COVID-19: Update for Transplant Patients (PDF)
Improving life through the gift of transplant.
It is extremely challenging to be told your child has an organ that is failing. Fortunately, IU Health Transplant at Riley Children's Health offers comprehensive transplant services for pediatric patients. Specialized care, years of experience and outstanding outcomes are hallmarks of our pediatric transplantation program.
We are part of IU Health Transplant, a nationally recognized organ transplant center with a mission to help patients return to self-sufficient, active lives. IU Health Transplant ranks among the top transplant centers in the U.S. by volume and is the largest, most comprehensive center of its kind in Indiana and the surrounding region.
IU Health Transplant at Riley Children's Health performs the following types of organ transplants:
- Heart. We have nearly three decades of pediatric heart transplant experience.
- Kidney. We are the largest kidney transplant program in Indiana.
- Liver. IU Health was the first healthcare provider in Indiana to perform a liver transplant in 1988 and remains the only liver transplant program in Indiana.
- Pancreas. IU Health is one of only a few transplant programs that has performed simultaneous liver and pancreas transplants for candidates with cystic fibrosis.
- Intestine. We did Indiana’s first isolated pediatric intestine transplant in 2003 and have consistently been doing intestinal transplants every year since.
- Multivisceral. A multivisceral transplant is one in which the intestines are replaced along with the liver, pancreas and, sometimes, the stomach. This is a very complicated procedure for pediatric patients. Our team is one of only a few in the country certified to perform this operation.
Offering living donor kidney transplants in collaboration with the living donor program at IU Health, Riley at IU Health gives pediatric patients access to the significant advantages that come from a living donor transplant, including shorter wait times and a kidney that typically lasts longer.
What Makes Us Different
Our comprehensive approach is what sets us apart from other transplant centers. Your child's transplant team will include dedicated surgeons, doctors, nurse practitioners, nurse coordinators, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers, chaplains, psychiatrists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, financial navigators and procurement specialists. The team also includes dedicated Child Life experts. Our support staff works exclusively in organ transplant care, making them experts in their field. Specially trained coordinators and nurses provide compassionate, quality care during all aspects of your child's treatment.
We will keep your family engaged by allowing you to stay in the same room as your child. This helps your entire family become comfortable and familiar with the transplant team.
Conditions & Services
We offer a number of different Transplant services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our department.
Learn more about the doctors with the Transplant Department at Riley at IU Health.
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Transplant Surgery, Pediatric Cardio-Thoracic Surgery317.944.7150
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Department Forms & Resources
Department Forms & Resources
The Transplant at Riley at IU Health provides the following forms for parents, healthcare providers and personnel. We have also curated relevant resources from other websites and provided links with brief descriptions of the information that is available.
Guide to Surgery (Riley at IU Health)
View our Guide to Surgery to ease anxiety and prepare you and your child before surgery.
Guía para la cirugía (Riley at IU Health)
Creamos esta guía como un recurso para ayudarlo a comprender mejor nuestro proceso y para aliviar un poco la ansiedad que pueda estar experimentando.
Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network
A division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network is the primary federal entity responsible for oversight of the organ and blood stem cell transplant systems in the U.S. They are also responsible for initiatives to increase the level of organ donation in this country.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
UNOS is a private, nonprofit organization that manages the nation's organ transplant system under contract with the federal government.
Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR)
SRTR is a research organization supporting the transplant community by providing analyses of transplants to improve patient outcomes.
Donate Life America is committed to promoting organ and tissue donation through its alliance of community-based and national organizations.
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related departments.
“I'm free!” Edward says farewell after receiving heart transplant
An 11-year-old received a fun farewell this week after being a patient for more than 300 days waiting for a heart transplant.Continue reading
When she got the call, this mom’s heart skipped a beat
After more than 300 days at Riley, 11-year-old Edward Sandefur receives his hero heart.Continue reading
Donate Life Wall celebrates the gift of transplant
Child life specialist Maddie Rodriguez pours her heart into a project that allows transplant recipients to pour colored beads into an interactive display on 9 West.Continue reading
“We are just over the moon”
Her son received a heart transplant, and this Riley team member couldn’t be more grateful.Continue reading
Grief and gratitude bind these two families
In death, a 7-year-old boy saved multiple lives through organ donation. Last week, his mom met the gregarious preschooler who received her son’s liver. Together, both families are giving back to honor Hunter Tuzinski’s memory.Continue reading
Young adults navigate life after heart transplant
A Riley support group provides a space for patients to be part of something special: “It’s nice to talk to people who get what I feel.”Continue reading
“This is the season of miracles”
After 400 days in the hospital, “Brother O” has a new heart and a renewed passion for life.Continue reading
“His love was once in a lifetime”
Heart transplant recipient became a tissue donor after his death. Now he will be honored in the Tournament of Roses Parade.Continue reading
Amazing Ava waits for a new heart
The girl with her own hashtag is making herself at home in the hospital for as long as it takes.Continue reading
Kindergartner celebrates one year with new kidney
Scarlet Boetjer, whose life was saved by a nurse who donated her kidney, wants to be a doctor when she grows up.Continue reading
Mom thanks Riley team and organ donor “for giving our Mav a shot”
After multi-organ transplant, 4-year-old “PICU mascot” has endeared himself to everyone he meets.Continue reading
One family’s loss brings life to a baby girl
Donate Life Month: Addison Rauch was saved, thanks to a liver transplant.Continue reading
Starting kindergarten with a new heart and a dazzling smile
Makayla Owens received a heart transplant at Riley last October. Now, the little girl with the big grin is going to school for the first time.Continue reading
Super Sydney celebrates two years with her new heart
David and Ashley Deaver’s daughter has taken them on quite an adventure since she was born, but they treasure all the good days now.Continue reading
Junior gets a new heart weeks before his first birthday
Brian and Mallory Aylor’s son was born with multiple heart defects. He has been hospitalized at Riley for 7 months.Continue reading
A gift of love and life
Ally Brock’s mom didn’t think twice about donating a kidney to her daughter 11 years ago. Now, Ally works with other pediatric patients on their own transplant journey.Continue reading
Little boy’s pain was more than skin-deep
Thanks to a liver transplant, 12-year-old Elias is healing from the inside out and ready to live again.Continue reading
A hero to many, Dr. John Brown is hanging up his scrubs
After a 43-year career at Riley Hospital, this renowned heart surgeon is passing the scalpel.Continue reading
For Health Professionals
We work closely with referring physicians who have a patient requiring a transplant, keeping them informed of the progress and treatment of the patient throughout the entire process. Referring physicians may call to refer a patient to IU Health Transplant at Riley Children's Hospital. For a hospital transfer, please contact our 24/7 Transfer Center at 1.877.44RILEY (877.447.4539).
Refer A Patient
Riley at IU Health works with referring physicians in Indiana and beyond. Please call the appropriate number below.
Liver Transplant (Phone): 800.382.4602
Liver Transplant (Fax): 317.968.1497
Kidney Transplant (Phone): 800.382.4602
Kidney Transplant (Fax): 317.968.1499
Intestine/Multivisceral Transplant (Phone): 800.382.4602
Intestine/Multivisceral Transplant (Fax): 317.968.1497
Heart Transplant (Phone): 317.944.9780
Heart Transplant (Fax): 317.944.7800
Our connection with the Indiana University School of Medicine gives our transplant team the unique opportunity to be involved in several research initiatives that improve patient outcomes. Our research currently focuses on:
- Transplant immunology
- Hepatic malignancies
- Clinical outcomes
In partnership with the IU School of Medicine, Riley at IU Health provides exceptional training opportunities in pediatric surgery and transplant surgery. The abdominal transplantation fellowship trains fellows at IU Health University Hospital and Riley at IU Health. It is one of only a few programs with the necessary volume to train fellows in all organ systems.