Meet Our Pediatric Transplant Team
Partner with a team of experts at University Health for your child’s transplant care. A team of specialists will give your child the best possible transplant care.
Focused on Caring for Kids
We focus on caring for children. Our transplant professionals are trained to understand the medical and emotional needs of your child.
Who Is Part of Your Care Team?
Your transplant team is a group of professionals who care for your child before and after a transplant. Throughout the transplant journey, you will work with many highly trained experts at University Health.
A pediatric transplant hepatologist (also known as a gastroenterologist or GI doctor) specializes in treating children’s advanced liver disease.
A pediatric transplant nephrologist is a kidney doctor trained to care for children who need kidney transplants. The transplant nephrologist determines if transplantation is the best treatment for your child.
A surgeon will perform your child’s transplantation. Our experienced surgeons will explain the procedure and answer your questions about the operation.
Transplant Social Workers
A dedicated social worker will help you navigate nonmedical issues and find insurance and assistance programs. After a transplant, a social worker helps plan when your child will go home, and any care needs.
A pediatric dietician will keep your child as healthy as possible before and after a transplant. A dietitian provides nutritional advice. What your child eats and drinks are important to overall health and healing.
Transplant Nurse Coordinators
Your child’s pre-transplant nurse coordinator is a registered nurse responsible for:
- Managing your child’s transplant evaluation schedule
- Informing you about your child’s progress toward transplantation
- Providing education and support while your child is in the hospital
After a transplant, you will meet a post-transplant coordinator who will manage your child’s care.
Rely on our transplant pharmacists to ensure safe and effective use of medications throughout your child’s transplant journey. Expect them to:
- Educate you and your child about the medications he or she will be taking
- Monitor medication side effects and interactions
- Work with local specialty pharmacies that carry the medications your child will need after transplant
Primary Care Physician (PCP) or Pediatrician
Your child’s primary care physician or pediatrician will manage nontransplant-related health issues. This includes immunizations and wellness checks. Your child should keep appointments with their primary doctor before and after a transplant.
This doctor specializes in caring for children in the intensive care unit (ICU). Your child may stay in the ICU for a short time after a transplant.
Pediatric Transplant Anesthesiologists
An anesthesiologist is a doctor who gives medicine (anesthesia) for surgery. The medicine ensures that your child will be in a deep sleep during surgery, so they do not see, hear or feel anything, not even pain.
Child Life Specialists
Child life specialists are clinical staff members who help young patients relax, have fun and understand their treatment. They will help you and your child through any stress you may be feeling about the transplant.
A respiratory therapist specializes in helping children with their breathing.
Help your child restore physical function and independence immediately following a transplant.
Transplant Financial Coordinators
Our coordinators will help you understand your insurance coverage and assist with the pre-authorization of your transplant care.
Extra Care and Support
Depending on your child’s condition, other University Health professionals may provide care. You may also meet: