What We Treat

Conditions that may lead to liver failure

  • Acute liver failure
  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • Ascites
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Biliary atresia
  • Byler disease
  • Cirrhosis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Hepatitis A, B and C
  • Intrahepatic cholestasis, I, II and III
  • Jaundice
  • Liver abscess
  • Liver cancer
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Portal hypertension
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis

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Services We Offer

Liver transplant process

The Children's Carlos and Marguerite Mason Transplant Center provides full pre- and post-transplant services for children who need a liver transplant.

Pre-transplant evaluation

Before your child can have a pediatric liver transplant, he will undergo a pretransplant evaluation—a series of tests that may include a routine medical exam and blood tests, imaging tests, breathing tests and other evaluations.

If your child meets all of the standards of the pretransplant evaluation and the child, family and liver transplant team decide that a pediatric liver transplant is the best option, the next step is to place your child's name on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waitlist.

During this time, the liver transplant team will decide if there are living donors who may be a good match for your child.

Learn more about UNOS

Liver transplant

A liver transplant provides your child with a healthy liver from a donor. There are two main types of liver transplants, a deceased donor transplant and living donor transplant.

  • A deceased donor transplant provides your child with a liver from a person who has recently died. This is the most common type of liver transplant. To receive a deceased donor liver, you child is placed on the UNOS list.
  • A living donor is a person who gives your child part of his liver. Since the liver is the only organ that can grow back, when doctors remove part of a living donor's liver, the rest will grow back within a few weeks.

Other types of liver transplants include:

  • Auxiliary transplant: This is a transplant that places part of a healthy deceased or living donor liver next to your child's liver. The healthy liver is connected to vital blood vessels and organs. It helps do the work of your child's liver until he is well. Sometimes, the healthy liver can be removed after your child's liver begins to work again.
  • Partial graft: This is a transplant in which doctors cut down a donor liver to a smaller size and then give it to your child.
  • Split liver transplant: This is a transplant in which a deceased donor liver is cut into two parts. The larger part is given to an adult or larger child and the smaller part is given to a small child or infant.

Learn more about living donor transplants

Learn more about deceased donor transplants

After the transplant

A liver transplant affects your child and family in many ways. Our team is here help you in any way that we can.

Learn more about what you can expect after transplant

Innovative research

In conjunction with Emory University School of Medicine, our transplant team is committed to excellence and innovation in pediatric research. We are devoted to developing new and better preventive, diagnostic services and treatments through research.

Learn more about liver disease research at Children's

Learn more about research at Children's

Our Unique Approach

Why choose Children's?

Children's is home to one of the largest pediatric liver transplant programs in the country. Combining the latest proven technology and research with a caring, child-friendly approach, makes Children's a top choice for pediatric liver transplantation. 

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Meet the Team

Liver transplant team

Led by Joseph Maggliocca, MD, Surgical Director, and Rene Romero, MD, Medical Director, the Children's Liver Transplant team is dedicated to caring for infants, children and young adults before, during and after pediatric liver transplantation. Our team includes the following pediatric hepatologists and liver transplant surgeons:

Liver Transplant Surgeons

Pediatric Hepatologists

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Helpful Resources

Patient family handbook

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Transplant camps, events and support groups

Family involvement is a crucial part of recovery. That's why we offer programs and events that involve the entire family.

Learn more and get involved

Family support services

Transplant patients and their families have basic and extraordinary mental, physical, emotional and spiritual needs, and Children's has many services available to meet them.

Learn more about what you can expect during your stay

Transitional housing

Many families travel great distances to Children's for transplantation. To meet the needs of those families, we offer transitional or temporary housing options that have been carefully chosen for safety, cleanliness, amenities and proximity. The housing options for transplant patients include the Mason Guest House and the Ronald McDonald House near Egleston.

Learn more about our temporary housing options, transportation for out-of-town patients and amenities