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UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Performs Center’s 200th Living-Donor Liver Transplant

April 15, 2024

The liver transplant team at the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh recently performed the center’s 200th living-donor liver transplant.

UPMC Children’s has been performing living-donor liver transplants since 1997 and has some of the best outcomes in the world. Of the 29 centers performing pediatric living-donor liver transplants, UPMC Children’s hazard ratio estimates also rank first in the nation in one-year patient and graft survival, as well as three-year patient and graft survival.

Since Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, performed the world’s first liver transplant in 1967, experts at UPMC have continued his legacy by increasing access to liver transplant services to pediatric and adult patients who will benefit. Our team specializes in all types of liver transplant, including:

  • Domino liver transplant
  • Living-donor liver transplant
  • Split liver transplant

Living-donor liver transplant is an innovative and life-saving alternative to waiting for a deceased-donor liver transplant. Recipients benefit from:

  • Shorter wait times
  • Improved long-term outcomes
  • Quicker recovery times

The team at UPMC Children’s has the experience to take on some of the most complex cases for children of any age or size, even if they’ve been turned down by other centers. This may include children with acute end-stage liver disease as well as metabolic disease. We perform more living-donor liver transplants to treat metabolic disease than adult centers and have performed more liver transplants for patients with maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) than any other center in the world with 99% patient and graft survival.

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