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News from Lurie Children's

January 15, 2013

Siragusa Transplantation Center

Since 1964, Lurie Children’s has pioneered procedures and approaches to pediatric transplantation. Early success — with the state’s first pediatric kidney and heart transplants — laid the groundwork for growth. Today, the Siragusa Transplantation Center at Lurie Children’s is home to five successful pediatric transplantation programs for heart, intestine, kidney, liver and stem cell. We are only one of eleven hospitals nationwide to have performed more than 1,000 solid organ transplants.

Stem Cell Transplantation

The Stem Cell Transplant Program which started in 1992 has also performed more than 1,000 transplants and is one of the nation’s largest programs. See pediatric stem cell transplants by diagnosis 1992-2012. The program is the largest outpatient stem cell program in the region and is affiliated with more than 25 institutional and national cooperative group clinical trials.

Heart Transplantation

The Heart Transplant Program at Lurie Children’s began in 1988 and is internationally recognized as a resource for pediatric heart transplants. The program is led by Carl Backer, MD, and Elfriede Pahl, MD, w
ho combined have more than 40 years of heart transplant experience. The Heart Center also features the 36-bed Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) which occupies an entire floor, where cardiology and cardiovascular surgery patients stay from admission to discharge. This unit is one of very few in the nation. The program also boasts a three-year patient and graft survival rate that is significantly higher than the national average. See Lurie Children’s Heart Transplant volumes and outcomes>

Intestinal Rehabilitation & Transplantation

The Pediatric Intestinal Rehabilitation & Transplantation Program began in 2003 and is one of a few in the nation offering a service entirely dedicated to children. The commitment to avoid transplant by focusing on rehabilitation strategies has led to approximately 90% of patients avoiding transplant. See Lurie Children&
rsquo;s Intestinal Transplant Program outcomes>

Kidney Transplantation

With the first pediatric kidney transplant taking place more than 48 years ago, the program continues to rank among the nation’s best with the greatest number of kidney transplants since 1988. The wealth of clinical expertise allows patients a variety of innovative treatment options. Led by Richard Cohn, MD, and Riccardo Superina, MD, this multidisciplinary team proudly boasts a 100% 3-year patient survival rate, which is higher than the national average. See Lurie Children’s Kidney Transplant outcomes>

Liver Transplantation

The largest liver program based on volume in the Midwest, this program consistently ranks in the top 10 based on volume. With a unique emphasis on long-term care, this service ranks well above the national average for the 3-year post-liver transplant survival rate and is led by one of the most sophisticated pediatric liver transplant teams in the United States including Riccardo Superina, MD, and Estella Alonso, MD. See Lurie Children’s Liver Transplant Program Volumes and Outcomes>

Enrollment in National Kidney Paired Donation Program Offers Teen More Hope

Jake Strok has already received two kidney transplants, the first just after he was born. Now 15 years old, this teen faces the need for a third transplant. Since kidneys from live donors last longer, the program offers more options for a better match.

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