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Pediatric Liver Transplant Program

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center has been performing pediatric liver transplants since 1987 and living donor transplants since 1992. We offer the largest pediatric living donor program in Maryland and Washington, D.C., and the only pediatric living donor program in the state.

We have performed more than 200 transplants in children as young as 3 weeks old through adolescence and for nearly every indication across the spectrum of liver disease, including:

  • Biliary atresia
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis
  • Tumors of the liver

As part of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, we provide comprehensive care in a range of pediatric subspecialties, and we can manage the transplant process and long-term care of children as they transition to adult care. In addition, those who choose living donation will be in the same facility as their donor and work with adult doctors at the same hospital. All operations are performed in our state-of-the-art Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center building and children recover in private rooms in both the intensive care unit and general inpatient floors.

Why choose Johns Hopkins Children’s Center?

  • We are investigators in several NIH-supported studies as well as many clinical trials, seeking to incorporate the latest research into the care of your child.
  • In a study lasting from 2007 to 2012, our pediatric liver transplant program showed a 100 percent five-year survival rate for related living donor liver transplantation.
  • We have excellent patient and graft survival rates, comparable to those of any program that accepts sick and complex patients.
  • We offer consideration of multiple listing for any patient, which can decrease waiting time.
  • Our Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is consistently ranked among the top in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Liver Transplant for Biliary Atresia | Alicia's Story

Alicia was diagnosed with biliary atresia at 3 weeks old, and her family flew from Nairobi to Baltimore to get additional care for her at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. After finding out both parents were a match for liver transplant, Alicia's father decided to be her donor, and Alicia became our youngest-ever living donor transplant recipient!



A Parents’ Guide to Pediatric Liver Transplant is a resource for families of children undergoing liver transplant at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

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