Organization / Clinic / Private Practice
Organization / Clinic / Private Practice Name
Rady Children’s Hospital/UCSD - Pediatric Liver Center
Contact Information
3020 Children’s Way, MC 5030, San Diego, CA 92123
Detailed Information

Rady Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kathleen Schwarz treats children and adolescents with HBV and HCV and all other liver diseases in the pediatric age group.  She 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.

Treatment areas: Viral Hepatitis
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C
Hepatitis D
Treatment areas: Other Liver Diseases
Alcohol-Related Liver Disease
Autoimmune Hepatitis
Biliary Atresia
Diet and Your Liver
Gilbert Syndrome
Hepatic Encephalopathy
Liver Cancer
Liver Transplant
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease / Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis
Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC)
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
Wilson Disease
Lysosomal Acid Lipase Deficiency
Insurance accepted
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Care 1st
Cash payment
Community Health Group
Kaiser Permanente
Sharp Health Plan
Sliding scale
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