The Organ Transplantation Division
The Organ Transplantation Division at Schneider Children’s conducts the majority of organ transplants in infants, children and adolescents, and serves as a national pediatric transplantation center for pediatric kidney and liver transplantation. The success rate is on a par with leading medical centers in the world.
Organ transplantations are made possible through the courage of families who in their darkest hour of adversity and loss of a loved one, consent to donate the organs. Some transplants - a kidney or liver lobe - emanate from living-related donors. Schneider Children’s is one of the few centers in the world capable of conducting marathon transplantations, a series of consecutive procedures during which scores of team members perform life saving surgeries simultaneously in several operating theaters.
The Herman Tob Memorial Fellowship
Dr. Gabi Amir, Senior Cardiac Surgeon
Dr. Miriam Davidovits
Dr. Yael Mozer
Dr. Ari Silbermintz
Naomi Zanhandler (kidney transplants)
The medical team in the Transplantation Division includes transplant surgeons, pediatric anesthetists, gastroenterologists, cardiologists, intensivists and nephrologists; operating room teams; ultrasound technicians; nurses, social workers and dieticians. Each member of the team is an experienced specialist, who underwent advanced training in their particular field at a leading transplantation center in the world. The staff’s unique professionalism and team spirit is the human foundation of an exemplary cadre of first-rate experts in heart, lung, kidney and liver transplantations in children.
Since the establishment of the Transplantation Division, more than 500 heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas and multi-organ transplants have been conducted. For the first time in Israel, a 16-year-old underwent a multi-organ transplant of a colon, intestine, liver, stomach and pancreas. These procedures are extremely rare and complex, and require great skill, talent and resources that are available only a few centers in the world.
Other successes include:
Prior to surgery, transplant candidates undergo tests for tissue matching with the potential donor, blood tests, heart and lung function tests, and imaging studies (ultrasound and CT). Living donors (kidney, liver) undergo similar testing.
The first 48 hours after the operation are the most critical as the child’s immune system is weakened due to medications administered in the operating room. The child is hospitalized in the pediatric or cardiac intensive care unit for several days for close monitoring and care by intensivists. Supportive services are also provided such as paramedical and psychosocial assistance.
The care of an organ recipient does not end with his discharge from hospital, since the child must travel a long road before returning to normal activities. The Organ Transplantation Division at Schneider Children’s places great emphasis on follow-up, comprehensive care of the child and his family following organ transplantation. An integral part of this approach involves support and guidance for parents to ensure that the family’s daily routine will continue normally.