International Patient Services

Pediatric Transplant

Families from across the United States and around the world seek care at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for transplant services. In fact, Children's ranked No. 3 in the U.S. and No. 1 in the Southeast for the combined total number of pediatric liver, heart and kidney transplants performed in 2012.

Program Highlights

  • Liver transplant

      - Perform an average of 23 liver transplants per year and more than 375 since our program's inception in 1990

      - Patient and graft survival rates that are at or above the national average

      - Some of the shortest wait times in the country for children on the liver transplant waiting list

      - Transplanted the world's youngest (10 days old) and three smallest (2 to 4 pounds) liver transplant recipients

  • Heart transplant

      - Performed more than 250 pediatric heart transplants since our program's inception in 1988

      Children's Sibley Heart Center was named one of the country's top 10 pediatric cardiac programs by U.S.News & World Report

      - One of only a few children's hospitals in the U.S. to have pediatric heart surgeons perform multiple pediatric ABO-incompatible heart transplants

      - Patient and graft survival rates that are at or above the national average

  • Kidney transplant

      - Performed more than 550 pediatric kidney transplants since our program's inception in 1980

      - Patient and graft survival rates that are above the national average

      - Some of the shortest wait times in the country for children on the kidney transplant waiting list

      - Proficient at performing deceased and living donor kidney transplants


Who is eligible for a transplant?


Because solid organ transplants require a lifetime of care and tremendous resources to ensure the most successful outcome possible, our transplant team uses an extensive list of criteria to determine if a patient is eligible to receive a transplant. 

We apply this criteria to all patients to help ensure the most successful results possible for each transplant recipient. Some of our criteria include:

Transportation to and from
medical appointments

  • The primary caretaker is responsible for arranging all necessary passports, Visas or other international travel documents prior to visiting Children's.
  • The primary caretaker is required to accompany the patient to Children's, and must remain the primary caretaker upon returning home (unless a qualified substitute caretaker is deemed acceptable by Children's).

Financial resources

  • The primary caretaker must ensure that arrangements to pay for hospital, physician and other medical costs associated with the transplant are secured before the transplant evaluation.
  • Costs associated with the transplant include supporting the child medically after transplant, such as administering lifelong medications.


Learn More

Learn more about our transplant program and services offered at Children's. Call 404-785-2432 or email for more information.