The pediatric transplant program at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is the oldest and one of the most respected in the world. Our team of specialists has performed more than 540 pediatric liver transplants since the program began in 1964.
We made history in 1982 with a successful liver transplant for Jamie Fisk, who was 11 months old at the time and who has since become the world’s longest-living pediatric liver recipient. Her story led President Ronald Reagan to establish the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, which creates policy for organ allocation.
At University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, we are helping to make more donor livers available to children who need them through our Living Donor Program. An adult family member or friend can donate a piece of his or her liver to a child in need if there is a blood and tissue match between the donor and child. Living donation has many benefits for patients but the greatest is a shorter waiting time for transplant.
Your child has access to the latest therapies through participation in our clinical trials. Our physicians are collaborating with scientists at the Masonic Cancer Center to provide advanced treatments for children with end-stage liver failure. Research is underway on artificial liver support devices, treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer), split-liver transplantation (which provides two recipients with liver from one donor) and living-donor liver transplantation. Our pioneering research has dramatically improved survival rates and post-transplant quality of life.
Patients in our program benefit from collaborative care management and the expertise of our experienced team, which includes nationally renowned liver transplant surgeon Srinath Chinnakotla, MD, and a board-certified pediatric hepatologist, Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg, MD.