Hepatology Program

Part of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, the Hepatology Program offers consultative services and comprehensive care for children with a wide range of liver and hepatobiliary disorders. Among the services provided at the Hepatology Program are:

  • Inpatient and outpatient consultation
  • Diagnosis using a variety of serologic, metabolic, molecular, histologic, radiographic and endoscopic examinations
  • Comprehensive therapeutic plans and consultations including, but not limited to:
    • Viral hepatitis
    • Cholestasis
    • Autoimmune liver disease
    • Portal hypertension
    • Metabolic liver disease
    • Wilson disease
    • Cirrhosis and its complications
  • Collaborative consultation and care with the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation and the Division of Pediatric Surgery for liver transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery (biliary atresia, biliary cysts, liver tumors, portosystemic shunts, etc.) and other innovative surgical approaches to liver disease in children.
  • Care plan coordination
  • Long-term follow-up care
  • State-of-the-art clinical research
  • Biliary atresia
  • Cholestatic liver disease
  • Acute liver failure

Referral Requirements

Referrals are not required from primary care physicians or other Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh specialty services. Referrals for patients enrolled in managed care insurance plans may require authorization from the insurance provider and primary care physician.

All necessary referral and authorization forms must be received before the patient’s visit. Prior submission of medical records, imaging studies and biopsy slides are recommended for optimal consultation.



Feras T. Alissa , MD

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Zahida Khan , MD, PhD

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Dale Eugene King , MD

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James E. Squires , MD

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Robert H. Squires , MD

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Veena Lalita Venkat , MD

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  • Hepatology

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    Pittsburgh, PA, 15224