Intestinal / multivisceral transplant
Research & Innovation
Here at the Intestinal/Multivisceral Transplant Program, our treatment is informed by our research. Children’s Hospital Boston is home to the world’s most extensive research enterprise at a pediatric hospital.
We also have a great number of partnerships with the top research, biotech and health care organizations in Boston, working together to improve kids’ health.
Innovative procedure may prevent intestinal transplantation
Children's investigators are responsible for many clinical and research firsts. Heung Bae Kim, MD, surgical director of the Pediatric Transplant Center, and Tom Jaksic, MD, PhD, surgical director of CAIR, developed the serial transverse enteroplasty, or STEP, procedure for short bowel syndrome (SBS). This surgical procedure lengthens the bowel of children with SBS and may allow some to wean completely from parenteral nutrition and avoid the need for intestinal transplantation. Watch a webcast video of STEP here.
In 2004, a surgical team led by Kim performed the first successful multivisceral transplant in New England. Kim and his team replaced the 7-pound baby’s stomach, pancreas, liver and small intestines.
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