Transplant Surgery Innovations



Since the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network began tracking the number of transplant surgeries in the United States in 1988, Children’s Health℠ has consistently been among the top 10 busiest and most successful pediatric transplant programs in the nation. In addition to being the largest pediatric transplant facility in Texas, we perform the most transplants on patients under the age of 5 in the state.

Heart transplant

Children’s Health has performed more than 130 pediatric heart transplants since performing Dallas’ first in 1988. Children’s Health has the highest volume of pediatric hearts transplanted in Texas, with the most organs transplanted for patients younger than age 5. In 2006, Children’s Health performed the state’s first combined heart-liver transplant. In 2008, Children’s Health also performed a transplant on Texas’ smallest heart recipient.

Kidney transplant

Children’s Health is approaching its 400th pediatric kidney transplant since the program started in 1979. We have consistently been the leader in the number of pediatric kidney transplants performed in Texas.

Liver transplant

More than 450 pediatric liver transplants have been performed at Children’s Health since its first in 1984. Children’s Health has the highest volume of pediatric livers transplanted in Texas.

Intestine transplant

The first pediatric intestine transplant in North Texas was performed by Children’s Health in 2006. Since the program’s inception, Children’s Health has performed the most pediatric intestinal transplants in the state.

Hematopoietic stem cell transplant

Since 1992, Children’s Health has performed more than 250 hematopoietic stem cell transplants. Children’s Health has the highest volume of immune deficiency transplants in North Texas.