Therese Bittermann, MD, MSCE

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Assistant Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Research Non-Traditional Personnel (NTP), Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Research Without Compensation (WOC) appointment, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Senior Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania
Medical Director, Living Donor Liver Transplant Program, Penn Transplant Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Associate Member, NIH P30 Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease
Research Associate, NIH P30 Population Aging Research Center
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Penn Transplant Institute
2 Dulles
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-349-8222
Fax: 215-349-5915
BA (Biological Sciences; International Studies)
Northwestern University, 2005.
MS (Physiology and Biophysics)
Georgetown University, 2006.
MD (Medicine)
Drexel University College of Medicine, 2010.
MS (Clinical Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2017.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

I care for patients with viral hepatitis, auto-immune diseases of the liver, fatty liver disease, liver tumors, and cirrhosis. I also have expertise in pre- and post-transplantation management.

Description of Research Expertise

I study the relationship between immunosuppression strategy and outcomes after liver transplantation. I have previous expertise in research related to organ allocation, the effects of transplant policy-making and center variability in patient care. These efforts have spanned adult and pediatric transplant populations. I also have research interests in autoimmune hepatitis and alcohol-associated liver disease. I have an advanced degree in clinical epidemiology, and have expertise with observational study designs, large databases and statistics.

Selected Publications

Rosenthal BE, Abt PL, Reddy KR, Bittermann T: The role of exception points in outcomes of patients with fibrocystic liver-kidney disease: Implications for the National Liver Review Board. Liver Transplantation 30(5): 555-8, May 2024.

Bittermann T, Goldberg DS, Rudel RK, Byhoff E: Liver disease etiology and race/ethnicity are associated with neighborhood food insecurity risk in US liver transplant candidates Liver Transplantation. Epub ahead of print, Apr 2024.

Rosenthal BE, Bittermann T: Sarcopenic obesity: A new predictor of recipient liver regeneration after living donor liver transplantation? Liver Transplantation 30(4): 345-6, Apr 2024.

Hirshorn RE, Schaubel DE, Abt PL, Reddy KR, Bittermann T: Living donor liver transplantation in the United States for alcohol-associated liver disease and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis: An evaluation in the current era Liver Transplantation 30(4): 446-50, Apr 2024.

Ibeabuchi T, Li E, Bittermann T, Mahmud N, Abt PL: Reply: How does ex vivo liver perfusion help improve the outcomes of liver transplantation in donation after cardiac death donors? Liver Transplantation 30(3): E20-21, Mar 2024.

Rosenthal BE, Abt PL, Schaubel DE, Reddy KR, Bittermann T: Living Donor Liver Transplantation for Adults With High Model for End-stage Liver Disease Score: The US Experience Liver Transplantation 108(3): 713-23, Mar 2024.

Pulaski M, Bittermann T, Taddei TH, Kaplan DE, Mahmud N: The Association Between Homelessness and Key Liver-Related Outcomes in Veterans With Cirrhosis American Journal of Gastroenterology 119(2): 297-305, Feb 2024.

Kanneganti M, Byhoff E, Serper M, Olthoff KM, Bittermann T: Neighborhood-level social determinants of health measures independently predict receipt of living donor liver transplantation in the United States. Liver Transplantation Epub ahead of print, Dec 2023.

Ibeabuchi T, Li E, Bittermann T, Mahmud N, Abt PL: Can ex-situ normothermic perfusion improve graft survival compared to static cold storage among donation after circulatory death liver allografts? Liver Transplantation 29(9): 952-60, Sep 2023.

Lentine KL, Tanaka T, Xiao H, Bittermann T, Dew MA, Schnitzler MA, Olthoff KM, Locke JE, Emre S, Hunt HF, Liapakis A, Axelrod DA: Variation in adult living donor liver transplantation in the United States: Identifying opportunities for increased utilization. Clinical Transplantation 37(7): e14924, Jul 2023.

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Last updated: 05/13/2024
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