Our experienced liver transplant team at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) is focused first and foremost on caring for our pediatric patients, being accessible to families and working with referring physicians to provide the best care possible. Our multidisciplinary transplant team, made up of two dozen pediatric specialists, collaborate with an inpatient nurse navigator to ensure continuous and safe care through every stage of your child's transplant journey.
To reach our Liver Transplant Clinic, please call (720) 754-2155.
Liver transplant and hepatology specialists in Denver
Why choose us for your child's liver transplant journey?
Our liver transplant team is comprised of leaders recognized throughout the transplant community. They have collectively performed more than 1,100 successful liver transplant surgeries with outcomes that surpass national benchmarks.
Our surgical director, Dr. Thomas Heffron, is world-renowned in the field of pediatric liver transplantation. He was a member of the first surgical team to complete pediatric living donor liver transplants in 1989 and has completed over 500 pediatric liver transplants and 120 liver donor surgery to date. He has successfully transplanted one of the youngest (an 8 day old) and one of the smallest (a 3kg child) patients. He is joined by Dr. Amber Hildreth, who is fellowship trained in pediatric transplant hepatology.
Altogether, our specialized pediatric transplant team includes medical professionals holding expertise in:
- Diet and nutrition
- Liver transplant surgery
- Hospital medicine
- Intensive care
- Interventional radiology
- Infectious disease
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation
- Social work
A liver transplant is not just a surgical procedure—it is a life-changing experience with wide-ranging physical and emotional benefits. Our multidisciplinary team will be with you every step of the way by guiding, advising and answering your questions. Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, our sister facility, complements our medical and surgical expertise about the kidney transplant process with passionate, comprehensive, coordinated and family-centered care that continues from evaluation and surgery to post-transplant care.
Types of liver transplant
Living donor pediatric liver transplants
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children offers living donor transplant as a life-saving option for children who need to reduce time spent on a transplant wait list. With this option, a healthy adult can donate a small part of his/her liver for a child. During a living donor transplant, part of the liver is taken from a living donor to replace the diseased liver of a child.
Our liver transplant team has a global reputation for expertise and exceptional outcomes for living donor transplants. The technique involves removing the smaller, left lobe of the donor’s liver, thereby significantly decreasing the risk of complications for the donor.
Additionally, due to the unique nature of our hospital’s campus, which is shared with our sister facility, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, both the adult donor and pediatric patient are cared for under one roof—by expert adult and pediatric medical teams, respectively.
We are one of the only centers in the United States completing ABO-incompatible transplantation, which improves donor availability considerably. By crossing blood types, our teams are able to help children get life-saving liver transplants before other programs.
Lifelong care under one roof: we know that the transition from pediatrics to adult medicine can be challenging and bring about difficulties in transplant care. Here at Presbyterian/St. Luke's, in addition to preparation during their teenage years, your child will continue with the same multidisciplinary team as they transition to adult hepatology care.
Liver conditions we treat
Hepatology is the treatment of liver disease. In addition to performing liver transplants, the pediatric hepatologists and transplant experts at our children’s hospital specialize in the treatment of a wide range of liver conditions and diagnoses. While not all of the following require a liver transplant, our liver specialists care for patients with:
- Acute hepatic failure
- Autoimmune diseases
- Biliary atresia
- Budd-Chiari syndrome
- Cholestatic liver disease
- Drug induced liver injury
- Fatty liver disease
- Genetic liver disease
- Inborn errors of metabolism
- Infectious hepatitis
- Portal hypertension
- Primary liver tumors
- Primary sclerosing cholangitis
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