Therese Bittermann, MD, MSCE

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Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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 policymaking and center variability in patient care. I have an advanced degree in clinical epidemiology, and have expertise with observational study designs, large databases and statistics.

Selected Publications

Alvarado M, Schaubel DE, Reddy KR, Bittermann T: Black Race is Associated with Higher Rates of Early Onset End-Stage Renal Disease and Increased Mortality Following Liver Transplantation. Liver Transplantation Epub ahead of print, 2021.

Bittermann T, Abt PL, Olthoff KM, Kaur N, Heimbach JK, Emamaullee J: Impact of Advanced Renal Dysfunction on Posttransplant Outcomes After Living Donor Liver Transplantation in the United States. Epub ahead of print 2021.

Sasha Deutsch-Link, Ethan M Weinberg, Therese Bitterman, Mackenzie McDougal, Aniket Dhariwal, Lauren S Jones, Robert M Weinrieb, Arpita G Banerjee, Senayish Addis, Marina Serper : The Stanford Integrated Psychosocial Assessment for Transplant is Associated with Outcomes Before and After Liver Transplantation Liver Transplantation Dec 2020.

Bittermann T, Reddy KR: In the era of direct-acting antivirals, liver transplant delisting due to clinical improvement for hepatitis C remains infrequent. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Epub ahead of print, September 2020.

Wong NZ, Schaubel DE, Reddy KR, Bittermann T : Transplant center experience influences spontaneous survival and waitlist mortality in acute liver failure: an analysis of the UNOS database American Journal of Transplantation Epub ahead of print, August 2020.

Durkin C, Kaplan DE, Bittermann T: T2 Hepatocellular Carcinoma Exception Policies That Prolong Waiting Time Improve the Use of Evidence-based Treatment Practices. Transplantation Direct Epub ahead of print, August 2020.

Mezochow AK, Abt PL, Bittermann T.: Differences in early immunosuppressive therapy among liver retransplantation recipients in a national cohort. Transplantation Epub ahead of print, August 2020.

Bittermann T, Dwinnells K, Chadha S, Wolf MS, Olthoff KM, Serper M : Low health literacy is associated with frailty and reduced likelihood of liver transplant listing: a prospective cohort study Liver Transplantation June 2020.

Bittermann T, Hubbard R, Lewis JD, Goldberg DS: The proportion of Model for End-stage Liver Disease Sodium score attributable to creatinine independently predicts post-transplant survival and renal complications. Clinical Transplantation Epub ahead of print, March 2020.

Deutsch-Link S, Weinberg EW, Bittermann T, Serper M: Letter Response to: Using Medication Level Variability to Predict Post-Transplant Risk Liver Transplantation Epub ahead of print, 2020.

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Last updated: 04/14/2021
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