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 Patient Survival
1 year  92%  national average  95% 
3 years  95%  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 2021 Program Inception Through 12/31/2020
Liver and Liver/Kidney 21 1,495
Living-Donor Liver 4 182
Liver/Small Bowel/Intestine 6 286
Subtotal 31 1,963

Sources: Internal data, Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation; Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (, July 2022 release.