Pediatric Liver Transplant Statistics and Outcomes

Liver Transplant Survival Rates

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’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 Children’s 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  98%  national average  95% 
3 years  93%  national average  93% 

Abdominal Transplant Volumes

We're one of the most active pediatric transplant centers in the nation, having performed more than 1,800 abdominal transplants, including liver, liver/kidney, living-donor liver, liver/small bowel, small bowel/multivisceral.

Transplant Type 2017 Program Inception Through 12/31/2016
Liver and Liver/Kidney 17 1,428
Living-Donor Liver 11 137
Liver/Small Bowel 1 113
Small Bowel/Multivisceral 5 154
Subtotal 34 1,833

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