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. The Riley Heart Center has 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.
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.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
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.
View our Guide to Surgery to ease anxiety and prepare you and your child before surgery.
Creamos esta guía como un recurso para ayudarlo a comprender mejor nuestro proceso y para aliviar un poco la ansiedad que pueda estar experimentando.
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related departments.
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
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
Brian and Mallory Aylor’s son was born with multiple heart defects. He has been hospitalized at Riley for 7 months.Continue reading
Nurse Brenda Phillips is a mother, a grandmother and a big kid at heart who believes we are all called to help each other.Continue reading
After a 43-year career at Riley Hospital, this renowned heart surgeon is passing the scalpel.Continue reading
She loved unicorns and rainbows, princesses and her little sister. A freak accident took her life, but this first-grader is saving others through the gift of organ donation.Continue reading
He’s a scientist and a surgeon, and one day Dr. Burcin Ekser hopes his research leads to a 3-D printed liver for kids and adults.Continue reading
Debra Murphy and Maegan Boehm are on the front lines with heart transplant patients, helping them live their best lives with the gift of a new heart.Continue reading
A Riley pediatric resident is organizing a bone marrow registry drive in Simon Family Tower on Wednesday. “When we go home we often bring our patients home in our hearts,” said Dr. Andrea Aguilera. “The hope is that even if we have one person who is a match, we’ve done something wonderful.”Continue reading
When Shannon Lowe told her mom “it’s go time,” the emotional mother threw her bag in the car and started the long drive to Indy for her daughter’s heart transplant. She couldn’t believe it when she was pulled over by a police officer – and what he told her next.Continue reading
At one point, David Peck was expected to live just 48 hours. Then he became Riley Hospital’s first pediatric intestinal transplant patient. Now, he’s preparing for a career in nursing.Continue reading
Donate Life Month: Riley nurse practitioner Amy Hatton is sharing her personal story of organ donation to encourage others to consider giving the gift of life.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.