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Kathleen B Schwarz, M.D.

Director Pediatric Liver Center
Professor of Pediatrics

Female  | Languages: English, French, Spanish

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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  • Director Pediatric Liver Center
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplant Program
  • Professor of Pediatrics

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-955-8769

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-8765
Fax: 410-955-1464


Biliary Atresia, Biliary Disease, Cholestatic Liver Diseases of Childhood, Cirrhosis, Cystic Fibrosis Liver Disease, Gallbladder Disorders, Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, E, and G, Homelessness, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant , Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Liver Transplant

Research Interests

Biliary atresia; Cholestatic liver diseases of children; Cystic fibrosis liver disease; Pediatric acute liver failure; Hepatitis C in children; Hepatitis B in children; Viral diseases of the liver


Dr. Kathleen Schwarz is a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Schwarz received her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. She then completed her residency in pediatrics and performed her fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine.

She is the director of the Pediatric Liver Center at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, in which there are over 1,000 patients who receive medical care. She focuses on liver disorders of childhood with a particular emphasis on biliary atresia, metabolic liver disorders, autoimmune liver disease, and viral hepatitis B and C. Dr. Schwarz is also medical director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Schwarz directs NIH-funded grants in a variety of pediatric liver diseases, including biliary atresia, and other cholestatic liver diseases of childhood such as Alagille Syndrome, PFIC 1,2 and 3, alpha-1 antitrypson deficiency, mitochondrial hepatopathy and cystic fibrosis liver disease. She also directs grants and clinical trials in pediatric hepatitis B and C.

Dr. Schwarz was named one of Baltimore Magazine's top 25 pediatricians, and she has won teaching awards at both St. Louis University and Johns Hopkins University.  In 2005, she received the Distinguished Service Award of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. She later served as president of that organization. Dr. Schwarz has been named one of the Castle Connolly Top Doctors in America and has been designated a U.S.News and World Report “Top Doctor.” more

    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • Washington University School of Medicine / MD (1972)


    • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatric Gastroenterology (1990, 2015)
    • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics (1977)
    • American Board of Pediatrics / Transplant Hepatology (2006)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Schwarz’s research interests include biliary atresia, hepatitis C in children, hepatitis B in children, cystic fibrosis liver disease, pediatric acute liver failure, cholestatic liver diseases of children and viral diseases of the liver.

    Clinical Trials:

    Hepatitis B Research Network Pediatric Cohort Study (HBRN)

    Clinical Trial Keywords: Hepatitis B in children, Pegylated interferon/ribavirin for children with hepatitis C, N acetyl cysteine for non-acetominophen acute liver failure in children, High dose trial of corticosteroids in biliary atresia

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    Clemente MG, Patton JT, Yolken R, Whitington PF, Parashar UD, Jiang B, Raghunathan T, Schwarz KB. "Prevalence of groups A and C rotavirus antibodies in infants with biliary atresia and cholestatic controls." J Pediatr. 2015 Jan;166(1):79-84. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.09.033. Epub 2014 Oct 23.

    Schwarz KB, Dell Olio D, Lobritto SJ, Lopez MJ, Rodriguez-Baez N, Yazigi NA, Belle SH, Zhang S, Squires RH; Pediatric Acute Liver Failure Study Group. "Analysis of viral testing in nonacetaminophen pediatric acute liver failure." J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014 Nov;59(5):616-23. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000000512.

    Jonas MM, Schwarz KB, Gonzalez-Peralta R, Lobritto S, Molleston JP, Murray KF, Rosenthal P, Wen J, Wat C, Pavlovic V, Warne C. "Long-term growth outcomes in children treated for chronic hepatitis C." J Pediatr. 2014 Dec;165(6):1252-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.08.010. Epub 2014 Sep 17.

    Mogul D, Zhou M, Intihar P, Schwarz K, Frick K. "Cost-effective analysis of screening for biliary atresia with the stool color card." J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2015 Jan;60(1):91-8. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000000569.

    Schwarz KB, Olio DD, Lobritto SJ, Lopez MJ, Rodriguez-Baez N, Yazigi NA, Belle SH, Zhang S, Squires RH; for the Pediatric Acute Liver Failure Study Group (PALFSG). "An Analysis of Viral Testing in non-Acetaminophen (non-APAP) Pediatric Acute Liver Failure (PALF)." J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014 Jul 24. [Epub ahead of print]

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  • Activities & Honors +


    • Castle Connolly Top Doctor in America
    • Top Doctor, Baltimore magazine
    • U.S.News and World Report Top Doctor
    • Distinguished Service Award, North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, 2005

    Professional Activities

    • President, North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, 2010 - 2012
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