Pediatric Gastroenterology Liver Disease Center

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Pediatric Gastroenterology Liver Disease Center

Liver Disease Center

The Liver Disease Center is designed to provide a medical home for children dealing with highly complex liver disease. More than 900 pediatric patients with a wide range of liver diseases, from acute hepatitis to chronic liver disease that may require transplant, are receiving ongoing care in our clinics.

Liver Specialists

Our team of liver specialists is committed to providing comprehensive care by partnering with families to care for each child - not just the disease. We work directly with other specialists throughout Children's Mercy whenever needed in order to give children the best available care. We also coordinate with hepatology and transplant teams at the University of Kansas Medical Center to offer comprehensive care as our patients transition to adulthood.

James F. Daniel
Director, Liver Care Center; Chief, Section of Hepatology and Transplantation; James F. Daniel Endowed Chair in Liver Care; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Ryan T. Fischer
Pediatric Transplant Hepatologist; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Walter S. Andrews
Section Chief, Transplantation; Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation; Professor of Pediatric Surgery, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Richard J. Hendrickson
Surgical Director, Intestinal Transplantation and Rehabilitation; Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Clinical Staff

Angela Tendick, RN, APRN - Hepatology Nurse Practitioner
Karie Robinson, RN, MSN, CPNP - Hepatology Nurse Practitioner 
Gayla Cheadle, RN, CPN - Hepatology Program Coordinator
Kelly Hames, RN, CPN - Hepatology Program Coordinator
Molly Hufferd, BSN, RN, CPN, VA-BC  - Liver Transplant Coordinator 
Andrea Bennett, PA-C - Liver Transplant Physician Assistant
Megan Davis RN, CPN - Liver Transplant Coordinator
Rachel Cisneros, RN, CPN - Liver Transplant Coordinator
Amanda Stasi, LMSW - Hepatology/Liver Transplant Social Worker
Heather Wasserkrug, BSN, RN, CPN - Research Coordinator
Tiffany Watson, RN, BSN – Hepatology Clinic Nurse 

Office Staff

Jessica Reynolds, Administrative Assistant/Hepatology Referral Specialist - Liver Care Center
Dante Kyle, Administrative Assistant - Liver Transplant

Commonly Treated Conditions

  • Acute fulminant hepatic failure
  • Alagille syndrome
  • Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Biliary atresia
  • Biliary hypoplasia
  • Budd-Chiari syndrome
  • Caroli's disease/syndrome
  • Cholangitis
  • Choledochal cyst
  • Cholestasis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Cystic fibrosis related liver disease
  • Focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH)
  • Gilbert's syndrome
  • Glycogen storage disease
  • Hepatic adenomas
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Hepatic hemangioendothelioma (inc. Infantile hepatic hemangioendothelioma)
  • Hepatic insufficiency
  • Hepatic vascular malformations
  • Hepatitis A, B & C (chronic or acute)
  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Hepatomegaly
  • Jaundice
  • Liver transplant
  • Mesenchymal hamartoma
  • Neonatal hepatitis
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) & non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Portal hypertension
  • Portal vein malformations/thrombosis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC)
  • Splenomegaly
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Wilson disease

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