Pediatric Liver Transplant Statistics and Outcomes

Liver Transplant Survival Rates

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh'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 UPMC Children’s Hospital 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  95%  national average  96% 
3 years  96%  national average  93% 

Abdominal Transplant Volumes

We're one of the most active pediatric transplant centers in the nation, having performed more than 1,900 abdominal transplants, including liver, liver/kidney, living-donor liver, liver/small bowel, small bowel/multivisceral.

Transplant Type 2020 Program Inception Through 12/31/2019
Liver and Liver/Kidney 16 1,479
Living-Donor Liver 12 170
Liver/Small Bowel/Intestine 6 280
Subtotal 34 1,929

Sources: Internal data, Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation; Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (, January 2019 release.