On Tuesday, May 1st, Dr. William F. Balistreri of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center presented on: “Hepatitis C in Children and Adolescents”
1. Explain the epidemiology of hepatitis C virus (HCV) among children and adolescents.
2. Discuss testing and diagnosis of HCV among children and adolescents.
3. Discuss how to monitor and care for children and adolescents with HCV.
Through more than 550 publications, Dr. Balistreri has helped to clarify the understanding of many aspects of liver diseases in children. His innovative research has addressed many aspects of hepatobiliary diseases in children, including neonatal cholestasis, metabolic liver disease, and viral hepatitis. He is co-editor of the prestigious text Liver Disease in Children. In 2000, Balistreri became the first pediatrician to serve as president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. He has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Leadership Award from the CCFA; the Andrew Sass-Kortsak Memorial Award from the Canadian Liver Foundation and the Canadian Association for the Study of Liver; the Murray Davidson Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics; the prestigious Shwachman Award from NASPGHAN; the Founder’s Award, Cincinnati Pediatric Society; The Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Buffalo and The Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Buffalo School of Medicine, The Daniel Drake Medal, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine; the Distinguished Service Award from AASLD; and the Distinguished Educator Award from the American Gastroenterological Association. He received the Outstanding Pediatrician award from the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for distinguished achievements in pediatric care and in the education of patients and physicians. In 2012, NASPGHAN established the William F. Balistreri, MD, Prize for Excellence in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. This award will recognize outstanding achievement in an area relevant to the field to be bestowed each year at the annual NASPGHAN meeting. Balistreri joined Cincinnati Children’s in 1978. He served as division director of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition for 25 years.