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Children's Names New Hepatology Director To Develop Cutting-Edge Liver Disease Management Program

Benjamin L. Shneider, MD, has been named director of Pediatric Hepatology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Dr. Shneider comes to Children's Hospital from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he served as chief of Pediatric Hepatology and was a tenured professor of Pediatrics.

Dr. Shneider brings to Children's extensive experience in liver disease in children and a special interest in utilizing and developing novel therapies to help children with liver disease avoid or delay the need for transplantation. Hepatology is the branch of medicine that is concerned with disorders of the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts.

"Children's is one of the finest pediatric providers in the nation. I wanted to be a part of that, all the while developing a quality pediatric hepatology program that provides cutting-edge therapies for children with liver disease and performs state-of-the-art research," Dr. Shneider said. "A comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to care and treatment provided by a team of experts in pediatric disorders is essential for optimal outcomes, and that is truly what we are striving toward."

Dr. Shneider completed his undergraduate work at Stanford University in California, earning a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago. He completed his internship and residency at Children's Hospital Boston and was a fellow, then faculty member, at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

"We are very pleased to have someone of Dr. Shneider's caliber here at Children's to ensure continued growth in pediatric hepatology and to provide outstanding multidisciplinary care for children with liver disease through clinical and research advancements," said David H. Perlmutter, MD, physician-in-chief and scientific director at Children's and the Vira I. Heinz Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "The depth of talent in the area of pediatric liver disease has grown dramatically at Children's and when combined with the expertise in liver disease and transplantation at UPMC it constitutes one of the strongest clinical and research programs I could imagine."

Dr. Shneider is a member of the Scientific Program Committee for the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). He is a principal investigator of three National Institutes of Health grants, including basic investigations of bile acid transport, molecular mechanisms of cholestasis and clinical/translational studies of biliary atresia, rare cholestatic liver diseases and acute liver failure.

Dr. Shneider is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Society for Pediatric Research, American Gastroenterological Association and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology.

Learn more about Children's Hepatology Center.


Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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July 19, 2011
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Last Update
July 19, 2011