Frank W DiPaola

Frank W DiPaola, MD

Gastroenterology/Nutrition: Pediatric
Primary Location:
Pediatric Gastroenterology

5th Floor

1204 W. Main St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Secondary Locations:


ABMS Certification:
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Transplant Hepatology
Pediatric Medicine
Research Interests:

Transplant quality improvement, Fontan associated liver disease

Clinical Practice:
Liver Transplant- Pediatric, Pediatric Digestive Health


Associate Professor

Frank DiPaola, MD, is board-certified in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology, and has joined UVA as director of Pediatric Hepatology and medical director of Pediatric Liver Transplantation. He has a national reputation for excellence in the care of children with acute and chronic liver disease. In his leadership role at UVA, he will work to continue growing the pediatric hepatology services to help ensure that all children across Virginia have access to the most advanced treatments available, including liver transplantation.

Dr. DiPaola is originally from North Carolina and received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then completed a residency in pediatrics at the Monroe Carell Junior Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, followed by sequential fellowships in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to his arrival at UVA, Dr. DiPaola was a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan, where he served as ambulatory care clinical chief of pediatric medical specialties and medical director of the pediatric specialties ambulatory care unit at Mott Children’s Hospital.

The pediatric liver program at UVA is actively involved in clinical research, and Dr. DiPaola will work to maintain and build the program’s relationships with key networks, including the Society of Pediatric Liver Transplantation (SPLIT) and the Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation (SNEPT). He will also be continuing research in the area of Fontan-associated liver disease (liver disease which occurs as the result of the Fontan operation for the repair of congenital single-ventricle heart disease).

DiPaola and his wife Jennifer have three children and are happy to join the Charlottesville community.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital, Vanderbilt
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center