It was only a matter of time before Chad and Debbie Glaser’s infant son Ethan - who was diagnosed with a serious liver disease at 2 months old - would need a transplant.

The target date was Ethan’s second birthday. Meanwhile, the medical staff in the gastroenterology division of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo did whatever it could to increase his chances for a successful transplant, including performing 15 endoscopies to control his end-stage liver failure.

Today, Ethan is a healthy 11-year-old boy.

The case is indicative of the type of care that resulted in today’s announcement that Women and Children’s is listed among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” for its pediatric gastroenterology department, according to a U.S. News & World Report ranking in its 2012-13 special edition of Best Hospitals.

“They really helped bridge a gap in assisting getting him big enough and strong enough in hopes of getting him ready for a liver transplant,” Chad Glaser said today at a news conference as the hospital announced it is was ranked 48th out of nearly 200 hospitals.

This is the second year in a row the hospital has made the list. Last year, it earned the national distinction in two categories: 48th in pediatric neurology/neurosurgery and 46th in cancer care for children.