Dr. Emily R. Perito is an associate professor at UCSF who specializes in pediatric liver and pancreatic disease, pediatric liver transplant, and pediatric gastroenterology. She is jointly appointed in the Departments of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is board-certified in pediatrics, pediatric gastroenterology, and pediatric transplant hepatology.
Dr. Perito treats all types of pediatric liver, pancreatic, and gastrointestinal diseases, in all ages from newborns through young adults. Her clinical care and research focus on optimizing long-term outcomes for children with liver and pancreatic diseases.
She is Associate Medical Director of UCSF's multi-disciplinary Pediatric Liver Transplant team with expertise in the care of children with pediatric liver disease before and in the long-term after transplant. Dr. Perito leads epidemiologic research focused on improving access to transplant, organ allocation, and waitlist outcomes for children awaiting liver transplant. She works with the Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation on improving the efficacy and reducing the burden of immunosuppression for children after liver transplant. She also advocates for children nationally as a Regional Representative on the UNOS' Pediatric Transplantation Committee, Vice-Chair of the Society for Pediatric Liver Transplant's Advocacy Committee, and a member of AASLD's Pediatric Special Interest Group Steering Committee.
She is also co-director of UCSF's Pediatric Pancreas Program. She lead's UCSF's work in NIH-sponsored multi-center trials including the INSPPIRE study on acute recurrent and chronic pancreatitis in children and adolescents. Her work in chronic pancreatitis includes research on chronic pain management, opioid use, and outcomes after TPIAT.
Before coming to UCSF, Dr. Perito did her pediatrics training and medical school at Columbia University in New York City.