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Pediatric Liver Transplant Program

Liver transplantation is a life-saving treatment for children with liver failure, metabolic cirrhosis and liver cancer that requires the care of an experienced team. The Liver Transplant Program at Children's Hospital is committed to being your child's and family's partner through this process.

Our multidisciplinary team of medical and administrative specialists provide superior pre and post-transplantation education, care, and follow-up. Our partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center's world-class expertise and support ensures seamless transition as your child reaches adulthood and continues a healthy life beyond transplantation.

Request a referral to the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program.

Conditions We Treat

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    Alagille syndrome
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    Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
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    Arginase deficiency
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    Autoimmune hepatitis
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    Crigler-Najjar syndrome
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    Extra-hepatic biliary atresia
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    Fulminant liver failure
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    Glycogen storage disease types 1, 2, 3, and 4

Meet Your Care Team

Lea K. Matsuoka

Lea K. MatsuokaMD

    Benign and Malignant Diseases of the Liver, Gallbladder, and Bile Ducts, Hepatobiliary Cancer Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation, Hepatobiliary and Liver Surgery, Liver Transplant, Liver Transplantation, Pancreatic Cancer Surgery
Martin I. Montenovo

Martin I. MontenovoMD

    Hepatobiliary and Liver Surgery, Liver Transplantation, Pediatric Surgery, Transplant Surgery
Anita K. Pai

Anita K. PaiMD

    Benign and Malignant Diseases of the Liver, Gallbladder, and Bile Ducts, General Gastroenterology, Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Interventional Endoscopy, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Carly M. Bhave

Carly M. BhaveCRNP, MSN

    Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Pediatric Liver Transplant

Why Choose the Liver Transplant Program at Children‘s Hospital

  • Follow-up care

    Children who receive a transplanted liver at Children's Hospital receive follow-up care throughout their lives. Studies show that patients have fewer complications and better outcomes when families work closely with a post-transplant medical team.

  • Living donor program

    We offer a living donor liver transplant program to reduce wait times for a healthy liver. Part of a liver from a living donor also gives patients a better chance of a longer, healthier life.

  • Convenient care

    With relatively short wait times for transplantation and unmatched pediatric liver transplant care within a 300-mile radius, your child’s liver transplant needs are close to home.

  • Experienced care

    Pediatric transplants are done at Children’s hospital in association with a wealth of resources available through Vanderbilt, one of the oldest and busiest adult liver transplant programs in the Southeastern United States.

  • Innovative procedures

    We lead and specialize in split liver transplant procedures, placing a small amount of adult liver in a child patient. We also specialize in liver transplantation in babies under 20 pounds.


2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232
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