Programs and research

Quality and experience you can trust

The UW Health Kids Transplant team, part of the UW Health Transplant Center, has been serving kids in organ failure for 55 years. We are the only transplant center in Wisconsin transplanting kids in need of heart, kidney, liver, lung, pancreas and multi-organ transplants. Our transplant teams have the experience you need for the very best results. Our living donation program is among the nation’s largest and serves living kidney and liver donors. Our organ and tissue donation program is a Health Resources and Services Administration best-practice site and leads the nation in serving deceased organ and tissue donors.

COVID-19 Information

The well-being and safety of our transplant patients is always our top priority. For guidelines and information specific to transplant patients, please visit COVID-19 precautions for transplant patients.

Innovation and research

UW Health is part of an academic medical center. We create and test new ways to help transplant patients live longer and reduce risks for living donors. 

Some of our current work includes studying new medicines that reduce the side effects of immunosuppression, studies to eliminate the need for immunosuppression medications, and research to improve long-term survival rates for organ transplant patients.

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Welcome to our transplant family

Organ transplant offers new hope for a long and healthy life for kids with end-stage organ failure. Our experts know that organ failure can be a scary journey and we do everything possible to make this experience easier for kids and families. We treat you like members of our family, because to us, you are.

Our Kids transplant programs include:

We provide support for patients who require ventricular assist devices and/or heart transplants. Our wait times are among the nation’s shortest. We are one of just five centers in the nation transplanting hearts from cardiac death donors using a device that preserves heart function between donation and transplant. We use minimally-invasive techniques to improve their health and for some, as support while they wait for a transplant.

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We are among the nation’s largest kidney transplant programs and offer many options for kidney donation and transplant. We provide both living donor and deceased donor kidney transplants.

  • Renal Autotransplant Program — Our program is the largest in the U.S. We provide diagnosis and treatment for patients with functioning kidneys who are experiencing loin-pain related issues and other issues that necessitate an evaluation for a renal autotransplant.

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We offer living and deceased donor liver transplants. A liver transplant helps people with liver failure and some liver diseases, such as hepatitis C and cirrhosis.

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We provide lung transplant services for kids age 12 or older. A lung transplant helps people with advanced lung disease. We treat the most complex lung patients, including multi-organ transplants. Our wait times are very short, and our outcomes are excellent.

We perform more pancreas transplants than any other program in the United States. A transplant may be an option if you are living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

Renal autotransplant treats people who suffer loin pain by removing the kidney and placing it in a new location in the body.

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Living donation program
Living donation occurs when a living person provides a kidney or a portion of their liver to someone who needs a transplant. An organ from a living donor gives patients the best chance of a healthy life. At UW Health, we provide education, information and support to those considering the gift of a living donation. We honor and celebrate our living donors heroes.

Support Programs

Our team focuses on your child’s specific needs before, during and after their transplant experience. Along with child’s organ transplant medical and surgical team, experts in pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, nutrition, social work, mental health, neuropsychiatry, development, infectious disease and financial counseling support your child and family.

Our histocompatibility lab provides clinical services and research specific to transplant patients and donors to ensure the highest level of organ matching.

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We link you by phone or in person to a mentor who received an organ transplant or donated an organ. Your mentor will share information about their experience and answer your questions.

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Referring a child for transplant

We consider it a great honor to care for your patient who may need an organ transplant. We want the referral process to be as easy as possible and will work with you to maintain strong communication.


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American Family Children's Hospital

Our world-class, family-friendly hospital welcomes kids from across the nation. Our expert physicians and support services teams provide remarkable care for kids, including the sickest and most seriously injured.

Our locations

We offer pre-and post- transplant surgery services for Kids at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison.

    Meet our team

    Our expert pediatric transplant teams

    Our team of pediatric transplant experts are widely respected for their expertise, research and focus on patient care. Together with our patients and families, we provide personalized care and education through every step of your donation or transplant journey.

    Your transplant care team has expertise in issues specific to transplantation. Our experts include:

    • Pediatric physician and surgical specialists in organ failure and transplant, cardiology, gastroenterology, hepatology, nephrology, pulmonology and living donation

    • Advanced practice providers who specialize in organ failure and transplant

    • Certified transplant nurse coordinators

    • Registered nurses

    • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists

    • Transplant financial counselors

    • Health psychologists

    • Respiratory therapists

    • Transplant social workers

    • Transplant pharmacists

    • Infectious disease physicians

    • Neuropsychiatry and developmental support

    • Physical and occupational therapists

    • Chaplains

    • School teachers

    • Child Life specialists

    Pediatric transplant surgeons
    Pediatric GI/Hepatologists

    Patient and support services

    Resources for patients and families

    We offer many helpful resources for before and after your transplant.

    Information for transplant patients

    Internet resources

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