Long School of Medicine

Pediatric Transplantation Life Beyond Liver Disease

Course Description

This course will provide an overview of pediatric liver transplant, including indications for liver transplant in children, the process of evaluation and listing, organ allocation, and types of hepatic transplants for children, including living donor liver transplant and current concepts in post liver transplant care.

Professional Gaps

Nationally, we do approximately 7000 liver transplants annually and only a small fraction of those (<10%) are children.

The reasons that children require liver transplants are completely different from the reasons for liver failure in adults, who typically have etoh or hepatitis related cirrhosis. Kids, on the other hand, often have congenital diseases, like metabolic diseases where the enzyme in question either causes liver disease or is not produced by the child’s liver but would be produced by a new transplanted liver. The most common reason for liver transplant in children is biliary atresia, which occurs almost immediately after birth and leads to scarring or absence of the bile ducts outside of the liver, leaving bile no place to drain and causing cirrhosis.

Target Audience

This educational activity is designed to meet the goals of physicians, specialists, residents, fellows, and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with Pediatric Liver Transplant.

Physician Participation

Upon completion of viewing the online presentation, please follow the instructions at the end of the presentation to complete the evaluation. Once the evaluation is completed, the user will be provided the option to print their certificate.

Continuing Medical Education Credit - Accreditation Statement

The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Long School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of Attendance

Healthcare professionals will receive a certificate of attendance and are asked to consult with their licensing board for information on applicability and acceptance.

Credit may be obtained upon successful completion of the activity’s evaluation.

Release date: October 5, 2020
Credits expire: October 1, 2022

Learning Objectives

To present a surgeon’s perspective of pediatric liver transplant:

  1. Highlight indications for liver transplant
  2. The process of evaluation and listing
  3. Organ allocation
  4. Types of hepatic transplants for children
  5. Current concepts in post liver transplant care


Danielle Fritz, MD
Assistant Professor, Transplant Surgery
Surgical Director of Pediatric Liver Transplant
UT Health San Antonio

Faculty/Speakers Financial Disclosures:

The below have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.
Danielle Fritz, MD (Speaker)