Liver Transplant Program

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Liver Transplant Program is one of the largest in the country. Every day, our doctors, nurses and staff put their exceptional expertise and knowledge to use with one goal: improving the health — and the lives — of children who need liver transplants.

The Best Possible Care for Your Child

The original Liver Transplant Program at CHOP was founded in 1989. We performed nine liver transplants in the first year. In 1995, CHOP joined forces with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to form a combined liver transplant program under the leadership of transplant surgeons Abraham Shaked, MD and Kim Olthoff, MD, and hepatologist Elizabeth B. Rand, MD.

Our team is ready to help you and your child through this difficult time. Our program is centered around providing your child the best possible care as he or she waits for, prepares for, undergoes and recovers from a liver transplant.

Volumes and Outcomes

CHOP has one of the largest pediatric liver transplant centers in the country. Our surgeons perform anywhere from 10 to 24 liver transplants each year.

To date, the program has performed 324 liver transplants. Our survival rates consistently exceed national averages.

It’s In You To Give

More than 120,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants to save their lives. Become an organ donor today.

Transplant Evaluation & Waiting List

Your child's doctor may refer you to the Liver Transplant Program if she suspects your child needs a transplant. Here's how the process begins:

Preparing for Surgery

When a liver becomes available, your liver transplant coordinator will give you special instructions to prepare for surgery. Review these resources so you know what to expect:

Life After Transplant

Your child will need to visit the transplant clinic regularly during and after recovery. We're here to help manage all of his post-transplant medical needs.


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The Liver Transplant Program is part of CHOP’s Pediatric Transplant Center.

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