Dr. Jacob Bilhartz is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. After growing up in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Bilhartz received his bachelor’s degree from Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania in 2004. He then returned to Dallas for medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Bilhartz pursued his residency training in Pediatrics and subsequent fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Michigan. He then completed further fellowship training in Pediatric Transplant Hepatology at Emory University & Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta from 2014-2015 prior to returning to Ann Arbor to join the faculty. He is board-certified in General Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Pediatric Transplant Hepatology.
Dr. Bilhartz’s primary clinical focus is in the pediatric hepatology and liver transplant clinics. He has a specific clinical and research interest in the transition process to adult care for pediatric patients with chronic disease or who have received a transplant. He is also involved in helping improve and standardize the care provided for patients with liver disease both before and after a transplant, including biliary atresia, autoimmune liver disease, cystic fibrosis liver disease, gestational alloimmune liver disease, different causes of portal hypertension, liver tumors, viral hepatitis, and fatty liver disease.
Building off his experiences as a trainee here and elsewhere, he is the Pediatric Residency Educational Lead for the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology. He is also involved in helping structure the education of Pediatric GI fellows in specific areas of liver disease.