About the Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation

Founded in 2017 through a generous gift of the Citrone Thirty Three Foundation, the Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation honors the life and legacy of Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, recognized as the father of transplantation, and carries on his work of discovery and life-saving innovation.

The Starzl Transplant Network aims to unite a community of top pediatric liver transplant centers in the United States and Canada that are committed to developing and sharing best practices.

For Dr. Starzl, only lifelong outcomes really mattered, according to friend and colleague George Mazariegos, MD, FACS, director of the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. In this spirit, the vision, mission, goals, and guiding principles of the network were developed.


A network of pediatric transplant institutions committed to continuous improvement until every child can achieve a long and healthy life.


To unite big data, technology, patient advocacy and transplant thought leaders to deliver the best possible care and develop new, scalable solutions to pediatric transplantation’s most challenging problems.

Guiding Principles

  • Collaboration: A desire among members to forgo individual gains in lieu of collective efforts.
  • Urgency: A shared sense of determination to quickly and dramatically improve patient care and outcomes.
  • Transparency: A willingness among members to freely and openly share data within and beyond the Network.
  • Innovation: A determination to identify and use leading approaches and technologies to advance our goals.
  • Excellence: A commitment to engage leaders across multiple fields and combine their expertise.
  • Synergy: A drive to build off existing systems (e.g., SPLIT) or provide expertise to regulatory bodies (e.g., UNOS) who are advocating for improvement in outcomes for children.


  • Collectively determine gaps in transplant outcomes, beginning with liver transplant, to plan network goals.
  • Standardize and transparently share data for better outcomes in pediatric transplantation.
  • Initiate transplant technology hack-a-thons to encourage and foster innovation.

Benefits for Patients and Families

  • Increase awareness of complications and outcomes following transplantation. for patients and families.
  • Access cutting-edge, patient-centered technology and use it to advance the field.
  • Strengthen the voices of pediatric patients and their families.
  • Utilize feedback to shape research and improvement priorities.

Support the Starzl Transplant Network

Help honor the vision of Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, by considering a donation to the future of the Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation. With your gift, the network could become an even bigger driving force in the future of pediatric transplantation.

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