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History of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program

For decades, our pediatric liver transplant program has provided high quality services to infants, children, and adolescents with end-stage liver disease. 

  • 1984 — Dr. Paul Colombani became Chief of Pediatric Transplantation at Hopkins
  • 1986 — First adult liver transplant performed at Hopkins.
  • 1987 — First pediatric liver transplant performed at Hopkins
  • 1992 — First living-related liver transplant performed for pediatric patient
  • 1990s — Hopkins is one of only two transplant centers to first use tacrolimus, new anti-rejection drug that produces reduced side-effects
  • 1992 - 2010 — Johns Hopkins' strong commitment to survival outcomes is studied.
  • 2007 - 2012 — The pediatric liver transplant program shows a 100% five-year survival rate for related living donor liver transplantation

Special features of our program include:

  • We have the privilege of caring for patients in the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, consistently named as a top children’s center in the United States.
  • We have performed more than 190 transplants, of which more than 50 transplants were living donor procedures.
  • We have excellent patient and graft survival rates, comparable to those of any program which is willing to accept sick and complex patients.
  • Dr. Kathleen Schwarz, Director of the Pediatric Liver Center, is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric gastroenterology, and transplant hepatology.

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