Sara Kathryn Smith, M.D.

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  • Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplantation
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Autoimmune Hepatitis, Pediatric Liver Disease, Pediatric Liver Transplant, Viral Hepatitis more

Research Interests

Long-term outcomes in pediatric liver transplant; pediatric autoimmune hepatitis more


Dr. Sara Kathryn Smith is a pediatric gastroenterologist at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of liver disorders, such as primary sclerosing cholangitis, autoimmune hepatitis, Wilson’s disease, metabolic diseases, biliary atresia, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and acute liver failure. Dr. Smith is a trained pediatric transplant hepatologist, with special focus in caring for young liver transplant patients before and after surgery. 

Dr. Smith obtained her medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. She followed that by completing a residency in pediatrics at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami.  She next completed a fellowship in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Rady Children’s Hospital at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Smith completed her advanced fellowship in pediatric transplant hepatology at Benioff Children's Hospital at the University of California, San Francisco. more


  • Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplantation
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Medicine; Medical College of Georgia (2009)


  • Pediatrics; Jackson Memorial Hospital (2012)


  • Pediatric Gastroenterology; University of California San Diego School of Medicine (2015)
  • Pediatric Transplant Hepatology; University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (2016)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Gastroenterology) (2015)
  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Transplant Hepatology) (2016)
  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatrics) (2014)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Smith has been the co-investigator in NIH, FDA, and pharmacy-initiated studies for children with liver disease and post-liver transplant, including Hepatitis C and NAFLD/NASH. Her active research includes investigation of methods to optimize outcomes after pediatric liver transplant.

Activities & Honors


  • Studies for Pediatric Liver Transplantation (SPLIT)
  • North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN)
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD)
  • American Society of Transplantation (AST)

Patient Ratings & Comments

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