Founded in 1998, the Division of Abdominal Transplantation provides care to patients with liver and kidney failure from birth throughout adulthood. The Abdominal Transplant program is not only one of the largest in the U.S., it consistently receives high marks from the Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients and U.S. News and World Report. The division also provides clinical training for the next generation of transplant professionals and consistently contributes to the understanding of abdominal transplantation by securing research funding, publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts and presenting at national transplant meetings.
The Division of Abdominal Transplantation offers an integrated multidisciplinary team approach to the prevention, diagnosis and therapy for adult and pediatric transplant patients. Working in concert with hepatologists, nephrologists, gastroenterologists, cardiologists and other specialists, our faculty and staff provide transplant services across the Texas Medical Center - at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. The kidney transplant program has consistently been ranked one of the top programs in the U.S. in terms of outcomes. In addition, the pediatric program is the largest pediatric transplant program in the country.
The Liver Transplant Fellowship is an advanced surgical fellowship designed to train competent liver transplant surgeons during a two-year fellowship. Fellows in the liver transplant program spend three months at a time on two separate rotations. On one rotation, the fellow participates in all the recipient liver transplant operations as well as the inpatient care of the pre- and post-transplant patients. The other rotation consists of performing the deceased donor procurements, elective hepatobiliary cases and outpatient clinics.
The division is committed to clinical and basic science research, in part funded through NIH grants, in areas such as adult and pediatric solid organ transplantation, liver disease, kidney disease, immunogenetics and bone marrow transplant. The Baylor St. Luke’s Advanced Liver Therapies Research Center offers patients access to clinical trials of the latest diagnostic tests and therapies. The division-run Immune Evaluation Laboratory continues to expand its research activities while remaining the largest program of its kind in the Texas Medical Center. The Clinical Research Collaborative is pursuing AI machine learning techniques to improve on predictive models in transplant medicine.