Boston Children's Pediatric Transplant Center offers the most advanced pediatric care throughout the disease and transplant lifecycle, for the best possible outcome and quality of life.
The Pediatric Transplant Center team is comprised of pediatric experts that best understand the unique needs of young patients—from infants to teenagers—and that specialized expertise is applied to every stage of the transplant process.
Our interdisciplinary approach includes transplant physicians, transplant surgeons, infectious disease specialists, nurse coordinators, transplant pharmacists, research coordinators, dietitians, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers. Their combined knowledge provides a fully comprehensive approach to treatment that is equipped to handle all transplant cases and any complications that may arise.
Learn about each of our teams:
Inpatient stays care team
After a heart transplant, patients stay in our Cardiac Inpatient Unit on 8 East of the Main Building. All other patients receive care on the Transplant Unit, located on 10 South of the Main Building. Ten beds on this floor are dedicated to post-transplant stays. Several specialists take care of children on 8 East and 10 South.
Nurses work closely with all members of the team to plan and carry out your child's care 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. They provide nursing care, education and support to patients and families. You may discuss your concerns or questions with any nurse caring for your child.
Clinical Assistants will also care for your child under the direction of a nurse. They work closely with the nurse caring for your child.
Your child will be seen by an Attending Physician, Fellow, Residents and/or Nurse Practitioner. The attending physician is the most senior doctor on your child's care team. A fellow is a doctor with advanced training in a specialty. A resident is a doctor with training in pediatrics. A nurse practitioner is a nurse with advanced training. They are part of the surgical and medical teams and may care for your child. You may discuss your concerns or questions with any member of the clinician team.
A Social Worker helps families deal with the stress they may feel when a child is in the hospital. The social worker specializes in counseling and knowledge of hospital and community resources.
The Child Life Specialist works to organize play and diversion activities for your child. He or she can help your child understand her medical experiences through personal interaction or play. On 10 South, we have a teen room, as well as a general activity room. On 8E, you’ll find a playroom for infants, toddlers and school-age children, as well as an activity room for adolescents, young adults and parents. If your child is unable to leave his room, we can also find activities to do in the room. The Child Life specialist can help arrange for a tutor through your child's school. The specialist can also assist with educating your child’s school on how to best keep your child safe when he or she goes back to school.
The Administrative Assistant, who is located at the nursing station, will answer questions and direct you to services you may need.
The Patient Care Coordinator works with the nursing staff to make sure that all home care needs and supplies are handled before your child's discharge. The patient care coordinator is also involved with insurance matters. She also helps coordinate services such as visiting or block nursing.
The Clinical Coordinator is responsible for day-to-day management of 10 South. She is available to talk with families as needed. On 8 East, a nurse manager is also available.
The Nurse Director is responsible for the overall management of 10 South and leadership of the unit and the interdisciplinary staff. On 8 East, a nurse manager also fulfills this role.
No matter where your child stays, he or she can look forward to a visit from the “doctors of delight” that make up Boston Children's Big Apple Clown Care.