Hepatology :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Hepatology

If your child has a medical issue related to the liver, gallbladder and/or pancreas, they will be treated by the experts on our Hepatology team. This dedicated group provides a range of specialized inpatient and outpatient services for children with inherited or acquired conditions. Liver problems can be life-threatening and life-changing. Quick evaluation, correct diagnosis and early treatment can impact long-term health, so our physicians are committed to seeing all outpatient referrals within 24 hours. 

Our Team

Our comprehensive team of physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and dietitians has extensive experience in helping families navigate the practical, emotional and financial aspects of caring for a child with liver disease and related conditions. Children requiring procedures are seen by a dedicated surgical team that specializes in treating hepatic disorders.

Conditions Treated

  • Jaundice
  • Cholestasis
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Alagille Syndrome
  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Glycogen Storage Disease
  • Hepatitis A, B and C
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
  • Pre- and Post-Liver Transplant Patients
  • Rare Disorders of Bile Acid Synthesis and Transport
  • Synthetic and Transport Defects
  • Wilson’s Disease

Our Continuum of Care 

Many liver conditions can start at birth and continue through childhood. Others may be acquired later in life through an infection or a reaction to a drug. The Hepatology team is structured to provide continuity of care as a child transitions from inpatient to outpatient management and pediatric to adult care, helping ensure the very best outcomes. 

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): Babies in our NICU are paired with one physician team member while they are at the hospital. Once the babies are discharged, the same physician will provide follow-up care on an outpatient basis.  
  • Inpatient Consult Services: Every day, the Hepatology team evaluates children who are in the hospital for other medical reasons, but may show signs of having liver issues. They coordinate inpatient care with the other medical teams, and if necessary, will continue to see the child on an outpatient basis.
  • Outpatient Clinic: Our team of physicians, nurses and dietitians regularly see children with chronic liver disease and other related issues in our outpatient clinic. Children with liver disease often have challenges with growth and take many types of medications. Our staff works closely with families to educate them about their child’s nutritional and medicinal needs. 

Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition

As the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic continues, one of the most common issues our Hepatology team treats is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The Hepatology team works closely with health care professionals in the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition to monitor and manage fatty liver disease as children undergo weight reduction treatments. Complications from untreated fatty liver disease can lead to permanent scarring and the need for a liver transplant in adulthood.  

Hepatology Research

Our physicians collaborate with other scientists around the nation to evaluate the impact of new treatments for liver diseases like hepatitis C – and the impact of other types of medications on liver health. Learn more about our research studies or participating in a clinical trial.

Hepatology Referrals and Appointments

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000