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Jennifer M. Vittorio, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Surgery at CUMC
  • Director PLATINUM (Pediatric Liver to Adult Transition) - Health Care Transition Program for Liver Transplant Recipients
  • Associate Director Pediatric Advanced Transplant Hepatology Fellowship
  • Core Faculty Member Pediatric Residency Program
Jennifer M. Vittorio, MD

Jennifer M. Vittorio, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Pediatric Hepatology at Columbia University Medical Center and an Assistant Attending Pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Prior to her faculty appointment, Dr. Vittorio earned a degree in Neuroscience from Fairfield University. She completed her medical education, internship and residency at Georgetown University Hospital. She then went on to pursue a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and an Advanced Transplant Hepatology fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Having completed a dual residency in both internal medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Vittorio has a particular interest and specializes in the transition of adolescent and young adult liver transplant recipients from pediatric to adult health care services. She is the founder and director of the PLATINUM (Pediatric Liver to Adult Transition) Program at CUMC. This program is focused on the enhancement of self-management behaviors and transition readiness in pediatric liver transplant recipients through a structured, multidisciplinary approach to transition planning.

Her other clinical and research interests include pediatric transplant hepatology, acute liver failure, and cholestatic liver disease in children.

Dr. Vittorio is board certified in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology.

Education & Training

  • MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Internship: Georgetown University Hospital
  • Residency: Georgetown University Hospital
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Contact Info

  • Office Phone: 212-305-3000

Presentations

Invited Speaker, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2017 Care of the Adolescent and Young Adult. Overview of important topics in gastroenterology for the transitioning youth. February 11, 2017. 

American College of Clinical Pharmacy Webinar Series Presenter. Health Care Transition in Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation. August 9, 2018. 

Invited Speaker, 4th Annual Peter D. Stevens Course on Innovations in Digestive Care, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. Updates in Pediatric Gastroenterology – Autoimmune Hepatitis. April 16, 2015. 

Acute Liver Failure Induced by Anakinra. North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) Annual Meeting Case presentation. October 12, 2013.

Serotonin promotes periportal inflammation and fatty infiltration of the liver in a murine model of necrotizing enterocolitis. Studies of Pediatric Liver Transplantation (SPLIT) Annual Meeting Poster presentation. September 26, 2013.

Serotonin promotes periportal inflammation and fatty infiltration of the liver in a murine model of necrotizing enterocolitis. American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Annual Meeting Oral presentation. November 11, 2012. 

A Novel Assay to Detect Specific IgE Antibodies to Helicobacter pylori in Serum. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting poster presentation. February 28, 2010.

A Recurrence of Group A Toxic Shock Syndrome at GUH: Is there ever a good outcome? American College of Physicians (ACP) Podium Presentation. May 9, 2009.

The effects of lesions of the medial septal diagonal band complex and/ or supra mammillary region and its projection on both the hippocampus and the medial septum in regard to working memory. NorthEast Under/Graduate Research Organization for Neuroscience (N.E.U.R.O.N.). April 28, 2001.

The effects of lesions of the medial septal diagonal band complex and/ or supra mammillary region and its projection on both the hippocampus and the medial septum in regard to working memory. Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society poster session. October 4, 2000.

Community Service

2016 American Society of Transplantation Transition Consensus Conference, Chicago, IL

  • Transplant experts from UNOS, ASTS focused on best practices for successful transition of transplant patients
  • Workgroup member

Committees / Societies / Memberships

2012 – Present  American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)

2010 – Present  North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN)

2010 – 2014  American College of Gastroenterology (AGA)

2006 – Present  American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

2006 – Present  National Med-Peds Residents' Association (NMPRA)

2011 – 2013  Selected to NASPGHAN Fellows Committee

2009 – 2010  Antibiotics Utilization Committee Member (Georgetown University Hospital)

2005 – 2007  American College of Physicians (ACP)

2003 – 2005   Georgetown University Student Admissions Advisor (Georgetown University Medical Center)

2002 – 2006  American Medical Association (AMA)

Honors & Awards

  • 2015 - 2017 New York Times Magazine Top Doctors Rising Star. Awarded to the best up and coming physicians selected by their peers as the best in their field
  • 2013 - 2014  AASLD Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Award
  • 2013  SPLIT Annual Meeting Travel Award Recipient
  • 2010 - 2011  Fellow of the Year Award, Columbia University Medical Center
  • 2008  Teaching and Tomorrow Program NASPGHAN/CDHNF Conference
  • 2008 - 2009  String of Pearls Resident Teaching Award, Georgetown University Hospital
  • 2001  Phi Beta Kappa, Fairfield University Chapter   
  • 2001  Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society 
  • 2001  Pi Mu Epsilon, National Mathematics Honor Society
  • 2001  Alpha Mu Gamma, National Foreign Language Honor Society (Spanish)
  • 2001  Psi Chi, National Psychology Honor Society
  • 1999 - 2001  Vice President of the Fairfield University Neuroscience Society
  • 1997 - 2001  Fairfield University Fellows Scholarship
  • 1997 - 2001  Fairfield University Honors Program

Research Interests

  • The adherence and medical outcomes in pediatric liver transplant recipients following transition to adult health care services
  • The role of serotonin as a proinflammatory mediator and its effects on the liver in a murine model of necrotizing enterocolitis

Grants

7/2010 – Present

Columbia University Medical Center
Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Michael D. Gershon

  • Project:  Serotonin promotes periportal inflammation and fatty infiltration of the liver in a murine model of necrotizing enterocolitis.
  • Accepted for oral presentation at American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Annual Meeting on November 11, 2012.
  • Abstract selected for presentation at 2013 Annual SPLIT Meeting on September 26, 2013.

2013 – 2014  

AASLD Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Award Recipient

  • Direct support funds awarded by AASLD
  • Present support