Pediatric Liver Transplant Program Changing the Outcome for Patients

World-Class Care for Serious Conditions

A liver transplant is a life-changing experience for your child and family, and you want the best, most experienced transplant team on your side. Since 1985, our team members have performed more than 600 liver transplants, including living-related donor transplants and reduced-size liver transplants. We have even performed liver transplants in children weighing less than 3 kilograms. As one of the largest pediatric liver transplant programs in North America -- both in terms of total transplants performed and ongoing activity -- we provide comprehensive, interdisciplinary care for pediatric patients with irreversible end-stage liver disease. In addition, families can make an appointment within one month, or sooner if the need is urgent. 

To best manage your child’s care, please call to schedule an appointment with us ahead of time -- 513-636-4955 or 1-800-344-2462 (ext. 6-4955). 

Founded in 1985, the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at Cincinnati Children’s has performed more than 600 pediatric liver transplants.

How We're Different

The Liver Transplant team at Cincinnati Children’s is one of the busiest in the nation, with an average of 24 transplants each year

  • Cincinnati Children’s has special expertise in liver transplantation for patients with unresectable liver tumors. Oncologists are regarded as integral to the care team and partner with the transplant team throughout the treatment process. Patients can undergo cancer therapies at Cincinnati Children’s before or after transplantation. Such therapies include chemotherapy and targeted radiofrequency ablation.
  • Our team has been offering living donor liver transplantation since 1997.
  • Our team of hepatologists, hepatobiliary surgeons, nutritionists, transplant pharmacists, nurse care managers, interventional radiologists, pathologists and other pediatric subspecialists has worked together for many years and represents a broad diversity of knowledge. Clinical decisions are made in a collegial atmosphere in which open discussion is highly valued.
  • The care team is balanced with strong representation from both medical and surgical pediatric specialties. This is essential, given the complexity involved in caring for this patient population.
  • Integral to our program is a commitment to maintaining high standards for patient safety and continuous quality improvement. This commitment is evident at every stage of care, from pre-transplant to long-term follow-up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to frequently asked questions concerning liver transplants.

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Liver Care Center

The Liver Care Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children suffering from liver diseases.

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Our Gastroenterology Division ranks among the best by U.S. News & World Report.

Our gastroenterology and GI surgery programs are ranked No. 3 in the nation in the 2017-18 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.

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Facing a Liver Transplant

Learn more about what to expect when your child needs a liver transplant at Cincinnati Childrens. Read more.

By the Numbers

4.1 Months

Median wait time for a transplant at Cincinnati Children's

14.4 months

National median wait time for a transplant


Our one-year post-transplant survival rate


Average number of liver transplants each year at Cincinnati Children's

Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients