Kathleen Schwarz, M.D.


, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition


3020 Children's Way
MC 5030
San Diego, CA 92123


Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA

Rady Children's Specialists

Medical School

Washington University


St Louis Childrens Hospital


St Louis Childrens Hospital

Board Certifications

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatrics


Dr. Kathleen Schwarz is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and an associate physician diplomate at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She is triple certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatrics, pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology.

Her research focus is viral infections of the liver, both typical (hepatitis B and C) and atypical (as triggers of biliary atresia and autoimmune hepatitis).

Prior to joining Rady Children's in May 2018, Dr. Schwarz was the division chief of pediatric gastroenterology and medical director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Previously, she was chief of pediatric gastroenterology at St. Louis University.

Dr. Schwarz received her bachelor's degree in biology from Scripps College, her Master of Arts in Teaching in biology from Northwestern University and her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her residency in pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at St. Louis Children's Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine. She was chief of pediatric gastroenterology at St. Louis University and then moved to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where she served as division chief of pediatric gastroenterology and medical director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program.

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. 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 & World Report "Top Doctor," a distinction conferred on the top 1 percent of pediatric gastroenterologists in the United States.


Combination of entecavir/ peginterferon alfa-2a in children with HBeAg-positive immune tolerant chronic hepatitis B virus infection.
Rosenthal P, Ling SC, Belle SH, Murray KF, Rodriguez-Baez N, Schwarzenberg SJ, Teckman J, Lin HS, Schwarz KB, Hepatitis B Research Network (HBRN).

Impact of Steroid Therapy on Early Growth in Infants with Biliary Atresia: The Multicenter Steroids in Biliary Atresia Randomized Trial.
Alonso EM, Ye W, Hawthorne K, Venkat V, Loomes KM, Mack CL, Hertel PM, Karpen SJ, Kerkar N, Molleston JP, Murray KF, Romero R, Rosenthal P, Schwarz KB, Shneider BL, Suchy FJ, Turmelle YP, Wang KS, Sherker AH, Sokol RJ, Bezerra JA, Magee JC, ChiLDReN Network.

Development of a Dietary Methyl Donor Food Frequency Questionnaire to Assess Folate and Vitamin B<sub>12</sub> Status in Children with Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection.
Mogul DB, Brereton N, Carson KA, Pittarelli M, Daniel H, Torbenson M, Schwarz KB

Expansion of the Liver Donor Supply Through Greater Use of Split Liver Transplantation: Identifying Optimal Recipients.
Mogul DB, Luo X, Garonzik-Wang J, Bowring MG, Massie AB, Schwarz KB, Cameron AM, Bridges JFP, Segev DL

The Long Journey to Eradication of Hepatitis C Virus Infection Should Begin with the Smallest Victims.
Schwarz KB, Karnsakul W

Characteristics of Hepatitis B Virus-associated Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Children: A Multi-center Study.
Mogul DB, Ling SC, Murray KF, Schwarzenberg SJ, Rudzinski ER, Schwarz KB

Bone Density in Children with Chronic Liver Disease Correlates with Growth and Cholestasis.
Loomes KM, Spino C, Goodrich NP, Hangartner TN, Marker AE, Heubi JE, Kamath BM, Shneider BL, Rosenthal P, Hertel PM, Karpen SJ, Molleston JP, Murray KF, Schwarz KB, Squires RH, Teckman J, Turmelle YP, Alonso EM, Sherker AH, Magee JC, Sokol RJ, Childhood Liver Disease Research Network (ChiLDReN).

Analytical "bake-off" of whole genome sequencing quality for the Genome Russia project using a small cohort for autoimmune hepatitis.
Zhernakova DV, Kliver S, Cherkasov N, Tamazian G, Rotkevich M, Krasheninnikova K, Evsyukov I, Sidorov S, Dobrynin P, Yurchenko AA, Shimansky V, Shcherbakova IV, Glotov AS, Valle DL, Tang M, Shin E, Schwarz KB, O'Brien SJ

Efficacy and Safety of Peginterferon Alfa-2a (40KD) in Children With Chronic Hepatitis B: The PEG-B-ACTIVE Study.
Wirth S, Zhang H, Hardikar W, Schwarz KB, Sokal E, Yang W, Fan H, Morozov V, Mao Q, Deng H, Huang Y, Yang L, Frey N, Nasmyth-Miller C, Pavlovic V, Wat C

Neurodevelopmental Outcome of Young Children with Biliary Atresia and Native Liver: Results from the ChiLDReN Study.
Ng VL, Sorensen LG, Alonso EM, Fredericks EM, Ye W, Moore J, Karpen SJ, Shneider BL, Molleston JP, Bezerra JA, Murray KF, Loomes KM, Rosenthal P, Squires RH, Wang K, Arnon R, Schwarz KB, Turmelle YP, Haber BH, Sherker AH, Magee JC, Sokol RJ, Childhood Liver Disease Research Network (ChiLDReN).

Multiple glycolytic enzymes are antigens also in biliary atresia.
Clemente MG, Schwarz KB, Antonucci R

Postoperative Enteral Nutrition Guidelines Reduce the Risk of Intestinal Failure-Associated Liver Disease in Surgical Infants.
Shores DR, Alaish SM, Aucott SW, Bullard JE, Haney C, Tymann H, Nonyane BAS, Schwarz KB

Intrahepatic bile duct primary cilia in biliary atresia.
Frassetto R, Parolini F, Marceddu S, Satta G, Papacciuoli V, Pinna MA, Mela A, Secchi G, Galleri G, Manetti R, Bercich L, Villanacci V, Dessanti A, Antonucci R, Tanda F, Alberti D, Schwarz KB, Clemente MG

Fifteen-Year Trends in Pediatric Liver Transplants: Split, Whole Deceased, and Living Donor Grafts.
Mogul DB, Luo X, Bowring MG, Chow EK, Massie AB, Schwarz KB, Cameron AM, Bridges JFP, Segev DL

Impact of Race and Ethnicity on Outcomes for Children Waitlisted for Pediatric Liver Transplantation.
Mogul DB, Luo X, Chow EK, Massie AB, Purnell TS, Schwarz KB, Cameron AM, Bridges JFP, Segev DL

Derivation of a disease-specific human induced pluripotent stem cell line from a biliary atresia patient.
Tian L, Eldridge L, Chaudhari P, Zhang L, Anders RA, Schwarz KB, Ye Z, Jang YY

Hepatitis E in Italy: A silent presence.
Mauceri C, Grazia Clemente M, Castiglia P, Antonucci R, Schwarz KB

Sofosbuvir and ribavirin in adolescents 12-17 years old with hepatitis C virus genotype 2 or 3 infection.
Wirth S, Rosenthal P, Gonzalez-Peralta RP, Jonas MM, Balistreri WF, Lin CH, Hardikar W, Kersey K, Massetto B, Kanwar B, Brainard DM, Shao J, Svarovskaia E, Kirby B, Arnon R, Murray KF, Schwarz KB

Hepatitis B and C.
Karnsakul W, Schwarz KB

Initial assessment of the infant with neonatal cholestasis-Is this biliary atresia?
Shneider BL, Moore J, Kerkar N, Magee JC, Ye W, Karpen SJ, Kamath BM, Molleston JP, Bezerra JA, Murray KF, Loomes KM, Whitington PF, Rosenthal P, Squires RH, Guthery SL, Arnon R, Schwarz KB, Turmelle YP, Sherker AH, Sokol RJ, Childhood Liver Disease Research Network.

Health-related Quality of Life in Pediatric Patients With Chronic Hepatitis B Living in the United States and Canada.
Schwarzenberg SJ, Ling SC, Cloonan YK, Lin HS, Evon DM, Murray KF, Rodriguez-Baez N, Rosenthal P, Teckman J, Schwarz KB, Hepatitis B Research Network.

Ascites in Children: A Single-Center Experience of 27 Years.
Karnsakul W, Ingviya T, Seaberg E, Laengvejkal P, Imteyaz H, Vasilescu A, Schwarz KB, Scheimann AO

Hepatitis E Virus Infection Among Solid Organ Transplant Recipients at a North American Transplant Center.
Sue PK, Pisanic N, Heaney CD, Forman M, Valsamakis A, Jackson AM, Ticehurst JR, Montgomery RA, Schwarz KB, Nelson KE, Karnsakul W

Hepatitis Vaccines.
Ogholikhan S, Schwarz KB

Children with Chronic Hepatitis B in the United States and Canada.
Schwarz KB, Cloonan YK, Ling SC, Murray KF, Rodriguez-Baez N, Schwarzenberg SJ, Teckman J, Ganova-Raeva L, Rosenthal P, Hepatitis B Research Network.

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