Small Bowel and Pediatric Liver Transplantation Program

If your child suffers from a serious liver disease or small bowel disease and may require a transplant, finding the highest quality care is your top priority. The Transplant Center for Children at MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute is Washington, D.C.’s largest program and the nation’s third largest program.

Our team of surgeons is world-renowned for its innovative and compassionate expertise. Our team:

  • Has performed more than 1,000 liver transplants and 300 small bowel transplants
  • Performs about 40 transplants each year (five times as many as at the average pediatric transplant program)
  • Includes some of the world’s leading experts on pediatric transplants
  • Pioneers new, complex techniques that other programs around the world seek to model
  • Collaborates with a wide range of specialists both at Georgetown and at Children’s National Medical Center

Transplant Patient Care, Research and Education

The Transplant Center for Children at MedStar Georgetown is also a unique facility—our 15-bed center allows parents to live with their children while they are waiting for a transplant or being treated for their liver or small bowel conditions.


The Transplant Center for Children at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is committed to providing complete personal care. We thoroughly evaluate your child before any liver or small bowel transplant surgery. Families can expect an evaluation to include:

  • A nurse meeting:  A nurse who understands liver or small bowel diseases will meet with your family and explain everything about the process and procedure.
  • Social worker assessment: A social worker will assess your family’s personal situation and ability to cope with the strains of a transplant. We will provide whatever assistance your family needs to support you through the process.
  • Transplant surgeon evaluation:  A transplant surgeon will examine your child to determine the technical details of the transplant.

Our Specialists

  • Thomas Fishbein, MD
  • Eddie Island, MD
  • Stuart Kaufman, MD
  • Cal Matsumoto, MD
  • Khalid Khan, MD

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