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Kathleen Schwarz, MD

Associate Physician Diplomate

Dr. Schwarz received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Scripps College, her MAT in biology from Northwestern University and her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She then completed her residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine. She is triply boarded by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Pediatric Transplant Hepatology. She was Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology at St. Louis University and then moved to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md where she served as Division Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Medical Director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program. Dr. Schwarz is Professor Emerita of Pediatrics and in May 2017, reduced her schedule to work part time at the Pediatric Liver Center which she established in 1987.

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. Since 2001 she has been one of the Castle Connolly top Doctors in America. In 2005, she received the Distinguished Service Award of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN). She was the President of this organization and is past President of the Federation of International Societies of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (FISPGHAN). In 2017 she received the NASPGHAN Shwachman Award for major lifelong scientific and contributions to the field of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.

Dr. Schwarz also has been designated a U.S.  News and World Report “Top Doctor” and identified as being in the top 1% of pediatric gastroenterologists in the United States of America. Her focus of research is viral infections of the liver, both typical (hepatitis B and C) and atypical (as triggers of biliary atresia and autoimmune hepatitis.) On May 1, 2018 she join the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at UCSD, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.