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Pediatric Liver Transplant & Hepatobilliary Program

The Pediatric Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary Program at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center Medical Center proudly features a team of transplant specialists with proven track records for exceptional outcomes well above national benchmarks. Having pioneered one of the most commonly used techniques in liver transplantation, our surgical team is able to minimize operative time and blood loss.


Teaming Up for Outstanding Care

Children of all ages with complex liver disease are treated by a multidisciplinary team that includes:

  • Skilled surgeons that specialize in all types of pediatric liver surgery and transplantation.  This team includes Youmin Wu, M.D., Chief of Intra-Abdominal Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Westchester Medical Center.  Dr. Wu is a pioneering liver surgeon with an exceptional track record of surgical success.
  • Pediatric hepatologists with expertise in the treatment of pediatric liver disease.
  • Compassionate and specialized inpatient nurses and transplant coordinators with experience in the pre- and post-operative care of pediatric transplant patients.  Other team members include nutritionists, child life specialists, psychiatrists, and social workers that coordinate the care of our patients  as well as their families.
  • The Pediatric Transplant Team of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center also is supported by colleagues trained in a myriad of pediatric subspecialties including cardiology, infectious diseases, interventional radiology, hematology/oncology, endocrinology, nephrology and neurology.


Care for a Wide-Range of Liver Conditions

Our team is versed in the care of patients with complications of portal hypertension and end-stage liver disease including:

  • Acute liver failure
  • Alagille Syndrome
  • Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
  • Biliary atresia
  • Budd-Chiari Syndrome
  • Familial & genetic cholestatic diseases
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Hepatitis (autoimmune, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, nontypeable, viral B & C)
  • Liver tumors (Hepatoblastoma and Hepatocellular carcinoma)
  • Metabolic liver diseases
  • Portal vein thrombosis
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Wilson’s Disease

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Liver conditions are treated successfully through the following procedures, all of which are performed in the Children’s Surgery Center of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center:

  • Kasai Procedure
  • Liver transplantation
  • Segmental liver resection
  • Shunt surgery (Meso-Rex  bypass, distal splenorenal)


A Winning Roster

The core members of the Pediatric Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary Program at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center include:

  • Youmin Wu, M.D., Chief Intra-Abdominal Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Thomas Diflo, M.D., Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant Program, with significant experience in liver transplantation
  • Ganesh Gunasekeran, M.D., Multi-Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgeon
  • Stuart Berezin, M.D., Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
  • Richard Rosencrantz, M.D.
  • Susan Manahan, R.N., B.S.N, Pre-Liver Transplant Coordinator
  • Jennifer O’Donnell, R.N., B.S.N., Post –Liver Transplant Coordinator
  • Mimi Greenman, L.C.S.W., M.P.H., Transplant Social Worker

Click here for more information about the Westchester Medical Center Transplant Center. For 24-hour patient evaluation or liver transplant referral please contact the Transplant Center at (914) 493-8916.

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