Pediatric Liver Transplant Statistics and Outcomes

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  98%  national average  95% 
3 Years  97%  national average  92% 

Abdominal Transplant Volumes

The Hillman Center is one of the most active pediatric transplant centers in the nation, having performed more than 1,750 abdominal* transplants.

*liver, liver/kidney, living-donor liver, liver/small bowel, small bowel/multivisceral.

Transplant Type 2014 Program Inception Through 12/31/2013
Liver and Liver/Kidney 17 1,367
Living-Donor Liver 14 101
Liver/Small Bowel 0
Small Bowel/Multivisceral 3
Subtotal 34 1,722

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Sources: Internal data, Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation; Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (, December 2014 release.

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