Pediatric Liver Transplant Team

Led by Stuart Knechtle, M.D. and Rene Romero, M.D., the Children's Liver Transplant team is dedicated to caring for infants, children and young adults before, during and after pediatric liver transplantation.

About Our Physician Leaders

Stuart Knechtle, M.D., a leader in the field of liver transplant, serves as Surgical Director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program and Chief of Transplant. He has designed and led a variety of clinical trials in organ transplantation. Prior to coming to Children’s, he led a team that performed Wisconsin's first liver transplant from a living donor and the state’s first combined liver/pancreas transplant.

Rene Romero, M.D., an award winning physician, educator and clinical researcher, is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program and Clinical Director of Hepatology. He has extensive experience in acute liver failure, portal hypertension, viral hepatitis, hepatopulmonary syndrome and post transplant medical issues.

Other Team Members

  • Other pediatric trained medical and surgical doctors, including pediatric gastroenterologistspediatric general surgeonsradiologists, psychologists and pathologists. 
  • Liver transplant coordinator, pediatric physician assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurses, nurse coordinators and pediatric intensive care unit nurses
  • Pediatric respiratory care or respirator therapist
  • Pediatric registered dietitian/nutritionist
  • Transplant pharmacist
  • Family support services, including child life specialists, social workers, chaplains, teachers, therapists and financial counselors 

Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals who perform services at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta are independent providers and are not our employees.