Thriving After a Heart Transplant: Walker's Story
Nationwide Children’s offers high-quality, comprehensive transplantation services for children requiring this complex care.
Each of Nationwide Children’s transplant programs is built by a team of nationally-recognized experts who work together to provide individualized care. Transplant teams include experienced surgeons and physicians, as well as transplant coordinators, social workers, dietitians and psychologists who address all the transplant needs of children and families, from evaluation through long-term, post-surgical care.
John D. Mahan, MD, is the Program Director for the Nationwide Children's Hospital/ The Ohio State University Pediatric Residency Program.
Mark Galantowicz, MD, is the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Director of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Galantowicz is also a Professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and is the recipient of the Murray D. Lincoln Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Kenneth Washburn, MD, is the Chief of Transplantation.
Don Hayes, Jr., MD, MS, MEd, is the medical director of the Advanced Lung Disease Program and the medical director of the Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Programs at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is also an associate professor of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Stephen Kirkby, MD, is the Clinical Director of the Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Programs at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Featured Transplant Program
Our program serves children and adolescents in need of a kidney transplant due to birth anomalies, disease processes and acute/chronic kidney injury.
We treat patients with heart failure including medical management and mechanical assist devices as a bridge to transplant. We work with patients and families to plan treatment that provides the best possible quality of life.
Our program utilizes a multidisciplinary team of lung transplant and heart-lung transplant experts in the transplantation of children and adults with childhood lung diseases.
We use hematopoietic cell transplantation to treat pediatric and young adult malignant and non-malignant disorders. Our specialists optimize treatment and reduce transplant-associated morbidity and mortality through novel therapies.
Transplant Program News
When Brielle was 11 months old, she was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumor in both kidneys. The kidneys were removed four months later, and she began dialysis four times a week with the hope of eventually getting a transplant.