Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the flagship of Children’s Health℠, offers one of the largest comprehensive pediatric transplant surgery programs in the country. As the largest pediatric transplant facility in Texas, Children’s Medical Center Dallas performs more transplants for children younger than 5 years old than any other hospital in the state. We understand the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to care that supports the unique physical, emotional, psychological, and developmental needs of your child. Renowned specialists, including transplant surgeons, physicians, nurses, dietitians, social workers, child life specialists, chaplains, pharmacists, and psychologists collaborate on the care of every child before, during, and after the transplant.
Why Children's Health℠?
At Children's Medical Center Dallas, your child will receive care and support from a dedicated team of pediatric specialists throughout the transplant process. When you choose Children’s, your child will be treated at a nationally ranked medical center by a team of pediatric transplant specialists. We offer access to every pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty, allowing us to deliver the best care and treatment for each unique case. Our partnership with UT Southwestern Medical Center creates the only academically affiliated pediatric transplant program in North Texas, elevating the care we provide through research and clinical expertise.
The Transplant Services team at Children’s Medical Center Dallas offers comprehensive care to address all of your child’s needs and provides education and support to your family, ensuring the best care for your child throughout the process. Our approach involves making sure that you and your child understand what is happening, providing you with information, reassurance, and compassionate care at every phase of the process. And, when your child is ready, Our Pediatric to Adult Care Transition (PACT) program helps your child successfully transition to an adult program. Our new Remote Patient Monitoring program, the first in the nation, allows our clinical staff to remotely monitor your child’s health status and progress via secure mobile technologies. Remote monitoring includes one-touch video conferencing, enables physicians and other clinical staff to conduct visits and connect to patients virtually anywhere—allowing your child to receive care from the comfort of your home.
The first pediatric heart transplant in Dallas was performed at Children’s Health in 1988, and more than 150 have since been performed here. At the leading edge of transplant services in the region, Children’s Health has performed more pediatric transplants than any other facility in Texas and the greatest number of transplants in patients younger than age 5 years old.
Surgeons at Children’s Health not only performed surgery for the smallest heart recipient in Texas in 2008, but two years earlier performed the state’s first combined heart-liver transplant. Children’s Health increased the number of heart transplants performed by 188% over 2011 and 424% in the past decade.
Among the common diagnoses for which heart transplants are provided to pediatric patients are cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease (present at birth), and congestive heart failure.
The Children’s Health Heart Center offers a Ventricular Assistive Device (VAD) program, a procedure that helps sustain the child’s heart until a donor organ is available. Children’s Health also performs ABO incompatible heart transplants on infants younger than 9 months of age—a procedure that lets a transplant recipient receive a heart from a donor who does not match the recipient’s blood type.
Since the Kidney Transplant Program began in 1979, Children’s Health has performed nearly 400 pediatric kidney transplants, making it the consistent leader in Texas for the number of pediatric kidney transplants performed.
The program offers transplantation of deceased donor or living donor kidneys in the treatment of a range of common diagnoses, including focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, obstructive uropathy, polycystic kidney disease (hypoplasia), posterior urethral valve disorder, and renal dysplasia.
Since the first liver transplant was performed at Children’s Health in 1984, surgeons at the hospital have performed more than 480 liver transplants as well as the state’s first combined pediatric heart-liver transplant.
The transplant program performs liver transplants to treat a range of common diagnoses, including acute liver failure, alagille syndrome, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, autoimmune hepatitis, biliary atresia, and intrahepatic cholestasis.