The Liver Center
Rapid, Accurate and Responsive Diagnosis and Treatment
Inside the Liver Center
Meet Dr. Alexander Weymann, Director of the Liver Center at Nationwide Children's
Liver Center (Hepatology)
The Liver Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is an integral part of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, caring for a wide range of liver diseases through medical management, surgery or potentially liver transplant.
If your child has a medical issue related to the liver, gallbladder and/or pancreas, they will be treated by the experts on the Liver Center team. This dedicated group of physicians, nurses and other professionals 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 the Liver Center physicians are committed to seeing all outpatient referrals within 48 hours.
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 Liver Center 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.
Babies in the 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 Liver Center 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.
The team of physicians, nurses and dietitians regularly sees children with chronic liver disease and other related issues in the outpatient clinic. Children with liver disease often have challenges with growth and take many types of medications. Staff work closely with families to educate them about their child’s nutritional and medicinal needs.
As the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic continues, one of the most common issues the Liver Center treats is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The 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.
The Liver Transplant Program is a part of a multi-organ transplant center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Led by Ken Washburn, MD, chief of Abdominal Transplant Surgery, the Liver Transplant Program utilizes a multidisciplinary team of experts including hepatologists, transplant surgeons, nurses, dietitians and social workers.
The 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 – including pre- and post-liver transplant care.
Alexander Weymann, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist, is the director of the Liver Center, and medical director of Liver Transplantation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. An assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Weymann is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatric Gastroenterology, as well as Pediatric Transplant Hepatology.
Monique L. Goldschmidt, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist, is assistant director of the Liver Center, and assistant medical director of Liver Transplantation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. An assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Goldschmidt earned her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, and completed her Pediatrics residency as well as fellowships in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and Advanced/Transplant Hepatology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Cheryl E. Gariepy, MD, is an Associate Professor of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is the Associate Director for Research of the Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship at Nationwide Children's. Her areas of clinical interest include genetic gastrointestinal disease and disorders of the liver and pancreas.
Carol Potter, MD, is an attending pediatric gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Potter specializes in liver disease.
Micheal Markham, BSN, RN, CCRN, is a registered nurse at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, serving as transplant nurse coordinator in the Liver Center. Micheal obtained his bachelor’s degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing and has been with Nationwide Children’s since 1995. His clinical background includes more than 10 years in the pediatric and cardiothoracic ICUs and more than nine years with the Heart Transplant and Heart Failure Program. He has interests in quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI) regulations and policy. Micheal is a clinical nursing instructor for Central Ohio Technical College and an active member of the several professional societies, including American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), American Nurses Association (ANA), National Association of Transplant Professionals (NATCO), American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN), International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) and Ohio Nurses Association (ONA).
Brittany Morrow, BSN, RN, CPN, is a registered nurse at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she serves as transplant nurse coordinator in the Liver Center. Brittany has been a certified pediatric nurse since 2010 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in 2012. Her clinical background has focused on providing care across the continuum for abdominal transplant patients. She began her career as a bedside nurse at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in nursing she became a transplant nurse coordinator at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where she spent four years specializing in the care of liver, intestinal and multi-organ transplant recipients. Her interests include providing exceptional and individualized care coordination to complex chronic patients, pre- and post-transplant patient and family education, and protocol and program development. She is an active member of the International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS).
Liver Center 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 current research studies or participating in a clinical trial.
Conditions We Treat
- Acute Liver Failure
- Alagille Syndrome
- Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
- Autoimmune Hepatitis
- Biliary Atresia
- Elevated Liver Enzymes
- Genetic Cholestatic Diseases in Infancy
- Glycogen Storage Disease
- Metabolic Liver Disorders
- Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
- Pre- and Post-Liver Transplant Patients
- Synthetic and Transport Defects
- Wilson Disease