications. Balistreri, WF; Albertine, KH; Bearer, CF. Pediatric Research. 2021.

Cascade of care for children and adolescents with chronic hepatitis C. Rogers, ME; Balistreri, WF. World Journal of Gastroenterology. 2021; 27:1117-1131.

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.

The Nimbleness and Resource Costs of Expedited Review and Concerns of Duplicate Publication: SARS-CoV-2 Manuscripts Submitted to The Journal of Pediatrics. Long, SS; Welch, TR; Madan, RP; McDevitt, M; Balistreri, WF. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 229:5-7.

Introducing Jorge A. Bezerra, M.D., Our 2020 AASLD President. Balistreri, WF. Hepatology. 2020; 72:801-806.

COVID-19 and the Editorial Process: Reflections from The Journal of Pediatrics. Welch, TR; Long, SS; Madan, RP; McDevit, M; Balistreri, WF. Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; 224:4-5.

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.

Treatment of Hepatitis C: A New Paradigm toward Viral Eradication. Squires, JE; Balistreri, WF. Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; 221:12-22.e1.

Ledipasvir-Sofosbuvir for 12 Weeks in Children 3 to <6 Years Old With Chronic Hepatitis C. Schwarz, KB; Rosenthal, P; Murray, KF; Honegger, JR; Hardikar, W; Hague, R; Mittal, N; Massetto, B; Brainard, DM; Hsueh, C; et al. Hepatology. 2020; 71:422-430.

Sofosbuvir and Ribavirin Therapy for Children Aged 3 to <12 Years With Hepatitis C Virus Genotype 2 or 3 Infection. Rosenthal, P; Schwarz, KB; Gonzalez-Peralta, RP; Lin, C; Kelly, DA; Nightingale, S; Balistreri, WF; Bansal, S; Jonas, MM; Massetto, B; et al. Hepatology. 2020; 71:31-43.