The Division of Transplant Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital offers comprehensive care to patients with end-stage disease of the intestine, liver or kidneys. It is the only pediatric intestinal transplant program in the Northwest.

Solid organ transplantation is the treatment of choice for end-stage organ disease in children. We provide consultation, diagnosis, treatment and management for end-stage organ failure, with skilled teams of healthcare professionals focusing on the needs of our patients and families. A candidate’s team includes the appropriate members from our staff of doctors — board-certified pediatric hepatologists, gastroenterologists, nephrologists, surgeons and transplant surgeons — as well as dietitians and pediatric nurses specially trained in the care of transplant patients. We assist our pediatric transplant candidates and their families before, during and after organ transplantation by providing physical, emotional and financial support for this life-changing experience.

We use advanced technologies and the most current treatment protocols — including state-of-the-art interventional radiological procedures — for improved diagnosis, care, management and recovery. We also provide assistance in accessing and coordinating financial resources. Educating patients and their families is a critical component of our care. We teach them to monitor and to administer anti-rejection medications and to recognize signs of infection and rejection. We also help them return to a normal lifestyle, and we provide education to patients’ school staff as well as to other physicians and care providers. We conduct psychosocial evaluations and follow-up and offer referrals to patient and family support groups. We have developed anIntestinal Care Program for children with diseases of the intestine requiring total parenteral nutrition (TPN). Another way we advance treatment is by participating in numerous clinical research trials that study new medications and treatments.

Leadership and Faculty

Karen F. Murray, MD

Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Transplantation, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research

Academic Title: Professor

Karen F. Murray, MD, is division chief of the Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology program at Seattle Children’s Hospital; she is program director of gastroenterology education; she is professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University... cont.

Team Member Spotlight

Marsha Larsen

RN

I represent our region on the Transplant Coordinators Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system. I am the only member of this national committee who works with a pediatric population, so it's important for me to voice concerns about the ways UNOS policies affect children. I bring what I learn home to my colleagues so we're ready for whatever is coming down the pipeline.