Pediatric Liver Transplant Program

One of the leading pediatric liver transplant programs in the country

Established in 1990, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Liver Transplant Program has become one of the largest pediatric liver transplant programs in the country—performing 400 liver transplants on infants, children and young adults. 

Led by Stuart Knechtle, M.D. and Rene Romero, M.D., our experienced, dedicated team is here to support you and your child every step through the transplant journey.

Why Choose Children's?

  • Patient and graft survival rates that exceed the national average—including some of the highest transplant survival rates for children with acute liver failure
  • One of the shortest wait times in the country for children waiting for a liver transplant
  • Ranked among the top 10 in the country for the total number of pediatric liver transplants performed
  • Performed the following groundbreaking accomplishments:
    • Transplanted the world's youngest (10 days old) and the three smallest (2 to 4 pounds) liver transplant recipients.
    • First pediatric split liver transplant in Georgia in 1997.
    • First split liver transplantation in Georgia for two unrelated recipients in Sept. 1998
    • Living donor right lobe liver transplant from a mother to her teenage son in Sept. 2000. This procedure involved transplanting approximately 65 percent of her liver to her son—it was the first of its type performed in the United States.

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