Emory University and Childrenâ€™s Healthcare of Atlanta transplant surgeon Stuart Knechtle, MD, and his surgical team recently performed the 1,000th solid organ transplant on a Childrenâ€™s patient. The milestone operation was performed on a child who received a liver through the Children’s Transplant Center.
Knechtle is chief of the Emory School of Medicine transplant division and professor of surgery, and surgical director of Childrenâ€™s Liver Transplant Program. Childrenâ€™s Liver Transplant program was founded in 1990 and has completed more than 300 liver transplants.
The liver transplant team is made up of many individuals who contribute to its success – liver transplant surgeons, transplant hepatologists (doctors with expertise in the treatment of the liver), and a team of gastroenterologists, anesthesiologists, pathologists, radiologists, mental health specialists, chaplains, nurses, social workers and pharmacists.
For more than 20 years, Emory and Childrenâ€™s physicians have been at the forefront of pediatric transplant care, achieving several groundbreaking accomplishments, including:
- Transplanted the worldâ€™s youngest (10 days old) and three smallest (2 to 4 pounds) liver transplant recipients
- One of the first pediatric hospitals in the United States to perform three heart transplants in 24 hours
- At the forefront of its field with ABO-incompatible liver and heart transplants
- Performed more than 450 pediatric kidney transplants.