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Liver Transplant

If your child needs a liver transplant, you’ll have a team of specialists at UVA. This team approach ensures your child receives the best therapy during this highly complex process. The care team works closely to ensure children and their families are fully prepared for the transplant experience.

Our specialists see children from across Virginia and throughout the country for particularly complex cases. We’ve been performing pediatric liver transplants since 1989. 

Who Needs a Liver Transplant?

There are many conditions that could cause your child to need a liver transplant.

Illnesses and diseases that could lead to the need for transplant include:

  • Biliary atresia
  • Inborn errors of metabolism such as maple syrup urine disease
  • Wilson’s disease
  • Acute liver failure
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • Cystic fibrosis

Your Child's Liver Transplant Care Team

Children in stable condition are often first seen in the Pediatric Gastroenterology clinic.

Those who need a liver transplant will have a team including:

  • Hepatologists
  • Nephrologists (kidney care)
  • Pediatric surgeons
  • Diagnostic and interventional radiologists
  • Nutritionists
  • Genetic counselors
  • Speech therapists
  • Cardiologists
  • Endocrinologists
  • Social workers
  • Neuropsychologists

Although many specialists, nurses and other caregivers will see your child along the way, the same doctors will oversee your child’s transplant care before and after surgery.

Multiple Options for Liver Transplants

Our specialists also perform different kinds of liver transplants, including:

  • Whole organ
  • Transplants from deceased donors
  • Split (part of an adult liver is given to infants and children)
  • Living donor

There’s a waiting list for livers, but children generally have priority over adults on the waiting list.

Read more about liver transplants and what to expect

Make An Appointment

Contact the Transplant Center

Call us at 800.543.8814

or make an appointment online.

In The News

We now partner with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to expand pediatric liver transplants in Virginia.

Read how children can receive liver transplants closer to home.

Learn more about the first pediatric liver transplant since our partnership.