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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Why Choose Us for Pediatric Liver Transplantation?

Innovative

University of Chicago transplant surgeons have a legacy of innovation in liver transplantation. Techniques pioneered here have helped to make more donor organs available to children who need them.

  • This was the first hospital in the U.S. to perform a segmental liver transplant, and the first split-liver transplant (one donor, two recipients). These innovations were important steps toward alleviating the ongoing problem of organ shortage, particularly for babies and young children.
  • The University of Chicago Medicine was the first hospital in the U.S. to perform a successful living-donor liver transplant (in which the mother donated a portion of her healthy liver to her daughter) and performed the first large series of successful living-donor liver transplant in children. This advance marked a leap in organ availability, as children who need liver transplants don’t need to wait for a cadaver donor.

Dedicated

Our pediatric liver transplant team is focused on kids. We’re committed to supporting the very best outcomes for every child who comes to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital for care. We also support each child’s family throughout the journey from diagnosis, to transplant surgery, and for the years of follow-up care after transplantation.

Expertise and Reputation

Our transplant surgeons are among the most experienced and skilled in their field. Their reputation for excellence attracts patients from throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Comprehensive and Multidisciplinary

Our transplant team includes transplant surgeons, liver transplant physicians, transplant nurse coordinators, a dietitian, a social worker, home-care resource personnel, a child life specialist, a transplant financial specialist, a transplant administrator and other team members – each bringing specialized knowledge and skills to address different needs related to the transplant experience.

Full-Service, Convenient

In addition to our state-of-the-art children's hospital, the University of Chicago Medicine has the full range of resources and services to handle any aspect related to pediatric liver transplantation, from sophisticated pathology labs to an adult-care tertiary medical center. This makes it convenient to have all testing, checkups, pre- and post-transplant evaluation and care for the child and an adult donor in one location.