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Samuel A. Kocoshis, MD

  • Medical Director, Intestinal Care Center
  • Medical Director, Small Bowel Transplantation Program
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I try my best to educate patients and their families about their disorders so that we can partner to find good health for them.
Samuel A. Kocoshis, MD



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.

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.


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

Services and Specialties

Gastroenterology GI, Liver Care, Liver Transplant, Intestinal Disorders


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

Research Areas

Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition

Additional Languages

Greek, Spanish

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Red cell abnormalities characterized by ektacytometry in children with cholestasis. Kocoshis, TS; Kalfa, TA; Miethke, AG; Balistreri, WF; Seu, KG; Slaughter, CG; Singh, R; Mullen, M; Kocoshis, SA. Pediatric Research. 2024; 95:1035-1040.

Chronic Mucosal Inflammation in Pediatric Intestinal Failure Patients-A Unique Phenomenon. Moran-Lev, H; Kocoshis, SA; Oliveira, SB; Helmrath, M; Cole, CR. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2023; 77:e29-e35.

Pediatric Intestinal Transplantation Management and Outcomes. McNelis, K; Rogers, ME; Kocoshis, S. NeoReviews.org. 2023; 24:e431-e439.

84: Inflammatory Bowel Disease-Like Findings in Pediatric Intestinal Failure Patients. Oliveira, S; Moran-Lev, H; Helmrath, M; Cole, C; Kocoshis, S. Transplantation. 2023; 107:50.

Teduglutide for the treatment of short bowel syndrome: a double-edged sword?. Oliveira, SB; Kocoshis, SA. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2023; 117:1057-1058.

Late-onset peritoneal inclusion cysts (PIC) in adolescents undergoing major gastrointestinal surgery. Moran-Lev, H; Kocoshis, SA. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. 2023; 91:102592.

Pitfalls of iron supplementation in parenteral nutrition admixtures for children with intestinal failure. Herdes, RE; Oliveira, SB; Kocoshis, SA; Bernieh, A; Namjoshi, SS. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2022; 46:1944-1947.

50 Years Ago in TheJournalofPediatrics: Parenteral Nutrition in Pediatric Patients: Recipe for Survival. Klepper, C; Kocoshis, SA. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2022; 244:e1-e2.

50 Years Ago in TheJournalofPediatrics: Growing and Adapting Despite Intestinal Failure. Ali, F; Kocoshis, SA. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2022; 241:82.

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; 25:e14069.

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