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.