*UPDATE* Portal Hypertension Global Specialist List

specialistsNote: Formally known as the Rex Shunt Specialist list, I have changed the name to reflect a wider array of surgeons and the various surgical methods currently available to correct or lessen the severity of portal hypertension.  It is my hope that others will find a specialist to help them no matter where they live, and share those victories with others.  On that note if you have a story to share regarding a surgery you have had, please consider posting this for the benefit of others.  Please also note that if you know of another surgeon or specialist that has helped you, please post their contact information below stating the doctors name, contact information including phone number or email address or let me know personally.  I endeavour to keep your personal information private, and at the very least use your first name only.  Thank you so much!

Pleased to announce an updated list (November 2018) of gastroenterologists specializing and not restricted to  performing the Rex Shunt Procedure for portal hypertension.  (This most recent addition includes the country of Chile, which is the first for South America).  Since starting this blog in 2009 I have collected these names from subscribers to this blog and other various sources.

Due to high interest in the Rex Shunt Procedure I have updated this list from a regular post to a “page” with a tab at the top of my homepage for easy access.  If there are any specialists I have missed, or you know of any changes to the contact information, please let me know and I can easily revise the file.

Click specialist’s name for a direct link to website (where applicable).


Professor Jon Fawcett
Brisbane Liver & Gallbladder Surgery
Suite 207 Ramsay Specialist Centre
Newdegate Street
Greenslopes QLD 4120
Ph: (07) 3847 5000

Dr. Peter Hodgkinson
Brisbane Liver & Gallbladder Surgery
Suite 207 Ramsay Specialist Centre
Newdegate Street
Greenslopes QLD 4120
Ph: (07) 3847 8000


Dr. Peter Kim
Division of General Surgery
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1X8
Phone 416.813.6357

Dr. Simon Ling
Staff Gastroenterologist, Asst. Professor Pediatrics
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1X8
Phone: 416.813.8757

Dr.Annie Fecteau
Staff Surgeon General and Thoracic Surgery
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-6402
Fax: 416-813-7477
e-mail: annie.fecteau@sickkids.ca


Dr. Jorge Godoy Lenz
Head of the department of pediatric surgery.
Meso Rex surgery.
Clinica las Condes
Santiago, Chile
email:  jorge_godoy@yahoo.com
: Cell phone+56992261193


Hôpital Bicêtre
78 rue du Général Leclerc
94270 Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France
01 45 21 21 21


Dr. Jean de Ville de Goyet
Via Ernesto Tricomi, 5
90127 Palermo, Italy
Email: jdeville@ismett.edu
Publication list: http://publicationslist.org/data/jean.de_ville_de_goyet/

Dr. Chiara Grimaldi
Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital
Rome, Italy
email: chiara.grimaldi@opbg.net
Website: http://www.ospedalebambinogesu.it/home

Dr. Marco Spada
Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital
Rome, Italy
email: marco.spada@opbg.net
Website: http://www.ospedalebambinogesu.it/home



Dr. Ricardo Chavez-Vargas
Chief of Pediatric Transplants
IMSS Hospital CMN La Raza
Mexico City, Mexico
*(Dr. Chavez-Vargas has consulted with Dr. Superina at Childrens Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL).

United Kingdom


Dr. Alazai
Liver Specialist – Rex Shunt Procedure
Department of Paediatric Surgery Level F, Martin Wing Leeds General Infirmary Great George Street LEEDS LS1 3EX
Phone 0113 392 6227 Fax 0113 392 5658


Dr. Nigel Heaton 
(Paediatric Liver Specialist with expertise in Rex Shunt Procedure)
King’s College Hospital (http://www.kch.nhs.uk/) or London Bridge Liver Centre (http://www.londonlivercentre.co.uk/about-us/the-team/)
Assistant to Dr. Heaton: Andrew (Telephone number: +0044 (0) 2032993762)

Dr. Mark Davenport (Paediatric surgeon) Telephone:  +44 (0) 2032993350
Kings College Hospital London  (http://www.kch.nhs.uk/)
Mr Khalid Sharif, Hepatobiliary/Transplant Surgeon
Telephone: 0121 333 8264
email: khalid.sharif@bch.nhs.uk
St Chad’s Queensway
Birmingham, West Midlands B4 6NH, United Kingdom
Phone 0121 333 9999

United States

Dr. Riad Salem
Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (PVR-TIPS)
Medicine (Hematology and Oncology) and Surgery
676 N St Clair St, Chicago, IL 60611
Call: 312-926-2000
Email: rsalem1@nm.org

Dr. James Pomposelli
Professor, Surgery-Transplant (Distal Spleno Renal Shunt)
Transplant Services – Anschutz Medical Campus
1635 Aurora Ct.
7th Floor
Aurora, CO 80005
Phone (720)848-0005
Clinic (720)848-0833

Dr. Jaimie Nathan
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229-3026
Phone: 513-636-4200 / 1-800-344-2462
Email: jaimie.nathan@cchmc.org

Dr.Riccardo Superina
Lurie Children’s Hospital
225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(800)543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC)
Phone 312.227.4000

Dr. Graeme John Pitcher
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Department of Surgery
University of Iowa (Iowa Health Center)
Phone 319.356.1884

Dr. Gregory Tiao
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45229
Phone (513) 636-4371

Kyle A. Soltys, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Thomas E. Starzl Transplant Institute, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-6116 Fax

George V. Mazariegos, MD, FACS
Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-6116 Fax

Dr. Jean Emond
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia
PH Room 14C
622 West 168th St
New York, NY   10032
Phone 212.305.9691

Dr. Adam Griesemer
Surgical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplantation
Presbyterian Hospital Bldg.
622 West 168th Street
Suite: 14-105
New York, NY 10032
Phone: (212) 305-5101

Dr. Tomoaki Kato
Chief, Division of Abdominal Organ Transplantation, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Surgical Director, Liver and Gastrointestinal Transplantation
Presbyterian Hospital Bldg.
622 West 168th Street
Suite: 14-105
New York, NY 10032
Phone: (212) 305-5101

Dr. Robert Acton
University of MN Amplatz Children’s Hospital
3rd Floor, 2512 S. 7th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone 612-365-6777

Dr. Stephen Dunn
Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803-3607
Phone: (302) 651-5888

Benjamin L. Shneider
Director, Pediatric Hepatology
Professor of Pediatrics,
University of Pittsburgh
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Phone 412.692.5180

Dr Ravi Radhakrishnan
UTMB Pediatric Surgery
301 University Boulevard
Route 0353
Galveston, Texas 77555-0353
Phone: (409) 772-5666
FAX: (409) 772-4253

Dr. Dev Desai
Transplant Surgeon/Specialist (Liver, Pancreas, Kidney, Intestinal)
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75390-8567
Phone 214-645-8300

Dr. Susan Orloff
Abdominal Organ Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239
Phone: 503-494-7810

Dr. Sukru Emre
Yale New Haven Transplantation Center Yale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue, Ste 4th Floor
New Haven, CT 06519
Phone: 203.785.4134
email: sukru.emre@yale.edu

Dr. Rene Romero
Pediatric Liver Specialist
Children’s Physician Group-GI, Hepatology and Nutrition
2015 Uppergate Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404-785-1832

Dr. Kishore Iyer
Mount Sinai Hospital
Manhattan NYC NY
RMTI – Intestinal Transplantation & Rehabilitation (212)-659-9300
RMTI – Pediatric Liver Transplantation (212)-659-8060


Doctor Dao Trung Hieu
Doctor Ngô Kim Thơi, Chief of Surgery
Address: 341 Su Van Hanh, Ward 10, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City
Phone: (028) 39271119
Website: http: //nhidong.org.vn

25 thoughts on “*UPDATE* Portal Hypertension Global Specialist List

    1. Clint Post author

      Hi Renette,

      I’m sorry for the delayed response. I upgraded my settings and all responses get sent to my spam box. A reminder to me to be checking more frequently for replies directly on my blog! Anyways I don’t have anyone listed on my specialists page for South Africa yet. I am hoping through this reply at the very least someone will be able to provide a name of a specialist in your country. If not I would inquire via gastroenterology departments at the major hospitals and especially teaching hospitals in South Africa or even the African continent.

  1. Madhusudhan Reddy T

    Dear sir,

    My daughter was diagnosed with EHPVO, now there is no bleeding, observed splenomegaly, If we want to go for surgery, Kindly suggest me in India who are Rex Shunt Specialist Lists, I am from India. Because we are not affordable such a big amount in US or UK as we are lower middle class family sir.

    Kindly do needful.

    Madhusudhan Reddy

    1. Clint Post author

      Dear Madhusudhan,

      Unfortunately I do not know of anyone in your country who can help you. I would suggest though, that you contact a liver specialist in the U.K. to see if they can recommend someone in your country who may be able to help you. Please refer to the rex shunt specialist list I have complied on my blog page and I would recommend you first try the doctors listed in the UK and then contact the closest specialists to India frkm surrounding countries. https://www.portal-hypertension.com/rex-shunt-specialist-list/

      Wishing you all the best and hopefully you can find the help you need for your daughter. Clint

    1. Clint Post author

      Hello Allanah,

      Thanks for your inquiry. Unfortunately I do not know of any specialists in Leeds, but I would suggest you contact any one of the few doctors in the UK that I have listed on the post and hopefully they can refer you to someone in your region. See:https://www.portal-hypertension.com/rex-shunt-specialist-list/
      Wishing you all the best in your search. If you have any other questions I would be happy to assist you if I can.


    1. Clint Post author

      Hi Susan,

      I am sorry I completely missed your post as it went into my spam folder for some reason. Anyways I do not know of any doctors in Spain who perform the procedure, but maybe you have found an answer to that question already? Have a look at the list I compiled for Rex Shunt Specialists and maybe see who is closest and contact their respective offices for a reply. Again I apologize for missing this post. If there is anything else I can help with please let me know. Happy New Year! Clint

  2. Amanda Embry

    Hello. Is there a way to way out how many successful Rex shunts the doctors on the list have completed? Or who else is good besides Superina?

    1. Clint Post author

      Good Day, Thank you for your response. The procedure is performed around the world, but to what scale I do not have the numbers for. My guess, and I stand corrected, is that Dr. Superina in Chicago has performed between 300 or more of this procedure. Depending on your geographical location you can look at the list and possibly contact anyone of those surgeons through their respective hospitals. I had another doctor’s name in Pittsburgh come up via another Facebook blog I belong to and maybe that is another option. I will contact the administrator of the blog called “Portal Hypertension and Portal Vein Thrombosis in Children and Adults” and ask her to add your name. It is a very comprehensive page, and many parents of children offer their advice and experience regarding the condition. If you have any further questions – please don’t hesistate to contact me here. Clint


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