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William F. Balistreri, MD

  • 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



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.

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50 Years Ago in TheJournalofPediatrics: Hepatic Dysfunction Post-Kidney Transplant. Rogers, ME; Balistreri, WF. Journal of Pediatrics. 2022; 247.

The Journal of Pediatrics Turns 90! A Perspective on Progress, Opportunities, and Challenges. Balistreri, WF; Daniels, SR; Welch, TR; Long, SS; Jobe, AH; deRegnier, RA; Ross, LF; Fisher, PG; Goodman, DM; Jewett, KC. Journal of Pediatrics. 2022; 246:235-241.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in The Journal of Pediatrics. Fisher, PG; Long, SS; Cole, CR; Cohran, VC; Fuentes-Afflick, E; Krantz, I; Lion, KC; McDevitt, M; Ott, MA; Ross, LF; et al. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 236.

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.

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