Living Donation

Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation​

Under the guidance of Thomas E. Starzl MD, PhD, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC established the first pediatric transplant program in the United States, the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation. Since the program's inception in 1981, the hospital has performed more pediatric transplants than any other center and has discovered new treatment methods to improve long-term survival and quality of life for pediatric transplant recipients.

The Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation, which achieves patient survival rates that are among the highest in the world, includes:

Experience and Expertise

The transplant experts at Children’s Hospital have performed more than 3,200 pediatric transplants, including:

  • Blood and marrow
  • Heart
  • Heart/lung
  • Kidney
  • Intestine
  • Small bowel
  • Liver
  • Living-donor liver
  • Liver/small bowel
  • Liver/kidney
  • Single-lung
  • Double-lung
  • Pancreas
  • Multiple-organ transplants

Through this extensive experience and a dedication to research and innovation, the transplant team has significantly improved surgical techniques, treatment, and patient survival.

Patient and Family Resources

In addition to offering the most innovative surgical and medical care, the transplant team recognizes that children who have organ and tissue transplants have specialized needs. To meet those needs, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh provides a full range of pediatric transplantation resources for patients and families before and after transplant.

Learn More

Learn more about the pediatric transplant services offered through the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.