Pediatric Liver Transplant Statistics and Outcomes

Ranked Highest in the United States for Pediatric Liver Transplant Outcomes

According to the January 2017 release of data by the Scientific Registry of Transplants Recipients, when comparing hazard ratio estimates, the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC 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.

Of the 29 centers performing pediatric living-donor liver transplants, Children’s hazard ratio estimates also rank first in one-year patient and graft survival, as well as three-year patient and graft survival. Children’s has performed more than 135 living-donor liver transplants since 1997, and more than any pediatric transplant center in the last five years nationally.

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  93%  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 (, January 2017 release.