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The Pediatric Transplant Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is a major referral center for organ transplants for children. Our surgeons and transplant teams are at the forefront of pediatric organ transplantation and work to ensure optimal treatment before, during and after transplant. Our multidisciplinary approach ensures the optimal care for our patients and gives them the benefit of more than 40 years of experience in transplantation at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Our program is uniquely equipped to facilitate parent-to-child donation, with adjacent operating space and adult and pediatric operating teams.
As part of the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center,we are also uniquely suited to provide seamless continuity of care from pediatric through adolescent and adult care.
The Mass General Transplant Center offers leading-edge consultative services, treatment and surgical interventions to patients with a broad spectrum of diseases requiring heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, islet, hematopoietic stem cell and multiple organ transplants. The pediatric program currently provides several of these and will be expanding in the future.
An innovator in the transplant field for nearly three decades, the Mass General Transplant Center has developed life-saving techniques that have revolutionized transplant medicine for patients around the globe. Major transplant milestones include:
Surgeons at Mass General performed New England’s first successful:
As part of the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, our research focuses on developing new breakthrough treatments and techniques that offer excellent clinical outcomes for patients, including:
The quality of our patient care is also enhanced by:
A Harvard Medical School teaching institution, we are training the next generations of transplant specialists in all areas of medicine and surgery, bringing fresh perspectives to the care of our patients and improving the care of transplant recipients worldwide. Our unique portfolio of basic and clinical research, education and clinical expertise benefits each patient receiving care at the Transplant Center.
At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, your child will be cared for by a team of specialists expert in pediatric transplantation, including pioneers in the field.
Our multidiscliplinary staff includes:
At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child's diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does: parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.
Biliary atresia is a chronic, progressive liver problem that becomes evident shortly after birth.
Biliary cirrhosis is a rare form of liver cirrhosis, caused by disease or defects of the bile ducts.
Chronic liver disease is marked by the gradual destruction of liver tissue over time. Several liver diseases fall under this category, including cirrhosis of the liver and fibrosis of the liver.
Congenital liver defects are rare liver diseases present at birth such as biliary atresia, when the bile ducts are absent or have developed abnormally, and choledochal cyst, a malformation of the hepatic duct that can obstruct flow of bile in infants.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. CF causes the body to produce thick, sticky mucus that leads to progressive lung infection and difficulty gaining weight.
Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver, resulting in liver cell damage and destruction. Drug-induced hepatitis is rare and is caused by toxic exposure to certain medications, vitamins, herbal remedies, or food supplements.
Renal failure refers to temporary or permanent damage to the kidneys that results in loss of normal kidney function.
Glomerulonephritis is a type of glomerular kidney disease in which the kidneys' filters become inflamed and scarred, and slowly lose their ability to remove wastes and excess fluid from the blood to make urine.
Glomerulosclerosis is the term used to describe scarring that occurs within the kidneys in the small balls of tiny blood vessels called the glomeruli.
Hemolytic uremic syndrome is a rare condition that mostly affects children under the age of 10. It is often characterized by damage to the lining of blood vessel walls, destruction of red blood cells, and kidney failure.
Hepatitis B is a blood-borne microorganism transmitted by exposure to the hepatitis B virus through infectious body fluids.
Over half of all newborns develop some amount of jaundice, a yellow coloring in their skin, during the first week. This is usually a temporary condition, but may be a more serious sign of another illness.
Kidney cancer begins in the kidneys - two large, bean-shaped organs - one located to the left, and the other to the right of the backbone.
Nephrotic syndrome is a condition often characterized by the following: very high levels of protein in the urine, low levels of protein in the blood, swelling, especially around the eyes, feet, and hands, as well as
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer death in men and women in the US. Pancreatic cancer occurs when malignant cells grow out of control.
Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. The inflammation may be sudden (acute) or ongoing (chronic).
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts filled with fluid in the kidneys.
Matthew McGuinness joined the Family Advisory Council (FAC) at MGHfC after his daughter, Sophie, 12, received exceptional care for Alagille syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects the liver, and a liver transplant. His input on the FAC helps other parents whose children receive care here.
MGHfC is pleased to announce the launch of the Neonatal Hepatology Program, a novel multidisciplinary program that allows for the careful evaluation and management of distinct and complex liver disease in newborns.
Just before Christmas, members of the MGHfC Family Advisory Council wrapped gifts hand-picked by families for their children at the Toy Shop on Ellison 18. For children staying in the hospital, opening newly-wrapped gifts brought joy and spirit to the holiday season.
The Access and New Appointment Center, which opened in December 2006, was designed to be a single-entry point for scheduling new patient appointments and registering new patients. Instead of calling multiple phone numbers and leaving voicemails, patients, families and providers can call one number and have their call answered every time. Since opening, staff have answered more than 300,000 calls and scheduled more than 100,000 new patient appointments.
Jonathan Noon was born with a life-threatening liver disease that left him in need of a liver transplant. He received a second chance at life when his father, Jeff, donated half of his liver to Jonathan through the Living Donor Transplant Program at MGHfC.
Toddler Andrew Johnson is thriving since receiving his mother’s kidney in a transplant at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
When 14-year-old Kassie Holmes was faced with going back on dialysis or receiving a kidney transplant, Avram Traum, MD, recommended a transplant regiment that did not include steroids.
An ultrasound at 19 weeks showed that Andrew Johnson would be born with kidney functionality complications. Fortunately for Andrew, his mother was a compatible donor, and when he was strong enough, Andrew underwent kidney transplantation at MassGeneral Hospital for Children Transplant Center. “Everyone was so nervous that day,” Tara Johnson states. “I was elated.”
A trip to the Emergency Department is stressful for patients, particularly for children. "You Are Here: Wendy’s Welcome to the ED,” explains what pediatric patients can expect during an emergency room visit and gives children insight into their healthcare experience.
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To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.
Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.
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