Patients and Families of the Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation

The Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation aims to give all children access to the best care. And we strive to continually “make the best better.”

Our goal, as Dr. Starzl hoped, is to measure children’s outcomes not in years or even decades, but in lifetimes.

We invite transplant families to join us in this quest.

You can get involved in a few ways:

  • Join our team. View updates from the inaugural meeting below and check back for future information.
  • Research ideas. Give us your ideas for transplant-related research. We'd love to hear from you.
  • Share your story. Tell us your transplant family story. We want to hear it! And we’ll share it on our website and social media channels.

To get involved in the Starzl Transplant Network, email us at

Starzl Network Inaugural Meeting

The inaugural meeting of the Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation was held Sept. 14 to 15, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. Participants included pediatric transplant centers across the United States and Canada, health care professionals, and patients and families.

Watch the welcome message by Cindy Citrone and view slides from our pre-meeting survey of patients and families.

Lucas’ Story

Lucas GoellerShortly after he was born, Lucas Goeller of Pittsburgh, Pa., developed biliary atresia. The rare disease restricts the bile ducts in the liver, causing organ failure and requiring a transplant.

Lucas was under the care of a team of experts at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. But as months went on, his illness got worse.

Lucas’s family started a public campaign to find a liver donor. A family in Nebraska whose daughter had a terminal brain stem tumor donated her liver to Lucas.

After 18 months, he had a life-saving liver transplant.

Thanks to his donor and transplant team, Lucas enjoys playing with his brothers and attending school - he just started kindergarten.

Help more children in need of liver transplants by donating to the future of the Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplant.

Additional Resources

  • Transplant Families – The Starzl Transplant Network is happy to partner with Transplant Families, a nonprofit organization led by transplant parents and family members dedicated to providing resources to patients and families throughout each stage of the transplant journey.