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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh partners with Va. hospital to perform liver transplants &#82

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh partners with Va. hospital to perform liver transplants

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A pediatric hospital in Virginia announced a partnership Thursday with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to expand its pediatric liver transplant program.

Children’s transplant team members will help manage patients at University of Virginia Children’s Hospital in Charlottesville, VA. Surgeons from both facilities wil perform transplants in Virginia.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to bring our unique experience and expertise in pediatric liver transplantation to families in the Virginia area,” said Dr. George Mazariegos, chief of pediatric transplantation at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. “We look forward to expanding our transplant services and providing the best possible care to these patients and families.”

The UVA Transplant Center has performed more than 60 pediatric liver transplants since 1989, according to a news release.

“The expertise and experience of the team from Children’s Hospital will enable us to enhance the quality care we provide and help more children from Virginia receive a liver transplant closer to home,” said Dr. Kenneth Brayman, division chief of transplant surgery and director of the Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center at UVA.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC opened the country’s first comprehensive pediatric transplant center in 1981 under the guidance of transplant pioneer Dr. Thomas E. Starzl. The Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital has performed more than 1,200 pediatric liver transplants — more than any other center in the United States, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at (412) 320-7991 or

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