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Referrals at Children’s

Children’s transplant program accepts referrals and consultation by phone.

For consults, referrals and transport, call our Physician Call Center at (414) 266-2460 or toll free at (800) 266-0366.

  • For outpatient specialty appointments, call Kidney transplant at (414) 266-2844
  • Liver transplant at (414) 266-1579
  • Heart transplant: call Central Scheduling at (414) 607-5280 or toll free (877) 607-5280

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Transplant fellowships at Children’s

The Medical College of Wisconsin has many ACGME accredited programs including fellowships in pediatric cardiology, pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric nephrology. The American Society of Transplant Surgeons has just approved a fellowship training in kidney transplantation. Our program also offers training and experience in liver surgery and transplantation, pancreas transplantation and vascular access.

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Continuing medical education at Children’s

Children’s hosts Best Practices in Pediatrics CME conferences including on-demand, archived webcasts of Practical Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Grand Rounds events and Grand Rounds videos. We also participate in additional conference and training programs and publish our online newsletter, Pediatric Rounds. Children’s also takes part in in an annual Transplantation Research Retreat that is a joint effort with Froedtert, MCW and the Blood Center of Wisconsin.

Research and quality at Children’s

Quality of care is of the utmost importance to our multidisciplinary transplant teams. Our teams employ a strong collaborative approach to managing our patients. Quality care is dependent on trained clinicians who are knowledgeable about pediatric diseases, treatments and the unique anatomy and physiology of our population.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s transplant programs are actively involved in national collaborative studies and in lead research within our own organization. Some of our research projects have included:

  • Quality of Life and Vulnerability in Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Recipients
  • Genotype as a Predictor of Mycophenolate Mofetil Related Toxicity in Pediatric Transplant Recipients (Midwest Pediatric Nephrology consortium)
  • Prospective Longitudinal Database of Incident patients with Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (Children’s Research Institute)
  • SCAMP (Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans)
  • Quality of Life in Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Recipients
  • The Family Factors Study

Heart transplant

  • Pediatric Heart Transplant Study Group
  • Quantitative Detection of Circulation Donor Specific DNA in Heart Transplant Recipients
  • Pediatric Cardiac Quality of Life Inventory (PCQLI) Responsiveness
  • Pharmacokinetics and safety of valganciclovir in pediatric heart transplant recipients less than four months of age
  • The Congenital Heart Disease Tissue Bank
  • Developmental Follow-up for Children with Congenital Heart Disease
  • Mitral and Tricuspid Regurgitation: cMRI versus Echo
  • Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction Study (LVOTO)
  • Anomalous Aortic Origin of a Coronary Artery Study (AAOCA)
  • MRI Data Bank Study
  • The Fontan Biomarker Study
  • Plastic Bronchitis (PB) and Protein Losing Enteropathy (PLE) Study
  • NPC-QIC: A Joint Council on Congenital Heart Disease (JCCHD) Initiative
  • Single Ventricle Reconstruction Extension Study (SVRII)
    • Data collection is ongoing with existing subjects
Kidney transplant
  • North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Cooperative Study (NAPRTCS; Children’s Hospital Association)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease In Children Study (CKiD; NIH)
  • Understanding the Molecular Processes involved in Acute Kidney Injury Failure and Recovery
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Urinary 20 HETE levels in Pediatric patients with PKD
  • Vitamin D in Patients with Idiopathic Nephrotic Syndrome (Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium)

Liver transplant

  • Studies in Pediatric Liver Transplantation (SPLIT) - a national database of pediatric liver transplant outcomes
  • Liver Disease and Liver Transplant Database Study

Other clinical accomplishments have included:

  • First living donor liver transplant in Wisconsin
  • First pediatric simultaneous heart and liver transplant in Wisconsin
  • First pediatric in situ split liver transplant
  • One of the lowest wait times in the nation for a first time kidney transplant
  • Performed 12 ABO Incompatible Pediatric Heart Transplants
  • Coined the term “Virtual Crossmatch” and pioneered its use for sensitized heart transplant candidates
  • Over the past 5 years – nearly 25% of children were bridged to heart transplant using mechanical circulatory support
    • Successfully used Excor Berlin Heart, Thoratec PVAD, Heartmate II, Heartware HVAD, Syncardia Total Artificial Heart, ECMO and Rotaflow support
  • One of the first Pediatric Home Ventricular Assistance Device (VAD) programs in the Midwest
  • In 2012, ranked as the fourth largest pediatric heart transplant program in the US by volume out of more than 50 programs
  • Performed the 9th successful pediatric heart-liver transplant in the United States in 2012