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Medical Director, Intestinal Care Center

Medical Director, Small Bowel Transplantation Program

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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"I try my best to educate patients and their families about their disorders so that we can partner to find good health for them."

My Biography & Research


As a pediatric gastroenterologist, I specialize in intestinal rehabilitation and intestinal transplantation. I try my best to educate patients and their families about their disorders so that we can partner to find good health for them.

I was inspired to pursue my career by my mentors at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the 1970s. These include Drs. Frederick Blodgett, Elaine Koehler, Walter Hogan and Conrad Soergel.

I am the medical director of the Intestinal Care Center and the Small Bowel Transplantation Program in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. I follow Hippocrates’ credo that wherever the art of medicine is loved, there should be a love of humanity. Being able to help others is my highest calling.

In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics awarded me the Murray Davidson Award. This award recognizes excellence in both clinical care and research, along with a humanitarian outlook toward medicine. In 2014, I won the faculty teaching award bestowed upon me by our gastroenterology fellows at Cincinnati Children’s. I am especially proud of this award because I have always believed that teaching is the noblest of our duties as academicians.

In my research, I am working on the use of glucagon-like polypeptide 2 to improve intestinal function among patients with short bowel syndrome. I’m also looking to identify improved immunosuppressive regimens for children needing intestinal transplantation.

I am an avid downhill skier, and I own a cabin at the foot of Discovery Basin in Montana. Unfortunately, I only have the opportunity to ski about 15 days per year. In the summer, when I visit Montana, you can see me wearing a pair of waders and fly fishing for trout in many of the blue-ribbon trout streams within two hours of my cabin.

Additional Languages

Greek, Spanish

Clinical Interests

Management of complex intestinal and liver disease; small bowel transplantation; general disorders of the gastrointestinal tract

Research Interests

Altered bile acid metabolism in gastrointestinal disease; small bowel transplantation; inflammatory bowel disease; short bowel syndrome

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Gastroenterology GI, Liver Care, Liver Transplant, Intestinal Disorders

Research Divisions

Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition

My Locations

My Education

BS: DePauw University, Greencastle, IN.

MD: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

Residency: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

Fellowship: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

My Publications

Operational tolerance after pediatric composite liver-pancreas-intestine transplantation following severe graft-versus-host disease. Osborn, J; Nathan, JD; Tiao, G; Alonso, M; Kocoshis, S. Pediatric Transplantation. 2021.

50 Years Ago in TheJournalofPediatrics: You Are What You Eat: "tu sei quello che mangi ". Orkin, SH; Kocoshis, SA. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 232.

Safety Findings in Pediatric Patients During Long-Term Treatment With Teduglutide for Short-Bowel Syndrome-Associated Intestinal Failure: Pooled Analysis of 4 Clinical Studies. Hill, S; Carter, BA; Cohran, V; Horslen, S; Kaufman, SS; Kocoshis, SA; Mercer, DF; Merritt, RJ; Pakarinen, MP; Protheroe, S; et al. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2021.

Even When the Wound Is Healed, the Scar Remains . Kocoshis, SA. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 230:11-12.

Phenotypic diversity in clinical and manometric characteristics of pediatric patients with ACTG2 mutations. Pandurangi, S; El-Chammas, K; Kocoshis, SA; Kaul, A. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. 2021; 66.

Safety and Efficacy of Teduglutide in Pediatric Patients With Intestinal Failure due to Short Bowel Syndrome: A 24-Week, Phase III Study. Kocoshis, SA; Merritt, RJ; Hill, S; Protheroe, S; Carter, BA; Horslen, S; Simin, H; Hu, S; Kaufman, SS; Mercer, DF; et al. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2020; 44:621-631.

Evaluation of a change in cytomegalovirus prevention strategy following pediatric solid organ transplantation. Pangonis, S; Paulsen, G; Andersen, H; Flores, F; Miethke, A; Peters, A; Kocoshis, S; Lazear, D; Garr, B; Schecter, M; et al. Transplant Infectious Disease. 2020; 22.

Esophageal dysmotility: An intrinsic feature of megacystis, microcolon, hypoperistalsis syndrome (MMIHS). Kocoshis, SA; Goldschmidt, ML; Nathan, JD; El-Chammas, KI; Bondoc, AJ; Tiao, GM; Alonso, MH; Ubesie, AC; Cole, CR; Kaul, A. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2019; 54:1303-1307.

Evidence-Based Strategies and Recommendations for Preservation of Central Venous Access in Children. Baskin, KM; Mermel, LA; Saad, TF; Journeycake, JM; Schaefer, CM; Modi, BP; Vrazas, JI; Gore, B; Drews, BB; Doellman, D; et al. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2019; 43:591-614.

P2.37: Variance in peripheral blood absolute lymphocyte counts as a predictor of exfoliative rejection in small bowel transplant recipients. Owen, D; Hemmelgarn, T; Collins, M; Bondon, A; Tiao, G; Alonso, M; Kocoshis, S. Transplantation. 2019; 103:s101-s101.