About the Viral Hepatitis Clinical Care Program
The Viral Hepatitis Clinical Care Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides state-of-the-art care for infants, children, teenagers and young adults with viral hepatitis, a series of infections that can cause liver damage. The program is part of the Fred and Suzanne Biesecker Pediatric Liver Center, an internationally recognized leader in the care and research of children with liver disease.
Specialists in the Viral Hepatitis Program are experts in diagnosing, treating and preventing all types of viral hepatitis. Some types of viral hepatitis produce short-term problems of the liver. In these cases, children can recover without long-term issues. But other types of viral hepatitis produce chronic or long-term issues that require continued monitoring. In rare cases, liver transplantation may be needed.
Your child will be cared for by a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and support staff. Leading the team is a hepatologist, a doctor with expertise in liver disease and who specializes in viral hepatitis, who will care for your child with liver disease. Your child’s hepatologist will coordinate your child’s care plan; consulting with other medical specialists as needed, and referring you to psychologists, social workers, dieticians and others who can help your child and family.
In addition to clinical work, team members from CHOP’s Viral Hepatitis Program are active participants in ongoing research into viral hepatitis causes and treatments. We participate in a number of clinical trials, allowing us to offer patients novel and cutting-edge treatments for viral hepatitis.