Pediatric Liver Transplant Statistics and Outcomes

Ranked Highest in the United States for Pediatric Liver Transplant Outcomes

According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) June 2017 data release, the Liver Transplant Program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is ranked highest in the United States for pediatric liver transplant in the following categories:

  • 1 year overall patient and graft survival: 100%
  • 1 year living-donor patient and graft survival: 100%
  • 1 year deceased donor graft survival: 100%

In addition, the SRTR's Jan 2017 data shows that when comparing hazard ratio estimates, the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at Children's Hospital ranks No. 1 out of 62 pediatric liver transplant centers in the U.S. in one-year overall patient survival as well as one-year overall graft survival. 

Liver Transplant Survival Rates

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s liver transplant survival rates consistently beat the national average and are among the world’s best. Ever since world-renowned transplant surgeon Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, initiated Children’s pediatric liver transplantation program in 1981, the program has become the premier tertiary care provider for children with end-stage liver disease.

Liver Transplant Survival
1 Year  100%  national average  96% 
3 Years  91%  national average  93% 

Abdominal Transplant Volumes

We're one of the most active pediatric transplant centers in the nation, having performed more than 1,800 abdominal transplants, including liver, liver/kidney, living-donor liver, liver/small bowel, small bowel/multivisceral.

Transplant Type 2016 Program Inception Through 12/31/2015
Liver and Liver/Kidney 21 1,408
Living-Donor Liver 11 126
Liver/Small Bowel 0 113
Small Bowel/Multivisceral 3 151
Subtotal 35 1,798

Sources: Internal data, Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation; Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (www.srtr.org), June 2017 release.