Transplant Program

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Transplant Program

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.


Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

John D. Mahan

John D. Mahan, MD, is a professor of pediatrics in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Nationwide Children’s and The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Mark Galantowicz

Mark E. Galantowicz

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.

William K Washburn

William K. Washburn

Kenneth Washburn, MD, is the Chief of Transplantation. 

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Stephen E. Kirkby

Stephen Kirkby, MD, is the Clinical Director of the Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Programs at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Featured Transplant Programs

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Kidney 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.

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Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT)

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.

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Liver Transplant Program

The Liver Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has long offered some of the nation’s best care to children with a wide range of liver conditions. We are proud to now offer full-spectrum care for children requiring liver transplants.

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Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure & Heart Transplant Program

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.

Young Girl in Hospital Bed with Stuffed Animal

Lung & Heart-Lung Transplant Program

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.

Patient Stories

Rylee's Story

Read Rylee's Story

Name: Rylee C.

The team at Nationwide Children’s discovered that Rylee's heart was aging too quickly and that she needed a heart transplant.

Transplant Program News

Brielle's story
Patient Story

Meet Brielle

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.