Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation

The Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation unites the top children's transplant centers across the United States and Canada.

Our goals are to bring new and lifesaving advances to children in need of a transplant through:

  • The latest technology.
  • The best minds in the field.
  • Groundbreaking transplant research.
  • Patient advocacy.

Thanks to a generous gift from philanthropists Rob and Cindy Citrone, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh formed this new group of transplant centers.

We aim to provide the best possible care and solve the most challenging problems in pediatric transplant to:

  • Improve pre-transplant care.
  • Reduce serious complications.
  • Increase survival, quality of life, and overall access to transplants.

The network honors the late Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, a brilliant pioneer who performed the first liver transplant in 1963.

» Learn more about the network's mission, vision, and goals.

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Register to be an Organ Donor

Dr. Starzl conquered one of transplant’s greatest barriers — rejection. But another barrier to transplant remains — the chronic shortage of donor organs.

More than 115,000 people, including children, are on the waiting list for organ transplants in the United States alone.

But you can help by signing up to be an organ donor. It's the best way you can help someone who's critically ill — especially a child — in dire need of a life-saving transplant.

» Register today to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor.

Living donation from a healthy adult donor offers another option for children in need of a kidney or liver transplant. And it saves two lives: the recipient and the next person on the deceased organ waiting list.

Through living donor transplant, kids and adults can receive the best quality organ much sooner — often in less than a year.

» Get the facts about living donation from Donate Life America.

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