Physician Helps Children Before and After Liver Transplant

March 02, 2001

It wasn't the guarantee of a cold winter that lured Ruben Quiros, M.D., from a good job in California to Upstate New York, but the opportunity to make a difference.

"Of course, I am excited about the snow," says Quiros, originally from Panama City, Panama. "But one of the main reasons I came to Rochester is because I want to make a difference in the pediatric liver-transplant program at Children's Hospital at Strong. It is still in the early stages, but it's growing and flourishing. I've seen the dramatic difference we can make in the lives of children."

Quiros is responsible for evaluating children who have liver disease, and assessing their potential for a transplant. After a child receives a new liver, he handles much of the follow-up, including the vital post-transplant care after the child goes home.

A graduate of the University of Panama School of Medicine, Quiros completed his pediatric residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia before landing a job in pediatric gastroenterology at UCLA. At Children's Hospital at Strong, Quiros also treats children who suffer from chronic abdominal pain, constipation, gastrointenstinal reflux, and irritable bowel syndrome. When he's not helping patients, he's sharing what he knows with medical students and residents.

"I have a keen interest in academic medicine," he says. "Being in a teaching hospital such as this is important to me. I want to pass on what I have learned during my career to the next generation of young physicians."

Quiros lives in Fairport with his wife, Nubia, and children, Ruben, 3, and Jonathan, almost nine months.

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